• Jewish Community Center of Harrison

A Community Synagogue for Progressive Conservative Judaism
Welcoming to all

Rabbi Avi Killip

Thursday, October 29 & November 5, 7:30 PM
Three Talmudic Paradigms for Understanding Racism in the United States
Led by Rabbi Avi Killip, VP of Strategy and Programs, Hadar

Registration required

This two-part shiur (study session) will invite participants to explore what ancient Jewish texts teach us about racism in America today. We will explore three Talmudic frameworks for understanding the role of racism in our country. Through concepts developed by our ancient rabbis, we will explore our own role and responsibility in racism today, seek tools to resist the racism that is pervasive in our culture, and ask if we have any responsibility and ability to correct for a troubled national history. All are invited to workshop these paradigms and think through how they might be useful to our current national moment, and where their application is limited or maybe even damaging.


Caste: The Origins of our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson
Book discussion led by Rabbi Barbara Paris
(3 part series)

Begins Wednesday, November 4 @ 7:00 PM

Caste, by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, examines through narratives and stories, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system. It shows how the undertow of caste is experienced by Americans each and every day. Shockingly, it documents how Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan the out casting of the Jews. It explores how America can move beyond this caste system toward a common humanity.

We will discuss it in sections. The schedule will be as follows:

Part 1 and 2 ~ Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 PM
Part 3 and 4 ~ Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 PM
Part 5 , 6 and 7 ~ Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 PM

JCCH, Together With You!

The JCCH calendar is punctuated with many exciting events.  While several revolve around holidays, many others are of our own making and have become lasting traditions.  We are particularly proud of our intergenerational celebrations. Events include Purim Spiels, “Hanukkah Hooplas,” guest lecturers, trips to museums, cooking demonstrations, and even Israeli wine tastings.


Monday, October 26
Noon Let’s Do Lunch

Wednesday, October 27
10:00 AM Go Take a Hike

Thursday, October 28
9:00 AM Short Story Discussion Group
7:30 PM Three Talmudic Paradigms for Understanding Racism in the United States

Wednesday, November 4
7:00 PM Caste Book Discussion (part 1)

Thursday, November 5
7:30 PM Three Talmudic Paradigms for Understanding Racism in the United States

Wednesday, November 18
7:00 PM Caste Book Discussion (part 2)

Wednesday, December 2
7:00 PM Caste Book Discussion (part 3)

While we pride ourselves in our cultural, social and educational programming, the heart of the JCCH is its religious life.   Our services are carefully designed to enrich lives, touch souls and create community.  We have musical services, traditional services, large sanctuary services, intimate lay-led chapel services, kids’ services and twice-weekly minyanim.  Everyone, member or not, is always welcome.


Kabbalat Shabbat Services
6:00 PM Friday

Shabbat Morning Service
9:30 AM Saturday

Morning Minyan
8:00 AM Monday – Friday
9:00 AM Sunday

The JCCH offers a wide range of exciting learning and social opportunities for members of our community. From our Religious School to programs for teens, young couples and families, empty nesters, seniors and more, there is something for everyone here.


Friday, October 30
5:34 PM