The season is in full swing with many returning to the warmth of Aventura for the variety of programs at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. Under the leadership of Chairman of the Board William Landa, President Laurence Herrup, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun, Cantor David Muchnick, and Executive Vice President, Dr. Amir Baron, ATJC has planned many engaging events this winter and spring.
Shabbat Saturday morning services are always “open houses” and everyone is welcome to worship, hear distinguished speakers and learn about membership opportunities for families of all types. This season will featuring the following speakers from the “Distinguished Speakers Series:” David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, on January 15th; Joey Freeman, Senator in the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley and involved with AIPAC, on February 19th; and Rabbi Marc Wolf, Vice Chancellor and Chief Development Officer of The Jewish Theological Seminary, on February 26th. The Chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary and one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, Dr. Arnold Eisen, will appear on Monday, January 31st at 7:15 p.m.
Dr. Amir Baron, ATJC’s Executive Vice President, remarked, “We are fortunate to have been able to bring such important speakers into our synagogue for the past twenty years. Their messages are consistently electrifying and express how their organizations are supporting Israel. We take great pride in helping to educate our community on current affairs and deliver to them the most thought-provoking and insightful Jewish theologians.”
Rabbi Jonathan Berkun will personally lead “Lunch and Learn” Torah study sessions following Shabbat services on January 8th and February 5th, 2011. They are free of charge and opened to ATJC members who RSVP by January 4th.
ATJC also hosts lively, musical “Friday Night Live” services weekly. The spiritual and engaging service begins at 6:30 p.m. with Rabbi Jonathan Berkun on guitar and Cantor David Muchnick on keyboard, who together with the congregation, create a warm and energetic Shabbat atmosphere. Services are followed by a light Shabbat dinner.
Friday Night Live services and Shabbat services, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, are free and open to the community. For information regarding the event schedule or membership, contact ATJC at 305-937-1880 or atjc.org.