Shabbat Symposium XXI: An Introduction to Karaite Judaism


B’nai Emunah was fortunate enough to host a guest speaker from our local Karaite community this past Shabbat. Shawn Joe Lichaa, lawyer, blogger and educator, spoke about Karaite practices (blue tzitzit and cheeseburgers are in, shwarma and wine during Passover are out), beliefs and history to a packed hall full of curious learners eager to hear about a branch of Judaism not often discussed.

Everyone present commented on how much they enjoyed Shawn’s presentation. It was fascinating to learn about a “parallel” Judaism that most Jews know little to nothing about, and Shawn did a great job of answering questions and explaining the Karaite perspective on a wide variety of topics. We hope to have Shawn and other members of B’nai Israel visit us again soon!

Do *you* have a topic you’d like to learn about or teach to others? Get in touch and let us know!

B’nai Emunah believes all members of the community have something to teach each other. One way of putting this into practice is through our Shabbat Symposium program, a rotating adult education opportunity happening every fourth Saturday following morning services. Each class is led by a knowledgeable community volunteer on a topic of their choice. From holidays to history to religious studies, Shabbat Symposium is a fun chance to learn something new from fellow CBE members. Join us for engaged learning and enthusiastic discussion!

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