Event Calendar

Sunday, October 29, 2017

All day
Before 1am
11:00 AM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Sunday Meeting - Anne Macksoud and Rabbi Dov Taylor: “In Search of Hope"
Sunday Meeting - Anne Macksoud and Rabbi Dov Taylor: “In Search of Hope"
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

"Many Walls separate Palestinians and Israelis –walls of concrete, of mistrust, of ignorance, of fear."

*Join us at 1:30 for a free screening of SEEING THROUGH THE WALL followed by a discussion with Rabbi Dov Taylor and filmmaker Anne Macksoud:

There are none so blind as they who refuse to look, none so deaf as they who refuse to listen. I will discuss my experience of Israel during the past 50 years, beginning in 1966-67 with the lead-up to the Six Day War and through the interfaith encounter with Israel/Palestine that I led in 2016.

Anne Macksoud spent 17 years as a teacher (English literature, photography, and music) before transitioning to film and video production. Once she discovered the “eye-opening” power of the documentary medium, she brought rented documentaries into her classroom on a regular basis. Eventually, she began helping her students make their own films and slide shows on the issues of the day (civil rights, the Vietnam War, and global poverty, to name a few). She approaches filmmaking from the perspective of an artist as well as an educator.

A native New Yorker, Dov Taylor was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1968. He is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, IL, which he served for twenty five years and leader of Chavurat Ki-tov in Woodstock, Vermont, where he now lives. Dov has been a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Center fo Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and a Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies, as well as teaching at Brandeis University and at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. He has visited Israel many times, twice living for a year each time in Jerusalem. His translation of Joseph Perl’s Revealer of Secrets: The First Hebrew Novel was published by Westview Press, a division of Harper Collins, in 1997 and its sequel will be forthcoming.

Shared charity: American Friends of Parents Circle - Families Forum

11:00 AM
Elliott Library, Room 507
Ethics for Children: Happy Bones Festival
Ethics for Children: Happy Bones Festival
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Elliott Library, Room 507

This week:

Bring a picture & story of an ancestor to this fusion-style "dia de los muertos." We'll do special face painting of decorated bones, and we'll dance with the "happy bones" of our skeletons, celebrating without imaginations ignited by ancestors. 

Every week:

11am: Ceremonial Hall, 4th floor - Ethical's inclusive community gathers for greetings and music.

11:15am: Adults and teens may choose to stya for the Morning Meeting. Children will be led to Elliott Library on the 5th floor for an independent project of friendship, creativity, and deed.

12:30pm: Pick-up on the 5th floor or on the playground (6th floor) weather permitting.

Lunch & Social Hour (Cafeteria, 6th floor). Children and teens always eat free! Complimentary lunch for first-time newcomer parents/caregivers.

12:30-2pm Family playground time (6th floor), weather permitting.

Send RSVPs or inquiries to EthicsForChildren@nysec.org. For more information, visit YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com.

12:45 PM
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
Lunch & Social Hour
Lunch & Social Hour
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 12:45pm
School Cafeteria, 6th Floor
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
Film & Discussion: Seeing Through The Wall
Film & Discussion: Seeing Through The Wall
Sunday, October 29, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

Join us for a free special screening of SEEING THROUGH THE WALL with our platform speakers, Rabbi Dov Taylor and filmmaker Anne Macksoud.

*Come at 11am for a talk by Taylor and Macksoud:


In 2016, Rabbi Dov Taylor invited a group of Americans to join him on a tour of Israel and Palestine. This 12-day excursion was not planned as a sight-seeing tour, though there were plenty of sights to see. Rather, the purpose was to introduce tour members to Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories and East Jerusalem, or as Rabbi Taylor put it, “I wanted Americans, and American Jews in particular, to have the opportunity to meet and get to know some Palestinians as human beings, just like themselves, with the same hopes and fears and dreams.”

For Israelis and for Jews around the world, the 1948 War of Independence was a miracle—and a new beginning for a suffering people. For Palestinians, it turned out to be a catastrophe. Both narratives are authentic and paying attention to them is an ethical act. All of the tour members were well aware of the miracle but most were not familiar with the catastrophe. For twelve days they toured Israel and Palestine with the intention of listening and learning. They met with Israelis and Palestinians and witnessed what life is like for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. They learned about the situation of Palestinians who are citizens of Israel and met with Israeli and Palestinian activists who are working for peace.

Seeing through the Wall is not a history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1948, with all its moral complexities and tragic suffering on both sides, but a look at the present everyday life of Palestinians. It invites and challenges viewers to question their own assumptions and prejudices.

PRAISE for Seeing through the Wall

“Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with me. I just watched it from start to end. I was moved by the film and the people you met with. The complexity of the situation and the trauma by all sides truly came through as did the emotional and intellectual reactions.”
—Josh Bloom, MEJDI Tours

“I was deeply moved by this powerful and transformative film! Some of the poignant images will stay with me a very long time. How you happened to stumble across that young Palestinian boy with a true poet’s soul, I don’t know, but it was a perfect ending. I am changed by this film, and I don’t say that about many films, or any films. So thank you.”
—Kathleen Kiley, Writer

“I have just viewed Seeing Through the Wall, which has so many special heartfelt true moments and lessons for peace. The 17-year-old Palestinian fellow, wise beyond years, who closes the film with his poem, “Should I Apologize” is still with me, and not far behind him the linking people through shared pain, allowing their spirituality and hearts to open rather than be blocked off.”
—Gus Nasmith, Human Rights Activist

” I cannot tell you adequately how deeply touched I was by Seeing Through the Wall. It is a magnificent and important piece of work. It should be shown in every synagogue, mosque and church throughout the land.”
—Sister Jeanne Ronzani, Educator

“I’m still choked up after seeing the film just now. Every detail was wrenching. The music, the filming, the photography, the message. What was so strong (and different from other documentaries I have seen on this subject) was that this film is about human beings—not politicians.”
—Susan Meyer, Book Publisher

“This is a very moving film – good both on an intellectual level and on a heart level. I think it will spark good discussion. It is a solid and tender and really a stirring piece of work that is much needed at this time.”
—Simon Dennis, Center for Transformational Practice

“I just finished watching the film and drying my eyes. Thank you Dov for the trip and to the film crew for creating such a moving piece of work. It was so closely tied to the experience, I was amazed.”
—Rabbi Lev Baesh, tour participant

“A solid, tender and really a stirring piece of work that is much needed at this time.”
—Simon Dennis, Center for Transformational Practice