We are pleased to share with you the Board of Directors of Adas Israel has decided to bring back the monthly midrash or study session. The midrash was started several years ago by former board president Sam Soifer and was designed to share Jewish and non-Jewish thoughts about laws, customs and contemporary issues.
From the Press Release:
“Traditionally a midrash is an explanation of what the Torah has to say regarding various laws and customs,” says Congregation President Alan Steckman. “In this effort we look at the weekly Torah portion and then have a conversation as to how it relates to the world today. What social, religious and even political implications does it have that may be appropriate to Jews and non-Jews alike. It is our way of doing outreach to the entire religious community of Mason City.”
Established by former Adas Israel president Sam Soifer, The Midrash offers Jews and non-Jews the opportunity to learn more about what it means to look at the Bible through multiple sets of eyes. Leading the series will be Michael P. Libbie of Des Moines who has served as the congregations’ spiritual leader for the past twenty-five years. “Adas Israel is a very welcoming congregation and I’m thrilled the Board has decided to recommit to this very successful learning process for the citizens of Mason City.” Libbie added that this educational opportunity is not an effort to convert non-Jews to Judaism. “Our faith is committed to respect all faith groups and, in fact, we have a prohibition regarding proselytization or trying to convert others to our belief.” The Midrash will be held this Saturday, the 27th starting at 10:30am. Adas Israel is located at 620 North Adams, Mason City.