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Princeton NJ Events

Events for Sunday January 22, 2023

A Fresh Look at Pirkei Avot, The Jewish Center Princeton

Sunday January 22, 2023
9:30 AM

January 22, February 5 & 26, 9:30am

Sponsored by The Jewish Center Princeton

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With Joe Rosenstein -  In person + virtual

Pirkei Avot is the only tractate of the Mishnah that teaches no laws and tells no stories. Instead, it introduces ethical and judicial principles and advises scholars, would[1]be scholars, and the rest of us how our tradition was transmitted and how to interact with our contemporaries in both intimate and communal settings. Following a lifetime of studying and teaching this text, Joe Rosenstein recently completed a book entitled Reflections on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers): Not Just What My Rebbe Taught Me, in which he examines each teaching, as is usually done, but in which he also looks at the text from a broader perspective—identifying the primary ethical principles that are contained therein and musing on their continuing relevance.

There will be three sessions. The first session will provide an overview of Pirkei Avot and will review selected teachings. The second session will focus on the major innovations in Judaism that took place in the first two centuries of the common era, as reflected in Pirkei Avot. In the third session, we will read and discuss a selection of the 88 ethical instructions Joe has extracted from Pirkei Avot. You are welcome to attend any or all of these sessions.

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Princeton University Concerts: Community Chamber Jam: Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Sunday January 22, 2023
3:00 PM

Amateur musicians of all ages and levels are invited to join members of the Me2/Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Braunstein, in a stigma-free community play-along of Beethoven’s iconic 5th Symphony, hosted by Princeton University Concerts.

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Choral Reading of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers, Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs

Sunday January 22, 2023
4:00 PM

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 3:00 pm mini-rehearsal; 4:00 pm reading

Conductor: Lee Milhous (Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, Rt 206 at Cherry Hill Road, Princeton NJ

Choral singers welcome. No auditions. Vocal scores provided. $10 admission for singers (or annual membership). Free for students and non-singing guests. Members of the community gathered together for the common and joyful enterprise of making music, to sing through for their own pleasure the great works in choral literature, with chorus, orchestra, and soloists as the works require. The meetings are informal readings in which any musically interested person may join the chorus. There are no separate rehearsals and no auditions. Conductors usually do some preparation with the chorus before the sing-through. This varies from minimal snatches for well-known pieces to a complete review for unfamiliar works. For further information email musical.amateurs@gmail.com

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