His visit to Israel Congregation is sponsored by ICM members Carol & Paul Miller.
Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Kaunfer will speak about "Innovation and Prayer: A New Way to Read the Siddur (prayerbook)." During the communal Shabbat Dinner following the service, he will expand on the subject and have an opportunity to dialogue with the community.
During lunch on Saturday at noon Rabbi Kaunfer's topic is "Innovation and Community: The Future of Synagogue Life." Brandeis Professor of Jewish History, Jonathan D. Sarna calls Rabbi Kaunfer's thinking "Empowered Judaism," which "represents the latest chapter in this uplifting history of religious creativity." Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Kaunfer will address "Innovative Aesthetics: Praying with the Senses." The service of Separation at the end of Shabbat, havdalah, will happen at sundown.
Food will be served at all three programs.
More information about Rabbi Kaunfer is available online at www.mechonhadar.org. The weekend is being chaired by ICM congregants Dr. David & Linda Sischy.