Congregation Beth Shalom will present Rabbi Debbie Prinz, a Scholar-in Residence, on Friday and Saturday, October  16-17.  Rabbi Prinz will discuss the relationship between Jews and chocolate. There is no charge for the evening session on Friday, October 16 and the morning meeting on Saturday, October 17, but there are charges for the luncheon and evening meetings on Saturday, October 17.

According to Milt Newman, the Congregation’s publicity chair, “Rabbi Debbie Prinz recently served the Central Conference of American Rabbis as Director of Program and Member Services and the Director of the Joint Commission on Rabbinic Mentoring, having held a number of leadership positions in the national and regional Reform movement.”

Her book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, was published in 2013. She lectures about chocolate and religion around the world. The book is being used in adult study, classroom settings, book clubs and chocolate tastings.

On Friday, October 16 at 7:45 p.m. a discussion will take place during the regular Shabbat services. It will be an introduction to the weekend at no charge.

On Saturday, October 17, at 10 a.m., a discussion, What is the Best Chocolate: Our Jewish Values, will take place at no charge. This discussion focuses on Jewish choices in our chocolate purchases. A look at criteria for purchasing the best chocolate from several perspectives, including sustainability and fair labor practices. At 12 Noon, there will be a catered lunch for all sponsors with Rabbi Prinz (there is a charge).

Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m. will be Jews on the Chocolate Trail. Treat yourself to a presentation on Jews on the Chocolate Trail, followed by a wine reception and chocolate tasting for sponsors only. Proceeds support programming at Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon.

Sponsorship opportunities are available as Contributor-$40; Donor-$80; Supporter-$150 or Pillar $360 and up. For more information on the sponsorship for this major event, please call 681-6547.

Checks may be made payable to Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon and should be mailed to 706 Bryan Rd., Brandon FL 33511.  Please indicate that this donation is for the Scholar-in-Residence program.

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