Midrash Shabbat


Karaites: Inside or Outside the Big Jewish Tent?

Saturday, April 12th, following Shabbat Services and a Kiddush Luncheon

Sometime around the 7th century C.E. a group of Jews living in Egypt decided that Judaism must be based on the Tanakh (Jewish Bible) alone, and not on Rabbinic interpretations and texts. Mainstream Judaism rejected them and their approach to tradition.

Today, between 40,000 and 50,000 Karaites remain, most of them living in Israel, but in the United States as well, especially in Northern California.

Some rabbinic authorities’ accept them as Jews, while others still reject them.

At this Midrash Shabbat Tifereth Israel member Joseph Bendah will share his personal experience and knowledge of Karaism and Karaites, and provide insight into this ancient tradition and its followers.

This month’s Kiddush luncheon is being sponsored by Lilian and Joseph Bendah and Toshie and Simon Lebhar.

Shabbat services begin at 9:15 a.m. and are followed by a light Kiddush lunch enjoyed prior to the discussion. Child care will be available during Shabbat Services as well as the discussion.



Learn more about our Midrash Shabbat program here.