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Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer

Kesher: Connection! is a series of innovative, educational opportunities to connect a variety of populations to each other, as well as to Columbia Jewish Congregation, in particular.

Do you have an interest in learning and experiencing Judaism?
We invite you to make the connection!

As a rabbi who has been involved in many years of educational grant work projects in the Greater Washington-Baltimore area, Rabbi Ilyse Kramer has extensive and broad educational experience; as well as, a well-established reputation as an intelligent and creative adult educator. She is most interested in crafting educational experiences that focus on connecting Jewish learning and living; and bridging Jewish life and tradition with multi-faith engagement opportunities with others from rich and vibrant religious/spiritual traditions. Most importantly, Rabbi Kramer values adult educational experiences that have the potential to go beyond a “classroom” and directly connect one’s learning to life, to make connections and strengthen relationships, and to impact the spiritual landscape in Columbia, MD.


  • Friday Evening Services
    September 16, 2016, 7:30pm
    "Preparing for the High Holy Days" -- Reflections offered during Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia>

  • Saturday Afternoon
    Series begins: October 17, 2016 (different date because of Sukkot). Additional dates: November 19 and December 17
    "Talmud Study Table and Conversation" -- Once a month gatherings from 4:00pm-5:30pm

  • Sunday Evenings -- once a month
    Series begins on Sunday, September 25, 2016, 7:00pm-8:15pm Additional dates: October 30, November 13 and December 4.
    Members from CJC and St. John's Catholic Church gather for study and conversation at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. Click here for more information.

  • Sunday, September 25, 11:00am
    Texts in Context: Reading and Interpreting the Qu'ran Today
    Continuing our Jewish-Muslim Conversation with returning speaker Mr. Alejandro Beautel, University of MD. Oakland Mills High School. Click here for more details.

    If you are interested in attending these programs or have questions, please contact the CJC Office, 410-730-6044. Please RSVP to Robin. For questions, you can reach me at or 410-660-9910.

    Of course, if you are able to continue to financially support the work we do in our community, please continue to send your donations to: Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia MD 21045. ATTENTION: KESHER: CONNECTION

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