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Congregation B’nai Jacob Adult Education Fall/Winter 2018

Guest Speaker Series

Sunday, November 4, 10 am at BEKI, New Haven

Rabbi Martin S. Cohen, Editor of the new Lev Shalem edition of Pirke Avot:  Ethics of the Fathers

“How to Live a Good Life:  What does Jewish Wisdom Literature Teach?”

Rabbi Cohen will speak about the newest volume in the Lev Shalem series, which features commentary by upcoming Elm City Kallah scholar Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum and Gordon Tucker, prominent rabbi and former dean at JTS.  Participate in a panel discussion with Rabbis Fred Hyman, Rona Shapiro, and Jon-Jay Tilsen, analyzing the wisdom of the sages with historical and contemporary insights.  Order the book in advance to enhance your engagement.  Register for the free brunch.  Be part of the conversation.

Saturday, December 1, 12:30 pm, after Kiddush

Jaime Gerber, MD, FACC, Assoc. Prof. Clinical Medicine, Yale University

“You Should Live so Long!  A Guide to Longevity”

Israel ranked 5th for healthy longevity as cited in the UN World Happiness Report 2018!  What are the secrets to a healthy lifestyle?  Is there a fountain of youth?  Yale cardiologist and BJ member Dr. Jaime Gerber will be our teacher and guide.  Young or old, come and join the discussion.

Sunday, December 9, 10 am

Hasia Diner, PhD, Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at NYU

“Roads Taken:  The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way”

Between the late 1700s and the 1920s, nearly one-third of the world’s Jews emigrated to new lands.  Crossing borders and often oceans, they followed paths paved by intrepid peddlers who preceded them.  Hasia Diner’s new book tells the story of millions of discontented young Jewish men who sought opportunity abroad.  These traveling men brought change to the geography of Jewish history.  We are privileged to hear this fascinating story from Dr. Diner, scholar, author, and National Jewish Book Award winner.

Special Events

Sunday, November 11, 9:30-11:30 am

Challah Baking

Dana Schwartz, MD and Leslie Zackin will demonstrate two ways to prepare your challah dough:  hand kneading and using a standing mixer with a dough hook.  Home baked challah is a real treat and much easier than you might think!  RSVP by November 7 to 203-389-2111 or cbj.receptionist@gmail.com.  No fee to participate, but an $18 donation to the Congregation B’nai Jacob Kiddush Fund is suggested.

Ongoing Classes

Mondays evenings 7:30 pm – November 5, 12, 26; December 3, 10

Reading the Talmud, Rabbi Rona Shapiro

The Babylonian Talmud, in many ways more so than the Bible, is the core text of the Jewish people and yet it is unknown to many of us.  We will explore some of its breadth and depth, looking at both stories (aggadah) and law (halacha) as we work to gain insight into the rabbinic project and its meaning for us.  No knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is required.  Registration closed.

The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Saturdays at 1pm, November 17 and December 15

Amichai is Israel’s poet laureate.  He, more than any other poet, captures the paradoxes of faith and love and “Israeliness” in familiar language and bold simile.  We will take two Shabbat afternoons to explore a poem or two each time.  Poems will be sent out to participants ahead of time, so registration is necessary.

Learning and Prayer

Bread & Torah

EVERY Shabbat Morning Before Services, 9:00 – 9:45am – Rabbi Shapiro explores the weekly Torah portion and how its story relates to our own.  This year we will explore the Book of Jonah and the Five Megillot.  Lively discussion over bagels and coffee.  No experience necessary.

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