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Congregation B’nai Jacob Events


Ongoing Classes

Zohar: Kabbalah, Part 2

Rabbi Rona Shapiro/Monday nights, 7:30 pm to 9 pm/March 6, 13, 20; April 3, 24; May 1

We will delve into this amazing, wild, and mysterious book and gain an understanding of the imaginative life of the kabbalists and the possibilities for our own connection to God.

No experience necessary.  Free to B’nai Jacob members.  $100 nonmembers

Wednesdays with Rabbi Shapiro/March 8, 15, 22, 29 at noon

Come bring your lunch and learn with the Rabbi. We will decide at the January 4 meeting what topics we want to cover.  This is a drop-in class — you can come when you can, and no previous experience is necessary.

Special Events

Shabbat Lunch & Learn

March 18th following Kiddush

Wendy Waxman & Barbara Mazur/The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook

Discovered in the rare book room at YIVO, this beautiful cookbook, published in 1938 in Yiddish, became a reclamation project for our two speakers. They have revived this historical treasure, had it published in English in 2015, and will share the amazing story of its author, Fania Lewando, owner of a thriving restaurant, part of a vegetarian movement in “the Jerusalem of Lithuania.” Come hear, come sample at Kiddush, come order a book.


April 8, Shabbat following Kiddush/Mellila Hellner-Eshed, Ph.D.

Professor of Zohar in Jewish Studies at Hebrew University; researcher at Hartman Institute, Jerusalem – Leaving Egypt, On Being Born, Yetziat Mitzrayim

An expert on Jewish spirituality, and a central figure in the Israeli renaissance of the study of Jewish texts, Dr. Hellner-Eshed will teach us about the Exodus as seen through the Jewish mystical tradition. Come and learn about Passover from an entirely new perspective.

Congregation B’nai Jacob – 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525, (203) 389-2111 (office), (203) 389-5293 (fax),


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