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Congregation B’nai Jacob Adult Education Fall 2018

Sunday Morning Speaker Series

Sunday, October 14, 10:00am

Dan Oren, MD – “The Wedding Photo”

Drawing from his new book, “The Wedding Photo,” B’nai Jacob member Dan Oren shares discoveries from his extended family that bring genealogy to life.  A visit with his wife’s cousin unearths a breathtaking photograph of a 1926 Berlin wedding and leads to finding their unimaginable post-wedding lives.  An archivist in Prague discovers a secret uncle with a celebrity-filled life.  A New York Times article about Philip Roth dramatically uncovers a 90-year old man’s hidden Jewish identity.  If you haven’t started your own genealogical queries yet, after this talk you will!

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.

Special Events

Friday, October 19, 6 pm

HIAS Shabbat – Dinner, Services and Special Program, Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Avenue, Orange

For 137 years, HIAS (The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) has been welcoming immigrants and helping them to build new lives in America.  HIAS welcomed our great-grandparents; today, it welcomes our neighbors.  Join us for an inspiring program to learn more about the immigrant experience yesterday and today, and the work our community is doing trough JCARR (Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement) to resettle refugees in our community.

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

Monday evenings 7:30 pm – October 15, 22, 29; 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.

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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