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Congregation B’nai Jacob Adult Education Fall 2019

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.  Lively discussion over bagels and coffee.  No experience necessary.

Learn to Daven

Cantor Malachi Kanfer

Cantor Malachi teaches davening (reciting the prayers):  Learn the modes and maneuvers of traditional Ashkenazi Shabbat nusachot (the beautiful, meaningful melodies of our rich liturgical tradition).  Fall 2019.  Contact the Cantor for more information and to register.

Ongoing Learning

Pirkei Avot, The Ethics of the Fathers

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Monday nights, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9; January 6, 27

Using the new Rabbinical Assembly edition, with commentary by Raba Tamar Elad-Appelbaum and Rabbi Gordon Tucker, we will explore this foundational text in the Jewish canon.  Everyone is welcome.  No experience necessary.  Nonmembers $100.

Special Events

Day trip to NYC’s Museum of Jewish Heritage Special Exhibit

“Auschwitz:  Not Long Ago. Not Far Away”

Sunday, November 10

“For the first time… a traveling exhibition dedicated to the historic (importance) of ‘the most significant site of the Holocaust’ is being presented to a US audience.”

We will travel on a comfortable coach from CBJ to the museum and back.  We will have both audio recordings and special exhibition docents to guide our visit.  Explore this enriching, difficult memorial with the support of Rabbi Shapiro and our community.  Reservations are limited.  Priority for members and their guests.  Payment Before 10/10:  Per person – $54 Including bus; $25 museum only.  Payment After 10/10:  Per person – $72 including bus; $36 museum only.  RSVP and questions:  CBJ office. 203-389-2111 or cbj.recptionist@gmail.com.

CBJ Book Group

Wednesday, December 4 7:30 pm in the library

Join in a discussion of “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish

Winner Of A National Jewish Book Award A Usa Today Bestseller “A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.”—Toni Morrison

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, “The Weight of Ink” is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect:  Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

Discussion will be led by Elizabeth Edelglass.  Elizabeth Edelglass is an award-winning short story writer, recently published in “New Haven Review,” “Tablet,” and JewishFiction.net.  She also reviews Jewish fiction for “Lilith” and Hadassah Magazine.  RSVP to 203-389-2111 or cbj.receptionist@gma.

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