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Congregation B’nai Jacob Adult Education Spring 2019

Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Saturday, May 4, after Kiddush (12:30 pm)

Mark Gottdiener, PhD, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, U. at Buffalo, Winner of the Lynd Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Sociological Association

“The Culture of Lying”

Dr. Gottdiener’s book, The Culture of Lying, demonstrates how our “post-fact” culture is coming apart through the saturation of lying in all our social institutions.  Truth is no longer relevant, and negative sanctions no longer follow damaging acts of falsehood.  Rather, present socialization norms encourage deception with impunity.  Please join us to hear Professor Gottdiener’s explanation, grounded in the social sciences, of this pressing societal problem.


Sunday, May 19 at 10 am

(minyan at 9 am followed by a light breakfast will precede the talk at 10 am)

Rachel Korazim, noted Israeli educator

“Messages from Sinai – Learnings from Auschwitz”

How Israeli Poetry Shapes Israeli Society through the Influence of the Bible and the Holocaust

Rachel Korazim is a freelance Jewish education consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education.  She engages audiences worldwide through innovative presentations built around the stories, poems, and songs of Israel’s best writers.  Her thought provoking talks open a window onto Israeli society, inviting listeners to engage with the country and its history in new ways.

Ongoing Classes

Reading the Talmud

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Mondays evenings 7:30 pm

May 6

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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