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Congregation B’nai Jacob Adult Education Winter 2019

Screening Of The Film “Marshall” And Discussion With Preston Tisdale

Sunday, March 3 – 3:00pm

Watch a special screening of this major film about the collaboration between a young Thurgood Marshall and a Jewish lawyer to defend an innocent black man in Bridgeport in 1940 against a backdrop of segregation and antisemitism.  Atty. Preston Tisdale, associate of screenwriter Michael Koskoff,, will lead a discussion of the film.  Mr. Tisdale is a former Director of Special Public Defenders for CT, and his father was an important member of the Bridgeport African-American community in the 1940s, attending the trial and hearing Marshall speak.  Gain a unique perspective on American Civil Rights history.

Guest Speaker

Elizabeth Edelglass

Saturday, March 23 Following Kiddush 12:30 Pm

“Writing Jewish American Fiction in 2019”

Acclaimed short story author, most recently published in “New Haven Review”, “Tablet” and Jewish Fiction.net”.  CBJ member and past Director of the Jewish Community Library at the JCC, Elizabeth Edelglass will discuss her writing practice in today’s climate of rising antisemitism, hate speech, and political unrest.  Edelglass will present what has changed for her as a fiction writer and how her sense of social responsibility finds its way into her work.

Ongoing Classes

Reading the Talmud

Rabbi Rona Shapiro

Mondays Evenings 7:30 pm – March 11, 18, 25; April 1,8,15

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.

The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

Group Discussion, Saturdays 1 pm – April 13

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.

NEW! B’nai Jacob Book Group

Open to all members

Rescheduled meeting Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 pm in the B’nai Jacob Library

Join in a discussion of “If All the Seas Were Ink” by Ilana Kurshan. T his memoir about a young woman’s study of Talmud ties in nicely with the Rabbi’s class, Reading the Talmud.  “In this deeply personal and often hilarious story, Kurshan shows us how the Talmud’s thousands of strange and demanding pages…become a conversation about how best to live one’s life,” Dara Horn.

Future books and dates will be decided by the group.  Please RSVP to 203-389-2111 or cbj.receptionist@gmail.com.

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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