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Congregation B’nai Jacob (CBJ) Adult Education Fall 2019

Guest Speakers

Sunday, October 27, 10 AM

Adina Hoffman: “Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City”

Award winning essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman will discuss her book “Till We Have Built Jerusalem,” a gripping and intimate journey into the lives of three very different architects who helped shape modern Jerusalem.  A powerful rumination on memory and forgetting, place and displacement, the book uncovers multiple layers of one great city’s buried history as it asks what it means, in Jerusalem and everywhere, to be foreign and to belong.  A $10 donation to CBJ is suggested for non-members.

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

Sunday, November 10

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

“Auschwitz: Not Long Ago.  Not Far Away”

“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


“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”.  A B’nai Jacob member, Edelglass was the founding director of the Jewish Community Library at the JCC.  RSVP to 203-389-2111 or cbj.receptionist@gma.

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