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Spring Adult Education Programs

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Creating a Culture of Mutual Respect-The Jewish Art of Constructive Conflict

with Rabbi Justin David

Jews of Color in American Jewish Life

May 19, 7:00 pm

Outdoors, in-person at CBI and livestream

Join us for a community conversation with Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director of the Jews of Color Initiative, whose organization produced a study documenting the experiences of Jews of Color in Jewish spaces. The study shows how the deepening awareness of American Jewry as being racially diverse prompts communities to reckon with cultural practices that have rendered Jews of Color invisible. Ilana will engage us in a community dialogue, invite our questions, and ultimately challenge us to consider practical next steps in our ongoing transformation.

Disability and Synagogue Community

with Rabbi Justin David

Sundays at 10 AM and Tuesdays at 7 PM, May 1 (Sun.), May 10 (Tues.), May 15 (Sun.), May 24 (Tues.)

What happens when we create a community around a true sense of diverse abilities? How do we open up a space not only for people who are readily able to show their desire to seek connection, but also for those for whom our society presents challenges of access and acceptance? These sessions will examine some core teachings on Judaism and disability, prompting conversations and long term action that I hope will change how we see ourselves and operate as a spiritual refuge for all.

Register Here for the Zoom Link

Creating a Culture of Mutual Respect-The Jewish Art of Constructive Conflictwith Rabbi Justin David

Weds, April 27 (cancelled); May 3, 11, 18 and 25
at 7 pm

Makhloket, translated as “argument,” is really a mode of interaction that strives for decency and dignity through predictable human conflict. Far from being a threat to human relationships, conflict in Jewish tradition, when engaged in with respect, can open new doors. Join me as we study texts and teachings from throughout our tradition that reflect on how we can draw on conflict to amplify our shared humanity. 

Register here for the Zoom link.

Adult Education

At Congregation B'nai Israel, education is a cornerstone of Jewish life. Each year, we host a range of robust programming designed to include all, and exclude none. We hope you’ll find a program that sparks your interest, and that you’ll join us in this quest for knowledge.

Guest speaker Dr. Henry Simkin at Valley Jewish Senior Luncheon-His Days as a Mohel

Rabbi David's Text Study Class

Teaching How to Make Rugelach at CBI Cafe

Text Study with Rabbi Justin David

This weekly class is an informal study of Jewish texts and lively discussions, now held online every Tuesday at 12:15 pm. Registration is not required, and there is no charge.  Zoom link here.

Thu, May 26 2022 25 Iyyar 5782