Torah Study
Year-Round, Every Shabbat Morning
8:45-9:45 AM – Bendalin Conference Room, CBI
Instructors: Rabbi Kahn & Guest Clergy – No Cost

Join us for Torah study every Shabbat from 8:45 to 9:45 am in the Bendalin Conference room. It is open to everyone regardless of Jewish literacy or Hebrew knowledge. Enhance your comfort level with Judaism.  There is no preparation required. The class is led by the rabbis, with a healthy dose of humor and thoughtful discussion of text. As the Torah is timeless, its relevance to modern life is a part of our weekly study. According to the Talmud “The study of Torah [is greater than the sum of doing all Mitzvot] because it leads to them all”. Bagels, shmear, coffee and juice are provided.

Lunch n’ Learn
November 17; December 8; January 12; February 9; March 9; April 13; May 11
Noon-1pm, Bendalin Conference Room, CBI
Instructor: Rabbi Keller
No Cost

Once per month Rabbi Rony Keller will lead an informal group discussion on current events which concern the Jewish community.  Topics include: Israeli politics and society and North American Jewish issues of interest.

NEW Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Wednesdays, November 2, 2016-April 19, 2017; No class December 21, December 28 & January 4.
7-8:30pm at CBI

Instructor: Rabbi Rony Keller, RJE
Cost: $500, plus cost of printed or ebook
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Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today.

NEW Foundations of Jewish Family Living: Jewish Values for Parents to Share with Their Children
10 class sessions, Wednesdays, August 31 thru December 14.
11:30am-1:00pm, Instructors: Rabbi Rony Keller, RJE, Stacy Rosenthal, RJE, Chantelle Sabbath, co-chair PJ Library
Cost: $150, plus book
Contact: Rabbi Tracee Rosen at meltonphoenix@gmail.com

What are the Jewish Values you want your child to know?
Foundations of Jewish Family Living is new learning opportunity for parents that provides a thought-provoling encounter with the core values of Judaism.  At a time in a family’s life when a child is experiencing his or her own Jewish education, this rich learning experience provides you with the learning, the language, the confidence to be a teacher to you own children and support Jewish learning at home.

Q & A with Rabbi Kahn
10:15am-11am
Sundays, Monthly
2016: September 11, October 23, November 20, December 18
2017: February 5, March 5 & April 2

Once per month, join Rabbi Kahn in the Bendalin Conference Room for some coffee, bagels and conversation.  This monthly session will provide you with an opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask a rabbi about Jewish tradition, Jewish life and Jewish belief.  All (non synagogue administration related) are welcome!

Death, Dying & the Afterlife from a Jewish Perspective
Sunday, November 13
10:15am-12:15am

Come learn about the variety of Jewish traditions, beliefs and laws about death and the afterlife.  During this session we will cover the myriad of Jewish beliefs regarding what happens when we die including what our tradition teaches us about heaven and hell.  We will also explore a range of Jewish legal obligations for mourners and will touch on topics such as reincarnation and resurrection.

Kabbalah-Introduction to Jewish Mysticism
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
February, 9 & 23  March 2 & 9

Many people believe that the answers to the ‘meaning of life’ can be found by studying Kabbalah – the genre of Jewish esoteric literature which is more commonly known as Jewish “mysticism.” In this course we will study the basic ideas of mysticism including the concept/s of the Sefirot (God’s core characteristics), Kabbalistic interpretations  of: the creation of the universe, love, intimacy and relationships as found in the Zohar (the central literature of Kabbalah) along with many other ideas which are applicable to understanding ourselves and the world around us.

Scholar in Residence Weekend
A Weekend of Learning with Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
January 13-15, 2017

Dr. David Ellenson is the Chancellor of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a beloved teacher of both CBI rabbi’s. Internationally recognized for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history, Rabbi Ellenson’s twelve years as President of the seminary of the Reform Movement (2001-2013) were distinguished by his devotion to sustaining HUC-JIR’s academic excellence and ensuring its financial sustainability. Rabbi Ellenson is also one of the world’s greatest minds of Judaism and through his engaging style of teaching, adult learners will find him among the most captivating and dynamic teachers they have ever experienced.