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Adult Learning Opportunities

Starting a New Year with New Programs!
All CBI Adult Education programs require registration. Some programs are virtual only. Check Chai Lights, our bi-monthly Bulletin and Adult Education emails for registration information and links. To receive Adult Education emails, please contact Rabbi Rosenbaum at hrosenbaum@cbict.org. Most programs are free of charge. You are encouraged to make a donation to Congregation Beth Israel’s adult education fund to make continued offerings possible and we thank you for your consideration. CLICK HERE to support our program.

CANCELED: Thursday, September 21 at 8:30pm, Virtual
Louis Schmidt and “The Untold Story of How the Stories Were Told”
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: Louis Schmidt will talk about the genesis of his involvement with the USC Shoah Foundation interviewing survivors, how he was chosen for the position, and the remarkable videotaped conversations he conducted with these unforgettable martyrs of one of world history’s darkest periods. Schmidt is the winner of three Emmy and Four Ace Awards and as well as the Silver Medal from the International Television Festival of New York. He was formerly a reporter for LOOK Magazine and a Senior Producer for the National Football League for 33 years, producing HBO’s award winning show “Inside the NFL” for 16 seasons. He’s an engaging and charismatic speaker who has shared his story globally, receiving accolades from audiences around this world for his talks discussing his experience with the Shoah Foundation.

Sundays at 10:30am, In Person Only
October 15, November 12, December 17, January 21
“Jewish Poetry Series” with Claire Serpi
Have you always wished you had more poetry in your life? Do you know that there is a world of wonderful Jewish poetry waiting to be enjoyed?  Join a roundtable discussion about the great poets of Jewish history as we cover a handful of their seminal works one Sunday morning per month. Literary figures to include Emma Lazarus, Allen Ginsberg, Yehuda Amichai, and Adrienne Rich, among others. CBI congregant and poet Claire Serpi will introduce each writer with a brief biography before we embark on a close reading of selected poems and workshop-style commentary. No prior background necessary!

Thursday, October 26 at 8:30pm, Virtual
Itzhak Brook and “A Physician’s Personal Account of the Yom Kippur War”
This presentation includes a description of the historical background of the Yom Kippur War and its effects on Israeli society, as well as Dr. Brook’s personal experiences and challenges as a battalion physician in the Sinai. He will address the physical and psychological traumas his soldiers had to cope with, the effect of religion on them, the cost of war in human life and suffering, and the daily struggle for survival in the difficult war which threatened Israel’s existence. Itzhak Brook, M.D., M.Sc., is a Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC. He was born and raised in Haifa, Israel and earned his medical degree from Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine, in Jerusalem. He served in the Israeli army as a medic in the Six Day War in 1967 and as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur war.

Continuing in Fall 2023 with 6 Sessions
“Together & Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood”

Dates & Times TBA *In Person Only at CBI*
Adult Ed is once again offering this exciting program through the esteemed Shalom Hartman Institute. The program addresses the complex features of Jewish peoplehood and the contemporary challenges to the Jewish people in an era in which we have moved from having no home to having two different, vibrant, homes in Israel and North America. The 14 unit program will be compressed into 10 in person sessions at CBI led by Rabbi Fliegel. We’ll conduct 4 sessions over the winter and spring and complete the course with 6 sessions in the fall. Questions? Please contact Mike Honor at mhonor205@gmail.com or Roberta Tansman at roberta.tansman@gmail.com.

S.A.G.E. Programs
Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 11:00am *In person at CBI unless otherwise specified*
These programs are for everyone, regardless of age! Visit our calendar for information on upcoming speakers. Most programs are followed by lunch at $12 per person. For more information, contact Barb Lavine (wslavine@comcast.net) or Kay Weiss (steven.k.weiss@gmail.com).