Adult Education

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We are excited to welcome to our congregation Aryeh Green who was born in the US but has lived in Israel over 30 years.  Currently the VP strategic investment of Gigawatt Global, an Israel-based developer of solar electricity fields in Africa, Aryeh has served in a variety of roles including as the founding director of MediaCentral, a Jerusalem-based project of Honest Reporting providing support services to foreign journalists based in or visiting Israel. He is also a high-tech business consultant and executive, public diplomacy (“hasbara”) spokesman, regional democracy activist and reserve briefing officer in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. He was born in Washington, DC, grew up in San Francisco, studied at UC Berkeley, and made Aliya in 1984.  He has been a policy advisor to Natan Sharansky since the mid-1990s and was on the executive staff of Sharansky’s Yisrael B’Aliya party and a senior member of minister Sharansky’s staff in the prime minister’s office.

Join us Friday evening, September 9, 2016, when we will enjoy his first talk in place of the rabbi’s sermon during our 7:30 p.m. services.  His talk “The Truth about Israel from a Parsha Perspective” will introduce the weekend and the theme of Israel’s legitimacy, and will relate to how Israel is portrayed in the media in light of the weekly Torah portion.

Join us on Saturday morning, September 10, 2016, between 10:30 a.m. and noon when our guest will deliver his second talk in place of the regular Torah study.  Titled “Myths and Madness in the Middle East,” this talk will continue to discuss Israel’s legitimacy (and the efforts to attack it) in greater detail and refute those assaults on Israel’s existence.  There will be ample time for questions and discussion.  As always we will provide coffee and tea and bagels and cream cheese for those who come with an appetite for both food and information.

Saturday evening we will join in our social hall at 7:00 p.m. for a dessert buffet and Havdalah service followed by his final talk, “The View from Here.”  Aryeh offers a unique perspective; having been raised in America but living and working in Israel for over 30 years, he understands the questions and concerns American Jews have with Israel.  That evening he is comfortable sharing his experiences hiking the Israel National Trail as well as Israelis’ thoughts about the Iran deal and the upcoming US elections (but he will not take a political side).  Together we will deepen our understanding of the Israeli perspective on our current events.

Thanks to the Ted Orliss Scholar-in-Residence fund, CBI is able to welcome scholars like Aryeh Green to our community.  This will be a special weekend for all those who participate.  Please share this information with your neighbors and friends.  The three talks should be enriching, enlightening and uplifting.   


Shabbat Morning Study

On the first Shabbat of each month (January, February, ... , December) CBI will hold a traditional Shabbat service, starting at 9:00 AM and ending at about 10:30 a.m. with Shabbat Study following at 10:45 a.m.

On every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Shabbat will be a study session with the Rabbi to discuss the week's Torah portion, starting at 10:30 AM and ending at about noon.  The Rabbi welcomes input from all those attending.


Lunch with the Rabbi

Once a month, the rabbi welcomes congregants to join him at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch and discussion. The group has been meeting at Cafe Stravaganza. Topics include "Israel Today," "Jewish Teachings on War," "Jewish forms of Prejudice."

Time: Thursdays at 12 PM

Cost: $18.00 (meal charge)


Scholar-in-Residence Weekends

Visiting scholars will be scheduled (approximately 2-3 times a year) to join us and to share their expertise with us. The exact schedule will vary, perhaps including Friday Shabbat dinner with a presentation, perhaps a Saturday morning presentation, perhaps a discussion with the Saturday Shabbat service, perhaps Saturday evenings with Havdalah and a dessert buffet. Sometimes the scholar will offer a fourth presentation on Sunday mornings as well. These events are open to everyone, but there may be a small fee for non-CBI members for Sabbath dinner.  

 Jewish Book Group

The Jewish Book Group meets once a month to discuss books selected by the members. E-mail notices about book selections are sent to group members, who are responsible for obtaining their own copies.

Time: Second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM.

Location: Meetings are held in the homes of group members.

Participants are encouraged top sign up at the Temple office.


Best Years

Are you a CBI senior? The Best Years program offers dynamic speakers, delicious lunches, trips to exciting and educational events...what could be better? Suggestions about future speakers, trips, programs and movies are welcome. Also let us know if you need a free ride to these events.

Time: Once each month. Visit our calendar page for more information.

Visit our calendar page on the website or the Shofar for current offerings!

Adult Education Offerings   

Adult Education at Congregation Beth Israel has three components: Hebrew, Torah Study and Judaic Studies.

Prayer Book Hebrew

Introductory Hebrew– the alphabet and beginning recognition of Hebrew words found in the prayer book (Sunday morning – Rosemary Lande)

Intermediate Hebrew– Translation and study of Torah portions with emphasis on vocabulary and grammar (Tuesday evenings -Sam Levinger and Rosemary Lande)

Saturday morning Torah study

Rabbi Greenbaum will lead a discussion of the week's Torah portion.  Please check the calendar.  Coffee and light snacks will be available.

Judaic Study

History and development of the Jewish liturgy This program is designed for parents of children in the Sunday religious school, but all are invited.

To discover more about these and future adult education programs, please review our calendar and events pages.