Adult Learning

Israeli-Russian Reception & Panel Presentation

by Lynn Crocker on November 20, 2018

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The Bible on Location

by Lynn Crocker on October 31, 2018

The Bible on Location Thursday, November 29 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Julie Baretz is an Israeli tour guide and author of The Bible on Location, a guidebook to Biblical sites. Her narratives draw on history, archaeology, academic scholarship, and rabbinic literature. About the Author: Julie grew up in Valley Cottage, NY and has a BA degree in English Literature. In... Read more »

Scholar-in-Residence – January 11 – 13, 2019

by Jaymee Alpert on October 25, 2018

Scholar-in-Residence January 11 – 13, 2019 We welcome Rabbi Daniel Vaisrub as our  Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Vaisrub studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar (Efrat, Israel), and Hebrew Theological College (Skokie, Illinois). He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau (former Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Israel). Presently he is Professor of Talmud at Hebrew Seminary (Skokie, Illinois). He has taught Hebrew Bible, Talmud,... Read more »

Hebrew Marathon – December 2 & 9

by Lynn Crocker on October 21, 2018

Hebrew Marathon December 2 & 9 12:45 – 4:30 p.m. Join the beginners adult Hebrew decoding marathon where you will learn techniques necessary to reading prayers, and begin your study for an adult b’nei mitzvah. No knowledge alef/bet is required. Free for CBD members/$36.00 for non members. Sign up online or call the office at 408-257-3333 by 11/27.    ... Read more »

Israel Today! Shabbat Seminars

by Lynn Crocker on October 16, 2018

Israel Today! Shabbat Seminars Saturday, December 15 After lunch, approximately 1:00 p.m.  Wide ranging topics exploring various aspects of Israeli society including, culture, economy, military, immigration etc. and their influence on the Israeli society.  Seminar begins after Kiddush lunch.... Read more »

Modern History of an Ancient City – November 2

by Lynn Crocker on October 11, 2018

Modern History of an Ancient City: Jerusalem from the 20th through 21st Centuries Friday, November 2, begins after services, approx. 7:30pm We invite you for services and an informative discussion with our special speaker, Amit Grinfeld, who will be speaking. Oneg follows.... Read more »

Modern Hebrew – Taught by Sarah Hanuka

by Lynn Crocker on October 11, 2018

Modern Hebrew – Intermediate Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Join us for your second year of modern Hebrew lessons! Come continue to learn vocabulary, grammar and day to day use of words. Modern Hebrew – Beginner Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Join us for your first year of modern Hebrew lessons! Come learn vocabulary, grammar and day to day... Read more »

Hebrew Classes

by Lynn Crocker on October 3, 2018

Beginning Hebrew Mondays 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. In this class, you will acquire basic Hebrew language skills, master basic grammar rules, and build a vocabulary of about 900 words, providing a foundation for Bible study and reading simple literature. Prerequisites include the ability to read printed Hebrew text. This class is appropriate for beginners and for students wishing to... Read more »

AbraKadabra: Magical Brunch & Presentation – October 28

by Lynn Crocker on September 27, 2018

AbraKadabra – Magical Brunch & Presentation Sunday October 28th 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. For adults and mature teens. Come discover with us the magic found in Jewish texts and sources. You will enjoy a delicious brunch while you listen to this fun and exciting presentation by Abra Greenspan. Cost is $5.00 to attend. RSVP online or call the office at... Read more »

Menschlichkeit 101">Menschlichkeit 101

by Lynn Crocker on September 27, 2018

Menschlichkeit 101 Saturday, November 17 & December 1 after lunch, approx 1:00 p.m. Join us after kiddush lunch to learn more about the importance of compassion and respect from Rabbi Pressman.... Read more »

Yoga for the Soul

by Lynn Crocker on September 13, 2018

Yoga for the Soul For Teens and Adults Sunday, December 16  from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Taught by certified Yoga instructor John Nadler. In addition to a challenging workout, John shows how yoga shifts your life’s balance toward a more centered position, balancing the body, the mind and the spirit. This program Is made possible by a grant from... Read more »

Netivot Haneshamah

by Lynn Crocker on September 12, 2018

See calendar for dates   Mindfulness and Meditation   Through the Hasidic Lens                      1st Shabbat 10:30 a.m.                                                                             Using Hassidic Torah text and stories, this class enables participants to find personal meaning in Jewish prayer and discover that current spiritual tools are rooted in the traditional Jewish experience. Led by Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia   Stretching into Shabbat    2nd Shabbat 10:00 a.m.                                  Makom... Read more »

Advance Funeral Planning

by Lynn Crocker on May 17, 2018

Advance Funeral Planning Sunday, June 3rd 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Join us to learn practical knowledge towards clarifying your final wishes. Learn what CBD does to support its members and what Sinai Memorial Chapel offers! Email Barbara Biran for more information... Read more »
Judging Noa by Michal Strutin Book Launch Presentation & Party Thursday, June 21, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Adult Ed Author Michal Strutin will do a presentation, a short reading and a Q&A. Sweet and savory snacks and beverages will be served. All are welcome! Noa, at sixteen, sets out with the twelve tribes of the Exodus, dreaming of... Read more »
Faith Unravels: A Shabbat with author Rabbi Daniel Greyber Saturday April 21 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Jewish law defines the mourning process for a parent, spouse, sibling and child. But what happens when we lose someone who does not fit in those categories? Author of Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle With Grief and God, Rabbi Daniel Greyber will recall his... Read more »

Stealth Altruism – April 17

by Lynn Crocker on March 22, 2018

Stealth Altruism Tuesday April 17 7:30  – 9:00 p.m. Author Dr. Arthur Shostak, in Stealth Altruism, tells inspiring stories of victims of the Holocaust who took great risks to help others, even in situations of extraordinary brutality.... Read more »

Palestinian/Jewish Shared Society – April 8

by Lynn Crocker on March 20, 2018

Two women, a Palestinian and a Jew, the Israeli conflict, and their struggle to build a shared society. Sunday, April 8th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Engage in conversation with these members of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam; the only community where equal numbers of Israeli Palestinians and Jews live and educate their children together, bringing their courageous vision to the rest of... Read more »

Real ID Talk – March 24, 2018

by Lynn Crocker on March 8, 2018

Real ID Talk Saturday, March 24th, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Hear about the Federal and DMV requirements and procedures for Real ID, which will be enacted on October 1, 2020. More information about Real ID... Read more »

A God That Could Be Real – Thursday, May 3rd

by Lynn Crocker on February 22, 2018

Conversations in Jewish Learning: A God That Could Be Real Nancy Ellen Abrams Thursday, May 3, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Noted author Nancy Ellen Abrams explores a concept of God that is consistent with science and unites all humanity, providing the wisdom and sense of meaning we need to face our future together. She answers the question, “Could anything actually... Read more »

I Shall Not Be Silent – March 11

by Lynn Crocker on February 22, 2018

Special Screening at CBD I Shall Not Be Silent Sunday, March 11th 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. I Shall Not Be Silent is a compelling and powerful documentary film about a rabbi who would not be silenced, from synagogues in 1930’s Berlin to the march on Washington in 1963. Prinz arrived in America, the land where democracy had supposedly triumphed over... Read more »
Conversations in Jewish Learning Unavoidable Hope Presented by author Roger Sabbadini Monday, January 29th, 7:30 – 9:00pm Roger Sabbadini, author of Unavoidable Hope, tells the compelling story of his father, Alessandro (Alex) Sabbadini, an Italian Jewish refugee who escaped Fascist Italy on the eve of World War II. After Alex arrived in America, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and... Read more »
Conversations in Jewish Learning Jewish-Catholic Relations in Fiction Presented by Walter Soellner Tuesday, February 13th @  7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Walter Soellner, a retired art professor, is currently writing a series of novels which tell a multi-generational saga of two German families, one Catholic and one Jewish. The story of these families, friends for years, plays out across three continents... Read more »

Jewish Book Discussion Group: Doomed to Succeed

by Lynn Crocker on January 18, 2018

Jewish Book Discussion Group Doomed to Succeed By Dennis Ross, led by Shmuel Shultz Saturday, February 10th after lunch (about 1:15pm) Dennis Ross served as Bill Clinton’s envoy for Arab-Israeli peace and was active in the debates over our policies toward Israel. In Doomed to Succeed, Ross takes us through every administration from Truman to Obama, revealing each president’s attitudes... Read more »
Conversations in Jewish Learning Return to Salonica presented by Elie Alcheck Tuesday January 23rd 7:30 – 9:00pm Elie Alcheck, whose parents were born in Salonica, Greece grew up steeped in Sefardic culture, foods, songs, and the Ladino language. Last June, Elie and his wife Yael travelled to Salonica, motivated by a desire to learn more about Jewish life and his... Read more »

Scholar-in-Residence – Begins Thursday, November 30

by Lynn Crocker on November 16, 2017

Scholar-in-Residence Beyond the Headlines: Current Issues in the Middle East With Dr. Eric Mandel Thursday, November 30th—Saturday, December 2nd Dr. Eric Mandel, Director of the Middle East Political and Information Network, will help us navigate through several complex issues involving Israel and the Middle East. Dr. Mandel is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, writing about the US-Israel relationship,... Read more »