Adult Learning

Yoga for the Soul

by Lynn Crocker on September 13, 2018

Yoga for the Soul For Teens and Adults Select Sundays from 9:45 – 10:45 a.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. October 7 November 4 December 16 January 6 January 27 March... 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   An Exploration of Shabbat Prayer & Study           2nd... 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 »

The History of Modern Israel from 1948 to Now!

by Lynn Crocker on September 28, 2017

The History of Modern Israel from 1948 to Now! NEW TIME: Thursdays from 11:00am – 12:00pm Instructor Sarah Hanuka Explore the events that formed the state of Israel.... Read more »

Basic Conversational Hebrew for Beginners

by Lynn Crocker on September 28, 2017

Basic Conversational Hebrew for Beginners on Tuesdays from 11:00am – 12:00pm Instructor Sarah Hanuka Learn basic skills in conversational Hebrew in this class for beginners. Email Sarah to sign up!  ... Read more »

Israel Today! Shabbat Seminars

by Lynn Crocker on September 28, 2017

Israel Today! Shabbat Seminars May 19th approx 1:15 – 2:00 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 »
South Bay Institute Presents Chutzpah and High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land By Jessica Fishman Tuesday, November 7th 7:30 – 9:00pm Jessica Fishman grew up in Minnesota. She moved to Israel, but found that the reality of living in the Holy Land did not meet her idealistic expectations. She finally encountered an obstacle that... Read more »
Learn to Read Hebrew in 10 hours! Hebrew Marathon October 22 & 29, 1:00 – 6:00pm Please join our Director Of Lifelong Learning, Sarah Hanuka, for a beginners Adult Hebrew decoding marathon.  Sarah will teach techniques necessary for reading prayers, conducting Passover Seders and even providing you the tools to begin your study for an adult b’nei mitzvah. No knowledge... Read more »

Selichot – Creating Your Own “Good Place”

by Lynn Crocker on August 17, 2017

Selichot – Creating Your Own “Good Place” Saturday September 16th 9:00 – 11:30 p.m. Part of preparing for the High Holiday is the service of Selichot.  This is a time of introspection.  This years Selichot program is “Creating your own ‘Good place’”. Join us for a viewing of the last two episodes of “The Good Place”, a contemporary, American Television... Read more »

Sofer on Site – Scroll Inspections

by Lynn Crocker on August 17, 2017

Tuesday, September 12 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Have you ever wanted to see what a sofer-scribe does while inspecting and repairing a Torah scrool? Sofer-On-Site will be here on Tuesday September 12 for the annual inspection of our Torah scrolls. Please feel free to drop in and speak with Rabbi Druin on the process!... Read more »

Jewish Book Discussion Group

by Lynn Crocker on August 17, 2017

Jewish Book Discussion Group Saturday, October 16th  After lunch, approx 1:15pm Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom, led by Sue Marcus. Catch the Jew! recounts the adventures of Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders around Israel of our time calling himself “Tobi the German.” In the course of numerous interviews Tuvia extracts information, sentiments, hidden theories and delusional visions motivating the miscellany... Read more »

Adult Academy

by Lynn Crocker on August 14, 2017

Adult Academy Sunday, April 22nd 9:45 – 10:45am  In this class we study the mitzvot, the core practices of Judaism.  We focus on those deeds which, according to the Talmud, “yield immediate fruit and continue to yield fruit in the time to come”. Email for more information Schedule: 2018 Sunday April 22 Sunday May 6... Read more »

Netivot Haneshama

by Lynn Crocker on August 9, 2017

Approachable Torah with Rabbi Berkowitz Saturday, September 16, 10:30am Learn to interpret the Torah portion through your own experience and spin a drash – a lesson of meaning.... Read more »