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CBS Adult Education Schedule for 5779

Lifelong Learning

At CBS, we appreciate that the process of Jewish learning is never over, and the rewards of continued Jewish study are even greater when we are committed to learning for learning’s sake. It's never too late, nor too early to deepen our Jewish knowledge.

Rabbis Weizman and Upbin, along with a great many of our very own knowledgeable and committed CBS members, as well as guest educators, offer a vast array of engaging adult educational opportunities throughout the year. Through these skilled educators, we are committed to providing educational and cultural learning experiences for our congregants and the community at large. 



The History of the Bagel - the “Hole Story”. Presented by Dr. Eric Steckler

Sunday, September 16th. 10:30am - 12:00pm

From 16th century Krakow to 21st century America, the bagel has been an integral part of Jewish food culture. Its story involves immigration, labor strife, technology, recipe changes, acculturation, and the acceptance of the bagel as an American food. How the iconic bagel, lox and cream cheese combination came about is an important part of this story.




Tehillim - Psalms. Led by Johanna Bromberg

Wednesdays, October 24th - May 29th: 10:00am - 12:00pm

There are 150 psalms combining the “Life, People and Land of Israel” with human emotions. In our class, we shall perform the mitzvah of exploring these psalms with both intensity and in

detail. Students will be encouraged to select a personal favorite and discuss their understanding of its meaning.




An Adult Education Special Event: “A Night in Persia - A Celebration of Community and

Perseverance”.  Presented by Dr. Eric Steckler. Catered by Andi Szmiga

Saturday Evening, November 17th: 7:00pm - 10:00pm, at CBS


"I, Farrajullah Nasrullayoff, a leader of the Jadid al Islam (Crypto-Jews) of Mashhad Iran invite you to my home in the Mahalla (ghetto) to celebrate the coronation of Reza Khan Pahlavi as the Shah of Iran & his son Mohammed Reza Pahlavi as Crown Prince on April 26, 1926 (Nov 17, 2018). We all hope his reign will bring great improvements to the lives of all Jews in Iran. As is our custom, wonderful Kosher Persian food & drink will be plentiful. Judeo-Persian poetry will be recited & Persian music will be played for the enjoyment of all. The art & religious heritage of Persian Jews will be on display at my home.” Come dressed in your finest attire for this great occasion. Donation of 36 Tomans (dollars) per person is requested.


Welcome to the Promised Land - The First 300 Years. Presented by Paul Applefield

Sunday, February 24th, Part I: 10:30am - 11:45am

Sunday March 3rd, Part 2: 10:30am - 11:45am

Each year we read the Torah (the 5 books of Moses) as part of a recurring annual cycle. The narrative provides the details of our forefathers’ journeys toward the Promised Land, but then abruptly ends just before they actually enter. This leaves us questioning, “What happened next?” In this course, we will explore what history, archeology and biblical texts have to tell us about the life and times of the Israelites in ancient Canaan.

Part 1: Life in the Days of Joshua and the Judges

Part 2: The Jewish Monarchy - Saul, David and Solomon


From Truman to Trump: The American Presidency and the State of Israel. 

Presented by Dr. Eric Steckler

Sunday, May 19, 2019: 10:30am - 12:00pm

The state of American-Israeli relations has always depended on the US President and his administration. We will explore the ups and downs of this relationship and how it has affected the security of the State of Israel as well as the geopolitics of the

Mideast from 1948 to the present.



Torah Study With Jason Palmer

Saturdays during Kiddush luncheon

9/22, 10/27, 11/24, 12/22, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27 & 5/25

Take part in an interactive conversation about the weekly To

rah portion, incorporating both historical and contemporary

reference material. Everyone is welcome!




Jewish Spirituality Workshop Led by Rabbi Danielle Upbin

Thursdays 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Session 2: 10/18,10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6

Session 3: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7

Session 4: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16

A class for women: An exploration of personal and spiritual growth through a variety of guided meditation practices and discussion of contemplative Jewish texts. RSVP to the CBS Office.



Talmud Torah Study. Led by Dr. Priscilla Nathanson

Monday mornings at 10:00am in the Hirsty Library

Wednesday Evenings at 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the Hirsty Library.

The study of Talmud is a major focus of Jewish learning. Talmud is a bit like stepping into the sea: you swim or bathe wherever you are and at whatever pace that suits. Come on in, the water’s great! And for those who would like to attend evening courses…Wednesday Evenings Talmud Torah Study 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the Hirsty Library. Here is the opportunity for an evening dip into the sea of Talmud. We will be learning Berachot, the first tractate of the

60-tractate Talmud, mainly about the development of the Amidah and other well-known prayers (but dealing also with every other subject you can think of). No previous knowledge of Talmud or of Hebrew is necessary. WARNING: Talmud can become addictive. Just ask any member of our daytime group!


Lox n’ Learn with Rabbi David Weizman

10:00am, Peltz Social Hall. 

Every Thursday through May except school vacation weeks

Join Rabbi Weizman in the Social Hall while exploring the treasures of the weekly Torah portion. Breakfast beginning at 9:45am. Open to all! No previous knowledge necessary!




Mon, June 17 2019 14 Sivan 5779