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Meeting at the Mountain - A CBS Shavuot Week-of-Study

Join in for a creative & enlightening pre-Shavuot experience with a variety of educators from within the CBS community.

Throughout the week leading up to Shavuot, sessions from this "Meeting at the Mountain" series will be offered via zoom. 

Different classes, different educators, different topics all leading to ONE TORAH we can receive ON SHAVUOT!

It's all about Shavuot! Please feel free to provide your own refreshments while we learn together. Traditionally we eat dairy on Shavuot, we suggest blintzes, ice cream or cheesecake as top choices. yes
Please use the course title links to pre-register for one or as many of these classes that you plan to attend. 
Zoom links as well as specific course materials (if any) will be sent out by email to all registered participants the evening before each class.


Monday, May 25, 2020

11 AM: Let’s Study Talmud: Completing Tractate Beitza Together! with Dr. Priscilla Nathanson  Dr. Priscilla Nathanson leads two Talmud classes a week, one in the evening, has taught Talmud at two synagogues and read Torah at two synagogues.  Our morning class has been has taken place for nearly a decade! She was formerly a professor of biology and genetic counselor.

4:30 PM: Exploring our Jewish Journeys with Karen Tashman Our Executive Director, Karen Tashman has an extensive background and deep commitment to Jewish Education, spending her early professional years running Congregational Religious Schools, Adult Education programs, writing and coordinating Jewish studies curriculum for Jewish day schools, pre-schools, summer camp and more. . You can read her bio HERE on the CBS website.





Tuesday, May 26, 2020

11 AM: From Matzah to Blintzes: How did we get there? Join Naomi on a physical and spiritual journey from Pesach towards Shavuot. Brought to you by Bubbie and the Berner Boys Production Co. a multi media program. Naomi Rubenstein’s formal Jewish Educations consisted of a 5 day a week, 6 year program at Temple B’nai Moshe Talmud Torah , Brighton MA. She worked at the Boston Bureau of Jewish Education for 17 years as a resource center consultant and created a teaching video library. She also prepared lesson plans customized for each grade level based on these video. Prior to teaching at CBS, Naomi was a beloved tutor at PCJDS. Her involvement and exposure to Adult Ed Programming provided by Sisterhood Women’s League and my local synagogues provided me with additional learning possibilities.

7 PM: Jewish Chaplaincy during a Time of Pandemic with Jay Palmer. Jay Palmer, MDiv., MA, BCC. Jay is a Board Certified Chaplain via the NAJC: Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. He currently serves fulltime as an interfaith chaplain at St. Anthony's, BayCare, in St. Petersburg. Jay is a rabbinic student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, New York, and is currently enrolled in Hebrew language studies at the Rosen School at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.













Wednesday, May 27

11 AM: Gleanings from the Book of Ruth with Johanna Bromberg.  Johanna Bromberg was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and most of our family was able to leave just prior to the War. We settled in Tampa. The cornerstone of my growing up years was a deep, constant awareness and appreciation of the freedoms and opportunities offered by these United States of America, and the responsibilities of our precious citizenship while retaining our family’s religious life.

My father’s mantra was “Education will never be a burden. Learn!” That has become my own weltanschauing: always to expand and extend my learning: ללמוד וללמד to learn and to teach, to share what I have been privileged to receive. So here we are. Let’s learn together.

4:30 PM:  Israel’s Response to Covid-19 with Dr. Eric Steckler.  Eric Steckler MD practiced gastroenterology for 34 years in northern Pinellas County, retiring on the day before Yom Kippur, 2017. He now can devote more time to his advocation of Jewish history with the help of his library of 6,000 Jewish history books. He has lectured on Israel & Jewish History at Congregation Beth Shalom, Temple Ahavat Shalom, USF & the JCC of Washington DC.

Married to Evelyn for 42 years, we have one daughter & two sons along with four grandchildren. Hopefully we will again be able to travel to see them in the near future. Eric is on the AIPAC Executive Board for Pinellas County. He had served on the board for Congregation Beth Shalom & the Pinellas County Jewish Day School.










Thursday, May 28

11 AM: Ten Years of Writing and Translating: Jewish Soldiers in World War I and Beyond with Peter C. Appelbaum MD, PhD. Peter C. Appelbaum MD, PhD has authored and co-authored over 1,000 scientific articles and presentations to scientific audiences world-wide during his career as a clinical microbiologist and antibiotic researcher. The first description of an outbreak of clinical infections caused by drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae came from his laboratory in 1977 and he has authored seminal work on many other aspects of bacterial drug-resistance, including vancomycin non-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus. Click HERE to read Peter's full bio, projects and awards. 

7:15 PM: The Unfolding of Revelation  from the Wilderness to the Digital Age with  Rabbis Danielle and David  (just prior to the evening Yom Tov service). Rabbi David Weizman & Rabbi Danielle Upbin bring Torah to life here at Congregation Beth Shalom and into the greater community. Each dynamic and authentic leaders and teachers, they provide the community with guidance, spirituality, and love of Jewish life. Click HERE to read their bios.  








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