Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 4 at 10 a.m., when Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, will join Congregation Beth Israel on Zoom to speak about the fight for gender equality in Israeli society. Ms. Hoffman founded and has led the advocacy organization Women of the Wall for the past three decades. Her talk to CBI is titled, “The Cracks in the Wall Let the Light In: The Battle for Equal Rights at the Western Wall.” For more information about Anat Hoffman and her work, see the front page article in the March/April Shul Shofar. The Zoom link for her talk will be sent in The Timbrel the week before the event (or contact the office).
Get started with aleph-bet! Learn the shapes and sounds of the Hebrew alphabet, with a warm and supportive educator to guide you and a group of classmates for practicing together. With a commitment to class attendance and review between class sessions, you can expect to recognize and understand the common Hebrew words and phrases that are often heard in Reform congregations and in Jewish prayer. Familiarity with Hebrew can be a key to feeling at home in the Jewish community.
Perfect for Introduction to Judaism alumni and other adults, this course assumes no prior Hebrew experience. This course has been developed specifically for online learning, and is taught by experienced educators.
Live sessions meet weekly over video conferencing. Participants are given access to online course materials and a link to purchase workbook.
Click here for registration information.
View a recording of CBI’s panel discussion, “Exploring Jewish topics in They Ain’t Ready For Me,” a documentary film:
The film was shown as part of Pickford Film Center’s Doctober festival, which has been extended through November 30, 2020.
Panel participants: Rabbi Josh Samuels, Cantorial Soloist Andrea Shupack, Bryant Heinzelman, and Chanan Suarez (moderated by Emily Weiner).
THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME
dir. Brad Rothschild, 2020
NR, 89 min, USA, in English
The film is about Tamar Manasseh—who is Black and Jewish—and the organization she founded: MASK (Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings). MASK members show up every day to sit on the corner of 75th street and South Stewart on Chicago’s South Side—an area plagued by poverty, unemployment, addiction, and violence— to prevent violence by building community. Rothschild explores the powers of showing up as viewers get to experience the members of MASK providing music, games, food, and conversation to their neighbors in need. In the film, Tamar describes how Judaism motivates her, we see MASK celebrations of Sukkot and Passover, and Tamar takes us inside Beth Shalom – B’Nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation.
For information about the film, to watch a trailer, and to purchase a ticket to watch online, click here.
What Jewish topic do you want to learn about or discuss?
What text have you always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity?
What current Jewish issue in on your mind?
With Living Room Learning you open up your home to a small group (around 8) of friends and neighbors, come up with a Jewish topic, and Rabbi Samuels will bring the materials to study. Start brainstorming Jewish topics your group would like to delve into, then contact Rabbi Samuels to schedule a date.