וְתֵן בְּלִבֵּֽנוּ לְהָבִין וּלְהַשְׂכִּיל לִשְׁמֹֽעַ לִלְמֹד וּלְ֒לַמֵּד לִשְׁמֹר וְלַעֲשׂוֹת וּלְקַיֵּם אֶת־כָּל־דִּבְרֵי תַלְמוּד תּוֹרָתֶֽךָ בְּאַהֲבָה

Show us mercy, grant us discernment and understanding. Then will we study Your Torah, heed its words, teach its precepts, and follow its instruction, lovingly fulfilling all its teachings.

Lifelong learning is a cherished value and tradition here at Congregation B’nai Israel.  Our adult education program engages our learners in a wide variety of formats and compelling topics, including Hebrew language, Jewish texts, tradition, values, music, ritual, Israel, and contemporary topics.

Winter/Spring 2021 Adult Education

NOW INCLUDING EVENING AND WEEKEND PROGRAMS! All courses are currently via Zoom.

Timely Topics with the Rabbi
The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice  
Thursday Mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Join Rabbi Ari Isenberg for a course in Jewish ethics. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day. This course showcases contemporary scholars while studying our texts through time.
To register, please email Rabbi Julie HERE
Monday Modules
Mondays 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Jewish Art: January 18, January 25, February 1, February 8
For more information, click here.
History of the State of Israel Through Music: February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15
For more information, click here.
Spring Songs with Cantor Wallach: April 5, April 12, April 19
The Female Halachic Voice in Israel with Rabbi Isenberg: April 26, May 3, May 10  
To register, please email Rabbi Julie HERE
CBI Chanting Circle with Len Hausman
Sundays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
October 18, November 15, December 20, January 24, February 21, March 21, April 11, May 3

The CBI Chanting Circle is now in its tenth year! What is it? It is not prayer, yet it is prayerful. It is not text study, yet it encounters liturgy and Biblical text very closely. It is not a singing group, yet all its words are sung.(And no singing ability is required!) No knowledge of Hebrew or ability to read it is needed, yet our chants are in Hebrew. If you are a person curious about exploring the spiritual dimensions of your Judaism, the chanting circle is for you.  If you want your
Judaism to be experientially compelling in a way that a usual prayer service may not always be, the chanting circle is for you. If you enjoy traditional texts being set to new and beautiful melodies, the chanting circle is for you. Each month is a different theme, usually based around holidays. For this month’s flyer, click here.
To register, please email Rabbi Julie HERE
Israeli Wine Tasting Series with Steve Kerbel 
Three Wednesday Evenings from 8:15-9:15 p.m.
January 13, 20, & 27
A special wine tasting series to learn about the wines, winemakers, wineries and wine growing regions of Israel. Our host, Steve Kerbel, has been an Israeli wine enthusiast for 35 years, visiting over 130 of Israel’s more than 320 wineries, from boutique winemakers located in urban settings to larger, established vineyards, such as in the Golan Heights. Each session will feature two bottles, a white and a red. A schedule and tasting notes will be provided. You may choose to purchase the full set of 6 bottles in advance so you can taste the wines in each session! Or, you can just purchase the wines that interest you. Or, just join us online and drink your own beverage of choice!
CLICK HERE for more details and to register.
Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World
Tuesday, March 16 at 8:15 p.m. – designed for adults with minor children
Monday, March 22 at 9:30 a.m. – designed for grandparents
Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, who grew up here at CBI, shares insights from her book Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World. This newly-published work fits remarkably well into conversations about what it means to be Jewish and practice Judaism in the current moment. Kwall’s book explores a broad spectrum of observance and tradition, including prayer, Kosher and Shabbat rituals, social action, education, and grandparenting. Add an emphasis on lighting the candles on Friday nights, or decide to keep kosher, or follow any other Jewish ritual — just one of them, Kwall says, and you’ll have “remix Judaism.” It’s still Judaism, it’s still the same old song, but with personalized features. And, more importantly, it is tied to Jewish ritual, which Kwall says can help the faith live on into the future. Bobbi will present twice with a different emphasis each day.
To register, email Rabbi Julie HERE