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Continuing Education

Beth Sholom B’nai Israel has always prided itself in offering a Continuing Education program of great depth and diversity. A wide variety of mini-courses and lecture series highlight our program each year. All individuals whether members of BSBI or not, whether Jewish or not, are welcome to participate in our courses, lectures, and programs.

Register online HERE for Seminar, Lunch & Learn and BSBI Academy as well as purchasing a Hall Pass

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Download the 2019-2020/5780 brochure here

*For Lunch and Learn, BSBI Academy, and Seminar series:

You may attend any of these sessions for $10 per class or purchase a Hall Pass to attend as many as you want. The pass is $50 per person, $75 if you sign up with a study partner. You may register in advance or just show up with your payment. One pass is good for all three series.

Global Day of Jewish Learning

Sunday, November 17, 2019

11:30 AM

Speaking Volumes: Hurtful Words

Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg

What can Jewish texts teach us about the ways our words can cause harm?  In this unit, we will explore how the words we choose and use can affect those around us, whether or not we intend for those words to wound. 

There is no charge for this program

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*For Lunch and Learn, BSBI Academy, and Seminar series:

You may attend any of these sessions for $10 per class or purchase a Hall Pass to attend as many as you want. The pass is $50 per person, $75 if you sign up with a study partner. You may register in advance or just show up with your payment. One pass is good for all three series.

2019-2020 Seminars

Delving into the Morning Blessings:

The early morning blessings are the most inspiring of all Jewish prayers. Join us for 4 one hour sessions to find the rich spiritually of this portion of our liturgy. No previous knowledge or beliefs required. Just bring an open mind.

Thursday, Oct. 31–Nov. 21, 2019, 1:30-2:45pm   

Instructor: Rabbi Richard Plavin

Learn Torah Reading: Start on the road to becoming a Master Torah Reader. Learn the basic trope and styles that have marked Torah Readings since the Middle ages

Thursday Evenings Jan 9,2020 – Feb 13, 2020,  7:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Cantor Wayne Krieger

Learn Haftara Reading: Haftara reading can be an important skill that can be used in any synagogue on any Shabbat or Holiday. Learn Haftara trop and the details that will make your Haftara reading shine.

Thursday Evenings Feb. 20 – March 26, 2020, 7:30-8:30 

Instructor: Cantor Wayne Krieger

*$10 per class or $50 Hall Pass*

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Lunch & Learn: Exploring the Many Facets of the Bible

Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg

Picking up where we left off last spring, a weekly chance to explore the plain and hidden lessons of the Bible.  Previous class not required. Beginners Welcome.

Tuesdays beginning November 5, noon-1:30 pm.

Bring your own kosher dairy lunch

*$10 per class or $50 Hall Pass*

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BSBI Academy

Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pm

Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg

BSBI Academy begins on November 5, 2019

 

Conservative Judaism Today and Tomorrow

Conservative Judaism has defied definition from its very beginning. As a pluralistic movement it can mean different things for different people. Chacellor Arnold Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary has published a series of essays that explores essential matters of Jewish belief and practice from a Conservative perspective. Weekly classes on Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pm

*$10 per class or $50 Hall Pass*

Introduction to Conservative Judaism Today..................................

Covenant.........................................................................................

Community......................................................................................

Peoplehood and Israel.....................................................................

Learning..........................................................................................

Mitzvah...........................................................................................

Tephillah and Synagogue................................................................

Jews and Others...............................................................................

Denominations in Judaism..............................................................

Looking Back, Looking Forward....................................................

Conclusion.......................................................................................

Snow Day........................................................................................

November 5

November 12

November 19

November 26

December 3

December 10

December 17

January 7

January 14

January 21

February 4

February 11

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Wisdom in Winter: Our January Lecture Series

January 13, 2020 - Religion and American Politics B.T.E. (Before the Trump Era)

January 20, 2020 - How Donald Trump became the Religious Right’s Favorite President

January 27, 2020 - The Religious Aims of the Trump Administration

With Dr. Mark Silk; Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College,

Snow date: Feb. 4   All Lectures at 7:30 PM

More information to come

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Sandals Lecture

Featuring Rabbi Richard Eisenberg

Judaism, Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual and Faith-Based Approach

There are new and important changes in the way we see Addiction and Recovery Based on his book on how the Jewish Community can better address the problems of Addiction

March 23, 2020 Dinner 6:30 PM ,

Lecture 7:30 PM  

More information to come

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Torah Study Shabbat

Spirituality and The Brain: How Judaism Can Bring Us Peace Of Mind

June 5-6, 2020

Instructor: Rabbi David Golinkin

Rabbi Golinkin is president and proffessor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

June 5, 2020:

Topic: The Kotel as a Synagogue

June 6, 2020-Shabbat AM:

Israel-A Jewish State?

June 6, 2020-Shabbat Lunch:

Pluralism and Tolerance in Jewish Tradition

June 7, 2020-Brotherhood Minyan, Meeting and Lecture:

The Future of Conservative Judaism (Everyone is welcome)

Fees: TBA, More information to come

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Embracing Judaism

Instructor: Rabbi Richard Plavin and other Hartford areas Conservative rabbis

Begins October 31, 2019

Meets Thursday nights, 7:00 – 8:45 PM

At Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford

Whether you want to reboot your Judaism, satisfy your intellectual curiosity or consider Judaism as a new faith, you are invited to delve into the richness of the Jewish heritage.

Fee: This Program is offered in three semesters that can be taken in any order. Students registering for all 18 sessions will pay $180.  Significant Others, Full time students and IBJ Alumni will receive a 50% discount.

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For more information and to register, go to http://www.ibjewish.org/

For complete information on this course, contact Rabbi Plavin at 860-573-4503, or email him at riplavin@gmail.com 

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Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah

 Never had the chance to lead a service or chant and Haftara?  If you can read Hebrew then this will open the service to you as you prepare with your class to take on the spiritual responsibilities of Judaism.  Led by Cantor Krieger and Rabbi Konigsburg, we will work together to find the time and location for learning. 

To register for the Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, contact Rabbi Konigsburg at rabbenu@myshul.org 

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Fri, November 22 2019 24 Cheshvan 5780