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Adult Education @ CBI - Lifelong Learning For All is Our Goal!

We offer many opportunities for learning and engagement, including a Torah study and discussion of the weekly portion at every Saturday morning service, special events and guest lectures, and regular Adult Education classes.

Past guest speakers have included leaders from HIAS, Free the Slaves, Breaking the Chain Through Education, First Friends of New York and New Jersey, and local hospitals, as well as Christian and Muslim communities. Each summer and occasionally during the year, CBI members offer a  sermon, mini-lesson or discussion during services. We enjoy a tradition of members sharing about their family history, Jewish journey, or Torah insights from the pulpit.

Rabbi Debra Orenstein generally leads the Torah study and discussion on Shabbat mornings and designs the Adult Education classes, which usually take place on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings. The classes are always participatory, and she often invites members with expertise or a special interest in a given topic to co-lead. About four times a year, the Rabbi offers a Learning Service for adults and teens.  

 Past offerings in Adult Education have included a wide range of topics, including: 

  • Spiritual Conversations on themes such as burnout, forgiveness, joy, and raising the next generation of mensches
  • Hebrew Reading Crash Courses and Hebrew Refresher Courses (with the help of congregants who are fluent)
  • Mishnah Text Study
  • Series on Jewish Holidays
  • Series on Jewish Lifecycle (with input from an estate lawyer and funeral director)
  • Series on Mussar, character strengths and Jewish ethics 
  • Positivity During the Pandemic (with Rabbi Debra and six members of the congregation who are psychologists, health coaches, and social workers)

Upcoming classes...

Adult Education: Becoming an Even Better Mensch
Mussar means "ethics" or "values. It is a movement and spiritual practice aimed at improving our character and polishing our souls, with a focus on positive traits such as humility, trust, gratitude, compassion, equanimity and order.

Upcoming Class Dates
Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 9:45-11:00am at CBI and on Zoom
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Sunday, June 4, 2023

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Our most recent class was...

Adult Education - Politics, Power, and Division: What We Can Learn from Jewish History and Timeless Values
Just in time to anticipate and then process the mid-term elections, come learn Jewish values and history around the transfer of power and the need for - and limits of - authority. Rabbi Debra will introduce Talmudic texts and historical characters and lead a discussion on their relevance today.



Previous Class Archive

Wed, March 22 2023 29 Adar 5783