Karyn Benson, Chair
Rabbi Brian Stoller, Advisor
At BJBE, life-long learning is a priority because it empowers us to make informed decisions about our Jewish lives, increases our Jewish literacy, adds substance and spiritual meaning to our lives, fosters Jewish autonomy and continuity and builds our community.
Shabbat Torah Study (click here)
Sunday Morning Adult Learning (click here)
The Symposium (click here)
Weekly Talmud Study (click here)
Lunch and Learn – Northbrook (click here)
Dinner Study Sessions (click here)
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Course (click here)
Scholar-in-Residence- Rabbi Gary Zola, Ph.D.
Director, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Gary Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati. In April 2011, Dr. Zola was appointed by President Obama to the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad. In 2006, Dr. Zola became the first American Jewish historian and the first American rabbi to receive appointment to the Academic Advisory Council of the congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Dr. Zola is the author of the forthcoming book We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, which will be released in 2014.
Profiles in American Jewish Courage
Friday, December 6
In his sermon beginning our weekend together, Dr. Zola will describe three little-known, but fascinating, American Jews whose stories constitute genuine examples of American Jewish courage. Together they provide an inspiring lesson that will shed light on the meaning of the American Jewish experience.
Great Voices, Civil Rights and American Reform Judaism
Saturday, December 7
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
What did American rabbis tell their congregants about topics such as the rise of Adolf Hitler, the outbreak of World War II, the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s and other pivotal world events? Dr. Zola will introduce us to some of Reform Judaism's most notable orators. This will be a rare opportunity for us to actually hear a series of remarkable vocal recordings (digitized with visuals added) of several towering rabbinic voices, all of which come from the American Jewish Archives’ extraordinary historical collection. We will listen to sermonic voices that we may know by reputation - but have never actually heard.
“He Was One of Us!” – American Jewry’s Relationship with Abraham Lincoln
Sunday, December 8
Few are aware of the remarkable history linking American Jewry and President Lincoln. Dr. Zola will explain why many of Lincoln’s personal and professional characteristics have caused American Jews to embrace the sixteenth president as a man who possessed a Jewish soul. Lincoln’s remarkable human qualities offer American Jewry an uplifting legacy to ponder.
Hebrew Union College Scholar Series
Trip to Community Mikvah
Beginners Prayer Hebrew
Conversational Hebrew – Intermediate
Conversational Hebrew – Beginning
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