Life Long Learning

April LifeLong Learning & Midweek Learning

April 2017 LifeLong Learning


Arleen Soldati, LLL Chair


Lay Led Shabbat Torah Study, in English, 9 am

Every Shabbat morning from 9-9:45 you can join a wonderful group of people and study the parsha (portion) of the week in English.


Shabbat Morning Study, 9:45 (Unless otherwise noted. Watch your weekly BetNet.)


April 1, 9:45: Rabbi Debra Smith (Reb Deb) Passover and Circumcision?

The three verse story in the Book of Exodus called the "bridegroom of blood" is both intriguing and troubling. How can we understand a God who promised life and yet would seek to kill Moses, his messenger of life?
Join us as we study the various interpretations of the story and see how the covenant of circumcision is conjoined with the celebration of Passover.

April 8, 9:45: Seder Stories

Everyone has an interesting Seder story, a ritual, a favorite food, mishaps and customs. Bring your Haggadah, your stories and creative Seder ideas, including what didn’t work, to share with the group. Bring recipes, photos, brave attempts at Seders: whatever interests you. CBH member, Arleen Soldati will moderate a fun discussion on the various ways we try to create a meaningful Passover experience for ourselves and our family and friends.

April 15, 9—10:30: Shabbat Morning Festival Service

(no separate Torah Study & LLL today) Rabbi Orden and Lay Cantor, Steve Wetter

will lead a Shabbat Morning Festival Service with Torah Study. Casual attire as always.


April 22, 9:45: Linda Coppleson, Soferet (Scribe):

FAQ’S About Torah Scrolls and Those Who Write Them

Linda Coppleson is part of a small international community of women scribes, and is now working on her fourth Torah. Her participation in the Women’s Torah Project allowed her the honor of writing twenty of the sixty-two four column pages which comprise every Torah. She has been designing, writing and illuminating custom ketubot for more than 40 years, alongside her decades of work in the creation of Judaic art.

Linda B. Coppleson is a Conservative, egalitarian, Jewish ritual scribe, teacher and Judaic artist.

April 29, 9:45: Michal Fineman, Book Discussion: “The City of God: A Novel” by E.L. Doctorow

CBH member, Michal Fineman, will lead a book discussion of “The City of God: A Novel” by E.L. Doctorow. Published in 2014, it is 270 pages and available in your library, on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, kindle and audible.

With brilliant and audacious strokes, E. L. Doctorow creates a breathtaking collage of memories, events, visions, and provocative thought, all centered on an idea of the modern reality of God. At the heart of this stylistically daring tour de force is a detective story about a cross that vanishes from a rundown Episcopal church in lower Manhattan only to reappear on the roof of an Upper West Side synagogue. Intrigued by the mystery—and by the maverick rector and the young rabbi investigating the strange act of desecration—is a well-known novelist, whose capacious brain is a virtual repository for the ideas and disasters of the age.

Sun, 30 April 2017 4 Iyyar 5777