Life Long Learning

February LifeLong Learning & Midweek Learning


February, 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. When her schedule permits, our Rabbi, Hannah Orden will lead the discussion. We usually meet in the library.


Shabbat Morning Study, 9:45


Everyone is welcome at Shabbat Morning Study. The subject is always changing and the presenter/group leader varies: from our Rabbi, Hannah Orden, guest Rabbis, Professors, and CBH members with their own special expertise. Check your Weekly BetNet for up-to-date information and changes.


February 4, 9:45: Rabbi Hannah Orden: Reconstructing Kashrut

One of the ways Reconstructionism defines Judaism is as a progressively evolving civilization. Communal decision making explores Jewish traditions and values to arrive at decisions about Jewish ritual practices. The Torah associates Kashrut with holiness and Kashrut functioned in significant ways for the Jewish people for thousands of years: a mitzvah to help Jews keep in touch with holiness. Eco-Kashrut adds environmental standards and ethical issues to questions and decisions about what is kosher and what kind of ritual practice is holy.

Rabbi Hannah Orden will explore the meaning of traditional Kashrut and the meaning of

“reconstructing” Kashrut while taking into account the present day science of environmental issues and sustainability. Come join in what will surely be a lively discussion.


February 11, 9:45: Jeremy Garber: Contemporary Jewish Authors: They Questioned and Left


Jeremy Garber, guest presenter, returns to continue the rich discussion we began during his last presentation, October 15, 2016. Today we will focus on contemporary memoirs and novels written by Jews who questioned and then left strict Orthodoxy. The memoirs and narratives range from wry, humorous, and poignant. Jeremy will compile a few new readings which will be distributed as soon as they are available.


February 18, Shabbat Morning Service, 9—10:30 am


Join Rabbi Hannah Orden and Steve Wetter for a Shabbat morning service with Torah Study. Note that there will be no regular Torah Study or Lifelong Learning. Casual attire as always.


February 25, 9:45: Rabbi Debra Smith (Reb Deb): You Are What You Eat: Jewish Food Traditions, Part I

(Please note: This is a two-part program with Part II taking place the following week, March 4th)

The food we eat is an expression of our Jewish identity, and reflection of our history and values. In these two sessions we will explore the impact and meaning food has in our lives, and will also examine what makes food sacred according to Judaism. Among the topics to be discussed are: history of Jewish cooking throughout the world, the diverse ethnic dishes of Judaism’s traditions, the food of our ancient past, Ashkenazic and Sephardic styles of cooking, the Jewish calendar and the foods we eat, spices and seasonings in Jewish cooking.


Wed, 22 February 2017 26 Shevat 5777