Life Long Learning

March LifeLong Learning & Midweek Learning

March, 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 class members with their own special expertise. Check your Weekly BetNet for up-to-date information and changes.
March 4, 9:45: Rabbi Debra Smith (Reb Deb), You Are What You Eat: Jewish Food Traditions, Part II 
We will continue our discussion from last week, but feel free to join us discussing this fun topic.
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.

March 11, 9—10:30 (no separate Torah Study today): Rabbi Orden and Jim Schachter,
Intergenerational Workshop: Refugees and Responsibility
The Anti-Defamation League has partnered with the Creative Action Network, a global community of over 10,000 artists and graphic designers around the world to launch a campaign called “We Were Strangers Too”. Artists are using their talents to tell stories of refugees from around the world and across time by submitting artwork to this project.
At this Intergenerational Workshop, adults and 7th grade Religious School students will view and respond to the artwork, learn about today’s refugee crisis, and share experiences of being strangers and welcoming others who are strangers.

Special Event Sunday, March 12, 7:30 PM – Megillah Reading and “Adult” Learning
Kosher adultery?! Was Esther secretly married to Mordecai? Come hear about the Purim story we were never taught in Hebrew School! Of course there will be homemade hamentaschen, schnapps, and slivovitz, courtesy of Cindy and Steve Wetter.

March 18, 9:45: Jeremy Garber, Purim, the Purim Spiel and the Origins of Jewish Theatre

March 25, 9:45: Khurram Dara, Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America 

Khurram will discuss his book Contracting Fear, and explain how the history and evolution of law in the Mid-dle East has shaped the Islamic faith and the Middle East today.

Khurram Dara is an attorney and the author of Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America (Cascade Books 2015) and The Crescent Directive: An essay on improving the image of Islam in America (Tensile 2011).  He's written op-eds for several newspapers and online outlets, including The Wall Street Journal,, The Washington Post online and The Buffalo News, and has also appeared on cable news and talk radio to discuss current events related to Islam in America and abroad.  He holds degrees from Columbia Law School and Emory University.


Fri, 24 March 2017 26 Adar 5777