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CBH offers lots of opportunities to stretch your mind and expand your knowledge--there's something to fit every interest and schedule.  Everyone is welcome and all programs are free unless otherwise noted.  Check out our current offerings below and also all the great programs listed on the Events page.

Live & Learn: An Evening of Jewish Exploration, Inspiration, and Celebration!

Join with others from the surrounding Jewish community to enjoy a musical havdalah with the Shabbatones and celebrate Jewish learning in a relevant, accessible, and fun way. Wine and dessert will be served.  

Rabbi Orden will teach one of the sessions on How to See the Good in People Who Drive You Crazy/What Is the Greatest Principle of the Torah?  

Check out all the offerings and register here.

Hosted by JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains

The Riches of Judaism: 10 Easy Lessons for Finding Joy and Meaning

This monthly series taught by Rabbi Orden and based on a remarkable little book by Arthur Green delves into the unique wisdom that Judaism offers anyone looking for a meaningful life.

Join us at 9:45 AM on

October 28: How to Be Happy Amidst a Depressing News Feed

November 4:  How to See the Good in People who Drive You Crazy

December 9:  How to walk in the world as a Jew

January 20:  How to Do Good Even if you Don’t Feel Good

February 17:  How to Recharge When There's So Much to Do 

March 17:  How to Repent and Not Feel Like a Terrible Person

April 21:  How to Like the Torah More than your Favorite Reality Show and How to Get the Next Generation to Care about Judaism

May 19:  How to Live Like There's No Tomorrow

June 2:  How to Find Meaning Even if you Don’t Believe in God

Introduction to Judaism

For anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish beliefs, practices, texts, history, and culture.  Didn't learn it when you were a kid, or want to fill in gaps in your knowledge?  Thinking of converting?  Living with a Jewish spouse or kids and want to know something about the traditions they're growing up with?  Rabbi Orden will answer all your questions and provoke many more.

Everyone welcome; no Jewish background or prior knowledge required.  No fee. Please register here.

1:30 to 3:00 pm on the following Sundays 

December 10

January 14

February 11

March 11

April 8

May 6

June 10


For more information, contact Helene Goldfarb.

Shabbat Morning Learning 

See the schedule and full description of April classes.

No registration is required and everyone is welcome.  Just drop in!  For more information, contact Arleen Soldati.

Tantalizing Torah

Explore the parts of the Bible they didn't teach you in Hebrew School! This year, the Books of Kings: There is enough intrigue, adultery, and betrayal in these stories to rival any Greek tragedy or Shakespearean history play.

1:00-2:30 pm in the Library on the second Wednesday:

December 13, 2017

January 10, 2018

February 14, 2018

March 14, 2018

April 11, 2018

May 9, 2018

June 13, 2018


I thought the Game of Thrones was fun, but I’ve discovered that it’s nothing like the original...Tanakh is packed with more mystery, murder, mayhem, passion, revenge and forgiveness than any soap opera that’s ever been on TV. --Steve

There's romance, murder, jealousy, war - lots of drama to explore each month! So many biblical characters whom I knew only superficially - or not at all - have now come to life, with all their attributes and flaws.  --Nancy

I first went to the class because of Sandy’s snacks...Now I am on a diet and eschew cookies, but love the learning and the laughing.  --Joel

For more information, contact Sandy Miller.

Talmud Study in English

Rabbi Orden makes these foundational texts of our religion accessible, and the group wrestles with their meaning for a contemporary life.  No prior knowledge necessary.

Upcoming sessions: Wednesday, October 4th, 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 21st, 12:00 noon

For more information, contact Elly Silberman.

Fri, April 20 2018 5 Iyyar 5778