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Education Series


Lunch & Learn

Mondays, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Congregation Beth Judea
Members – FREE
Non-Members: $36 for series OR $5 per session 
Nov. 11 - Dec. 16, 2019
Rabbi Zimbalist
Continuing the Conversation
This course will continue the conversation about Israel. Using articles from local and national newspapers, we will discuss current events in Israel, the region and the U.S. - Israel relationship. Click here to RSVP.
Jan. 6 - Feb. 10, 2020
Rabbi Zimbalist
I’m Disappointed:
Why Aren’t You?
This course will expand upon the spiritual and practical wisdom of rabbi and author Harold Kushner and his insights into life, Judaism and personal growth. Suggested reading before or during the course: Overcoming Life’s Disappointments by Kushner. Click here to RSVP. 
March 16 - Apr. 13, 2020
Rabbi Zimbalist
Were the Israelites
This course will examine some of the recent decisions of the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement regarding Passover. What are kitniyot and can we eat them on Passover? My family wants rice at the seder but is that permitted? How do I respond to the ever-changing dietary needs of my loved ones and keep to an authentic interpretation of Passover? Click here to RSVP.
June 1 - June 22, 2020 Rabbi Zimbalist
Judaism on the Road
Some of the most impactful lessons we learn are when we step out of our homes and travel to new, different and exciting places. This course will highlight Judaism in unexpected locations. Let’s share with each other some personal stories of profound experiences during times away from home and find God together as we travel along the way. Click here to RSVP.


Tap the Torah

Orin Rotman
Sponsored by Men’s Club
Join us on Wednesday nights at 8pm for a lively Torah study while we down some beer! 
October 16, 2019 @ 7:45 pm at Congregation Beth Judea's Sukkah
February 12, 2020 @ 7:45 pm at Congregation Beth Judea
May 13, 2020 @ 8 pm
more information to follow


Drinks 'n Drash

Rabbi Zimbalist
Join us for drinks and conversation centered on a common text. Sources range from Pirkei Avot to Midrash and beyond, leading to lively discussion and greater understanding of our texts and traditions. 
November 7, 2019
7:00 pm
Ask the Rabbi
Nov 7 RSVP
January 30, 2020
7:00 pm
Israel and Politics
Jan 30 RSVP
April 30, 2020
7:00 pm
Current Events
Apr 30 RSVP

      Location: Half Day Brewing Co. (Lincolnshire)


Stories of Music

Hazzan Ezring
Since the Renaissance, Jews have risen to prominence in art music. This series probes the intersection of Western Art Music and Jewish music, and the influence it has had on the sound of synagogue worship. Explore the controversies. Delight in the music. "Stories of Music" is a program developed by the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. 
What is
Jewish Music?
Art of Prayer:
Western Art Music
as Synagogue Sound
Di Yiddishe Amerike:
Yiddish as a Reflection
of the American Experience
@ 8 pm
@ 8 pm
@ 8 pm
November 5, 2019
December 5, 2019
January 13, 2020
November 12, 2019 December 12, 2019
January 27, 2020
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Aligning Our Food Choices with Jewish Values Series

In all genres of Jewish text, from the Hebrew Bible to classical and medieval rabbinic literature and legal compendiums, we find a varied expression of views attempting to negotiate the human-animal relationship. How does the Torah envision this relationship between humans and animals raised for food, especially today, when our methods for raising and slaughter would be alien to those who developed the moral codes of pre-modern Judaism? Throughout this adult education course, learn about the food system in the United States, how it’s come to be and what the Torah says about what we should eat.
Wednesday evenings Mach 11, march 18 and April 1
Presented by Ilana Braverman and Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein
co-sponsored by the Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA)
Sacrifice, Cravings, and Bloodshed: Does Torah Allow City-Dwellers to Eat Animals?
Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
What's at stake when we eat animals? How does the Torah envision humans and Jews doing so, and how did the Rabbis translate that vision as their economy shifted from agricultural to commercial? We will survey key Biblical passages and look closely at Rabbinic passages on the proper attitude and context required by Jewish law for meat consumption, asking along the way what this means today for people who don't interact with farm animals.
Who does the labor? Who are the workers?
Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 -9:00 pm
As you prepare for your Passover Seder, and consider ancient notions of slavery, gain insight into contemporary realities of those doing agricultural work today as well as ways to acknowledge and tie that into your celebrations. For example, did you know that a large portion of the meat on US grocery store shelves is processed by migrant workers, many of whom are undocumented? Have you ever thought about factory farming as a human rights issue? As we explore the connections between agriculture and labor, we’ll think about how we can work towards a food system that is more just for all living beings during our season of liberation.
Our Food Choices and our Future: How You Can Change Lives, One Meal at a Time
Wednesday, April 1, 8:00 -9:00 pm
Over the last few years, Jewish communities have grown increasingly concerned with sourcing food sustainably, and divesting support from conventional systems that harm animals, people, and the planet. During this session, we’ll discuss many of the reasons why what we eat today is important to the future of the Jewish community and how you can help lead the way to a more sustainable future. We’ll share tools and strategies that can help you engage your catering services, clergy and peers to help your community align their food choices with their Jewish values . During a guided discussion, we will ask questions, share our experiences, and brainstorm about ways we can implement these strategies within our own communities.
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Wed, August 12 2020 22 Av 5780