Drop your kids off at religious school, then come over to BJBE, grab some coffee and a bagel at the Beit Cafe, and sit down with congregants of all ages to learn something new about Judaism.
Washington Update with U.S. Congressman Bob Dold
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Helping Teens & Pre-Teens Navigate Life Challenges
Sundays, October 4, 11 & 18, 2015
This series is for parents of teens and pre-teens. Our kids face so many social, academic, and family pressures as they reach this stage and begin to discover who they are as people. We will hear from experts in the field who will give parents insights and practical tools for helping their teens and pre-teens navigate these challenges.
October 4 – Bullying & Social Media–Sarah Casper, Outreach Coordinator, Response Center
October 11 – Dating & Intimacy–Marnie Spiegel, MSW, Sexual Health Coordinator, Response Center
October 18 – Loving Principles of The College Application Process–Kelly Goldberg, Director of Youth & Family Engagement, BJBE
Suburban Jewish Poverty & the Mitzvah of Tzedakah
Sundays, November 1 & 8, 2015
Today, for the first time, more than one-third of Chicago’s Jews in need live in the northern suburbs. We will learn about the mitzvah oftzedakahin Jewish tradition, explore the rise of suburban poverty using real-world examples of Jews in need, and discuss the network of social services that help families return to stability.
November 1 – The Mitzvah of Tzedakah – Rabbi Brian Stoller
November 8 – Jewish Need in the Suburbs: Providing a Safety Net – Dr. Marc Swatez, Executive Director of The ARK
On the Bible’s Cutting Room Floor
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Instructor: Dr. Joel Hoffman, BJBE Scholar-in-Residence
What happened to Adam and Eve after they left the Garden of Eden? What was Abraham like as a child? Who are the Watchers? And why aren’t any of these stories in your Bible? The Bible as we know it is an abridged collection, constrained by the limitations of early book-making technology, political considerations, and historical accident. We will learn about the fascinating ancient texts that were cut from the Bible, and discover what they can teach us about the Bible and about our lives today.
Washington Update with U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Sunday, November 22, 2015
We are Interfaith: Jews by Birth, Jews by Choice & the Non-Jews Who Love Us
Sundays, December 6 & 13, 2015
Panel Discussion Facilitated by Kelly Goldberg
The interfaith community in Reform Judaism today is growing, and it includes many more people than we might think. Our panelists will discuss some of the challenges they face as interfaith families in navigating family relationships, raising children, Jewish practice, and finding their place in the congregation. These discussions will also focus on how BJBE can better meet the needs of our interfaith members.
The Bridge to Forgiveness
Sundays, January 10, 17 & 24, 2016
Forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply is among the hardest things in the world to do. Our speakers will help us explore the challenges, the pain, and the healing power of forgiveness and provide guidance for us from Jewish tradition, psychology, and personal experience.
January 10 – The Bridge to Forgiveness – Rabbi Karyn Kedar
January 17 – Forgiving Yourself – Margot Andersen, MSW, RYT
January 24 – Letting Go of Fear, Anger & Resentment – Karen Kaplan, author of Descendants of Rajgrod: Learning to Forgive
Sacred Relationships & the Power of Words
Sundays, January 31, February 7 & 14, 2016
Words can be comforting and healing, or they can be harsh and abusive. Though we may rarely think about it, the way we speak and the words we use in our relationships do make a difference. Our speakers will provide spiritual and practical guidance for how to use words thoughtfully, so as to help elevate our relationships to the level of the sacred.
January 31 – How We Speak in our Community – Rabbi Brian Stoller
February 7 – How We Speak in our Marriage – Dr. Ruth Kraus, Ph.D.
February 14 – How We Speak to our Children – Amy Hertzberg, MSSA, CPC
What Do Reform Jews Believe?
Sundays, February 21 & 28, 2016
Instructor: Rabbi Brian Stoller
Contrary to what some might think, being a Reform Jew is not about “doing less” than Conservative or Orthodox Jews do. Reform Judaism is a way of thinking, believing, practicing, and approaching the world that is deep and beautiful in its own right. Rabbi Stoller will guide us in exploring our beautiful Reform tradition, and help us to define what it means to us to be Reform Jews.
Life After 50: Exploring Aging through a Jewish Lens
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Instructor: Julie Webb
At each new stage of maturity, changing life situations present different challenges and opportunities. We will explore growing older from both practical and spiritual perspectives and learn to live each day with intention. Jewish wisdom, guided exercises, and engaging discussion will help us mindfully reflect on the past, better understand present needs and interests, and re-envision the next stage of the journey.
Making Time Count: Preparing for the Omer
Sundays, April 10 & 17, 2016
Instructors: Rabbi Karyn Kedar & Rabbi Brian Stoller
Counting the Omer, the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot, is a meaningful way to mark time, express gratitude, refocus priorities, and contemplate deeply the meaning and purpose of our existence. Rabbi Kedar, author of Omer: A Counting, and Rabbi Stoller will introduce us to this ancient practice and guide us in learning how to make each day of our lives count.
How Italians Protected Jews from the Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Instructor: Dr. Adina Sella
Dr. Adina Sella, a Holocaust survivor born in Hamburg, Germany during WWII, was shielded from the Nazis by the righteous, ordinary citizens of the small Italian town of Anghiari. Heroic teachers, nuns, priests, and others put their lives at risk to teach Adina and her family how to blend in to their small Catholic community. Despite the government’s alliance with the Nazis, approximately 80 percent of Italy’s Jews, according to some estimates, survived the Holocaust because ordinary Italian citizens refused to abandon them. On this Sunday before Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Adina will share her amazing story of personal survival and the righteous gentiles who saved her life.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
This brunch, which benefits The Jewish United Fund of Chicago, will feature a high-profile speaker on issues of concern to the Jewish community.
Contact: Arlene Mayzel at firstname.lastname@example.org