The Symposium

The Symposium: Get Your PhD at BJBE*
*Note: Congregation BJBE is not an accredited degree-conferring institution
We are privileged to live in one of our nation’s great, academic cities. This year’s Symposium will feature opportunities to learn from esteemed scholars and academics from the prestigious universities in Chicagoland and a few recent PhDs from our own congregation. In addition, our BJBE clergy and educator will teach from their HUC-JIR theses or other major works. This promises to be another exciting and engaging year of learning!

Preaching Ethics in the 20st Century: Three North American Reform Rabbis Speak Out, Part I
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fenster

Running on Time: How Jewish Standard Time Becomes Sacred
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Rabbi Rachel Heaps, Temple Jeremiah

The Destruction of Cultural Memory: The Theft and Return of Art Works Stolen during the Holocaust
Tuesdays, October 29, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Patty Gerstenblith, J.D., PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor at DePaul University College of Law and Director of its Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law

The Destruction of Cultural Memory: Cultural Heritage in the Middle East
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Patty Gerstenblith, J.D., Ph.D., is Distinguished Research Professor at DePaul University College of Law and Director of its Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law.

Shabbat Through Halachic Eyes: How the Mishnah Expresses Big Ideas
Tuesday, November 12 & 19, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Balinsky, Former Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis

“All of My Limbs Shall Say, God, Who is Like You?” (Psalm 35:10): Bringing Body and Soul Together in Prayer
Tuesday, December 3 & 10, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Cantor Rayna Green
Tuesday, December 3 & 10, 2019, 10:00-11:30am

Preaching Ethics in the 20st Century: Three North American Reform Rabbis Speak Out, Part II
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fenster

How the Cafe Shaped Modern Jewish Life
Tuesday, January 7 & 14, 10:00-11:30am

Instructor: David Gottleib, PhD, faculty at Orot, the Center for New Jewish Learning

What Was Ancient Israel?
Tuesday, January 21 & 28, 2020, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Dr. Rachel Havrelock, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Stories of the Supernatural: The Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons Who Shaped the Course of Jewish History
Tuesday, February 4 & 11, 2020, 10:00-11:30am   
nstructor: David Shyovitz, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History and Director, Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Northwestern University

Meshorerim: The Development of a Musical and Textual Practice
Tuesday, February 18 2020, 10:00-11:30am 
nstructor: Cantor Jennifer Frost

Topic TBD
Tuesday, February 25, 10:00-11:30am

Tzedakah Tzedakah Tirdof: A Curriculum Guide on Building Jewish Philanthropic Decisions
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Missy Bell, RJE

Spirituality, Freedom, and Education
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Peter Meyerhoff, PhD

Amen: Seeking Presence with Prayer, Poetry, and Mindfulness Practice
Tuesday, March 17 & 31, 2020, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Rabbi Karyn Kedar

A Good Heart: Exploring Jewish Mindfulness Through Pirkei Avot
Tuesday, April 7 & 14, 2020, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Tova Markenson, Jewish mindfulness teacher and PhD candidate in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University

Topic TBD
Tuesday, April 21 & 28, 2020, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Rabbi Reni Dickman, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and Senior Educator, JUF

Remix Judaism
Tuesday, May 5 & 12, 2020, 10:00-11:30am
Instructor: Roberta Kwall, Raymond P. Niro Professor and Founding Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law