The Symposium

The Symposium—Back to Basics: The Foundational Texts of Courage, Resilience, and Perspective
Tuesdays, 10-11:30am, in-person and on Zoom
When we are lost and are not sure what to do next, we go back to the basics. As we continue to reflect on and, we hope, emerge from this prolonged pandemic and time of crisis, it is time for us to go back to the basics. This year’s Symposium will reflect on what our tradition, history, and text can teach us about courage, resilience and perspective. And, through that study, may we gain wisdom in how we as individuals and a community can chart a path forward. As always, our Symposium will be taught by some of Chicagoland’s leading rabbis and teachers, along with our own BJBE clergy.

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 811 3871 2445
Password:  BJBE

Rabbi Karyn Kedar Symposium lesson



Symposium Opening Session
Taught by Rabbi Fenster
October 4th at 10:00am

Jewish Responses to Crisis 
Taught by Rabbi Michael Balinsky, Former Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis
October 12th and 19th at 10:00am

Hinei Mah Tov: Israeli and American Jews' Views of Each Other. And how liberal Jewish movements in Israel have made progress, faced opposition, and cooperated
Taught by Rabbi Naamah Kelman and Elan Ezrachi, PhD.
October 26th at 10:30am
Sponsored by a consortium of 36 Chicago area congregations
*Note the different time. This session will be Zoom only.*

Walking through the Valley
Taught by David Jacobson, Founder of Chicago Jewish Funerals
November 2nd at 10:00am

Taught by Rabbi Simcha Bob
November 9th and 16th at 10:00am
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Taught by Cantor Kurland
November 30th at 10:00am

"Take it from me"-and they did: The 1950s sitcom that was "Too New York for TV"
Taught by Dr. Grace Overbeke, Assistant Professor of Theater, Columbia College Chicago
December 7th and 14th at 10:00am

Inspiration from Elizabeth and Mary
Taught by Reverend Anne Jolly of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church
January 11th and 18th at 10:00am

Pirkei Avot to chew on
Taught by Rabbi Reni Dickman
January 25th at 10:00am

Piezentzner Rebbe and the Conscious Community
Taught by David Gottlieb
February 1st and 8th at 10:00am
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