The Symposium

The Symposium: Religion in the 21st Century

In an America that seems to be fracturing along cultural, political, and geographical lines, we have the opportunity to act bravely and wisely by learning with and from people who think and act differently than we do. Over the course of this year, we will welcome clergy and leaders from other faith traditions and other Jewish denominations. We will learn about their history, their inspirational texts, the major tenets of their theology, and what teachings their tradition can bring to bear on the most important questions and challenges of religious life in 21stCentury America. As always, our Symposium will be taught by some of Chicagoland’s leading rabbis and teachers, along with our own BJBE clergy. Download the printable flyer here.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but RSVPs help us plan. Please let us know you are attending one or all here.

Meet the Neighbors
During this section of the year, we invite clergy from Religious Leaders United, the organization of faith leaders from Southeast Lake County, to teach about their religious backgrounds. Additionally, we are also inviting members of their congregations to learn alongside us. We hope we will get to know our neighbors through learning, conversation, and, of course, a little nosh. 

Closing Panel
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Clergy from Religious Leaders United

Jewish Denominations
At the midpoint of our year, we will look internally to learn about different Jewish denominations and segments of the Jewish community. What distinguishes the movements from each other? What is the history that brought them to the present moment? What are the specific challenges or opportunities each faces? And, most importantly, what do we share and how can we build a strong k’lal Yisrael, community of Israel?

Humanistic Judaism
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld, Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community

Orthodoxy in America
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. Zev Eleff , CAO of Hebrew Theological College

Yeshivat Maharat and Orthodox Feminism
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbanit Leah Sarna, Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation

Jewish Spirituality
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Orot, Center for New Jewish Learning

Conservative Judaism
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Ari Averbach, Congregation Beth Shalom

Reconstructionist Judaism
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow, Shir Hadash Synagogue

Mishkan Chicago—The Jewish Emergent Network
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Mishkan Chicago

Hillel: Judaism on Campus
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Brandon Bernstein, Campus Rabbi at Northwestern University

Synagogue Music in America
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Cantor David Berger, KAM Isaiah Israel

Religion in America
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: BJBE Clergy


Walk-ins are always welcome, but RSVPs help us plan. Please let us know you are attending one or all here.