B’nai Sholom Adult Education Fall 2017 Programs

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Siblings: Second Temple Judaism and the Development of Early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism

Teacher:  Steve Stark-Riemer

Thursday evenings, October 19 through November 30 (no class Thanksgiving), 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. 

(6 classes)  $48; $36 discounted fee for BSRC members

This is the first half of a 12 part course that begins with the destruction of the First Temple, the building of the Second Temple, the coming of Hellenism and the beginnings of sectarian Judaism.

An attorney by profession Steven Stark Riemer studied anthropology and archeology at the City College of New York and conducted fieldwork in Israel at the Tel Gezer excavations.  He continues to pursue his interest in the archeology, history and religion of the Ancient Near East.

The Ethics of Eating

Rabbi Don Cashman

Monday mornings, October 30 through December 11  10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m..  (7 classes)

$48; $36 discounted fee for BSRC members

What could be more ripe as a determinant of our personal ethics than concern for what we buy, cook, serve, and/or  eat? What do Jewish values – and in particular Reform Jewish values – have to offer us about elevating the ethical/religious/spiritual level of our diet? In this course we shall consider how animals are raised and slaughtered, how vegetables are grown and brought to market, how workers on the farm and in the market are treated, and how what we eat may affect our health. We shall look at diet as an element of Jewish identity, traditional kashrut and the historical Reform attitudes towards it, and we shall see different ways that an evolving Reform Jewish ethic might look like.

Required text: The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic, Mary L. Zamore, editor, CCAR Press, 2011, NY. This book was a Finalist in the 2011 National Jewish Book Awards

$20 for the book; PDF electronic version $13, or Kindle version $10.

Deadline for ordering book through B’nai Sholom: October 16.

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Torah Study

Saturday Mornings, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Extended Text Study one Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. – Noon

At Torah Study, we read translations and various commentaries in English, and discuss the meaning of the weekly Torah portion. 

On Extended Study days, we’ve been working our way through the Tanakh with Rabbi Cashman.  Currently we’re examining the book of Song of Songs, which provides rich material for discussion.   Our Extended Study is powered by coffee, bagels, and an assortment of other delicious breakfast food.

These sessions are open to all on a drop-in, occasional, or regular basis.  BYOB – Bring your own Bible, but we’ve got extras.  No previous knowledge necessary!  Share what you know!

Movie Nights

November 18 — The Lemon Tree

The underlying story is that of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new
Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. It presents a
positive and personal Israeli film that offers an understated and thought-provoking vision of the West Bank

February 17, 2018 — tba

March 24, 2018 — tba


Synagogue Scholar Series — Save the Dates

Our series of talks by scholars from the congregation and beyond are presented following the Friday night worship service.

November 17, 2017 – Barney Horowitz = Bagel Bakers Union, Local 338 – A Rememberance

January 12, 2018 – Professor Harvey Strum – The Impact of World War I on Jews of the Capital District”

February 9, 2018 – Professor Martha Rozett –  A Book Discussion: “Their Promised Land: My Parents in Love and War” by Ian Buruma