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Adult Education programs, events and outings focus upon Jewish educational and cultural experiences. In addition to offering information and perspective, there is an emphasis on providing a forum for adults in our community to get to know one another better.

Adult Education Programs

Events and Activities


Need more information?  Want to be a part of the plans?  Do you have ideas to share?  Contact Committee Chair by clicking her name, or phoning 530-902-0868.

 

The Calendar of Events for the 2018 - 2019 year

 

High Holidays are Sept 9-16, 2018

 

Friday, September 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Stories in The Sukkah with Joel Ben Izzy, Jewish Storyteller

Co-sponsored by Adult Education Committee

The Education & Youth Department in conjunction with the Adult Education Committee is delighted to bring Joel Ben Izzy to Congregation Bet Haverim.  Join us as we celebrate Sukkot and Shabbat with a family friendly service integrating stories and songs.  Our evening will continue with a catered Shabbat dinner at 6:45 p.m.; RSVP and payment required.  A special Teen Space Time session with Joel will be offered to our teens from 7:30-8:00 p.m. followed by an adult education offering at 8:00pm.  Contact:

 

October 28, 2018

Jewish Geneaology   

An overview of what's involved in researching your family history. Presentation by Victoria Fisch will cover online genealogical resources for creating family trees and acquiring data, and computer programs that will allow you to save your research and turn the data into visually appealing charts. Attention will be paid to some of the roadblocks specific to Jewish research and the outstanding work being done to preserve Jewish documents and records. With her partner, Jeremy G. Frankel, Victoria works as a full-time professional genealogist and has conducted investigations for police and fire departments, academics, and episodes of the television series, “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Finding Your Roots.” Contact: 

 

Please follow this link, if you are interested in an adult class, "A Taste of Alef Bet for parents," meeting at CBH beginning on October 28th. 

 

November 16-18, 2018 “Bridging the Jewish Secular-Religious Divide

Click HERE to learn more about this weekend and how to RSVP for the catered lunch.

Discover the vibrant history and contemporary richness of secular Jewish (and Yiddish) culture with special guest Lawrence Bush, writer, educator and longtime editor of Jewish Currents magazine. All events are free and open to the public, with donations accepted, except the catered luncheon, which requires advance RSVP. Contact:

November 16 (Friday) 7:00 p.m.  Shabbat services, 8:00 p.m. Oneg shabbat sponsored by the Adult Education Committee, and 8:30 p.m. talk by Lawrence Bush on “Judaism as a Counterculture.”

November 17 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.  Lawrence Bush will deliver the D'var Torah at the morning service on the subject “36 Reasons to be Radically Jewish.” 

November 17 (Saturday) 12:30 p.m.  Enjoy a deli lunch — the unofficial definition of secular Judaism!  Davis’ newest dining destination, Solomon’s Delicatessen, will cater our nosh, a tempting selection of Fall salads and roasted vegetables with a sweet treat to complete. Advance lunch reservations are required by Friday, November 9th. An $18 per lunch donation is suggested to offset the costs of the catered meal and to ensure that the experience will be accessible to all in our community regardless of their ability to pay.

Lunch will be followed by an afternoon program with Lawrence Bush on “Resistance is the Lesson” based on the exhibit, a series of posters reflecting the history of more than twenty stirring acts of armed resistance against Nazi oppression, in ghettos, concentration camps, and the forests and fields of Central and Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Greece and beyond. The exhibit will be installed in the Social Hall.

November 17 (Saturday) 5:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom in Carmichael. Lawrence Bush will repeat the talk given at Congregation Bet Haverim on Friday, November 16, “Judaism as a Counterculture.” Please RSVP for the Beth Shalom program by emailing .

November 18 (Sunday) 10:00 a.m., Sunday morning bagels and coffee followed by a dialogue with Lawrence Bush, “Putting God in Quotation Marks.”

A generous CBH partner who asks to remain anonymous is sponsoring the Lawrence Bush program and requests that partners and participants make their own donations to CBH to assure that other programs such as this can be provided throughout the year.


 

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Seth Sanders, Professor of Religious Studies, UC Davis, will speak to us in an afternoon program covering one of his academic research topics. He recently won a Guggenheim award to look at the Torah narrative, exploring the literary values that shaped this narrative. For instance, why does the Torah keep repeating things? Why does the Torah contain multiple versions of the same event? This or another topic will be covered in his program. Please check back on this website for an update.

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January, 2019  (Date to be announced)

Bruce D. Haynes, Professor of Sociology, UC Davis, will discuss his latest book, The Soul of Judaism: Jews of African Descent in America  (Religion, race, and Ethnicity) 

 

 

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:00 pm 

David Biale, Emanuel Eingelblum Disinguished Professor of Jewish History, will speak to us on a topic to be announced. Please check back for an update.  Contact: or

 

 

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Jewish Humor/ Purim celebration

A Purim celebration for grown-ups!  “What’s Not to Like?  Hollywood’s Love Affair with Jewish Humor,” will include appetizers, dessert and adult beverages.  Socialize with the community and share the laughter as former San Francisco Film Festival Executive Director Peter L. Stein offers an entertaining look at the impact of Jewish culture upon the film industry, featuring clips from the works of the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Sacha Baron Cohen and more.  Suggested donation of $18 per person; sponsorships of $180 and $90 gladly accepted to ensure that this fun event is open to all.  Reservations will begin in January, or contact (530-383-1814) for more information now.

 

April, 2019

California/Israel: Water Shortages and Solutions; Contact: 

 

 

May 2019 (Tentative)

Women of prominence in the history of Judaism and their roles; Contact: @ mahirsch1940@att.net

 

News
Wonders of Judaism Join us for a survey class of the principles and practices that make up Judaism taught by Rabbi Greg Wolfe beginning Sunday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. Posted Oct 18, 2018
Team Tikkun Olam Meeting Meeting/training with Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller on November 8 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Posted Oct 18, 2018
The Settlers Documentary film (followed by discussion) about settlers in Israel on Monday, October 29 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Posted Oct 18, 2018
How to Get Started in Jewish Genealogy Sunday, October 28, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. New to researching and charting your roots? Here is the perfect opportunity to discover your ancestors and share the information Posted Oct 10, 2018
Bridging the Jewish Secular-Religious Divide: A Weekend of Learning with Lawrence Bush November 16-18 Lawrence Bush, writer, educator and longtime editor of Jewish Currents will speak on the vibrant history and contemporary richness of secular Jewish (and Yiddish) culture. Posted Oct 10, 2018