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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, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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 -- we are no longer accepting RSVPs 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: for more information.

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 were required by Friday, November 9th. 

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 and will remain there for another week.

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.”  To view a video of this presentation just CLICK HERE.

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 - 5:00 p.m.

The Torah Narrative — Questions

Seth Sanders, Professor of Religious Studies, UC Davis, will speak to us in an afternoon program.  He recently won a Guggenheim award looking at the Torah narrative and exploring the literary values that shaped this narrative. His topic with us will explore — Why does the Torah keep repeating things? Why does the Torah contain multiple versions of the same event?

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Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

African-American Jews

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), in celebration of Black History Month which begins on February 1.

Contact Nancy Lazarus at .



Tuesdays, February 12, February 19 and February 26, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Independent Wives of the Torah (Rebecca, Achsah, Deborah, Yael, Abigail, Vashti, Esther, and maybe Eve).

Leslie Kupperstein leads three Torah study classes. Join us as we study and discuss these heroines and their impact on our lives. If you cannot attend all three sessions, please come to as many as you can. No background necessary.

For further information, please contact the CBH office at 530-758-0842. And, please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can prepare adequate printouts.

Leslie Kupperstein studied at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, was Director of Education at both Beth Shalom and Mosaic Law in Sacramento and has taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies at the Shalom Day School in Sacramento for over 30 years. She is an instructor at the Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning. Leslie is much admired for the depth of her learning and her dynamic speaking.


Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Important Trends from Hasidism's 18th Century Origins to Its Most Contemporary Manifestations

David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Disinguished Professor of Jewish History, is the project director of the recently published book, Hasidism: A New History. The book by a team of scholars includes new findings on this topic.  This is the first and only comprehensive history of this important Jewish religious movement.

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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.  Please contact (530-383-1814) for more information now.


April, 2019

California/Israel: Water Shortages and Solutions  postponed until 2019-20; contact for more information


Sunday, May 19 2019, 2 to 4 p.m.

Some Women of Importance in the History of Judaism: A Journey of Discovery.  Michael Hirsch will discuss his findings after his research on the program topic.


Welcome to the Cancer Café June 13, 7:00 p.m. — A Journey from Diagnosis through Stem Cell Transplant Posted Apr 18, 2019
Holocaust Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony Sunday, April 28, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Posted Apr 8, 2019
CBH Community Seder Monday, April, 22, 2019, Social Hall doors open at 5:30 p.m., Seder begins at 6:00 p.m. Posted Apr 6, 2019
CBH Men's Club — First Meeting Sunday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Posted Apr 6, 2019
SAVE THE DATE — Spring Celebration and Annual Fundraiser Sunday, May 5, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Redwood Grove Posted Mar 1, 2019
Camperships The deadline for campership applications is April 26, 2019. Many families are planning their summers now so this is a good time to apply. It is also a good time to donate to the Campership Fund. Posted Feb 4, 2019
Mindful Moment Meditation This is a meditation and spiritual practice group with an emphasis on Buddhist and Jewish meditation. Most Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Posted Jan 9, 2019