CBI Events Calendar

Jun
18
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, June 18, 12-1

Fourteen participants got off to a good start last Friday as we began our examination of Dr. Jodi Magness’s MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.  We started this initial session with a consideration of whether the two-thousand-year legend of Masada, as recorded in Josephus’s The Jewish War was trustworthy–or a bit of fake news.
According to the romantic story, in 73 CE to die free rather than live as slaves, the defenders of Masada each killed their own families, and then drew lots to determine who would kill their compatriots. Only two women and five children were supposed to have survived, by hiding.  Archaeologist Yigael Yadin, who led the 1963 excavations of the fortress built by King Herod, felt that the archaeological evidence supported Josephus’ account. However, despite the general acceptance of this account among Israelis as fact, scholars do not all agree.  The truth is that Yadin’s excavations yielded little archaeological material to corroborate, or negate, the account of the siege laid out by Josephus. The finds remain open to interpretation.  And developing our interpretation is what our group will be engaged in during the next several weeks.
We concluded our discussion last week with participants’ sharing their experiences of their visit/s to Masada  (over half of those present had visited this historic site at least once).
This week, we will begin discussion of MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth in earnest by considering the book’s Acknowledgments, Prologue, and Chapters 1 and 2 (pp ix-38).
Jodi Magness’s book is available for sale on a variety of internet outlets.   Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.  
 
 

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Jun
20
Sun
Hamsa Papercutting Workshop
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Paper-cut Hamsa Workshop

Sunday, June 20

1:00pm-3:00pm
A hamsa is a stylized hand for protection against the “evil eye,” frequently worn as jewelry.
Made by both Jews and Muslims, hamsas are found all over the Middle East, but are older than
either religion. Come learn about the folklore of hamsas, as we make them out of paper. Learn
the basics of paper-cutting, a traditional Jewish folk art. We will cut out our hamsas with
scissors, and/or Exacto knives for accuracy, then glue them to a background. No artistic talent is
required to make stunning hamsa designs. The finished paper-cut hamsa can be framed, to
hang on the wall. Young people aged 12 and over are welcome.
The workshop lasts for two hours. Fee is $15 payable to CBI.
Bio:
Claire Sherman creates quilts, ceramic sculpture, and Jewish ritual objects out of fabric, paper,
and clay. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in ceramics, she
spent a year in Israel, where she learned about hamsas. She has taught workshops in
paper-cutting, quilting, and Jewish ritual objects for adults and children. Visit her website at
www.claireshermanart.com

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Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Jun 20 @ 2:30 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Jun
25
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, June 18, 12-1

Fourteen participants got off to a good start last Friday as we began our examination of Dr. Jodi Magness’s MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.  We started this initial session with a consideration of whether the two-thousand-year legend of Masada, as recorded in Josephus’s The Jewish War was trustworthy–or a bit of fake news.
According to the romantic story, in 73 CE to die free rather than live as slaves, the defenders of Masada each killed their own families, and then drew lots to determine who would kill their compatriots. Only two women and five children were supposed to have survived, by hiding.  Archaeologist Yigael Yadin, who led the 1963 excavations of the fortress built by King Herod, felt that the archaeological evidence supported Josephus’ account. However, despite the general acceptance of this account among Israelis as fact, scholars do not all agree.  The truth is that Yadin’s excavations yielded little archaeological material to corroborate, or negate, the account of the siege laid out by Josephus. The finds remain open to interpretation.  And developing our interpretation is what our group will be engaged in during the next several weeks.
We concluded our discussion last week with participants’ sharing their experiences of their visit/s to Masada  (over half of those present had visited this historic site at least once).
This week, we will begin discussion of MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth in earnest by considering the book’s Acknowledgments, Prologue, and Chapters 1 and 2 (pp ix-38).
Jodi Magness’s book is available for sale on a variety of internet outlets.   Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.  
 
 

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Jun
27
Sun
Online Torah on Tap
Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
With so much of CBI’s programming unavoidably cancelled, we’re working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person.

Please join me this Sunday, April 26, at 4:00pm, when we will be holding Torah on Tap via Zoom.

A link to the online discussion group is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we speak.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Sunday at 4:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790.  Easy instructions are below this message.

This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

Alan Silverman

Torah on Tap Host

Instructions for Downloading Zoom

The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:

Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer

The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)

Instructions for attending Torah on Tap on CBI’s Zoom Account:

Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for Alan to start the meeting

Join us on the last Sunday of the month online for a refreshing and often provocative discussion. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.

  • What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
  • Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
  • Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?

Torah on Tap gives us a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cultural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged.

See you there!

 

 

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Jul
2
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, June 18, 12-1

Fourteen participants got off to a good start last Friday as we began our examination of Dr. Jodi Magness’s MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.  We started this initial session with a consideration of whether the two-thousand-year legend of Masada, as recorded in Josephus’s The Jewish War was trustworthy–or a bit of fake news.
According to the romantic story, in 73 CE to die free rather than live as slaves, the defenders of Masada each killed their own families, and then drew lots to determine who would kill their compatriots. Only two women and five children were supposed to have survived, by hiding.  Archaeologist Yigael Yadin, who led the 1963 excavations of the fortress built by King Herod, felt that the archaeological evidence supported Josephus’ account. However, despite the general acceptance of this account among Israelis as fact, scholars do not all agree.  The truth is that Yadin’s excavations yielded little archaeological material to corroborate, or negate, the account of the siege laid out by Josephus. The finds remain open to interpretation.  And developing our interpretation is what our group will be engaged in during the next several weeks.
We concluded our discussion last week with participants’ sharing their experiences of their visit/s to Masada  (over half of those present had visited this historic site at least once).
This week, we will begin discussion of MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth in earnest by considering the book’s Acknowledgments, Prologue, and Chapters 1 and 2 (pp ix-38).
Jodi Magness’s book is available for sale on a variety of internet outlets.   Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.  
 
 

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Jul
4
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Jul 4 @ 2:30 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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Jul
9
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, June 18, 12-1

Fourteen participants got off to a good start last Friday as we began our examination of Dr. Jodi Magness’s MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.  We started this initial session with a consideration of whether the two-thousand-year legend of Masada, as recorded in Josephus’s The Jewish War was trustworthy–or a bit of fake news.
According to the romantic story, in 73 CE to die free rather than live as slaves, the defenders of Masada each killed their own families, and then drew lots to determine who would kill their compatriots. Only two women and five children were supposed to have survived, by hiding.  Archaeologist Yigael Yadin, who led the 1963 excavations of the fortress built by King Herod, felt that the archaeological evidence supported Josephus’ account. However, despite the general acceptance of this account among Israelis as fact, scholars do not all agree.  The truth is that Yadin’s excavations yielded little archaeological material to corroborate, or negate, the account of the siege laid out by Josephus. The finds remain open to interpretation.  And developing our interpretation is what our group will be engaged in during the next several weeks.
We concluded our discussion last week with participants’ sharing their experiences of their visit/s to Masada  (over half of those present had visited this historic site at least once).
This week, we will begin discussion of MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth in earnest by considering the book’s Acknowledgments, Prologue, and Chapters 1 and 2 (pp ix-38).
Jodi Magness’s book is available for sale on a variety of internet outlets.   Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.  
 
 

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Jul
16
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Friday Noon Study Group

Friday, June 18, 12-1

Fourteen participants got off to a good start last Friday as we began our examination of Dr. Jodi Magness’s MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth.  We started this initial session with a consideration of whether the two-thousand-year legend of Masada, as recorded in Josephus’s The Jewish War was trustworthy–or a bit of fake news.
According to the romantic story, in 73 CE to die free rather than live as slaves, the defenders of Masada each killed their own families, and then drew lots to determine who would kill their compatriots. Only two women and five children were supposed to have survived, by hiding.  Archaeologist Yigael Yadin, who led the 1963 excavations of the fortress built by King Herod, felt that the archaeological evidence supported Josephus’ account. However, despite the general acceptance of this account among Israelis as fact, scholars do not all agree.  The truth is that Yadin’s excavations yielded little archaeological material to corroborate, or negate, the account of the siege laid out by Josephus. The finds remain open to interpretation.  And developing our interpretation is what our group will be engaged in during the next several weeks.
We concluded our discussion last week with participants’ sharing their experiences of their visit/s to Masada  (over half of those present had visited this historic site at least once).
This week, we will begin discussion of MASADA:   From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth in earnest by considering the book’s Acknowledgments, Prologue, and Chapters 1 and 2 (pp ix-38).
Jodi Magness’s book is available for sale on a variety of internet outlets.   Our informal discussion group meets online via Zoom every Friday from 12 – 1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.  
 
 

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Jul
18
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Jul 18 @ 2:30 pm

Just as healthy foods nourish us through the blood stream, so Jewish meditation nourishes our “soul stream.” Meditation can be transformative, taking us from the intellectual awareness of ourselves to a deeper spiritual practice that links us to Judaism in the most profound way. Each mitzvah, holy day and cycle of life has its own rhythm, nuance, taste and character. Jewish meditation is a practice of infusing their essence into our daily spiritual lives.

Ready to give it a try? Join us via Zoom (every Sunday from 2:30pm – 4pm. No previous meditation experience necessary.  This opportunity is free and open to all. Please contact Linda Wolf at linda@networktype.com for the online meeting information.

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