CBI Events Calendar

Nov
3
Sun
Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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Nov
8
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Nov
10
Sun
Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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Nov
15
Fri
Friday Noon Study Group
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Fridays, November 15, 22, & 29 

Last Friday our group completed its discussions of Rabbi Sacks’s To Heal a Fractured World by considering chapters 18, 19, and 20.    Some of the claims we examined were “Improvement begins with ‘I'”; in our interactions with people, “much of what matters has less to do with what we do (a matter of rules) than how we do it (a matter of character), the superiority of the sage over the saint (sage is concerned with perfection of society/saint is concerned with perfection of self); and how Judaism promotes a social ethic.
The Noon Study Group will be on hiatus for the rest of November.  When we resume in December, we’ll return to the topic of Jewish Sensibilities–how a range of complex ideas that are drawn from Jewish texts and practice inform our actions.  The ideas we’ll be talking about are 1) how to make the most out of what we are given, 2) Humility, and 3) how do we participate in constructive argumentation.  Consult this web site for links to our discussion topics.
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library (or the Social Hall if our group is too large).  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions.   If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Nov
17
Sun
Learn to Chant Torah Class
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

LEARN TO CHANT TORAH

You, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat! Beth Israel Synagogue
will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah
cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is
presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically (i.e.,
how to pronounce words written in Hebrew, even if you don’t understand them).
It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the trope used in
regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (we will not cover haftarah
trope or the special tropes used for holidays). The course will also cover the
function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as
a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common
problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the
classes and will provide written and recorded materials.
The classes will be taught on five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on
October 27 and concluding on November 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the social
hall at CBI. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after
completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before
stepping up to the bima.
To register for the classes, please contact the CBI office, 828-252-8660, or
admin@bethisraelnc.org, by no later than Friday, October 4, so that we will
have time to prepare a sufficient number of materials for the students. Pursuant
to CBI’s policy for adult education events, there is a charge of $18 for CBI
members and $36 for non-members. Checks should be made payable to
Congregation Beth Israel and given to Lee when you register.

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