CBI Events Calendar

Feb
26
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Friday, February 26 (Chag Sameach Purim)

On February 19, we concluded our discussion of the Book of Esther with a look at its closing chapters (7-10).  In our previous sessions we looked at this text as a bawdy burlesque, a satire on bureaucracy, a testament to female intelligence and assertiveness, a call for standing up against injustice, and as an excuse to make merry.  This week we examined the Book of Esther by considering the graphic violence of the concluding chapters, the demise of Haman, his family, and many others, and the halachic connection between Haman and the arch-villain Amalek.
The central question discussed on Friday was  ”Are the darker chapters of Megillat Esther a justification for, or an incitement to, violence—to fight for our lives—a sanction for mass murder?  Given its context–the maftir reading on the Shabbat before Purim (enjoining us to ”Remember Amalek”–and the haftarah for that Shabbat Zachor (revealing King Saul’s being deposed because of his failure to remember Amalek)–a paradigm for using violence to respond to any opponent?  Can these chapters be read more metaphorically, or as warnings against the oppressed becoming oppressors?  Responses were rich and we agreed that there is much more that can be explored in our search for answers.

Our group will resume on Friday, March 5, when we begin a new topic of study–

Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Dancing in God’s Earthquake:  The Coming Transformation of Religion

Consult this site next week for more information.  Rabbi Waskow’s book can be ordered through a variety of Internet sources. 
Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Feb
28
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Feb 28 @ 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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Online Torah on Tap
Feb 28 @ 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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Mar
5
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Friday, February 26 (Chag Sameach Purim)

On February 19, we concluded our discussion of the Book of Esther with a look at its closing chapters (7-10).  In our previous sessions we looked at this text as a bawdy burlesque, a satire on bureaucracy, a testament to female intelligence and assertiveness, a call for standing up against injustice, and as an excuse to make merry.  This week we examined the Book of Esther by considering the graphic violence of the concluding chapters, the demise of Haman, his family, and many others, and the halachic connection between Haman and the arch-villain Amalek.
The central question discussed on Friday was  ”Are the darker chapters of Megillat Esther a justification for, or an incitement to, violence—to fight for our lives—a sanction for mass murder?  Given its context–the maftir reading on the Shabbat before Purim (enjoining us to ”Remember Amalek”–and the haftarah for that Shabbat Zachor (revealing King Saul’s being deposed because of his failure to remember Amalek)–a paradigm for using violence to respond to any opponent?  Can these chapters be read more metaphorically, or as warnings against the oppressed becoming oppressors?  Responses were rich and we agreed that there is much more that can be explored in our search for answers.

Our group will resume on Friday, March 5, when we begin a new topic of study–

Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Dancing in God’s Earthquake:  The Coming Transformation of Religion

Consult this site next week for more information.  Rabbi Waskow’s book can be ordered through a variety of Internet sources. 
Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Mar
7
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Mar 7 @ 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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Mar
10
Wed
Eric Mendelsohn’s Synagogue Architecture
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Eric Mendelsohn: Synagogue Architect with a Vision

Photojournalist and Author Michael Palmer will share Mendelsohn’s architectural and Jewish journey

Wednesday March 10th at 7pm on zoom

Co-hosted by CBHT and CBI.  Come learn, explore and re-connect
(we’ll open the zoom up 6:45 and keep it open late to allow for some socializing).

Between the years 1946 and 1953, the American, German-Jewish architect Eric Mendelsohn built four synagogues in the Midwest.  Mendelsohn’s synagogues were the crowning conclusion of his career through tumultuous times.  In his book, Eric Mendelsohn’s Synagogues in America, photographer Michael Palmer records in detail these four Mendelsohn synagogues, located in Saint Paul, Saint Louis, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids. Palmer will employ his photographs as the foundation for a discussion about Mendelsohn, his Jewish identity, and his architectural mission. Palmer will also explain how the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 affected Mendelsohn’s plans and how Mendelsohn sought to create radically new architectural solutions for American houses of worship that uniquely met the functional, social, and spiritual demands of their respective, diverse Jewish communities.

MICHAEL CRAIG PALMER.  Michael Palmer is a photographer whose work has explored the architectural legacy and relevance of the German Jewish exodus from Germany in the 1920s and 1930s. His first photo book documents previously ignored aspects of 1930s buildings in Tel Aviv’s historic “White City” district, a center for German and other central European refugees in the 1930s. Palmer’s most recent work focuses on the buildings of the noted German Jewish architect Eric Mendelsohn, including Mendelsohn’s breakthrough Einstein Tower near Berlin, synagogues in Saint Louis, Cleveland, Saint Paul and Grand Rapids, as well as his buildings in Israel. Michael began his photography career in 2015 with the Tel Aviv White City project.  Previously, he had a career in pharmaceutical industry research and development.

Eric Mendelsohn flyer

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

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Friday, February 26 (Chag Sameach Purim)

On February 19, we concluded our discussion of the Book of Esther with a look at its closing chapters (7-10).  In our previous sessions we looked at this text as a bawdy burlesque, a satire on bureaucracy, a testament to female intelligence and assertiveness, a call for standing up against injustice, and as an excuse to make merry.  This week we examined the Book of Esther by considering the graphic violence of the concluding chapters, the demise of Haman, his family, and many others, and the halachic connection between Haman and the arch-villain Amalek.
The central question discussed on Friday was  ”Are the darker chapters of Megillat Esther a justification for, or an incitement to, violence—to fight for our lives—a sanction for mass murder?  Given its context–the maftir reading on the Shabbat before Purim (enjoining us to ”Remember Amalek”–and the haftarah for that Shabbat Zachor (revealing King Saul’s being deposed because of his failure to remember Amalek)–a paradigm for using violence to respond to any opponent?  Can these chapters be read more metaphorically, or as warnings against the oppressed becoming oppressors?  Responses were rich and we agreed that there is much more that can be explored in our search for answers.

Our group will resume on Friday, March 5, when we begin a new topic of study–

Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Dancing in God’s Earthquake:  The Coming Transformation of Religion

Consult this site next week for more information.  Rabbi Waskow’s book can be ordered through a variety of Internet sources. 
Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Mar
14
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Mar 14 @ 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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Mar
19
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Noon Study Group will not meet on Friday, February 26 (Chag Sameach Purim)

On February 19, we concluded our discussion of the Book of Esther with a look at its closing chapters (7-10).  In our previous sessions we looked at this text as a bawdy burlesque, a satire on bureaucracy, a testament to female intelligence and assertiveness, a call for standing up against injustice, and as an excuse to make merry.  This week we examined the Book of Esther by considering the graphic violence of the concluding chapters, the demise of Haman, his family, and many others, and the halachic connection between Haman and the arch-villain Amalek.
The central question discussed on Friday was  ”Are the darker chapters of Megillat Esther a justification for, or an incitement to, violence—to fight for our lives—a sanction for mass murder?  Given its context–the maftir reading on the Shabbat before Purim (enjoining us to ”Remember Amalek”–and the haftarah for that Shabbat Zachor (revealing King Saul’s being deposed because of his failure to remember Amalek)–a paradigm for using violence to respond to any opponent?  Can these chapters be read more metaphorically, or as warnings against the oppressed becoming oppressors?  Responses were rich and we agreed that there is much more that can be explored in our search for answers.

Our group will resume on Friday, March 5, when we begin a new topic of study–

Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s Dancing in God’s Earthquake:  The Coming Transformation of Religion

Consult this site next week for more information.  Rabbi Waskow’s book can be ordered through a variety of Internet sources. 
Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Mar
21
Sun
Online Jewish Meditation & Chant Circle
Mar 21 @ 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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