Friday Noon Study Group

January 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We will resume our weekly conversations on December 6 with a new subject, returning for the fourth time to issues related to Jewish sensibilities.

For the past 50 years the publication Sh’ma Now has curated a distilled “conversation” bringing to­gether several voices around a single theme. These voices cross the spectrum of Judaism—secular and religious, communal and non-partisan, engaged and striving. Participants in our study group will have an opportunity to join in this conversation.  Our focus is on ideas—their complexity and range, and how they inform action.

For three Fridays in December, the texts we’ll be drawing from along with their web site links* appear below.  Topics that we’ll be discussing are:

December 6:  Limnot Yameinu  Counting our days

How can we make the most out of the time we are given in our lives?

December 13:    Anavah  Humility

How do we find a balance between our own needs as individuals and as ones who engage with the world around us? 

December 20:  Machlochet L’Shem Shamayim  Argument for the sake of Heaven

How do we participate in constructive argumentation? How are we shaped by such discourse?

*Once you get to the first page, you’ll need to click on the “Download PDF” button that appears on the screen in order to get the text of the full issue of Sh’ma Now.

Our informal discussion group, which has been in operation for nearly 20 years, meets every Friday from 12-1 in the CBI Library.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at

I hope to see many of you on December 6.  If you plan on coming, please access and read the materials posted on the Sh’ma Now links.

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