CBI Virtual Classroom

Welcome to your  CBI virtual classroom, where the learning never stops. 

All classes are accessible using Zoom and most are offered free of charge. 

Open and On-going

The following are regular programs held either weekly or monthly. No registration necessary. Just click the link to join the program and enjoy!

Friday Noon Study Group: Every Friday, Noon - 1pm

Now in it's 18th year, the Friday Noon Study Group brings together folks from a broad spectrum to discuss classic and contemporary texts from a modern Jewish perspective. Led by the venerable and indefatigable Jay Jacoby. 

Torah on Tap: Last Sunday of the month 4:00 - 5:30pm 

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cold one and dive into the topic of the month. Jewish identity, political upheaval, social challenges - we look at the world from a personal perspective then discuss it from  Jewish lens.  Hosted by Alan Silverman.

Torah Study with Justin: Every Other Saturday, 1pm

Meeting every other Saturday, Farmer (ne Rabbi) Justin Goldstein welcomes you to his virtual beit Midrash for an on-line discussion of the week’s Torah portion. No experience necessary.  The group will be on summer break during July and the first half of August, resuming August 29.

A Sampling of Some Recent Class Offerings

The following upcoming programs require registration and class size may be limited. Some may also require a small fee. All are available through Zoom. 

To Register

Call the CBI office at 828-252-8660, or send an email to admin@bethisraelnc.org. Once you have registered, you will receive the link to join the program. 

To Join the Program  

When the class begins, click the link provided and you will be taken into the virtual classroom. 

What We Know About the Role of Gender in Leadership 

April 28th 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Teacher: Dr. Hal Lewis 

Registration Required

Even before the #MeToo, Gam Ani movements, scholars of leadership have studied the impact gender has on leadership types and styles. The data are evolving as more and more is learned with each passing year. In this session, contemporary research findings will be examined and participants will be asked to reflect upon these findings within the context of their own experiences. Among the issues to be introduced are: Is There A Woman’s Style of Leading? Are Women More Effective Leaders Than Men? How Can Understanding the Impact of Gender on Leadership Make You a Better Leader? Class size is limited to the first ten individuals. 

To Everything There is A Season: A Brief Look at the Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 

May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Dr. Hal Lewis

Registration Required

This four-part series will provide an introduction to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), arguably, the most controversial book of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible). Participants will be introduced to the historical and cultural context of the Hebrew wisdom literature (from whence this book is drawn) and will have the opportunity to explore what drove the biblical editors to include such a revolutionary heterodox in the biblical canon. We will read and discuss highlights and key chapters of this wonderful book and participants will consider the contemporary applications and implications of this challenging text.

Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions and to complete a modest reading assignment of selections from the text in preparation for each session. Class size is limited to the first 10 individuals.

About Hal

Dr. Hal M. Lewis is the current Chancellor and Immediate Past President of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. An executive coach and organizational consultant specializing in nonprofit organizational leadership, Dr. Lewis holds a Doctorate in Jewish Studies and is the Principal Consultant for Leadership For Impact LLC. A passionate advocate for adult Jewish learning, he is a popular lecturer, trainer, and teacher. He and his wife, Mary, live in Fairview and are members of CBI.