Wednesday, April 5, 2017

8 am
1 event

Bible & Bagels

Location: Community House

From: Wednesdays | 8:15-9:00am


Taught by Rabbi David Kalb

Bible & Bagels was born more than 25 years ago when a small group of Central congregants got together with the goal of studying the Torah verse by verse.  Each week the class convenes to take another small step forward in understanding our most important text. This fall will mark the completion of our very first line-by-line review of the Torah!

Join anytime! No registration required.


12 pm
1 event

Weekly Torah Study

Location: Community House

From: Wednesdays | 12-1:15pm


Taught by Rabbi Mo Salth

This class explores the Torah portion that is read on Shabbat for that week.  Students are encouraged to share their insight and opinion during each class as we mine our tradition and investigate life’s deepest questions. The class uses the Plaut Modern Commentary on the Torah and many other texts and commentaries to understand the weekly portion from an ancient and modern perspective.

Join anytime! No registration required.


1 pm
1 event

Kings, Prophets, & Rebellions: Schism & Unity in the Bible

Location: Community House

From: Wednesdays | 1:30-2:30pm


Taught by Cantor Suzanne Skloot

Journey through one of the earliest Jewish dramas – a divided people and a community searching for a common purpose – and uncover the contemporary wisdom in these epic tales. Cantor Suzanne Skloot will be your guide through this fascinating era of Jewish history.

Join anytime! No registration required.


6 pm
1 event

Enduring Disagreements: A Three-Part Speaker Series

Location: Pavilion

From: May 10 & May 16, 2017 at 6:30pm


Addressing the Urgencies of Our Time

How do we respond when someone takes a stand that challenges our core beliefs? How do we keep the lines of communication open when political and cultural divides continue to grow? In this three-part series, our guest speakers will help identify the causes for these expanding ideological rifts, examine how they affect the Jewish community, and offer strategies to engage in thoughtful discourse when we disagree.

Interested in taking a deeper dive? Join a CORE Group – small discussion group – for an opportunity to create connections with fellow congregants, explore what Jewish tradition has to teach us about constructive conflict, and consider suggested tools to be a productive participant in these difficult conversations. Please contact Lauren Dickel if you’d like to participate.


Learn more below…

Part 1: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion

ft. Jonathan Haidt

This event took place on Wednesday, April 5.
Are our political opponents morally bankrupt?  If not, what could they possibly be thinking? NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt, author of the NY Times bestseller The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, will explore the moral psychology of political and religious difference, how we are wired to ignore alternative perspectives, and how we can learn to escape our own “moral matrix” to better understand those with whom we disagree.

Part 2: Responding to Anti-Semitism

ft. Eric K. Ward, David Harris, and Rabbi Michelle Dardashti

This event took place on Wednesday, May 10.
How serious is the growing wave of anti-Semitism in the United States, and how does it relate to racism and other forms of discrimination? Panelists Eric K. Ward (Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center), David Harris (CEO of AJC – Global Jewish Advocacy), and Rabbi Michelle Dardashti (Associate University Chaplain for the Jewish Community at Brown) bring together their unique perspectives to discuss how the Jewish community and its allies should respond to these threats.

Part 3: Muslims and Jews - Bridging Historical Divides

ft. Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer and Rabia Chaudry

This event took place on Wednesday, May 16.
The relationship between American Muslim and Jewish communities is a complicated and delicate one. Today, two groups who’ve typically remained at arm’s length find themselves reaching out to one another for support as both increasingly become the targets of threats, violence, and exclusionary political rhetoric. Explore new paths being forged in Muslim-Jewish community building in America including the groundbreaking work of the Muslim Leadership Initiative with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Rabia Chaudry, creator of the acclaimed podcast Undisclosed and an alumna of the Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.