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Mandel JCC Book Festival - B'nai Jeshurun Sponsored Event
Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 pm

Virtual talk with Alyson Richman and Shaunna J. Edwards, the authors of The Thread Collectors. Inspired by the authors’ own fam­i­ly his­to­ries, The Thread Col­lec­tors is a rich his­tor­i­cal nov­el set dur­ing the Civ­il War about two women — one Black and yearn­ing for free­dom in New Orleans, the oth­er a Jew­ish abo­li­tion­ist in New York — whose resource­ful sewing to sup­port their com­mu­ni­ties leads them on unex­pect­ed, dan­ger­ous jour­neys as they fight to bring their beloveds home from the front. Virtual talk with Alyson Richman and Shaunna J. Edwards, the authors of The Thread Collectors. Register online and learn more.

This is part of the Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival and sponsored by The Norma and Albert Geller Social Justice Endowment Fund at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation.

BJC Learning Institute

While most of our classes remain virtual only, we offer some hybrid (virtual and in-person) options.  Each class below will indicate virtual or hybrid.

These classes are brought to you through the generosity of the Fersky Fund for Adult Learning, Rabbi Michael and Sheila Hecht Limmud Fund and Nelson Pole & Betsy Greene.

All classes require a password.  Please contact the synagogue office to acquire them (216.831.6555).

Thursday Monthly Series:  Spotlight Educator
Thursdays, January 5 - 26 at 7:30 pm

Rabbi Noah Bickart will teach on the topic of Jewish Messianism(s): A Jewish Approach to Christian Scripture. He is on the faculty of the Theology and Religious Studies Department at John Carroll University.

On Zoom only:  Zoom, Meeting ID:  82247940770.


Thursday Monthly Series:  Spotlight Educator
Thursdays, February 2 - 23 at 7:30 pm  

An Introduction to the Jewish Studio Process with Rabbi Bec Richman.

The opening verses of Torah teach that human beings are created in the image of a Divine creator.
In this four-week series, we will explore ancient Jewish wisdom through our inherent creativity,
using a methodology that combines learning and a facilitated creative process. This session is for
everyone, not just those who think of themselves as “creative” or “artistic.” When you join in for
the session, have a notebook, writing implement and any on-hand art supplies (like watercolors,
crayons or colored pencils) handy.

Rabbi Bec Richman is a soferet (scribe), Hebrew calligrapher and potter who serves on the faculty of the Jewish Studio Project. She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Learn more about her here.

On Zoom only:  Zoom, Meeting ID:  82247940770.

What's NU? with Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
Mondays at 10:00 am 

Topical text study and discussion on the most relevant Jewish topics of the day.  
Zoom, Meeting ID: 9122 0079 234 - VIRTUAL ONLY


Staying Fit with Linda
Mondays at 11:00 am


Join certified Silver Sneakers instructor Linda Schoenberg for her 60-minute total body work out for seniors. Please have a sturdy chair, light weights and a squishy ball handy. Sponsored by Na'amat USA. Zoom, Meeting ID:  85880852411 - VIRTUAL ONLY



Torah Study with Susan Wyner
Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Join in for a close reading of the Bible as we make our way through our most central text. 
Zoom, Meeting ID: 88663421663. (Materials for class:  The  Book of Judges, Chapters 13-21). 

Mishnah:  The Best Book You’ve Never Read
with Rabbi Alan Lettofsky
Thursdays at 10:30 am
(on hiatus until further notice)

A small group of rabbis, over the course of a couple hundred years, laid out entire systems of holiday observance, civil and criminal law and taxation, among many others.  It is the core of what we think of as Jewish tradition today.  Zoom, Meeting ID: 87108945546 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Talmud: Disputes for the Sake of Heaven 
with Rabbi Jeremy Markiz
Thursdays at noon 

Talmud is one of the foundational sources of Judaism. By unpacking the discussions of the rabbis, we can uncover powerful wisdom to guide and inspire us. Join in on this journey as we closely read the text, learn how the Talmud works, and make it relevant for our lives today.  Zoom, Meeting ID: 87277103560 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Rabbi Jeremy Markiz is a teacher and consultant based in the Washington, DC area. He teaches the Torah of personal growth, meaning and intentionality, and making the world a better place. He writes a newsletter called, With Torah and Love. Rabbi Markiz helps clergy, congregations and Jewish organizations communicate clearly in the digital world, develop effective strategies and solve problems with his consulting firm, Next Level Rabbinics.

Torah Cafe (previously Starbucks, Bread & Torah)
Saturdays at 9:00 - 10:00 am 

Gain fresh insights into the Torah, and study with great teachers! 
Zoom, Meeting ID: 83603008490 - HYBRID

Cooking with Murray & Tova

Looking for past recipes?  Click here!

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783