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Adult Learning

B'nai Jacob offers a rich array of classes and guest lectures every season. 

Join us!   Zoom links will be posted the week of the event.


Bread & Torah

Shabbat Mornings Before Services, 9:00 - 9:45am on Zoom. 
Rabbi Shapiro teaches on various Jewish topics and facilitates a lively discussion.  Since we meet on zoom, bring your own bagels and coffee.
No experience necessary.


Join us for our next CBJ Book Club Discussion
Sunday, April 11, 11:00 am on Zoom
Invisible Years:  A Family's Collected Account of Separation and Survival during the Holocaust in the Netherlands

Presented by author Daphne Geismar and co-presenter Sharon Strauss

The book Invisible Years is an intimate portrait of an extended Jewish family living in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands who, when faced with imminent deportation, refused to comply. As the Nazis tightened their grip on the Jewish population, Daphne Geismar’s family was slowly restricted from public life. Sensing the murderous consequences of deportation, they decided to separate and go into hiding. Through interwoven letters, diaries, and interviews, Geismar presents the story of nine family members—her parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles—in their own words, alongside a trove of photographs and artifacts. This family’s detailed account of one of history’s most horrific chapters challenges us to follow their example of resistance to inhumanity.

Sharon Strauss works as an embryologist in an IVF unit. She makes babies every day. Sharon worked as a neurosurgical nurse and as a genetic researcher. She served as a commander of the electronic intelligent course in the IDF Intelligence Corps.

Daphne Geismar designs books on art and history for major museums. Her involvement in publications that use art and literature to educate began with her thesis at Yale on DIRECTION magazine (1937–1945), in which artists and writers speak out against fascism. Geismar developed a photography and writing program for teenage mothers; and teaches design at universities.


PLEASE NOTE:  This event is at an unusual time, starting at 11am. It will have a unique Zoom password. 
For non-members who would like to join this event, please call our office 203-389-2111 before Friday at 2pm and we will share the link and password.

Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 10am on Zoom
Ladino Culture from Yesterday to Today: A Musical Journey
Sarah Aroeste
International performer, Sarah Aroeste, will lead us on this journey of history, visual storytelling, and song. She will demonstrate the evolution of Ladino music over the centuries as Jews migrated East- in terms of content, melody, and rhythm. It is an interactive experience for the audience- watching, listening, even singing along.  

This event is sponsored by Roz & Steve Atkins and Aimlee Laderman.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 843 6627 6363
Passcode: RIMMON


Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom
An Interview on his Books, Inspired by his Exceptional Life

Dr. Siegfried Kra

Dr. Siegfried Kra, long-time member of B’nai Jacob, is the author of many books, including “Twilight in Danzig,” “Dancer in the Garden,” and his new release, “Nine Lives.”  This event will address how this young Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Europe overcame challenges to have a rich and meaningful life as a physician, as reflected in his gripping autobiographical stories.

Zoom link coming soon.

Sun, June 13 2021 3 Tammuz 5781