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Adult Learning


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

Scroll down for more information on these upcoming events: 
Sunday, January 17       Michael Lawlor J.D.
Thursday, January 21     Margaret Middleton

Save the dates for these and check back for more information:  
Sunday, January 31          David Banach       
Thursday, February 11      Barry Zaret M.D.
Thursday, February  18    JScreen
Sunday, February 21      Herb Keinon

Join us! 


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.


Thursday evening, January 21, 7:30 PM

Joint Adult Ed/Social Action Discussion about Homelessness

Margaret Middleton

This accompanies our efforts to support those in need in lieu of Abraham’s Tent this winter of Covid.

Margaret Middleton, new CEO at Columbus House, New Haven, will lead a conversation about the root causes of homelessness and what we can do to end it.

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Meeting ID: 773 743 1587


Sunday, January 17 at 10:00am on Zoom
Michael Lawlor, J.D.
2021: A Year of a Criminal Justice Reform?  
The Top 10 Trends Driving Change

CBJ presents Michael P. Lawlor, J.D, Professor of Criminal Justice at University of New Haven, former prosecutor, CT state legislator, and Governor’s Criminal Justice advisor.  Lawlor’s discussion will explore central themes found in two award-winning films, “13th”, and “Just Mercy’.  Viewing of both films is recommended prior to attendance. *

“13th,” director Ava DuVernay’s documentary about the U.S. prison system, examines how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.  “Just Mercy,” based on the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction.   A widely acclaimed expert, Lawlor has served on numerous national criminal justice reform commissions and led the push for CT’s same-sex civil union legislation.  His current focus is on researching, writing, and collaborating with students on policy reforms. We are fortunate to be able to learn about Lawlor’s work and how the nation might carry Dr. King’s democratic vision into the future.

*"13th" is streaming on Netflix. "Just Mercy" is streaming on Amazon Prime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 773 743 1587

Passcode: RIMMON

Fri, January 15 2021 2 Shevat 5781