We are thrilled that over 130 congregations and 2000 participants enjoyed the debut of ScholarStream this Fall. We are excited to announce the next series beginning in January 2021. ScholarStream is a four part series which will give communities the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions.
Our CJLS series will be offered on the following dates and times, meeting for one hour each week:
How We Navigate Ethical Dilemmas and Reshape Rituals To Draw Us Closer to God
Tuesdays 8 - 9 PM ET / 5 - 6 PM PT
- January 26 - Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin and Rabbi Avram Israel Reisner on Sustainability
Judaism has constructed two interrelated ethical rubrics to living rightly on this earth. Tikkun Olam is the call for us to be in right relationship with each other. Yishuvo shel Olam is the call for us to be in right relationship with the earth. The former is well-known. The latter is not. In our session, we will explore the nature of Yishuvo shel Olam and how it serves to guide our responses to the sacred urgency of sustainability.
- February 2 - Rabbi Micah Peltz on Vaccination
How do we decide who gets the vaccine first? Do we, as individuals, each have an obligation to wait our turn, or are there circumstances where we could jump the line? How far should rich countries go to share the vaccine with poorer countries? Join us as we explore Jewish sources that help us consider the ethical questions that guide the fair distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.
- February 9 - Rabbi Pamela Barmash on Birkat Hamazon
Birkat Hamazon is essential to our spiritual lives as Jews, awakening us to the bounty we enjoy. Traditionally, it is recited only for meals with bread. Nowadays, what we eat is changing: many people are avoiding gluten, and bread is no longer the mainstay of meals as our diets become more multicultural. Join us as we explore the spiritual depths of Birkat Hamazon and see how the practice of Birkat Hamazon should change in light of contemporary dietary patterns.
- February 16 - Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky on the Abbreviated Amidah
Excellent Jewish prayer is both public worship and private meditation. Our liturgical choices and rules about prayer help keep each element in its proper balance. When it comes to the Amidah, many Conservative communities choose to omit full silent recitations along with full repetitions, instead opting for the briefer Hoikhe Kedushah – a well-attested practice combining loud with silent prayer. What are the optimal ways – in terms of Halakhah and spiritual richness – to employ this method?
Registration for each session will close at 11 AM ET on the morning of that session. Registration will remain open for future weeks until the morning of the given session.
Individuals can sign up via this registration page at a cost of $25 for the series
or for free if you have a coupon code provided by your congregation. Questions? Email Max Arad at email@example.com