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Virtual Education Academy Set to Begin in West Hartford

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Congregation Beth Israel presents Virtual Education Academy, featuring timely topics from area leaders and academics.


Congregation Beth Israel is pleased to present Virtual Education Academy, a nine-week series of topical forums presented by members of our local academic community.

The series starts on Wednesday, April 22. All of the presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. and are available through Zoom.

Participating synagogues include Beth David Synagogue, Beth El Temple, Temple Beth Hillel, Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Beth Torah, Congregation B’nai Tikvoh Sholom, The Emanuel Synagogue, Congregation Kol Haverim, Temple Sinai and Young Israel of West Hartford.

Go to cbict.org to find the link to join the talks on Zoom. 

The forum lineup and speakers includes:

Wednesday, April 22
“Yom Ha-Shoah Veha-Gevurah: On Jewish Heroism, Martyrdom, and Sacrifice”
Dr. Avinoam Patt, Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies and Director, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut

Wednesday, April 29
“Camp David, 40+ Years Later: Strategy, Peace, Autonomy”
Dr. Jeremy Pressman, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle East Studies, University of Connecticut

Monday, May 4
“Sholem Aleichem’s Motl the Cantor’s Son and How We Think about Immigrants”
Dr. Joshua Lambert, Academic Director, Yiddish Book Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts

Thursday, May 14
“Jewish Imagination in a Time of Pandemic: Apocalypse, Messianism, and Lament”
Dr. Ron Kiener, Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity College

Wednesday, May 20
“Divine Love and Punishment in Deuteronomy and Beyond”
Dr. Deena Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Hartford Seminary

Tuesday, May 26
“Love the Stranger”: Migrant Workers, Asylum Seekers, and Israeli Activists in Tel Aviv”
Dr. Sarah Willen, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut

Tuesday, June 2
“Not Lost in Translation: The Greek Bible from Aristeas to the Rabbis”
Dr. Sara Johnson, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, University of Connecticut

Monday, June 8
“David Ben Gurion and the Making of the Jewish State”
Dr. Sam Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, Trinity College

Thursday, June 18
“Separating out the Facts: The Origins of Christianity and the History of Judaism”
Dr. Stuart Miller, Professor of Hebrew, History, and Judaic Studies and Academic Director, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut

Congregation Beth Israel is a Reform Jewish synagogue of over 700 families, tracing its history to 1843, when Jews were first given the legal right to establish a synagogue in the state of Connecticut. Today, Congregation Beth Israel is a welcoming community where people of all ages and backgrounds can deepen their spirituality and engagement in the world through prayer, celebration, learning, and efforts to repair the world. For more information, visit www.cbict.org

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