Adult education programs are offered for members who wish to expand their knowledge of Judaism, current events, Hebrew, and Torah.
Lifelong Learning's blog
It was an honor and a delight to partner again with the Spertus Institute for the One Book/One Community Program as the West Suburban site for an author talk. On Tuesday afternoon December 5th, Chicago author Renee Rosen spoke with approximately 75 congregants and members of the wider Jewish community (including four from Munster, Indiana!) about her historical novel Windy City Blues.
At 9:00 AM November 8th, a bus load of congregants and friends headed up to the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee (JMM)-to see the temporary exhibit called The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat. Part of an exhibit curated bythe Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum of New York, the show included photography, sculpture, painting, and multi-medium artworks through which 30 contemporary artists from around the world reflected on the meaning of Shabbat and new ways of engaging the idea of rest and rejuvenation.
The Shabbat we shared on November 18th was truly a spiritual experience of reflection and understanding of ourselves and of each other. Some of us were already friends but, by day’s end, we had learned more about each other and had made new friends in the process. The diversity of our backgrounds included born Jewish into secular homes as well as into Reform and traditional homes, Jews by choice and on the path to conversion.
The Lifelong Learning Committee invites you to a special Shabbaton. Saturday, November 18th, from 9:30 AM-3:00 PM Edna Groves, founder of Words That Endure® returns to lead a day of reflection, writing and discussion:
On Thursday, November 16th At 7:00 PM, in the Social Hall Please join us for A Tale of Love and Darkness.
On Thursday evening, September 7th, approximately 60 Christian, Muslim and Jewish neighbors gathered in our social hall to participate in a panel discussion, Religion and Compassion in the 21st Century. Panel members included Pastor Jeanne Davies of the Parables Community, Reverend Myriam Renaud representing the Unitarian Universalist Church of DuPage, Naperville, Dr. Ali Yurtsever, Professor and Interfaith Advisor at Benedictine University and our own Rabbi Fredrick Kamil. Paul Heinz served as moderator.
Looking to add leaves to your own family tree?
Have you been, or are you planning to research your ancestry?
The West Suburban Chapter of Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois (JGSI) is looking for new coordinator from our congregation to work with the coordinator from Congregation Beth Shalom (Naperville).
The two synagogues alternate sites for meetings and programs.
Typical session may include:
BEYOND BORDERS: THE HISTORY OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
A text-based historical overview from the late 19th Century through the Six Day War
Taught by Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky
On Monday mornings for ten weeks at 10:00-11:30 AM in the Social Hall
Eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel's Negev Desert. Their booking is set for a different city, and with no transportation out of the town or any hotels in which to stay, the band settles at a restaurant owned by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz), who offers them lodging. Overcoming ethnic barriers, the Egyptians find diversion and companionship with the Israelis through a pervading undercurrent of shared melancholy.