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Adult Education 2022-23 programming

From Generation to Generation: The Call to Pursue Justice and Morality:
A Conversation with human rights activist Elisha Wiesel.

Elisha Wiesel, human rights activist and son of Elie Wiesel, will visit the Temple and lead a conversation about human rights issues. Join us for a Community Dinner prior to presentation.

Elisha is a recovering Wall Street executive. Since retiring from a twenty-five year financial markets career at Goldman Sachs at the end of 2019, he served in 2020 as one of the lead technologists in Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. In his most recent board position at Good Shepherd Services, Elisha raised millions of dollars for New York’s neediest by convening “Midnight Madness”, where hundreds of finance professionals stayed up all
night solving elaborate puzzles on the city streets. When his father passed, Elisha realized how many others missed his
voice––and so, when opportunities for impact arise, Elisha shares his father’s message and continues his legacy by standing up for persecuted communities. In the last few years, Elisha has spoken at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum about the need to protect the LGBTQ community; shone a light while speaking at Auschwitz on the plight of Syrian refugees being denied Western asylum; written for the Financial Times about the urgency of upholding DACA; and taken his son to peacefully march for Black Lives.

Elisha is currently starting a hedge fund, chairing an Israeli start-up in the FinTech space, chairing the Elie Wiesel Foundation, learning a little Talmud every day, and generally trying to be a good father, husband a



Empowering Ourselves to Combat Antisemitism in our Schools, Colleges, Communities, and Workplaces.

Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30pm

What is Antisemitism and how can we as Jews respond to it constructively? Professor Ed Ginsberg will give a presentation exploring the nature of antisemitism through case studies as we work together to develop constructive responses. Join us for a Community Dinner prior to presentation.

Ed Ginsberg has been teaching and developing curriculum about the holocaust and human rights since the 1960’s.  He was one of the first teachers in New York to integrate holocaust studies as part of his high school’s curriculum.  From 1979-1981, he served as Director of Human Rights Education for New York and has presented at national, state and local conferences.  His teaching career has spanned 55 years at Arlington High School, Syracuse University, SUNY Westchester, SUNY Dutchess, The Scarsdale Adult School, and Marist College.

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Modern Hebrew through Israeli Culture - 5 part series
Thursdays - January 12, January 19, January 26, February 9, February 16 at 7:30pm

CJL Faculty member Oren Neiman will lead this class as we explore modern Hebrew and its uniqueness through the lens of contemporary Israeli culture. We will use examples from Israeli literature, music, and film to learn modern Hebrew phrases and how they reflect Israeli culture and Hebrew as a living developing language.

 Israeli Author Etgar Keret on modern Hebrew - “ one point in history, this frozen language was put in the microwave of time and somebody pressed the button, and suddenly people started speaking that language, so the effect was very strange because, let’s say if Abraham or Isaac were taking a taxi in Tel-Aviv they could actually communicate with the driver, and the same wouldn’t be true for Shakespeare taking a cab in New York.”  


Shanti/Shalom: What Can a Jew Learn From the Faiths of India? Presented by Rabbi Dan Polish 

Thursday, March 2 at 10:30am

Rabbi Daniel F. Polish is an accomplished author and scholar.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University and completed his rabbinical training at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He earned his doctoral degree at Harvard University.  He has taught at Harvard, Tufts, Occidental College and at his alma mater, Hebrew Union College. A frequent teacher of both Jewish and Christian audiences, he has addressed interfaith gatherings in places such as Warsaw, Rome, Seville, Istanbul, Berlin, Jerusalem, New Delhi, and Bangladesh. He is a past Chairman of the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious consultations --  the official Jewish interlocutor with the Vatican and other international religious bodies. He is a published poet and has written articles for numerous scholarly and popular journals. His book reviews appear regularly in the Journal Of Ecumenical Studies. Among his books are Bringing the Psalms to Life: How to Understand and Use the Book of Psalms; Keeping Faith with the Psalms: Deepen Your Relationship with God Using the Book of Psalms; and Talking About God: Exploring the Meaning of Religious Life with Kierkegaard, Buber, Tillich, and Heschel.

His forthcoming book, Intersections, deals with the subject of what Jews can learn from exploring the religious Traditions of India. 

Rabbi Polish has served as a leader of national Jewish organizations: as Associate Director and Director of the Washington Office of the Synagogue Council of America; and as the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism; He has served as a university teacher, and as a congregational rabbi, most recently at Congregation Shir Chadash of the Hudson Valley in LaGrange New York.

Mon, December 5 2022 11 Kislev 5783