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How do we dip into the deep well of Jewish thought and practice to illuminate our lives today? 

Check the event calendar for the next Lifelong Learning series.

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi David at Trail’s End Cafe

Come grab a bite to eat and learn with Rabbi David.

2019/2020 Dates (All lunch and learns are at 12:15 pm): 

  • Wednesday, March 25
  • Wednesday, April 29
  • Wednesday, May 13
  • Wednesday, June 17

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi David at Blank Rome

  • Tuesday, March 3
  • Tuesday, April 21
  • Tuesday, May 12
  • Tuesday, June 2

Adult Learning Programs:

The Pesach Found Objects “Yard Sale.”
Thursday, March 26th at 7:00 PM.

Scheduled two weeks before Pesach, this 1½ hour creative writing workshop is open to anyone who would like to jump start a new writing project or is looking for fresh ideas for this year’s Seder.  Led by writing teacher Miriam Camitta, writing prompts will be real objects loosely or directly related to the activities and themes of the Pesach seder.  Participants will be challenged to respond to prompts in several five-minute writing sessions and will share their creations with the group.  The “Yard Sale” is a well-known and fun method for generating writing and stimulating your writer’s imagination.

Ethical Matters in Determining Jewish Identity.
Thursday May 7th at 7:30PM.

Anita Schmukler, psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, will lead an open discussion of Jewish identity issues related to alternative reproductive technologies, an area which she has studied for decades.  In cases of donor egg, donor sperm, what is the ethical impact of using genetic material when the donor and/or carrier is not Jewish?  The implications for re-examining our ideas of genetic transmission, or not, are striking.  Suggested reading: Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro.

Jewish Perspectives on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.
Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 PM.

Artificial intelligence and big data generate major benefits for society, but also great dangers.  How serious are challenges such as ubiquitous surveillance, algorithmic bias, and autonomous weapons, and how can our Jewish moral traditions and sources shed light on them?  Beth Am’s Kevin Werbach will moderate a panel discussion featuring Sorrelle Friedler (Haverford Computer Science Department), Mira Wasserman (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College), and Tal Zarsky (University of Haifa Law School).

An Exploration of Israeli Literature.
Thursday, June 4th

Fans of Ronit Engel will want to join in another wonderful evening of discovery and fun as Ronit leads an evening of exploration and discussion of an Israeli literature topic.  Stay tuned for a time.

“I have appreciated BAI’s many opportunities for adults to learn and teach each other about Jewish history, art, Israel, and more. Whole areas of our Jewish heritage have been deepened for me, and I have been inspired to read and learn more after the adult education programs. I have also enjoyed guiding BAI members in creating silk challah covers and Hebrew calligraphy. “
Paulette Jellinek,  Member Since 1988