TBI Torah at TBI 2021-2022

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SPECIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

HINEH MAH TOV: ISRAELI AND AMERICAN JEWS’

VIEWS OF EACH OTHER AND HOW LIBERAL JEWISH

MOVEMENTS IN ISRAEL HAVE MADE PROGRESS, FACED

OPPOSITION, AND COOPERATED.

Tuesday, October 26 – 10:30 am

Wednesday, October 27 – 7:30 pm

Elan and Naamah will begin the discussion by reflecting on

their shared life journeys, from the viewpoints of an Israeli and

an American who met 45 years ago. They will talk about what

Israel and American Jewry were like when they met, and how

they saw the other in this context. Then they will talk about

how things have changed over the decades that they have been

together, and what were their respective roles and activities.

They will also describe the progress made by both Conservative

and Reform Judaism in Israel, as well as collaboration between

the two movements on issues of mutual concern, including with

unconventional Orthodox leaders and institutions. After the

initial 45-minute joint presentation/discussion, we will divide

into two breakout sessions: Naamah will discuss the renaissance

and challenges of Jewish life in Israel through her work as a rabbi

and the dean of Hebrew Union College. Elan will focus on issues

of Jewish peoplehood, Israel-Diaspora relations and his work

teaching Israelis about American Jewry.

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ON-GOING LEARNING AT TBI

NOVEMBER IS JEWISH BOOK MONTH

JEWISH

BOOK MONTH

LORI’S LUNCH N’ LEARNS

Fridays at 12:00 pm

Beginning November 6

FOUR LEVELS OF ADULT HEBREW CLASSES

With Rabbi Jim Sagarin

Sunday Mornings

9:00 am Advanced Intermediate Modern Hebrew

10:00 am 2nd Year Prayer Book

11:00 am Advanced Prayer Book and Biblical Hebrew

12:00 pm Beginning Hebrew

SISTERHOOD TORAH STUDY

With Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks

Tuesdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Take advantage of this opportunity to study with Rabbi Marks

from 10:00 to 11:30 am on select Tuesdays. The text will be

Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives

by Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell.

SHABBAT MORNING TORAH STUDY

With Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks

9:00 am Most Shabbat Mornings

Each Shabbat morning, from 9:00 am

to 10:00 am, adult learners gather

to read and discuss the Tanach

(the Hebrew Bible). It is an open

discussion of the Biblical text

(in English). Regular and

occasional attendees are all

welcome. No prior knowledge

is required.

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ON-GOING LEARNING AT TBI

TORAH 101

SECOND BOOK OF KINGS

9:00 am Sundays when Bet Midrash Meets

Life never stands still and neither did the ancient Israelites. Our

topic this year will be the often neglected Book of Judges, which

narrates the transition between the settling of the land of Canaan

and the establishment of a kingship in Israel. This work describes

some of the most important women in our Sacred Texts, including

the leadership role of Deborah and her famous song of victory,

which is recognized by scholars as among the oldest literary

pieces in the Bible. Together with the famous story of Samson

and Delilah, and the shocking story of the Levite’s concubine,

the Book of Judges promises to be one which challenges us to

imagine the difficulties of political and religious survival. Join us

at 9:00 am every Sunday morning that Bet Midrash is in session

for a lively discussion about the interpretations and meanings to

be found in our sacred books. No experience necessary and all

are welcome!!

SISTERHOOD BOOK DISCUSSION

October 27, 2021

December 22, 2021

February 23, 2022

April 20, 2022

June 22, 2022

August 24, 2022

The Giver of Stars, by JoJo Moyes

Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman

The Liar, by Ayelet Gondar-Goshen

The Third Daughter, by Talia Carner

Olive Again, by Elizabeth Strout

Run, by Ann Patchett

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FALL SEMINAR SERIES

MONDAYS IN NOVEMBER 2021

Fall Seminar Series with Rabbi Rachel Kaplan Marks

LET’S START AT

THE VERY BEGINNING

Join Rabbi Marks in a discussion

exploring our tradition’s creation

narratives through the lens of various

commentaries and interpretations.

SPRING SEMINAR SERIES

MONDAYS IN APRIL 2022

Spring Seminar Series with

Rabbi David Barak-Gorodetsky

REFORM JUDAISM IN ISRAEL -

HISTORY AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

Rabbi Dr. David Barak-Gorodetsky

is an historian and a scholar of Jewish

thought. His research interests include

pre-state and early-state Israeli history,

Jewish- American history and religious

thought, political theology, post-secularism and Israel and

World Jewry relations.

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FOR OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS

Visit the Bitmoji School Library

to hear stories read by TBI members

SUNDAY MORNING SEMINARS

SUNDAY MORNINGS AT TBI

With special thanks to the Book Stall and to the

Jewish Book Council, TBI presents the

TBI 2021-2022 speaker series.

Partnering with the Book Stall,

purchase your books locally!

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SUNDAY MORNING SEMINARS

WELCOME ANDREW PORWANCHER

Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 10:00 am

The untold story of the founding

father’s likely Jewish birth and

upbringing―and its revolutionary

consequences for understanding

him and the nation he fought

to create. In The Jewish World

of Alexander Hamilton, Andrew

Porwancher debunks a string of

myths about the origins of this

founding father to arrive at a

startling conclusion: Hamilton, in all likelihood, was born and

raised Jewish. For more than two centuries, his youth in the

Caribbean has remained shrouded in mystery. Hamilton himself

wanted it that way, and most biographers have simply assumed

he had a Christian boyhood. With a detective’s persistence and

a historian’s rigor, Porwancher upends that assumption and

revolutionizes our understanding of an American icon.

WELCOME MAX P GROSS

Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 10:00 am

What if there was a town that

history missed? For decades,

the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol

existed in happy isolation, virtually

untouched and unchanged. Spared

by the Holocaust and the Cold War,

its residents enjoyed remarkable

peace. It missed out on cars, and

electricity, and the internet, and

indoor plumbing. But when a

marriage dispute spins out of control, the whole town comes

crashing into the twenty-first century.

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SUNDAY MORNING SEMINARS

WELCOME JAKE COHEN

Sunday, April 3, 2022 – 10:00 am

In Jew-ish, he reinvents the food of

his Ashkenazi heritage and draws

inspiration from his husband’s

Persian-Iraqi traditions to offer

recipes that are modern, fresh, and

enticing for a whole new generation

of readers. Imagine the components

of an everything bagel wrapped

into a flaky galette latkes dyed

vibrant yellow with saffron for a

Persian spin on the potato pancake, best-ever hybrid desserts

like Macaroon Brownies and Pumpkin Spice Babka! Jew-ish is a

brilliant collection of delicious recipes, but it’s much more than

that. As Jake reconciles ancient traditions with our modern times,

his recipes become a celebration of a rich and vibrant history, a

love story of blending cultures, and an invitation to gather around

the table and create new memories with family, friends, and

loved ones.

WELCOME LAUREN FOX

Sunday, May 15 – 10:00 am

An achingly beautiful work of

historical fiction that moves

between Germany on the eve of

World War II and present-day

Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of

love, longing, and the powerful

bonds of family.

Check TBISkokie.org for more updates

about these authors and more!

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LUNCH N’ LEARN SERIES

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

We bring the lunch. We bring the learning.

Set aside 12–1:30 pm the third Wednesday each month for a

wonderful learning opportunity!

SCHEDULE TO DATE:

Oct 20 – Carl Schrag – TBD

Nov 17 – Sharsheret – Importance of Senior Testing

Dec 15 – Cindy Stern – Shtisel

Jan 19 – Susan Van Dusen – The Missing Hand

Watch TBI eBlast and www.tbiskokie.org for more details.

SOUP’ER STUDY

SOUP’ER STUDY IS BACK!

DECEMBER SOUP’ER STUDY

Identity Politics, Wokeness, and Critical Race Theory

With Jim Kenney

Monday, December 13, 2021

Supper – 6:00 pm | Speaker – 6:45 pm

Why are “Cancel Culture” and Critical

Race Theory the right wing’s angry new

obsessions? Is “Wokeness” a poison pill for

Democrats? Or is Anti-Racism the party’s

new touchstone? What’s the story behind

this freshening storm on the political horizon? One thing is clear:

It matters for 2022!

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SOUP’ER STUDY

TBI BIRTHDAY SOUP’ER STUDY

Why Do We Do It That Way and Who Started That Anyway?

Stories of TBI’s Past and Some of Our Famous Members

With Michael Lorge

Monday, January 31, 2022

Supper – 6:00 pm | Speaker – 6:45 pm

I love to look at the old brass Tzedakah

Box in our lobby right next to the sanctuary

doors. I remember exactly where it was in

the old building in Albany Park, Chicago.

But why was it created, what does it say

about the culture of our congregation and how did it make it to

Skokie? Spend some time with Michael Lorge as he talks about

the history of our over 100 years and some of the people who led

our congregation and impacted Chicago and beyond.

Co-sponsored with TBI Brotherhood and Adult Education

FEBRUARY SOUP’ER STUDY

Judah Magnes: The Prophetic Politics of a Religious

Binationalist – With Rabbi David Barak-Gorodetsky

Monday, February 21, 2022

Supper – 6:00 pm | Speaker – 6:45 pm

This comprehensive intellectual biography

of Judah Magnes—the Reform rabbi,

American Zionist leader, and inaugural

Hebrew University chancellor—offers

novel analysis of how theology and politics

intertwined to drive Magnes’s writings and

activism—especially his championing of a

binational state—against all odds.

Rabbi Dr. David Barak-Gorodetsky is an historian and a scholar

of Jewish thought. His research interests include pre-state and

early-state Israeli history, Jewish-American history and religious

thought, political theology, post-secularism and Israel and World

Jewry relations.

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EVENING LECTURE

LADYPARTS

With Deborah Copaken

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | Speaker - 7:00 pm

Ladyparts is her irreverent

inventory of both the female

body and the body politic of

womanhood in America, the

story of one woman brought

to her knees by the one-twotwelve

punch of divorce,

solo motherhood, healthcare

Frogger, unaffordable

childcare, shady landlords,

her father’s death, college

tuitions, sexual harassment,

corporate indifference,

ageism, sexism, and plain old

bad luck. Plus seven serious

illnesses, one atop the other,

which provide the book’s

narrative skeleton: vagina,

uterus, breast, heart, cervix, brain, and lungs. She bounces back

from each bum body part, finds workarounds for every setback—

she transforms her home into a commune to pay rent; sells her

soul for health insurance; turns FBI informant when her sexual

harasser is nominated to the White House—but in her slippery

struggle to survive a steep plunge off the middle-class ladder, she

is suddenly awoken to what it means to have no safety net.

Co-sponsored with Sisterhood TBI and Adult Education

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SPECIAL EVENTS AT TBI

AMERICAN BABY

Gabrielle Dalia Glaser

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | Speaker - 7:00 pm

During the Baby Boom in

1960s America, women were

encouraged to stay home and

raise large families, but sex

and childbirth were taboo

subjects. Premarital sex was

common, but birth control

was hard to get and abortion

was illegal. In 1961, sixteenyear-old

Margaret Erle fell in

love and became pregnant.

Her enraged family sent

her to a maternity home,

and after she gave birth,

she wasn’t even allowed

her to hold her own son.

Social workers threatened

her with jail until she signed

away her parental rights. Her son vanished, his whereabouts

and new identity known only to an adoption agency that would

never share the slightest detail about his fate. Gabrielle Glaser

dramatically demonstrates the power of the expectations and

institutions that Margaret faced. Margaret went on to marry and

raise a large family with David’s father, but she never stopped

longing for and worrying about her firstborn. She didn’t know he

spent the first years of his life living just a few blocks away from

her; as he grew, he wondered about where he came from and

why he was given up. Their tale--one they share with millions of

Americans--is one of loss, love, and the search for identity.

Co-sponsored with Adult Education and JCFS Chicago

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