Lunch & Learn

CBST offers monthly Lunch & Learn programs that provide an opportunity to learn from some of our very own community members, special guest speakers, and more! See below for this month's upcoming program. These programs are offered free of charge to provide ease of access for all. Consider a contribution to support Educational Initiatives at CBST and your Jewish learning opportunities.

Lunch & Learn: Every Last Breath - Watch Here
Wednesday, April 28, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)
Sick or well, we are all facing illness now in a daily way that few of us could have anticipated. CBST Member Joanne Jacobson’s Every Last Breath puts into dialogue with one another her mother’s ongoing respiratory disease and her own rare blood disorder—charting over ten years the unexpected transformations that illness brought to both their lives. After Joanne reads from Every Last Breath, Rabbi Rapport will moderate a discussion with her and a q&a.

Joanne Jacobson grew up in the Midwest and has lived in New York City—and belonged to CBST—for nearly thirty years. Both her academic writing and her literary nonfiction have explored the emotional texture of change, and language as a source of human resiliency. She has taught American literature, American studies and nonfiction writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Angers (France), Middlebury College and Yeshiva University, where she also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Yeshiva College. Visit Joanne's website at joannejacobson.com



Lunch & Learn: Religious Freedom & Pluralism in Israel - Watch here
Wednesday, Dec 23, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

The CBST, the Middle East, & Me team and the New Israel Fund (https://www.nif.org/​) invite you to join Join Rabbi Ayelet Cohen and Brit Yakobi for a discussion about Israel's struggle for religious freedom and pluralism, and learn how activists and organizations across the religious spectrum are fighting for social change.

Rabbi Ayelet Cohen served at CBST as Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern from 2000-2002, and as Associate/Assistant Rabbi from 2002-2010, and is today the Senior Director of NIF’s NY / Tri-State Region. Brit Yakobi is the New Israel Fund's Director of Religious Freedom. Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen is the Senior Director of NIF’s NY / Tri-State Region. Prior to joining NIF, she was Director of The Center for Jewish Living and The David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at JCC Manhattan. Rabbi Cohen served for a decade at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s LGBTQ synagogue serving Jews of all sexual orientations and sexual identities. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, she is the author of Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the First Forty Years, and co-editor of Siddur B’chol L’vavcha. She serves on the board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

Brit Yakobi is the Director of Religious Freedom and Gender at Shatil, the New Israel Fund’s action-arm in Israel. In her role, Brit leads the Forum Against the Exclusion of Women, a directors’ forum of 13 civil society groups fighting the exclusion of women from public spaces in Israel; works with the haredi public; develops civil society organizational strategies and projects; and builds capacities of social change organizations. Brit holds a BA in Talmud from Tel Aviv University, and teaches in several educational frameworks. Prior to joining Shatil in 2018, Brit was the director of the Masorti movement’s Jewish Pluralism Watch, an NIF grantee. Brit is a social entrepreneur in the field of Jewish culture. She founded and directs Free Space, which brings culture and art to abandoned synagogues in Tel Aviv. Brit also curates exhibitions and events that connect the Israeli public to radical Jewish culture.



Zoom Instructions & Etiquette

  • All classes & programs will be locked at their start time. Please arrive 10 minutes early. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible experience for program participants & leaders.
  • MUTE your computer microphone, phone or other device until you are invited to speak.
  • To protect the sacred nature of our services, classes, & programs, please make sure that when you join us via Zoom, that your “display name” is updated (i.e. not whatever default your device might set like “iPhone6” etc.).
  • As in our Sanctuary, no photography is allowed.

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