Lunch & Learn

CBST offers frequent Lunch & Learn programs that provide an opportunity to learn from some of our very own community members, special guest speakers, and more! 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. Check the archives page for recordings from previous programs. 

Coming up...

Lunch & Learn: Never Simple, A Memoir by Liz Scheier - REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, March 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
CBST Member Liz Scheier joins CBST President Sabrina Farber for a special reading and discussion of her new memoir. Deeply exploring Jewish life and values, with scenes starring Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, former Associate Rabbi Rachel Weiss, and current Associate Rabbi Yael Rapport, Never Simple is a darkly funny and touching memoir—with shades of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle and Mira Bartók’s The Memory Palace—of growing up in ’90s Manhattan with a brilliant, mendacious single motherLearn more about Never Simple >>

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Liz Scheier is a former Penguin Random House editor who worked in publishing and content development for many years, including at Barnes & and Amazon. She writes book reviews and feature articles for Publishers Weekly. She is now a product developer living in Washington, D.C., with her husband, two small children, and an ill-behaved cat. Never Simple is her first book.


Lunch & Learn: Meet Noa Sattath, ACRI's New Executive Director - REGISTER NOW
Hybrid Event: In-Person at CBST & via Zoom

Thursday, March 24, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Join us for a conversation between Noa Sattath, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights Israel (ACRI), and Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, the New Israel Fund's New York Senior Director. Noa will talk about her vision for ACRI, her journey in the Israeli social justice world to get there, and what she thinks the most urgent priorities are for Israel's progressive movement. This event is hosted by the New Israel Fund and co-sponsored by CBST.



Recent programs...

Lunch & Learn: Trans Voice Therapy in Israel - WATCH NOW
Tuesday, March 15, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
In light of new policy changes by Israel's Ministry of Health, the socialized medicine system will now include voice therapy for transgender women and men among other medical and paramedical services for this population. Last year, the Jerusalem Open House hosted the city’s first Voice Feminization course for transgender women. Rabbi Mike Moskowitz was in conversation with speech language pathologist Sharon Ron who ran the group, as well as a participant from the group, Ilana Gurevich, a student of Linguistics and the Hebrew language, and LGBTQIA activist in Jerusalem.

Sharon Ron is a speech language pathologist and director of Maytav: Jerusalem Center for Speech and Swallowing Disorders. She teaches a variety of courses in 3 colleges and universities at the BA and MA level and last year she taught Jerusalem’s very first Voice Feminization course to a group of transgender women at the Jerusalem Open House.

Ilana Gurevich is a transgender BA student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in Linguistics and the Hebrew language. She is a local LGBTQIA activist in Jerusalem and attended last year's first Voice Feminization course at the Jerusalem Open House.  

Learn More and Sign Up for Sharon's Voice Feminization course, an 8-week interactive speech therapy zoom course beginning April 3.