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Book Club: February

01/31/2020 03:45:28 PM


Our next Book Club meeting will be on February 26th at 10:30 AM at the home of a congregant. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about book club.

Our next book is, "Not Our Kind" by Kitty Zeldis - a riveting story featuring two women: a young Jewish girl and the rich woman who hires her to tutor her young daughter. The book takes place in New York City in 1947 and the author does an excellent job of putting the...Read more...

Adult Ed: Hosea

02/06/2020 12:52:40 PM


Content Warning: Hosea has some risque imagery!

The Book of Hosea

Summary of Hosea

Prophecy, Hosea, and Teshuva

An Alliance of Love and Complexity

My Jewish Learning: Hosea and Amos in their historical/political context


Adult Ed: Ezekiel

01/31/2020 03:38:48 PM


The Book of Ezekiel

Summary of Ezekiel

Notes on Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Prophets

My Jewish Learning: Ezekiel


Adult Ed: Jeremiah

01/23/2020 02:29:22 PM


Book of Jeremiah

Summary of Jeremiah

Was Jeremiah a Failure?

Notes on AJH's the Prophets

Excerpt's from Rabbi's Graduate Class on Jeremiah


Adult Ed: Isaiah

01/19/2020 10:07:06 AM


The Book of Isaiah

Isaiah Intro and Summary - I know I've warned that some Shmoop Biblical cliff notes are from a Christian/"Old Testament" perspective, but here Shmoop actually does a pretty good job of introducing Isaiah from a historical/academic/Jewish perspective. 

Rabbi's Notes on AJH's The Prophets


Adult Ed: Kings

01/10/2020 11:37:39 AM


I Kings

I Kings Summary

II Kings

II Kings Summary

The following two images are from Christian websites, which it is helpful to be mindful and wary of. However, the dates are fairly accurate despite being written as BC instead of BCE and I find it really helps to see everyone lined up like this. Many of the Kings' names are similar and I lose track of Judah vs. Israel, etc.


Adult Ed: Samuel

01/02/2020 01:37:04 PM


Due to time constraints and the numerous books within "The Prophets", we are going to attempt to tackle Samuel I & II this week!

I Samuel

I Samuel Summary

II Samuel

II Samuel Summary

The Interrupted Search for King David's Palace

The Tel Dan Inscription: The First Historical Evidence of King David from the Bible


Map of Samuel's Israel:


January Book Club

12/21/2019 02:52:28 PM


We will meet January 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the book entitled The Dream Stitcher by Deborah Gaal.   From Hard times are forcing Maude Fields to take in her estranged mother, Bea, whose secrets date to World War II. Bea arrives with a hand-embroidered recreation of La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde, the iconic 11th century Bayeux Tapestry. The replica contains clues to the identity of Maude’s father and the...Read more...

Prophets: Judges

12/21/2019 10:08:13 AM


The Book of Judges

Cliff Notes

What is Judges Really About?


Inter-generational Learning: Anti-Heroes and Benevolent Villains

12/13/2019 02:01:08 PM


Learning about the Prophets is on hold this week as we engage with learners of all ages on the theme of anti-heroes and benevolent or redeemable villains in Jewish texts!

Gather to pray with our Religious School at 10:30, and the learning begins at 11! We will start off discussing perspectives all together and then move into age-appropriate break out groups.

k-4th Grade: Make your own Superhero and Arch-Nemesis...

Prophets: Joshua

11/27/2019 04:17:53 PM


The Book of Joshua

Summary - Shmoop is a decent source for summaries; they're the new cliffnotes. I find their Biblical summaries generally correct,...Read more...

Adult Ed: Prophets Intro

11/23/2019 03:30:56 PM


Slideshow by Rabbi Suri from Rabbi Lizz's Alumni Listserve

Rabbi Lizz's Notes on The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel


December Book Club

11/20/2019 02:21:30 PM


The CNS Book Club has chosen Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies as its next read. From Amazon:
For the millions moved by Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, here at last is Miep Geis's own astonishing story. For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims....Read more...

Adult Education Resumes

10/30/2019 02:23:00 PM


Our regular Adult Ed classes with the Rabbi will start up for the year on November 24th. This year's focus will be on the Books of the Prophets and will meet each Sunday at 1 pm unless otherwise noted. 

November Book Club

10/30/2019 02:18:37 PM


The CNS Book Club has chosen Raining Delusions as its next read. 

From Goodreads: "Raining Delusions is a work of fictionalized stories woven together about those who grew up in a tiny community in The Catskills, and how they related to families, friends, lovers, life’s experiences, obstacles and fate.Some of the events are based on memories, fragments of information, really of village life and the eccentric way people...Read more...

September, October Book Club

08/28/2019 04:32:40 PM


For our next book, we will be reading The Source by James Michener.

This historical novel spans all of Jewish history, linking characters from generation to generation through the persecution of the early Hebrews, the rise of Christianity, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the modern conflict in the Middle East.

As such, it is a very long read, so we will meet to discuss it on the last Wednesday of October...Read more...

Book Club Update

08/01/2019 12:10:51 PM


Beginning with August 2019 , our meetings will be on the last Wednesday of the month unless it is a holiday.

Our August book is Gateway to the Moon by Mary Morris. We will meet to discuss the book on August 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Summer Book Club Plans

06/04/2019 01:34:06 PM


Our Book Club meets monthly at the home of a member. Each member takes turns picking the book and providing the snacks for the meeting at which we discuss their pick. 

June's pick is Jewish Children by beloved Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, to be discussed at 10:30 am on June 19th. Jewish Children is available for free on Kindle. 

July's pick is rather long, so you may want to start reading that in June as well! On...Read more...

CNS Book Club

04/24/2019 01:46:51 PM


Our Book Club meets monthly at the home of a member. Each member takes turns picking the book and providing the snacks for the meeting at which we discuss their pick. 

This month's pick is by Nathan Englander, to be discussed at 10:30 am on May 22nd. Options are available for those unable to meet during the weekdays. Message us for more details. 

Previously Read Titles from the 5 years of the CNS...Read more...

Week 7: The Final Class on Ezra and Nehemiah

03/23/2019 11:41:21 AM


Nehemiah 11-13

In an Age of Prose - Notes on the rest of the book

Rabbi Lizz's Source Sheet

This post by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is not about Ezra-Nehemiah, but I thought it was a nice drash for our final moments together of Purim Weekend, and she pulls in some knowledge from Tamara Cohn Eskanazi who wrote "In An Age of Prose."


Week 6 (3/17/19): Ezra and Nehemiah

03/15/2019 09:47:38 AM


Nehemiah Chapters 7-10

Rabbi Lizz's Sefaria Source Sheet

Notes on "In An Age of Prose"


Week 5 (3/10/19): Ezra-Nehemia Resumes

03/09/2019 04:12:28 PM


Nehemiah chapters 4-6

Rabbi Lizz's Source Sheet

Judaism: The First Phase (Last Chapters Notated)

Notes on "In An Age of Prose"


Adult Ed Postponed

02/10/2019 02:27:48 PM


Due to Scheduling conflicts, Adult Ed is on pause until March 10th. 

Please enjoy the long weekend next week, join our Sisterhood for lunch and pottery painting on February 24th, and join our Religious School community for a belated Tu BiShevat (originally snowed out) luncheon on March 3rd. 

See you back for Nehemiah chapters 4-6 on March 10th at 1 PM! 

Week 4: Ezra-Nehemiah

02/09/2019 01:24:21 PM


Nehemia Chapters 1-3

Rabbi Lizz's Sefaria Source Sheet

Notes on Joseph Blenkinsopp's book "Judaism: The First Phase" (Some new notes have been added)


Week 2 Ezra-Nehemia

02/02/2019 02:42:03 PM


Ezra Chapters 4-6

Rabbi Lizz's Sefaria Sourcesheet


Week 3 Ezra-Nehemia

01/06/2019 08:06:51 PM


Ezra Chapters 7-10

Wikipedia - Historical Background section has a helpful timeline of the Historical Persian Kings and Wider World Events that Coincide with Ezra-Nehemia

Rabbi Lizz's Sefaria Sourcesheet

Notes on Joseph Blenkinsopp's book "Judaism: The First Phase"


Adult Education Blog For Ezra and Nehemia

01/06/2019 08:06:49 PM


Week 1 Materials:

Rabbi Lizz's Sefaria Sourcesheet

Chabad's "Ezra the Scribe"

My Jewish Learning's "Ezra and Nehemia"

John Kessler's Persia's Loyal Yahwists: Power Identity and Ethnicity in Achaemenid Yehud

Wed, February 19 2020 24 Shevat 5780