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Adult Education

Adult Education

Jewish learning is a lifetime commitment and journey. At CBI, the goal is to support you in your personal Jewish growth by providing engaging opportunities in Jewish thought, ritual, spirituality and culture.

Adult Education Lecture Series
Each year, the CBI Adult Education Committee plans a series of lectures on various topics of interest to the community. The lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for the schedule.

Monthly Beit Midrash 
Sundays, 10:15 a.m - 12:00 p.m. (Check Calendar for Dates)

Beit Midrash is the name for CBI's monthly adult learning program which is dedicated to Jewish text study. The text could be from the Torah, the Talmud, Jewish philosophy, mussar, midrash, kabbalah, hasidic writings, or even modern Israeli poetry. Each Sunday morning Beit Midrash is a drop-in stand-alone study session where no previous Hebrew or Jewish text experience is needed. Watch for your weekly e-announcements or email Rabbi Tom Gutherz for more information about the topics being studied each month. 

Judaism for Adults
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.

Rabbi Tom Gutherz teaches this 15-week survey course on the beliefs and practices of Judaism. Topics include: Shabbat and holidays, Jewish views about God, Jewish texts and interpretation, the commandments, death, sin, forgiveness, prayer, Jewish history and Zionism. The fee is $18. Contact Office Administrator Raya Rzesut (434-295-6382 ext. 200) to register for the next session.

Jewish Film Series
Join your fellow film lovers for a notable selection of Israeli and Jewish-themed films. While you can watch many of these films on your own, here at CBI we always have a stimulating and lively conversation following the screening. (Refreshments, too!) All films are free and open to the public. Click here to see the 2017-2018 schedule. 

Mussar Practice

You are invited to be part of CBI's Mussar practice, learning methods to cultivate qualities of the heart and mind. Participants will be given tools for paying attention to thoughts and reactions and for developing "soul traits" (Tikkun Middot). These traits include humility, equanimity, honor, trust, and order, among others.  If you are interested in joining a Tikkun Middot Group, you may contact Rabbi Tom Gutherz. To learn more about Tikkun Middot, click here.


Thursday's, 6:00 p.m., Small Sanctuary (Free for CBI Members, $10 for Guests)
This gentle, meditative yoga class, instructed by Dorothe Bach, invites you to pause and take a breath. Through the practice of inner listening, we move into a place of greater stillness from which we may act with a little more compassion and wisdom. Dorothe became a yoga student during her time in Jerusalem 20 years ago and, continuing the practice of first instructor Eli, she opens each class with the chant of ShalOm. Beginners and experienced students are welcome to join the community of CBI yogis.

Dorothe Bach, PhD, RYT, is Associate Professor and Associate Director at UVa’s Center for Teaching Excellence where she designs and directs educational development programs, including the Ignite Program and Cocreate UVA. She co-teaches Mindfulness and Compassion: Living Fully Personally and Professionally in which undergraduate students experientially and academically explore secular contemplative practices that cultivate self-awareness, compassion, generosity and gratitude.

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