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The Michael and Barbara Erlichman Film Series: "Resistance"  
Q&A Discussion Hosted by Susan Werk

Thanks to a generous donation from Michael and Barbara Erlichman, we have the opportunity to celebrate our rich Jewish heritage through film. Screenings are followed by discussion.

Discussion Questions:
1. How important is it for us to have Jewish heroes?
2. Why do you think the writer/director, Jonathan Jakubowicz, chose "Resistance" as the title for his film?
3. What makes this film different from most Holocaust films?
4. Was it necessary for the director to show scenes of violence?
5. “Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?” Marcel Marceau

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8 pm

Marcel Marceau was known world wide as a master of silence. The world-famous mime delighted audiences for decades. But during World War II, his skills as a mime came in handy for another reason: to save Jewish children during the Holocaust. Marceau was recruited to help the French resistance by his cousin, George Loinger, a commander in a secret unit who was part of the Jewish relief group that smuggled Jewish children from occupied France to neutral countries. Their mission was to evacuate Jewish children who had been hiding in a French orphanage and get them to the Swiss border, where they could sneak to safety. Marcel had a secret weapon: his training as a mime. Marceau, who was Jewish, did not just use his acting skills to make the kids comfortable; he used them to save their lives. He “ Mimed,  to keep children quiet as they were escaping. He was miming for their lives.” 

Resistance ends with commendations from General George Patton, to the American troops. Marceau does his first performance to 3,000 troops after the liberation of Paris, in August 1944. Marceau was truly a hero, who made a man and his art, meet the challenges during those horrific times. He used his skills as a pantomime artist, to become a hero; for his courage, achievements, and nobility of purpose.

Please view film prior to the event.
Available to rent for a fee on 
YouTube or Google Play


Learning with Our Masorti Rabbinic Leadership from Israel
Sponsored by the CAI Israel Committee, with special thanks to Rabbi Alan Silverstein as President of Mercaz Olami

Rabbi Dikla Drukman-Sherzer

Sunday, Oct. 25, 12 noon

Rabbi Dikla Drukman-Sherzer presents:
The Other and I: Why did God create imperfect people?

How our forefathers treated diversity? How did they see the "other"? From Moshe Rabbenu, the stuttering leader, through the implications of a fundamental debate between Rabbi Akiva and Ben-Azai and other midrashim, we will address this fascinating topic and explore its relevance to our daily lives in the age of BLM.

Meeting ID: 938 0618 1809

Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker

Details to come

Sunday, Nov. 1, 12 noon

Sunday, Nov. 8, 12 noon

Sunday, Nov. 15, 12 noon


Lecture Series with Professor Marc Brettler, PhD 
A member of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature

Marc Brettler, a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature, is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. The Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, he has also taught at Yale University, Brown University, Wellesley College and Middlebury College.
A graduate of Brandeis University, he has published and lectured widely on metaphor and the Bible, the nature of biblical historical texts, and gender issues and the Bible. He is co-editor of the Jewish Study Bible, first published by Oxford University Press in 2004. That book has won a National Jewish Book Award, and was called “a masterpiece” in a review in the Times Literary Supplement. His How to Read the Bible (Jewish Publication Society), which has been called “an eye-opening journey through a familiar text, a fresh look at an old story,” was the award winner in the Judaism category of the Best Books 2006 Book Awards.
His most recent book, with Amy-Jill Levine, is The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently, just published by Harpers. He has written for The Forward and The Jerusalem Report, has appeared on the Television series “Mysteries of the Bible,” was heard on the National Public Radio show “All Things Considered,” and was interviewed on “Fresh Air” by Terry Gross.
He is committed to applying innovative methods to classroom teaching, including teaching via the internet, and is the recipient of the Michael A. Walzer Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Keter Torah Award from the Boston Bureau of Jewish Education.

Sunday, Nov 22, 12 noon

How to Read the Bible 
What is the Hebrew Bible: History? Literature? Myth?  Answering this question makes a difference for how we read, namely understand the Bible — just imagine if you read the comic pages of the newspaper like you read the first page!  In this first talk we will look at different sections of the Bible, and how we might read or interpret them. 

Sunday, Dec 6, 12 noon

The Critical Study of the Bible and Faith 
The term biblical criticism is well-known, and often understood as secular scholars’ attempts to criticize the Bible, and to devalue it for religion. This is false. In this lecture, we will look at critical biblical study and the constructive role it can have in Jewish life. We will focus on, a Jewish website that I co-founded, which attempts to integrate critical scholarship with Jewish perspectives and practice. 

Sunday, Dec 13, 12 noon 

Why Should Jews Read the New Testament? 
For many Jews the New Testament is taboo — it belongs to “them,” and is the prime source of Christian anti-Judaism. But what does this book, written largely by Jews for Jews, really say? Why should Jews read it, and how might we integrate it back into the history of Judaism? 

Sunday, Dec 20, 12 noon

How New is the New Testament:  A Jewish Perspective 
The New Testament never calls itself the New Testament, just as the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible never calls itself the Old Testament.  Where did these names come from? What do they mean? Should Jews use these terms? In what senses is the New Testament really new, and discontinuous with the rest of the Bible?  And what might this imply for inter-religious dialogue? 


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October 21,2020 /  3 Cheshvan 5781