Congregation B'nai Israel

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CBI Talks!

March 6, 2016 - 9:45 am - 11:30 am

CBI Talks

Our first program in January was hailed as a success! Join us for our second round of CBI Talks – our own version of the wildly popular TED Talks! We have invited members of our congregational community to give short (18 minutes!) presentations about some of the things they know and are passionate about. And in response to those who were with us in round 1, we have added ten minutes to each speaker to allow for some dialogue with those in attendance. We begin at 9:45 a.m. (enough time to allow those dropping off for religious school to get a cup of coffee and schmooze for a few minutes), the second at 10:20 a.m. and the third will be at 10:55 a.m. So give yourself 28 minutes – or even the full hour. Come for one presentation or stay for all three. Come learn with us. Here is the line up:

9:45 a.m.         David Herbst
It’s All In How You Look At It
Many American Jews have never been to Israel. Their perspective on events there is framed by their childhood Jewish educational experiences and the media. Both of those have innate biases. In our first CBI Talk, B’nai Israel member David Herbst will help us look at it through a third lens – maps. He will use comparative geography to help us take what is close and familiar to us and overlay it with places that are for some of us quite far away. David currently serves on the Board of Trustees B’nai Israel as chair of the Adult Jewish Learning committee. Maps are a hobby and a passion with him.

10:20 a.m.       Dr. Howard Rosenbaum 
Whale of a Tale: Charting the Course to Recovery for Iconic Wildlife
In today’s Oceans, there are a number of key threats facing whales, dolphins, and marine mammals. Howard Rosenbaum directs the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants Program. Find out what the Society is doing to address these most pressing issues. Howard is also a senior scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and core adjunct faculty member at Columbia University.

10:55 a.m.       Jim Greenberg
The Family Business – An Insider’s Perspective
Family businesses comprise 90% of all commercial enterprises in the US. Learn firsthand from an insider’s perspective what it is like to own and manage a multi-generational, multi-national family business as we explore the opportunities and challenges they face. Jim Greenberg is Co-President and a fourth-generation owner of Union Confectionery Machinery Company, a family owned business founded by his great-grandfather in 1912. He is also the Assistant Treasurer on the temple board.

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