Congregation B'nai Israel

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CBI Talks

January 31, 2016 - 9:45 am - 10:35 am

CBI Talks

Sunday, January 31 at 9:45, 10:10 and 10:35 a.m.

As described in the November bulletin, but postponed until now – join us for CBI Talks. We have invited memebers of our congregation Community to give short (18 minutes!) presentations about some of the things they know and are passionate about. Our first event features thee presenters, one 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 10:10 a.m. and the third at 10:45 a.m. So give yourself 18 minutes – or even the full hour. Come for one presentation or stay for all three. Come learn with us. Here is the January lineup:

9:45 a.m. Jeff Ackerman
Creating Intentional Communities
The resident camp experience has been thought of as a community defined by the spirit of children that is guided by the wisdom of adults. In this CBI Talk, we will delve into the impact camp can have on its participants and how it provides the opportunity to develop menschen. We will look at Jewish camps, camps that serve socioeconomically disadvantage children as well as high-end private camps and explore the power of an “Intentional Community” to influence values and attitudes in children and staff.  Jeff Ackerman holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology and has spent 40 years in children’s summer camps. He has brought his background in education and psychology to both day and resident camps in the Northeast. Hi currently consults with the Foundation for Jewish Camps. He directed Elmwood Day Camp for 26 years and has been an associate director at Echo Lake Camp and Camp Whitman.

10:10 a.m. Barry Diamond
P.R.I.D.E. without Prejudice
Long-time B’nai Israel member Barry Diamond has a very different and interesting story to tell. Following a career in the business world, Barry now works as a trainer in the P.R.I.D.E. Program (People Reentering Into Doing Entrepreneurship) offered by the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. It is designed exclusively for inmates, released inmates & people with criminal backgrounds to learn how to go into business for themselves.  Some have prior experience in business or have always wanted to own their own. Currently this is the only course of its kind being taught in the state of Connecticut. Come hear Barry’s story and how he has helped a variety of people find ways to re-enter society successfully following incarceration. Barry has been a guest speaker at the National Reentry Vision Summit in Austin , TX.  This year, he will have four training sites in Connecticut. His course is endorsed by the Commissioner of Department of Corrections.

10:45 a.m. Rabbi James Prosnit
The Education of Rabbi – What I Didn’t Learn in Rabbinic School
Jim Prosnit was ordained a rabbi in 1981. According to his teacher, Doctor Eugene Borowitz, that is when the real learning began. In this CBI Talk, Rabbi Prosnit will share some of the lessons he learned and stories about his experiences in the years since and what he has learned in the “practical rabbinate.”

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