Congregation B’nai Israel and the CBI Enrichment Fund Present Shabbaton with Scholar-In-Residence Rabba Yaffa Epstein
Friday, February 24th
6:00 pm Services
7:00 pm Shabbat Dinner
8:00 pm Lecture
Saturday, February 25th
9:30 am Services
Noon Kiddush Luncheon
1:00 pm Lecture
$30/Adult, $15/Child (3-12 yrs)
includes all meals and lectures
$5 discount/person for RSVP by Feb. 17th
Achieving Work/Life Balance:
A struggle as old as the Talmud
It's the age-old battle - Work vs. a happy marriage. The Rabbis faced it too - and wrote about it! We'll examine the stories of how the Rabbis attempted to balance home life, children, and Torah study - and just what happens when the balance is out of joint.
The Power of Text:
The Transformative Nature of Torah Study
There are several stories in the Gemara where the Torah is seen as the antidote to the Human condition. Whether it's revelation, Torah study, or just being the student of a Torah scholar - the Rabbis emphasize and re-emphasize the power of the Torah to transform our very nature. We'll examine two of these stories, and attempt to understand just how we can use Torah to better ourselves.
Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She has taught Talmud and Jewish Law at may institutions, has lectured at Limmud Events around the world, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.