The Shabbat Shalem program is an in-town Shabbaton held several times per year, aimed at Jewish educational growth and community building. It offers a complete Shabbat experience, including communal learning and meal, activities for children and joyful Shabbat celebration. Following Friday night services, the Kabalat Shabbat dinner draws up to 80 people for a communal meal before people re-gather in the sanctuary for learning. The Scholar in Residence presides over a combination lecture/torah study session. Classes reconvene the next day, following Saturday morning services. Exposure to such a variety of amazing torah scholars has ignited and deepened the passion for learning in our community. It can transform the way that people become lifelong learners.

To see a list of past visiting scholars, click here. 

Breakfast and Lecture with R. David Forhman Sunday, April 23, 9:15 am @ CBI: Shavuot and the Omer: Making Sense of Jewish Values in our Times.
Rabbi David Fohrman is the founder and CEO at Aleph Beta Academy. He is author of “The Beast that Crouches at the Door,” finalist for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award, and “The Queen You Thought You Knew.” Rabbi Fohrman seeks to open layers of meaning of Biblical text and to help the reader develop a relationship with the texts that make us who we are. For more of his work, see www.alephbeta.orgThe lecture is in memory of his father: Moshe Yechiel Ben David Yitzchak HaLevi z’l.

Lecture with Dr. Rachel Korazim—Thursday, April 27th  8pm
The Mizrachi (Sephardic) Voice in Israeli Literature
Since the mass immigration waves of the 50th, Israeli literature is addressing the issues of Jews from Moslem countries and their integration into its society. The long way, from their early marginalized situation to the assumption of empowered strong voices of the present, is expressed in rich and creative literature. The session will offer critical reading of works by Nathan Alterman, Balfour Hakak , Shimon Adaf, Roni Somek, Ariela Azulai and others.
Dr. Rachel Korazim  is a freelance Jewish education consultant in curriculum development for Israel and Holocaust education.
Until 2008 she had been the Academic Director of Distance learning programs at The JAFI Department of Education Born in Israel, she had served in the I.D.F as an officer in the central training base for women and was later, a member of the I.D.F delegation to Niger (West Africa). She is a graduate of Haifa University with a PhD in Jewish education. Rachel has vast experience in Jewish education both in Israel and the Diaspora. As one of the founders and directors of a special program for soldiers from disadvantaged background, she was responsible for creating the educational framework and training teachers for the implementation of the program.
Since her first Shlichut to Canada where she was the head of JAFI delegation from (1985 to 1988) she is involved with Jewish education worldwide; creating and implementing in-service training programs for educators, writing educational materials, counseling and teaching. Rachel teaches at Israel’s well known learning centers such as Pardes and the Shalom Hartman Institutes as well as numerous world Jewish communities.

MAY 19-21

Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat: 7:00 pm
Shabbat Dinner: 8:00 pm (please click here to register)
Talk with R. Jason Weiner: 9:00 pm

Sermon by R. Jason Weiner: 11:00 am
Pre-Mincha learning with R. Jason Weiner 6:30 pm

SUNDAY, MAY 21 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
An opportunity to learn about advanced medical directives from the perspective of Jewish Law with practical guidance from R. Jason Weiner

R Jason Weiner, BCC, serves as the senior rabbi and manager of the Spiritual Care Department, where he is responsible for the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care at Cedars-Sinai. Rabbi Weiner is the president-elect of the Southern California Board of Rabbis and has been honored with Rabbinic Leadership Awards from the Orthodox Union and Chai Lifeline. He is a member of the Cedars-Sinai End of Life Committee, the Organ Donor Council and the Bioethics Committee, for which he serves on the internal advisory board. Rabbi Weiner is also the rabbi of Knesset Israel Synagogue of Beverlywood, he teaches a Talmud class at Shalhevet High School, and he frequently serves as a scholar-in-residence at conferences and synagogues throughout the nation on topics related to Jewish medical ethics, pastoral care, health and wellness. He is the author of Guide to Observance of Jewish Law in a Hospital (Kodesh Press) and has published more than two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a number of “popular” pieces.