Congregation B’nai Israel’s CBI Talks Adult Learning offers stimulating lectures by noted guests and our clergy, thought provoking classes in our Lunch & Learn programs, and insightful adult religious education opportunities with knowledgeable faculty. With both single and multi-session opportunities, these programs offer something for everyone. We welcome both members and non-members and classes are not only affordable, but fun and educational!

This year, we are again offering courses through The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in collaboration with B’nai Torah Congregation. The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. With 50 locations in North America, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong, the Melton School sets the standard for high-quality, text-based, interactive Jewish study by offering world-class curriculum that informs and inspires adult learners from all knowledge-levels and backgrounds.

If you would like to learn more about our Adult Learning offerings, please contact our Programming Coordinator, Minda Shaiman.


Women’s Torah Commentary

Meets Tuesdays 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Beginning on November 1
Room 305
Cost: Members: Free, Non-Members: $10 per class

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Come learn the text of the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of some of the world’s best Women Authors, Rabbis, and Scholars. Connect and share with a wonderful group of intelligent women and learn how these texts relate to our own personal spiritual journeys.

Each Session is stimulating and will challenge you to look at Torah with a whole new perspective, all while laughing, crying, and forming spiritual bonds.

Join a community within a community!


Introduction to Judaism

Meets Thursdays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Beginning September 15
B’nai Torah Congregation until January and then will move to Congregation B’nai Israel
The class is free, but there is a materials fee that is TBA

This foundational class will cover lifecycles, customs, traditions, and a history of our people and our faith, especially for those considering conversion. Instructors are Congregation B’nai Israel’s Rabbi Robert A. Silvers and Rabbi David Englander of B’nai Torah Congregation. Contact Natalie Matus or 561.922.8974 to register.


Introduction to Jewish GenealogyFamily Tree

Thursday, February 9
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hollander Family Chapel

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Join us for an evening of discovery as Nord Brue shares insights about the various reasons people study their family history and the many modes of capturing the lives of ancestors.

The program will lay out a plan for those who wish to start a systematic genealogy and introduce some of the many resources available to identify and begin to understand the lives of Jewish ancestors.

CBI member Nordahl Brue is an attorney/entrepreneur living in Delray Beach, FL. He is a seasoned genealogist, having researched family history for 2 decades and built a family tree of more than 7,000 relatives and ancestors. He is a life member and Counselor of the New England Historic Genealogical Society/Jewish Heritage Center as well as a life member of the Jewish Genealogical Society Palm Beach County.

Please bring your laptop, tablet or mobile device for some interactive fun!


Melton Classes:

To Register and pay course fee or learn about all of the Melton Classes being offered in Palm Beach County, click here or contact Penina Bredoff or call at 561.392.8566. Fees apply to both members and non-members of CBI.

Jews in America-Insiders & Outsiders

with Dr. Sandra Lilienthal

Sandra Lilienthal
Meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Beginning on November 3, 2016
Room 305
This is a 10 week course
There is a fee associated with this course.

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This Scholars course provides students with the opportunity to consider the challenges of Jewish acculturation to American life, and the sacrifices as well as the contributions that have been made over the past 200 years. Lessons will explore such topics as the role of education, the Three Generation Hypothesis, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, the changing place of Zionism and the State of Israel, the Civil Rights Movement as a case study of distinctiveness and involvement, and other issues that address American and Jewish culture and identity. “Is the cup half-empty or half-full?” as optimists and pessimists debate the future of Jewish identity in America.

Shemot 1 – Slavery to Sinai

with Dr. Sandra Lilienthal

Meets Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Beginning on February 2, 2017
Room 305
This is a 10 week course
There is a fee associated with this course.

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This course brings us the Egyptian narrative of our people from “Pharoah’s Paranoia” and “Moshe’s CV” to the dramatic story of our rescue, and survival in the wilderness during “Into the Sea” and “Manna from Heaven.” Leadership, bravery, faith, and doubt define some of the critical moments in these texts and offer us a rich backdrop for challenging our own assumptions.

To Register and pay course fee or learn about all of the Melton Classes being offered in Palm Beach County, click here or contact Penina Bredoff or call at 561.392.8566. Fees apply to both members and non-members of CBI.