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Sunday, March 3

4 pm

Knowledge for College, featuring Chloe Valdary

Temple Bat Yahm

1011 Camelback Street

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 644-1999

Rabbi Robin Foonberg, Director

Knowledge for College

(714) 730-5161

Chloe Valdary presents “Theory of Enchantment, a New Way of Looking at Israel,” and students discuss dealing with anti-Semitism on campus.

$10 for students not yet enrolled in Knowledge for College


Monday, March 4

6:30 pm

A night of Learning and Dedication in Memory of Papa Gelman

Tarbut V’Torah

5 Federation Way

Irvine, CA 92603

This event honors the life and memory of Irving Gelman with an evening of learning sessions based on Mr. Gelman’s life and values. Sessions will be led by community rabbis, TVT teachers and students.

RSVP to Rabbi Stuart Light at slight@tarbut.com.



Friday-Sunday, March 8-10

Professor Marc Michael Epstein:

The Jews of Italy: History, Culture, Literature, Arts, Music and Food

A Scholar-In-Residence Series Sponsored by The Spencer B. Gilbert, M.D. Memorial Fund

Congregation B’nai Israel

2111 Bryan Avenue

Tustin, CA 92782

(714) 730-9693



Marc Michael Epstein is Professor of Religion at Vassar College since 1992 and was the first Director of Jewish Studies. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Friday, March 8

6 pm: Shabbat Evening Services

7 pm: Special Italian Shabbat Dinner

($15/Adult, $5/Child from 3-12 years)

8 pm: Lecture with Professor Epstein (no charge)

“Frank” Conversations: Reflections on Judaism and Catholicism in Rome


Saturday, March 9

9:30 am: Shabbat Morning Services

Noon: Kiddush Luncheon (no charge)

1 pm: Lecture with Professor Epstein (no charge)

Setting Up Our Tabernacle: Jews and Aesthetics in the First Diaspora


Sunday, March 10

Visit to the Getty Museum

Co-sponsored by CSP, via luxury bus service

Departing CBI at 8:30 AM, returning at 2:30 PM

CBI/CSP Member – $50 PP

General Public – $95 PP

(d/n include lunch, which can be purchased there)

We will turn a “midrashic eye” on the Getty and its exhibitions, examining works of art under the premise that they can speak to us like texts, and trying to understand not merely their subjects or style, but the ideas behind them, and the ways in which they may be used as windows into the minds, hearts, and souls of those who commissioned and created them.



Saturday, March 16

5 pm

Annual Spring Gala

Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot

3652 Michelson Drive

Irvine, CA 92612

The annual Gala Fundraiser supports programs and events at Shir Ha-Ma’alot. This elegant adult evening includes auctions, raffles, dinner, entertainment, live music and dancing.


Sunday, March 17

12 pm Registration

1:30 pm Program

Women’s Philanthropy presents Women’s Voices Luncheon

Hotel Irvine

17900 Jamboree Boulevard

Irvine, CA 92614

“Together We Go Above and Beyond”

Blossom Siegel, longtime supporter of a variety of Jewish causes from Jewish Federation & Family Services to Israel, will receive the first annual Above and Beyond award. Film producer Nancy Spielberg, who produced the documentary film Above and Beyond, among others, will be the keynote speaker.

Couvert: $90 ($54 for community professionals and young adults.



Sunday, March 31

1 pm

Trial – The People v. Isaac: Lying to a Government Official

University Synagogue

3400 Michelson Drive

Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: (949) 553-3535

Website: www.universitysynagogue.org


The Annual Biblical Trial summons people to be jurors in this year’s compelling case. When Isaac and Rebekah go to Gerar, something almost life altering takes place. Does Isaac exploit his wife to save his own life? Why did he deceive the Philistine king? Why the secrecy, why the lie? Is it blatant sin or protecting a marriage? UCI Prof. Oren Izenberg will introduce the story. Then, join constitutional scholar and Dean of the UC Berkeley Law School Erwin Chemerinsky and Loyola Law Professor and former Federal Prosecutor Laurie Levenson for a searching and entertaining discussion of the legal and ethical questions at stake in this story. They will present the evidence and argue the case but, in the end, the jury will decide: Is Isaac guilty of lying to a government official? After submission of the “evidence,” join in a lively discussion on timely and timeless moral, ethical, and philosophical questions raised by this Genesis story, featuring Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, Dr. Julia Reinhard Lupton, Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities at UC Irvine and Dr. Tammi J. Schneider, Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University. Tickets range from $18 (student) to $100.

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