Shabbat Symposium: Back to the Beginning with Jewish Gangsters!


It’s hard to believe that our Shabbat Symposium program has been running for almost a year and a half! In that time we’ve explored topics as varied as Jewish pirates, German and British Jewish history, Judaism and Buddhism, and the intricacies of Karaite Judaism from our friend Shawn Lichaa.

This Saturday we have an encore presentation from 2014: Andrew Nusbaum’s “Jewish gangsters in Europe and the Americas” class premiered at CBE’s inaugural Shabbat Symposium and was taught to a packed crowd at 2015’s Limmud Bay Area. Now with new material! Here’s a brief description to get you curious:

In the 19th and 20th century, seemingly every major Jewish center had a corresponding underworld. This class will examine Jewish criminal organizations in Eastern Europe, New York, and South America as well as various responses from the organized Jewish community to the problem of Jewish criminality.

Please come by for a fascinating conversation about this seldom-mentioned side of Jewish history. We will start around 1:00- 1:15 pm following kiddush and go for about an hour, leaving time for any questions.

Do *you* have a topic you’d like to learn about or teach to others? Get in touch and let us know!

B’nai Emunah believes all members of the community have something to teach each other. One way of putting this into practice is through our Shabbat Symposium program, a rotating adult education opportunity happening every fourth Saturday following morning services. Each class is led by a knowledgeable community volunteer on a topic of their choice. From holidays to history to religious studies, Shabbat Symposium is a fun chance to learn something new from fellow CBE members. Join us for engaged learning and enthusiastic discussion!

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