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Congregation Beth Israel

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Andover, MA 01810

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Adult Education

CBI Book Review

Join us to discuss: Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Sunday, March 14 11:00am

The novel explores the conflict in the Middle East. It follows the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers: Rami Elhanan, an Israeli graphic designer, and Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian scholar and previous political prisoner. Consisting of 1001 short sections, the two central figures bond over the untimely deaths of their respective daughters.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Independent • The New York Public Library • Library Journal A National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin and many other works.

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Recent Past Events

Rev. Irene Monroe Conversation – In Remembrance of the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A frank discussion on “The Intersectionality of Racism, Oppression and
Anti-Semitism: One Tree with Many Roots”

For more information and to register, contact Amy Sherr, 978.474.0540, by 1/7/21. The Zoom link will be provided to registrants only


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Join CBI on Saturday, November 14th for Boston Jewish Film Movie Night –

7:00pm Havdalah
7:30pm Movie
9:00pm Reconvene for cocktails & conversation

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Book Review via Zoom
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Sunday, September 13, 2020 11:00am

In “How to be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of anti- racist ideas – from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities – that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.”
Join us as we explore the ideas brought forward in this timely book. We will consider how it speaks to us as individuals and as members of the Jewish community.

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Join us for a Book Review via Zoom
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 PM

“A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka” : A Memoir by Lev Golinkin

Being reading today and join the conversation. A hilarious and heartbreaking story of a Jewish family’s escape from oppression. In these days of isolation, let us feel an uplift from this family’s determination.

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CBI’s 2nd Annual Book Discussion
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Learning from the Germans: Race and the memory of Evil By Susan Neiman

Come to discuss the book together
Breakfast at 9:30am – Discussion at 10:00 am

Copies of the book are available at CBI to borrow. There is also an audio version, and libraries have copies to loan.

RSVP by 12/31 to Amy, call:978-474-0540 or

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