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Global Day of Jewish Learning

  • Congregation B'nai Israel 3700 North Rodney Parham Road Little Rock, AR, 72212 United States (map)

Now in its 7th year, this fantastic morning of Jewish learning takes us on a journey through Jewish texts that examine our world and nature.  Far from being lectures, these classes spark thought-provoking conversations and have something for absolutely everyone.  We are fortunate to have five stellar facilitators helping us navigate these issues as our community joins forces with 400 others from around the globe!  You may choose two classes from the following - each class will be offered twice - and there will be coffee and delicious Kosher noshables. Following the sessions, we will have stimulating round table discussions.


Healing: A Natural Practice?

Rabbi Barry Block, Congregation B'nai Israel

This session navigates the tension in Jewish sources between God as granter of life and healing and the practice of medicine by humans. Is it "unnatural" to interfere and make changes in the natural world?


Planting for the Future

Rabbi Pinchus Ciment, Lubavitch of Arkansas

Planting is at the core of gardening and farming. It is also a fundamental metaphor for long-term planning and investment. We will examine the significance of planting within Jewish life.


Shmita (The Sabbatical Year): A Cycle of Rest, Release and Ownership

Ellyn Polsky, Director Emeritus of Lifelong Learning, Congregation B'nai Israel

Shmita is a year of rest and release for the land. It can also be meaningful today as a marker of cycles, a time for personal renewal, and as a reminder of our responsibilities to others and the world around us.


Green Torah Wisdom

Phillip Spivey, UCA Lecturer of Religion and Philosophy

Living modern life in balance with nature is a challenge, but Judaism offers solutions that may surprise you. What does it mean to be a Jewish environmentalist?


Ruler, Steward, Servant: Humanity's Relationship with Nature

Rabbi Kalman Winnick, Congregation Agudath Achim

Was the world created for our sake? Are we masters over the animals and plants, or are we their stewards? We'll consider the relationship between humanity and nature through a close reading of the Creation story.



Please call, text, or email to pre-register:  Meg Marion, 951-3345,


Sponsored by JFAR, with the support of Congregation B'nai Israel, Congregation Agudath Achim, and Jewniversity.  Donations are welcome, too.


Earlier Event: November 17
Torah Time
Later Event: November 22
CAA Board Meeting