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The Schwarz-Kurz-Zeller Adult Education Institute Archives



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Author Visit

Esther Amini
"Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America.
September 30, 2021

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Tzafrir Barzilay
"Plague, Libel & Suspicion"

May 23, 2021
12 Sivan 5781

Sadly, we are once again living through a plague year.  Previous plagues have brought devastation, but it is the aftermath of plagues that may be even more dangerous. Historically, plagues have unleashed social unrest, wars, famines – and, of course, waves of violent antisemitism.

Join us to listen to the lessons of history, from a scholar whose research is focused on plagues and their aftermath. Tzafrir Barzilay is a Kreitman Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His forthcoming book, “Poisoned Wells: Accusation, Persecution and Minorities in Medieval Europe 1321-1422” is about to be
published by University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Wandering Jews Series

The Wandering Jews series connects us to the contemporary Jewish experience around the world. We are opening conversations with far-flung Jewish congregations, to learn about one another in the context of common issues we all face
as Jews.

The Great Synagogue of
Stockholm, Sweden

May 9, 2021
27  Iyar 5781

Join us for a transatlantic conversation with Rabbi Ute Steyer about being Jewish publicly.

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Emanuel Synagogue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

April 18, 2021
6 Iyar 5781

A conversation with Rabbi Abby Jacobson from the Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City. "Game of Thrones: Democracy, Messiah, and The State of Israel."

Emanuel Synagogue, the Conservative synagogue for the Oklahoma City area, is home to some 200 member families and individuals. Our congregation is close-knit and friendly, like a big family. Most of us have known each other for years (often for generations), but we're thrilled when newcomers ask to join us, and we do everything we can to make them feel welcome and integrate them into our community.

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Exterior View (2012), 15” x 11” Watercolor, Jay A. Waronker

Congregation Tikvat Yisrael
Abuja, Nigeria

April 25, 2021
13 Iyar 5781

"Being Jewish in Public" What is Jewish life like Abuja, Nigeria? What are the unique challenges of being openly Jewish in that part of the world? How do those challenges compare with our own public displays of Judaism in Yardley, PA?

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Yom Ha'aztmaut Celebration

Ariel Wyner & Kol Kahol, Jewish American Bluegrass Band

April 15, 2021
13 Iyar 5781

At the crossroads of American Roots and Jewish customs, Kol Kaḥol's music has a joyous, modern spin that is deeply seated in tradition.

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Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 7, 2021
25 Nisan 5781

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day was commemorated with guest speakers which included Congregation Beth El member and author of "Dearest Ones," Stephen Weiner. Stephen and his father embarked on a journey to discover his mother's experiences as she lived as a Hidden Child.

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Share Your Passion Workshop 

Share Your Passion Workshop Series brings exciting virtual workshops to Congregation Beth El through our members sharing their own hobbies, talents and interests. Do you have a hidden talent, hobby, skill or professional expertise that you would be willing to *virtually showcase? Nutritionists, gardeners, chefs, seamstresses/tailors, bakers, artists, musicians, actors, yoga, Zumba, sports enthusiasts, wine enthusiasts, finance, event planning, dental health and more! Please contact the office today! Call 215-493-1707 or email Helene Geiger,


Share Your Passion Workshop Video Links

​1. Penny Bardfeld,   Portion Distortion

2. Rich Gorelick and Rusty Gorelick, An American Guide to Soccer

3. Jack Wellerstein,  Starting  a  Backyard Garden

4. Jill Cohen , Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court recent ruling prohibiting employment of discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender identity

5. Henry Cohen, The Environment: Taking Responsibility

6. Ashara Shapiro, Jewelry Making

7. Larry Kanner, Election Judge, Mitch Marder, Election Judge, Ben Wachspress, “Reclaim the Vote” Project: VOTE FAQ

8. Phil Freidenreich and Liz Ravitch - Genealogy 

9. Marc Ostro, COVID -19 Vaccine Developments

10. Dr. Melissa Hubsher, Moving Forward from the Winter of Our Disconnect: Building Resilience & Finding Hope

11. Cantor Flo Friedman, The Hidden Gems of Patient and Staff Care: Chaplains Video not available. Click here for audio file.

12. Loren Hurwitz, Retirement Fun

13. Ruth Laks & Congregation Beth El Members, Day Tripping in 48 hours or less - (click here for Day Tripping links from other member's trips)

14. Perry Stein & Ethan Oring, Race Car Driving

Special Events & Programs 


Rachael Cerrotti - "We Share the Same Sky"

Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning documentary photographer, writer, educator and producer. 
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Beth Elevate Your Elul - High Holidays 2020/5781 

Seth Fishman: 30 Meaningful Minutes
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Cheesecake Chats Tikkun Leyl Shavuot - May 2020/Sivan 5781

We hope you were able to join us during the week leading up to Shavuot for these great learning opportunities.
If you missed any of the talks or just want to see them again, please click on the video links below.

Cheesecake Chat Video Links

1. Seth Fishman - “Revelation and a Torah for Our Times

2. Lou Balcher -  "Hero in Heaven: Michael Levin"

3. Ruth Schapira -  "What in the text of Megillat Ruth gives us a clue to the romantic relationship between Boaz and Ruth?"

4. Karen Lewin -  "Jewish American Idol"

Wellness Day May 2020/Sivan 5781

Congregation Beth El and The Bucks County Kehillah came together for a day of Virtual restoration, discovery and growth. Thank you to our presenters: Ruth Schapira, Rabbi Jeff Schnitzer, Joan Rubin-Kritz, Caryn Boiselle, Rabbi Diana Miller, Galit Green, Laurie Pepe and Rabbi Weiss, for closing remarks

Wellness Day Video Links

1. Caryn Boiselle, LMFT : Maintaining Connection: Staying Connected with Your Teen While Giving them the Freedom to Learn to Fly

2. Galit Green: Turn your Pain Into Purpose

3. Rabbi Diana Miller: Torah Yoga

4. Laurie Pepe, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); Education Director of Bucks County Chapter: Ending the Silence, Mental Health Matters

Mon, October 25 2021 19 Cheshvan 5782