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Rabbi Dr. Michael Chernick at ILJB opening event
Rabbi Chernick
Gala Opening Audience
A large audience listened to Rabbi Chernick's lecture
 
Saturday, December 4, 2004: Our Gala Opening Event was held at the East Midwood Jewish Center featuring an address from Rabbi Michael Chernick. 
 
Sunday, February 6, 2005: Our first workshop, "There But For a Few Years...", on caregiving for aged loved ones was given  at Madison Jewish Center by Dr. Sondra Brandler.

Tuesday nights, March through May 2005:  "Modern Day Prophets", a series of eight classes featuring Rabbis Neil Gillman, Benjamin Kreitman, Alvin Kass and Niles Goldstein, was held at ILJB participating synagogues.  Each rabbi presented one or more lectures on seminal figures in modern Jewish thought such as Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Mordechai Kaplan, Moses Mendelssohn, and the Baal Shem Tov.
 
Sunday, April 3, 2005:  Dr. Fred Rossner, physician and international authority on medical ethics gave a lecture "Whose Organ is it Anyway? Organ Transplant in Judaism"  at the Flatbush Jewish Center.  It was part of the Ethical Dilemmas for the Modern Jew series, co-sponsored with Flatbush Jewish Center Shaare Torah.
 
Sunday, May 15, 2005: JJ Goldberg, Editor-in-chief of the Forward, spoke on "Insider Views of the Middle East" at Cong. Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights.
 
Tuesday night, Aug. 9, 2005, we presented the movie "Promises" at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope for young singles.
 
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005 we were addressed by Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College, on the topic "Does Progressive Judaism Have a Future?" at EMJC.

Thursday nights, Nov.10, 2005 through Jan. 26, 2006, a class on "Praying When You Feel, Feeling When You Pray" featured Rabbis Carter, Kelber, Weider, Slome and Goldstein at the East Midwood Jewish Center.
 
Sun. May 7, 2006 at 10AM Rabbi Neil Gillman spoke on "The Future of Liberal Judaism" at the East Midwood Jewish Center.
 

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, a symposium, "Jewish Views of Sexual Diversity", featured Rabbis Gordon Tucker, Dov Linzer, Leonard Levy, Sarra Lev, and Ayelet Cohen, moderated by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik at the East Midwood Jewish Center.

Sunday, Jan 28, 2007 we sponsored a workshop, "The Labor of Love - Working toward a Good Relationship" led by psychologist Howard Honigman, Ph.D. at the Kings Bay Y.

From Oct. 19, 2006, through Jan. 18, '07, the class entitled "Ethical Dilemmas for the Modern Jew" featured topics including Women's Right to Choose, Immigration Law Reform, Kashrut and Vegetarianism, Chosen-ness, and Jews and the Environment.

 
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007 ILJB and Hadassah Brooklyn Region in cooperation with the East Midwood Jewish Center presented "CAN WE TALK ABOUT ISRAEL?", an all day conference at EMJC, featuring Dr. Sandra Alfonsi of Curriculum Watch, Diane Balser of Brit Zedek v'Shalom, Ethan Bronner of the New York Times, Ben Cohen of American Jewish Committee, JJ Goldberg of the Forward, Ken Jacobson of the Anti-Defamation League, Gary Rosenblatt of The Jewish Week, Prof. Mark Rosenblum of Queens College, Rabbi Gordon Tucker of Temple Israel of White Plains, and  Rabbi Melissa Weintraub of Rabbis for Human Rights, with panels moderated by WNYC's Leonard Lopate & NPR's Larry Josephson.

Winter-Spring 2008/5768 we offered a course on "Non-Rhetorical Questions".  Classes were held
 
Feb. 14 & 21- "What's So Great About Monotheism?", taught by Rabbi Alvin Kass at East Midwood Jewish Center
Feb. 28 & Mar. 13, "What's Wrong With Fundamentalism?", Rabbi Neil Gillman at EMJC.
Mar. 27 "How Could We Love the Germans?", Rabbi Heidi Hoover at Temple Beth Emeth v'Ohr,
Apr. 3 & May 15  "Why Me?"(on unjust suffering), Rabbi Simkha Weintraub  at the Hannah Senesh School, and
Apr. 10 "Who Needs to be Chosen?",
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann at Temple Beth Emeth v'Ohr.

On Sunday, June 22, 2008 we sponsored GOODSTOCK, a festival of Tikun Olam, featuring some of the top acts of lovingkindness: Jewish World Watch, Halachic Organ Donor Society, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), and American Jewish World Service, plus workshops on Bikur Cholim and Social Action Committees, music, and healthy food. It was held at Kane St. Synagogue from noon 'til 7PM. Peace and love prevailed.

A Forum in Fall 2008 at Cong. Beth Elohim
The Believers Next Door
Lecture and Discussion by experts on different approaches to faith