Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Ancient Echoes: The Art of Dikla Laor and the Antiquities Collection of Fran and Bernie Alpert
in the Rissman Kol Ami Exhibit Gallery August 27 through October 31, 2021
In her “Women in the Bible” series, Israeli artist Dikla Laor uses photography to capture powerful Biblical women in the very places they once lived. The staged scenes are inspired by the art of the Renaissance, timeless myths, and classical literature. Her collection of full color photographs depicting the women of the Book of Genesis will be paired with antiquities from the Collection of Fran and Bernie Alpert in the Rissman Kol Ami Collection.

Fran and Bernie Alpert founded Archaeological Seminars in Jerusalem. Long time members of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, they donated an important collection of archaeological artifacts – pottery, lamps, bowls, flasks, and jugs dating from as early as 2300 BCE – to the Rissman Kol Ami Collection. This unique coupling of contemporary and ancient Israeli art pays homage to beloved Bernie z”l, an archaeologist, adventurer, and Jewish advocate.

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club
Saturdays, 12:30pm after Shabbat kiddush, October 16 and December 18
With a record number of 95 participants, the pandemic did not stop the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club from having a wonderful year filled with stimulating conversation and interesting author talks on Zoom. But we will return to our in-person Shabbat discussions in the New Year (next book and 2022 dates to be announced soon!). New members welcome! Contact Rachel Kamin for the book selections, calendar, and to be added to the mailing list.

Writer’s Beit Midrash
Wednesdays, 9:30am, August 4 & 18, September 1, October 6 & 20 and November 3  
All fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay writers (published or not yet published) are welcome for discussions, exercises, camaraderie, and critique every other Wednesday morning in the Abbell Library. Contact Rachel Kamin for more information and to be added to the mailing list.



Looking for a book recommendation? Contact Rachel Kamin and/or Marcie Eskin – we are happy to recommend a good ebook that you can download from your local public library, an audio-book that you can listen to, or a print book that you can order online.  Jewish or secular, fiction or non-fiction, for children or adults . . . we’re happy to help you satisfy your literary appetite! And if you would like to borrow a book from the Beth El library, just contact Rachel or Marcie and we will arrange a safe way to deliver it to you.