Programs & Events

Programs & Events

Upcoming CLC Programs & Events

Art @ the Heart of Social Justice: An Artists Beit Midrash Exhibition
In the Rissman Kol Ami Collection Gallery November 5, 2021 through January 16, 2022

curated by Judith Joseph and featuring works by:

Suzanne Horwitz ▪ Julie Isaacson ▪ Judith Joseph
Charlotte Kaplan ▪ Judith MK Kaufman ▪ Ronna Bows Leibach
Marla Snyder ▪Judy Solomon ▪Sandy Starkman ▪ Chana Zelig

The Artists Beit Midrash, a course of text study and art discussion at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, is co-taught by Judith Joseph and Dr. Jane Shapiro with support from the Gertrude Lederman Family Continuing Education program. The artists worked in many media, both visual and literary. Contact Marcie Eskin for more information and exhibit hours.

Also on exhibit – Chanukiyot from the collection of Elliott Miller




Winter Reading Roundtable
Tuesday, January 18, 12:00pm
Join Rachel Kamin & Marcie Eskin on Zoom for a lively discussion of what we’ve been reading and get some new reading recommendations from other readers. Come prepared to talk briefly about any book you’ve read recently (fiction or non-fiction on any topic) or just login to listen. Check your e-mail for the Zoom link or contact Rachel at

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 7:00pm on Zoom (meet the author followed by book discussion at 7:45pm after evening Minyan)
Saturday, January 29, 2022, 12:30pm in-person discussion, after Shabbat Kiddush
Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin
When Pru Steiner met and married Spence Robin, her dazzling young hotshot English professor at Columbia, she thought she knew what she was signing up for. But thirty years later, when Spence develops early-onset Alzheimer’s, the peaceful life Pru built for herself begins to crumble. Meet the author on Zoom and choose from one of two discussions, facilitated by Rachel Kamin. Copies of the book are available in our Abbell Library and from public libraries, as well as from local and online booksellers in paperback, eBook, and audio. E-mail Rachel if you would like to be on our reserve list or if you would like to be added to the Book Club mailing list. Click here for our Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club schedule.

Writer’s Beit Midrash
Wednesdays, 9:30am, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, 2022
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.