Bet Alef Learning Institute (B.A.L.I)

The Bet Alef Learning Institute (BALI) was created to expand our community’s commitment to education, spirituality and tikkun olam (healing the world).

BALI welcomes Bet Alef members and those in the greater community to participate together by presenting guest teachers who speak on meaningful and wide-ranging topics and by offering events that encourage a more inclusive understanding of our world.

BALI Members Speaker's Forum & Social Hour

BALI Speakers Forum & Social Hour
7-8 PM 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Starting Tomorrow, April 20th

Register for Free Here

HERE’S THE LIST OF DATES, SPEAKERS, AND TOPICS:
• May 4: How to run a marathon and tales from 27 marathon runner and member Stu Heller
• May 18: Why and how Ellen Lyons, our trained gemologist member, uses only fair mined and ethically sourced gemstones and metals in her handcrafted jewelry
• June 1: Tales of sailing a homemade two masted steel ketch with no refrigeration or GPS from San Francisco to Australia, by member Mike Lyons who did it with two other adults and a two year old
• June 15: How global warming led member Keith Ervin, a retired grandfather, to rethink his life and engage in civil disobedience
• July 6: What member Bob Prolman learned from a decade as a Congressional Committee staffer investigating senior government and industry executives’ interference with toxic waste clean-ups, and fraud and waste in the use of billions of tax dollars on local water treatment projects

There will be time for questions and answers and then a bit of Zoom schmoozing afterward. 
This is a pilot program to gauge interest.  Help on the committee making it happen is needed and would be welcomed, as well as suggestions on additional speakers and topics.  If you can manage Zoom meetings and organize programs we need you.  Contact the office at info@betalef.org with questions or to register.

Past BALI Events

What Does It Mean to Be White?

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“What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race?” Dr. DiAngelo described the way race shapes the lives of White people, explained what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society.

A Shabbat of Mindfulness

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with Rabbi Jeff Roth

Bet Alef welcomed Rabbi Jeff Roth, founder and director of The Awakened Heart Project for Contemporary Judaism. Rabbi Roth will join Bet Alef’s Rabbi BenHaim in leading Kabbalat Shabbat service Friday Dec. 2nd and Shabbat morning services Saturday Dec.3rd. Additionally Rabbi Roth will offer a series of teachings and times for Jewish meditation practice throughout the day. (See Schedule below) 

 

The Shalom Center’s current focus is working to combat, and educate about, climate change: “Addressing the climate crisis of ‘global scorching’ and working to end American addiction to over-use of oil and coal that poses extreme danger to the web of life, including human civilization, on Planet Earth.”

Sacred Sources to Heal the Earth

Waskow PicA Weekend with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman. Rabbi Waskow, author of many books, founded the Shalom Center in 1983. The Shalom Center equips activists and spiritual leaders with awareness and skills needed to lead in shaping a transformed and transformative Judaism that can help create a world of peace, justice, healing for the earth, and respect for the interconnectedness of all life. Learn more about the Shalom Center here.

The Shalom Center’s current focus is working to combat, and educate about, climate change: “Addressing the climate crisis of ‘global scorching’ and working to end American addiction to over-use of oil and coal that poses extreme danger to the web of life, including human civilization, on Planet Earth.”