We Built This House

with our hands and with our hearts
as a house for all: to worship, to rejoice,
to heal, to learn, to savor the great
gift of Torah.

May 1, 2015, 12:00 am

We will be hosting Dr. Alan Morinis as our Scholar In Residence. Dr. Morinis will be introducing us to the practice of Mussar, which, in the words of the Mussar Institute, “is a path of contemplative practices and exercises that have evolved over the past thousand years to help an individual soul to pinpoint and then to break through the barriers that surround and obstruct the flow of inner light in our lives. Mussar is a treasury of techniques and understandings that offers immensely valuable guidance for the journey of our lives”. For more information www.mussarinstitute.org
May 17, 2015, 3:00 pm

“THE IGNORANT MAESTRO” COMES TO CHESTER It is only fitting that a book that has roots in Chester will be introduced at CBSRZ before readers in China, Israel, Great Britain, Germany and other countries see it. And so, on Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m., Itay Talgam, author of “The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance,” will come to Chester from his home in Tel Aviv to launch an international tour in a free Books & Bagels program. Itay Talgam is one of Israel’s leading orchestra conductors, having founding the Tel Aviv Symphony and led the Israel Philharmonic, as well as many orchestras in other countries. He was a protégé of the great Leonard Bernstein. Talgam had the idea of writing a book that explores the art of leadership from the podium. This sprung out of his very popular TED Talk on leadership (with more than five million views). His argument is that leaders in all fields can learn new insights about leadership not from music itself but from the people who make music. It was more than two years ago that Lary Bloom, a writer and longtime resident of Chester, first talked to him about the idea, and how to write a book that readers with little or no interest in classical music would find interesting and instructive. That’s when they embarked on a collaboration that eventually resulted in “The Ignorant Maestro.” As always with our Books & Bagels programs, there will be refreshments and a chance to meet the author. No reservations are needed.