Lunch & Learn: Do People Ever Truly Change? The Case of Yehuda

Date: January 2, 2020Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location:  UJA-JCC Greenwich
One Holly HIll Lane
Greenwich, CT
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Lunch & Learn is a weekly program, every Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at One Holly Hill Lane. The Lunch & Learn program is generously sponsored by Rita Edelston.


January 2

Do People Ever Truly Change? The Case of Yehuda

Rabbi Rachmiel Gurwitz 

We will explore Yehuda's journey as "just one of the brothers" to the leader of them all. The beginning of his story is filled with suspect and at times harmful decisions, but he emerges as one of the great transformative characters of the book of Genesis. His selflessness and leadership help reunite his family and lead to personal awakening in the process. Come join us as we unpack this complex and rich story.

January 9

The Philosophy of Blessings

Rabbi Menachem Feldman


January 16

Can People Change?

Rabbi Shimmy Trencher

How does Judaism view our ability to change and grow? And what does it say about trusting others' commitment to change and forgive past misdeeds?


January 23

The First Woman "Rabbi"

Michael Feldstein

Rachel Ray Frank (1861-1948) set the American Jewish world ablaze when she became “the first woman since Deborah to preach in a synagogue.” Learn more about this maverick Jewish leader, who also co-founded the first Hillel chapter on campus.


January 30

Mindfulness and Spirituality

Rabbi David Schuck

From a parsing of sacred texts, we’ll examine who we are, how we see ourselves and how we choose to live our lives as Jews and as people.   


February 6

Danger: Rabbis

Chaim Lauer

When does standing on principle and ego destroy? Trial and error in the development of the rabbinate.


February 13

A Radical View of Shabbat

Rabbi Aviva Richman

Do Jews believe in original sin? And do we have a savior? Reexamine Judaism through the Shabbat musings of Hasidism’s Sfas Emes.


February 20


Rabbi Annie Tucker

Come explore the very first member of the #MeToo movement and Judaism's most misunderstood feminist heroine.

February 27

God and Truth in a Time of Falsity 

Rabbi Gordon Tucker

How can the values of Judaism and the interests of the Jewish people guide us in an environment inhospitable to truth?

March 5

Esther: The Last Word

Alex Troy

The Book of Esther completes the Hebrew canon: What are the religious, political and ethical lessons of this final scroll -- and the literary devices that enhance them?


March 12

Can Great Leaders Be Great Parents?

Dr. Liz Shayne

In Tractate Nedarim, the Talmud asks why the children of great leaders in Torah are not leaders themselves. Let’s probe the claim and judge for ourselves whether leading a nation and raising a child are really so incompatible.


March 19

The Secret of the Hidden Lights

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Follow the road map to discovering God in the world.


March 26

Vayikra: And So-and-So Called

Rabbi Lester Bronstein 

The Book of Leviticus begins with a mysterious word -- a verb with no subject. Who is the hidden subject in our lives that calls us to be fully present; to engage in the woes of the world; and to be a moral person?