The Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l) Genesis Forum


Come engage in thought-provoking and meaningful discussions through the Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l) Genesis Forum 2020-2021.

Aseh L’kha Rav, U’kneh L’kha Haver: Building Meaningful Relationships

Though we must remain physically separated, Jewish experience is predicated on relationships and we want to continue to stay connected.

Our teachers include rabbis, professionals, and academics, who all will draw strength and meaning from Jewish perspectives. Our conversations will be infused with lively debate, as we explore ancient and modern Jewish wisdom.

All sessions will be online. You are welcome to bring your lunch to your computer to enjoy these fascinating, free discussions with some of Greater Boston’s most sought-after teachers. All are welcome, no experience or Jewish background is required to enjoy this stimulating exploration.

As always, sessions will be recorded and available online.

Downtown West




All sessions meet on Wednesdays, 12:00–1:15 p.m. online.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

We live in tumultuous times. In past generations, Jews have dealt with chaos by dreaming of a better future. In this year’s Genesis Forum Downtown, our sessions will look at models of idyllic dreaming from the Jewish past as a way to build our own dreams for the Jewish present.

Register online, email learnon@cjp.org, or call 617-457-8694.


Access audio and materials from previous classes here.

Wednesday, November 11
The Symmetries and Asymmetries of Teacher-Student Relationships: From God and Moses to the Talmud to Contemporary Adult Jewish Education
Rabbi Benjamin Samuels, Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton 
Wednesday, December 9
Why is a Marriage Metaphor Used for Our Relationship with God on Shabbat?
Professor Reuven Kimelman, Brandeis University
Wednesday, January 13
Between Parents and Children
Rabbi Lila Kagedan, New York Medical College
Wednesday, February 10
Relationship Between Siblings
Rabbi Andrew Kastner, CJP Vice President, Jewish Life
Wednesday, March 10
Do not entreat me to forsake you: Learning Friendship from  Ruth and Naomi
Wednesday, April 14
Love Between Equals
Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg, Hebrew College 
Wednesday, May 12
When Virtual Community is Physically Distant and Socially Proximate
Rabbi Laura Baum, Head of School, Rockwern Academy
Wednesday, June 9
The Synergy of Sacred Community – Kehillah Kedoshah: Learning Communities and the Aspiration for Holiness and Wholeness




These sessions meet from 12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. ET

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


Tuesday, March 2
The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Jewish Tradition
Tuesday, March 9

CANCELLED - please join us on Tuesday, March 16 for the next session.

Tuesday, March 16
What are the responsibilities of employers and low-wage workers toward one another
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Tuesday, March 23
Constructive Conflict: How We Agree to Disagree


Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l)

הרב שמואל בן שלמה ופרימט זצ"ל

Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l) was CJP’s Scholar-in-Residence for many years and was instrumental in founding the Genesis Forum.

Rabbi Chiel left us with a glorious legacy of communal service and teaching. At the beginning of his rabbinical career, he also proudly served his country as a Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces. He went on to become the beloved spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Newton for 27 years. 

He never stopped learning and teaching, and was involved in the training of young rabbis and the continuing education of mid-career rabbis through the Rabbinic Institute at Hebrew College, as well as serving as the Jewish Scholar for New Directions in Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, an interfaith program co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the Archdiocese of Greater Boston.

Rabbi Chiel was renowned for his unique combination of erudition, insight, empathy, and warmth. He was a master speaker and teacher of Torah, as well as a great believer in and advocate for the elevating and healing powers of spiritual practice. Through our study, we hope to memorialize Rabbi Chiel for eternal blessing.