Each month, The Well hosts a community learning event as part of its CSI: Coffee. Study. Interpret. series.
Below, please find (and feel free to use!) the text packets we've compiled for these gatherings.
Also, be sure to check out our Press page for a number of articles these gatherings generated!
CSI Text Packets
What Does The Jewish Tradition Say About Refugees?
Investigating the J tradition's perspective on refugees
Guest speaker: Shadi Martini, Director of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees
Lead in the Water
Investigating the J tradition's view of water, in light of the Flint water crisis
Guest speaker: Nayyirah Sharif, Flint community organizer
Guest speaker: Andy Leavitt, Chief of Staff to State Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint)
Congrats on Your Gay Marriage - You're Fired!
Investigating the J tradition's evolving perspective on LGBTIQ issues
Guest speaker: Judge Bernard Friedman, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Guest speaker: Jeremy Moss, State Representative District 35
The Plague of Mass Incarceration
Investigating our tradition’s perspectives on imprisonment and rehabilitation
Guest speaker: Mustafa Shakur, neighborhood activist
Guest speaker: Michael Steinberg, legal director of ACLU of Michigan
What Makes Food Jewish?
Investigating the evolution of J foods
Guest speaker: Chef Jared Bobkin, Hell's Kitchen top-5 finisher
Lactose and Learning
Investigating perspectives on dairy consumption
Guest speaker: Tessie Ives-Wilson, retail manager of Zingerman's Creamery
Humanity. Humility. Harambe.
Investigating humanity’s relationship with the animal world
Guest speaker: Ron Kagan, CEO of the Detroit Zoo
Investigating food justice and insecurity issues
Guest educator: Rabbi Lee Moore, Director of Jewish and Org Learning @ Lippman Kanfer Fn for Living Torah
Guest speaker: Noam Kimelman, Founder of Detroit Food Academy and Fresh Corner Cafe
The Secrets to Healthy Relationships
Investigating the J tradition’s perspective on healthy relationships
Guest speaker: Dr. Terri Orbuch - aka The Love Doctor
Dude, Where's My Ride?
Investigating the J tradition's perspective on public transportation
Guest educator: Rabbi Alana Alpert, Detroit Jews for Justice
Guest speaker: Carly Shapiro, RTA of Southeastern Michigan
Tikkun Olam - Is It Enough?
Investigating the evolution of the term “Tikkun Olam"
Service project: Housing the Homeless with South Oakland Shelter
Investigating the role of religious communities in the 21st Century
Guest speaker: Rabbi Yoni Dahlen, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Southfield
Guest speaker: Father Paul Castelli, St. George's Episcopal Church, Milford