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CBA Talks

CBA Talks BannerOur members are quite extraordinary!  Come and hear the experience they have to offer.  CBA Talks is a series of conversations with CBA members who have done, or are doing, some fascinating things.


Past CBA Talks


with Claire Gelfman, PhD
Sunday, May 30, 2022 

Click here to watch the Zoom CBA Talks with Claire Gelfman

Claire M. Gelfman, Ph.D., has been a member of Beth Am ever since she and her family moved to San Diego about 10 years ago from the Houston area. She currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer at the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and has been doing research in the field of ophthalmology for over 20 years.  In this talk, she will focus on not only the anatomy and physiology of the eye under normal healthy conditions, but also what happens during age-related macular degeneration.  Current treatments will be reviewed, as well as those on the horizon that utilize gene therapy approaches. 


with Dr. John Joel Culley
Sunday, May 23, 2021 | 10:00 am


During World War II there were two separate civilian internment programs in the United States.  The two programs had separate origins and administration.  One is well-known—the indiscriminate mass removal and internment of all ethnic Japanese, both citizens (Nisei) and non-citizens (Issei), from the West Coast authorized in February 1942, by the Presidential Executive Order No. 9066.  But there was an earlier internment program that has received far less attention. This program arrested and interned resident aliens of Japanese, German and Italian nationality.  In early December 1941, when the U.S. entered the war against the three Axis powers—Japan, Germany and Italy—as non-citizens these individuals automatically fell into the category of “enemy aliens.”  The Justice Department, through the F.B I., had previously identified, investigated, classified, cataloged and selected those who would initially be arrested immediately.  How this program came to be and how it operated is out topic.

Click here to watch the recording of the CBA Talks with Darren Sigal, MD

with Darren Sigal, MD
Sunday, March 7, 2021 | 10:00 am

Dr. Darren Sigal, has been a Beth Am member for many years and a specialist in Hematology & Oncology. Darren will give an overview on the landscape of anti-cancer therapy with a special focus on the exciting advances in targeted therapy and immunotherapy over the past few years. 

5781 Season | 2020 - 2021

with Juliet Grossman
Sunday, January 10, 2021 | 11:00 am

A vision of the United States as a melting pot of immigrants and a beacon of hope to persecuted people around the world is iconic, but is it actually true? As American reeled in the aftermath of World War I followed by World War II, quotas and mislabeling of refugees persisted, and it wasn’t until 1980 that the United States adopted refugee and asylum policies in line with the United Nations. Policies exist to welcome and shelter those fleeing ethnic, religious, and political persecution, but are today’s Americans willing to HELP THE STRANGER? Join Beth Am congregant JULIET GROSSMAN for a lively discussion about her experiences working as a pro bono attorney representing asylum-seekers held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center. 


Sun, October 1 2023 16 Tishrei 5784