Congregant-led Classes

Join us this fall for a new Jewish History Course with Barry Feldman. Please check the calendar for the dates.

Recent Classes:

Marc Ashley’s Annual Adult Education Course between Pesah and Shavuot
A Case of Mixed Emotions: Love and Fear of God in Jewish Thought

The very first word of the first paragraph of the Shema prayer instructs – indeed  commands – us to love God, with all our heart, soul and might. Yet Proverbs counsels us that the “beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.” Those visceral emotions, at least at first glance, seem conflicting rather than complementary. So which is the core and foundation of our relationship with God – love or fear?  Which approach takes priority? Both love and fear of God are crucial religious directives, but reconciling them can be challenging. No prior knowledge is required. Please come and participate in this important conversation on a crucial theme in Jewish thought through the ages.

2019 Sessions – Audio Recordings:

Barry Feldman’s Jewish History Course
“Crime and Kehillah: Accusation and Response.” In 1906, New York City Police Commissioner Theodore Bingham asserted that half the city’s criminals were Jews. New York’s Jewish population was considered a menace to more “polite” (that is, “native”) society. In response, city residents formed the New York Kehillah, or “Community.” It was an attempt to organize communal activities under a single umbrella and present a united, productive group of Jewish New Yorkers and Americans. Using primary documents to spark discussion, this class will examine the successes and challenges of the Kehillah.

Torah Reading Class with Mark Somerstein
An 8-session class in Torah reading, led by Mark Somerstein, is being offered beginning Oct. 15. Mark is an experienced, patient teacher and professional Torah reader. We will use proven techniques to enable you to read a pre-selected Torah portion upon graduation, and be able to prepare any other selection independently. (Survival rates of previous classes are encouraging!)