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We offer opportunities for stimulating engagement with Jewish texts and subjects for students of all levels.

Open Bet Midrash

Learn your way: join a habruta, hear a short debar torah, or simply pick a sefer off the shelf.

 

Feasts and Fasts: The Festivals in Jewish Thought

Tuesdays at 9 am in the Elias Room. Drawing on Halakhic, literary, and philosophical texts, we will attempt to examine anew the holidays.

Friday Night Lights: The Making and Meaning of Shabbat

There is no better way to transition from the workweek to the aura of Shabbat than experiencing our magnificent Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by Friday Night Lights. 

The Misunderstood Masterpiece: A New Approach to Pirkei Abot

One hour before the start of Minhah, Rabbi Soloveichik guides us through the extraordinary, unique life story and worldview of the brief, much-cited maxims in Pirkei Abot.

 

Rabbi Soloveichik's Evening Classes

Starting this Fall, instead of teaching a weekly Talmud class on Tuesdays, Rabbi Soloveichik will be delivering major lectures and shiurim on select Mondays and Tuesdays, with Mondays devoted to history topics, and Tuesdays focused on Torah and Talmudic subjects.

Talmud Class: Masechet Yoma and the Meaning of the Mikdash

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. Join Rabbi Soloveichik for your weekly dose of Talmud and Sushi as we learn about Masechet Yoma. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

 Please follow our weekly emails for schedule changes or cancellations.

An Old Fashioned Hebrew Course: An Overview of Hebrew Grammar, Based Upon the Historic "Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners" by James (Joshua) Seixas

They don’t teach things the way they used to anymore! For an antiquarian take on studying Hebrew, in the classic way it was taught in America, largely to non-Jewish Bible students, but also to American Jews in our very congregation as well, nearly two-hundred years ago!

Chatham Square Cemetery

The oldest of our extant cemeteries is known as the Chatham Square Cemetery.  It is located in Chinatown at 55 St. James Place.  The land was originally purchased in 1682 by Joseph Bueno de Mesquita. 

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West 11th Street Cemetery

The West Eleventh Street cemetery, the second historic cemetery of Congregation Shearith Israel, was consecrated on February 27, 1805.  

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