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

Habruta (Paired) Learning

Before and after evening services on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays (5:15-7:15pm), join Rabbi Chaim Yanetz and rabbinical students from YU  in the Elias Room for habruta study..

 

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shearith Israel: Q & A

Given by our shamash, Z. Edinger,  this class will meet once a month and be based on questions YOU submit.  Intended for the beginner and experienced synagogue goer alike, this class will answer your questions about Shearith Israel's liturgy, history and minhag.  Attendees are encouraged to submit their questions or topics of interest in advance.  

Friday Night Lights: The Making and Meaning of Shabbat

As the nights get longer and the temperature drops, stay around for a bit after Friday evening services for an inspiring Shiur delivered by Rabbi Soloveichik.

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.

 

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The Book of Kings

We will analyze the biblical Book of Kings using recent archeological findings and literary approaches that can help us bring this ancient drama to life.

 

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Saadiah Gaon's Book of Beliefs and Opinions

Every Sunday at 8:45 am. The Book of Beliefs and Opinions (completed 933 CE) was the first systematic presentation and philosophic foundation of the dogmas of Judaism.

 

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Bet Midrash

The Bet Midrash program features high-level textual learning in small groups that encourages active participation.

 

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Rambam's Mishneh Torah

Start your day with minyan, breakfast, and a few insights from Maimonides' complete code of Jewish law and thought.

 

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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.

 

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Talmud Class: Tractate Sanhedrin and Jewish Political Thought

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. These weekly shiurim willponder how Judaism approaches time.  We will gain a better understanding of the calendar that has preserved the Jews for millennia, and of the diverse sacred and secular times that create the very rhythm of our lives.

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Topics in Jewish Philosophy

Each Shabbat afternoon, our teens gather at the home of Rabbi Hidary to discuss relevant topics of Jewish philosophy, contemporary issues, and analysis of Torah texts.

 

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Keter Shem Tob

Rabbi Shemtob Gaguine (1884-1953) was Rosh Yeshibah of Judith Montefiore College in Ramsgate and was an accomplished halakhist, ethnographer, author and communal leader. His seven volume classic, Keter Shem Tob, documents and explains the customs and liturgy of the Spanish Portuguese tradition in comparison with other rites. Each week, we explain one aspect of our own siddur and minhag based on Hakham Gaguine’s insight.

Crosby Street Synagogue

 In 1834 the congregation built a new synagogue on Crosby Street, between Broom and Spring Street.

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Seventieth Street Synagogue
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