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

The Idea of Kingship

A study of biblical attitudes towards kingship and political power through a study of Megillat Ruth and selections from the Books of Judges and Samuel.

 

The Guide to the Duties of the Heart

The Guide to the Duties of the Heart (completed around 1075 CE) is sometimes called the first work of Jewish ethics, and aims to guide us towards a spiritual dedication, taught within a philosophical outlook that has similarities with both Saadiah Gaon and Maimonides. 

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. 

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.

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.

 

Entering the Land: The Book of Joshua

This class by Drisha Founder and Dean and Covenant Award educator Rabbi David Silber will study the book of Joshua carefully from a literary perspective.

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!

Tefillot of Kippur, a 2-Part Series

A study of the core themes of Kippur as reflected in the classical texts of the Kippur service.

The Road to Kingship

An exploration of the Samson story, the last 5 chapters of the Book of Judges, and Megillat Ruth as texts that prepare us for the institution of kingship.

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.

 

Commemorative Synagogue Plates

Plates depicting Shearith Israel's five historic synagogue buildings as well the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI.

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Gershom Mendes Seixas

Gershom Mendes Seixas (1745-1816) was the first American-born spiritual leader of Shearith Israel.

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