Essential Essays

November 21, 2017 - 8:00 am

Tuesdays | beginning Oct 17 | approx. 8:00 am, immediately after morning minyan

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
Join in a discussion of Jewish philosophy, theology and thought. Pick up the essay for each week from the literature rack in the lobby. The essay is also distributed via a weekly email; if you wish to be added to the distribution list, please contact or 212-369-2600, x120.

Rushing to Rashi

November 22, 2017 - 8:00 am

Rushing to Rashi
Wed | beginning Oct 18 | 8:00 am, immediately after minyan
Cantor Eric Wasser

Explore the weekly Torah reading through the eyes of the greatest of the medieval Torah commentators. Learn how Rashi made meaning of every letter in the Torah (even ones that are missing!) and discover why we are concerned with what’s bothering Rashi. Texts will be provided in Hebrew and in English.

Contemporary Jewish Thought

November 28, 2017 - 11:30 am

Tuesdays | beginning Oct 31 | 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman

Each week, explore a reading about contemporary Jewish experience and thought. Currently the class is reading Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself by Rabbi Donniel Hartman.

There will be no class on Nov 21, Dec 26 & Jan 2.


Midtown Lunch and Learn

November 29, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Midtown Lunch and Learn
The Origin of Prayer and Prayers
Wednesdays | November 1, 8, 15, 29 | 12:30-1:30 pm
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsk
We will look at Jewish and non-Jewish sources about the need for and purpose of prayer in a Jewish life. We will examine different ideas on what prayer is and should be and we will also look at specific texts of Jewish liturgy to bring the discussion to bear on some practical matters. No prior knowledge or experience needed other than the shared human experience of life and striving for something more.


November 29, 2017 - 6:30 pm

BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended
Wednesdays | beginning Oct 18 | 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Rabbi Charlie Savenor


November 29, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Rambam - An Introduction to One of the Most Intriguing Thinkers in Jewish History
Wednesdays | beginning October 18 | 6:30–7:45 pm | 10 sessions
Rabbi Shmuel Afek

Melton Year 1

November 29, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Wednesdays | beginning October 18 | 7:00 - 9:15 pm
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky and Rabbi Shmuel Afek

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning program builds Jewish literacy through a sophisticated, intellectually stimulating, text-based curriculum for students of all levels and Jewish backgrounds. More than 35,000 adult learners have participated in this international program designed by expert educators at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The two-year course meets most weeks from mid-October through end of May each year.

Melton Year 2

November 30, 2017 - 9:15 am

Thursdays | beginning October 19 | 9:15–11:30 am
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Rabbi Bill Plevin

In Ethics of Jewish Living, students learn how Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions and stem-cell research. Crossroads explores the lessons of Jewish history and investigates how the Jewish past gives meaning to the Jewish present.
Prerequisite: completion of Melton Year 1.

Bereshit I

November 30, 2017 - 9:15 am

Bereshit I - From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations
Thursdays | beginning October 19 | 9:15-10:45 am | 10 sessions
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

The stories in this course take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.
Prerequisite: Completion of Melton or Context core program.

New York Jewish Experience

November 30, 2017 - 9:15 am

The New York Jewish Experience: History, Culture, Community
Thursdays | beginning October 19 | 9:15-10:45 am | 10 sessions
Dr. David Kaufman