Summer 2018



The Secular Israeli Religious Renaissance: Israeli Poetry and Prayer

Wed | Jun 20, 27; Jul 18, 25 | 7:00-8:45 pm | PAS@89th
Dr. Wendy Zierler

Cost: $110/members; $160/general
Since the shocking assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin on November 4, 1995, a concerted effort has been underway in secular Israeli intellectual and artistic circles to re-infuse Israeli identity and Zionist Hebrew culture with a new connection to classical Jewish text and religious expression. This has found expression in the establishment of secular batei-midrash (Jewish study houses) and prayer communities, both of which have eagerly incorporated modern Hebrew poetry as new kind of holy text, producing new interpretations of ancient Jewish practice and generating new prayer books. This course will examine the latter phenomenon, focusing on modern Israeli poems that explicitly invoke, respond to, or rewrite the classical tefilot. Topics to be covered will include: the nature of prayer in a secular age, the conflict between keva (fixed liturgy) and kavanah (meaning or intention in prayer), the morning blessings, Shema, and Shabbat prayers, and issues of gender in liturgy.
Dr. Wendy Zierler is Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC in New York.
The class is full. Please email with questions.


Midtown Lunch and Learn: Getting into the Spirit of the High Holidays
Wed | Jul 11, 18, 25; Aug 1 | 12:30-1:30 pm | Location TBA

PAS Clergy
Cost: Free/members; $36/general
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Shulhan Ivrit

Thu | Jul 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16 | 7:00-8:30 pm | PAS@89th
Facilitator: Brian Lustbader
Intermediate and advanced level Hebrew speakers are invited to spend an hour practicing conversational Hebrew. Come to one session or come to all to deepen your connection with Israel and the Jewish people by speaking Hebrew. Cost: Free
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Part of UJA’s celebration of Israel@70, held in collaboration with Manhattan synagogues
Happier Together: A CommUnity Conversation with Tal Ben-Shahar
Tue | Jun 12 | 7:00 pm | Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, 10 E 66th St
Want to know the secret to a happy life? Hear from Israeli happiness expert, best-selling author, and Harvard's most popular professor, Tal Ben-Shahar. He'll speak about the power of positive psychology, the joy of community, and his unique perspectives on Israel. 
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Concert: Tsvey Brider present Convergence
Tue | Jun 19 | 7:00 pm | PAS@89th
Tsvey Brider is a duo (Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Dmitri Gaskin) dedicated to creating new music in the Yiddish language and unique interpretations of repertoire from the world of Yiddish song.
Anthony Russell is a composer, arranger and vocalist specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones and Chasidic nigunim.
Dmitri Gaskin is an accomplished accordion player, composer, and arranger specializing in Klezmer and Romanian folk music.
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Lecture: The Power of Protest: Saving Soviet Jews (and Us)

Tue | Jun 26 | 7:00 pm | PAS@90th
Jerry Goodman

Jerry Goodman was the founding Executive Director of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ) and the founder of the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement at the American Jewish Historical Society.
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Film Screening: The Women’s Balcony

Tue | Jul 10 | 7:00 pm | PAS@90th
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
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Lecture: Listening Today to Women's Voices in Torah

Tue | Jul 17 | 7:00 pm | PAS@90th
Amy Kalmanofsky

Amy Kalmanofsky is associate vice chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). She serves as an ambassador for JTS, teaching in communities across North America, building relationships with supporters, and sharing the impact of JTS on the Jewish world. As associate professor of Bible, Dr. Kalmanofsky teaches courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible.
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Tisha B’Av

Sat | Jul 21
8:30 pm | Teaching by Rabbi Witkovsky
9:15 pm | Evening service & reading of Megillat Eikhah, the Book of Lamentations.

From spring 2018 through fall 2019, the Park Avenue Synagogue campus will include:
PAS@89th - 11 E. 89th St, between Madison Ave and Fifth Ave
PAS@90th - 4 E. 90th St, between Madison Ave and Fifth Ave