Adult Education

The Sherr Department of Adult Learning at Park Avenue Synagogue invites you to experience Judaism in a new way. Begin this season with our High Holiday learning series. From Lunch & Learns to Parashah & Pizza, immerse yourself in our upcoming programs to prepare for the yamim noraim, Days of Awe. As the year continues, engage with us through thoughtful speakers, dive into discussions at our weekly classes with clergy, and strengthen your relationship to Judaism and Israel through our lectures, Shabbat dinners, and more . Read about upcoming events below, and discover new chances to engage, discuss, and learn with us!

Upcoming Events

Yom Kippur Learning
The State of Our World: Dr. Richard Haass in conversation with Rabbi Cosgrove
Wed | Oct 9 | approx. 2:45 pm | PAS@87th

Dr. Richard Haass will share his insights on current global issues, and how we can better understand and relate to them. Dr. Haass, a member of PAS, is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the author or editor of thirteen books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His latest book is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.

Window on Israel
Sat | Oct 26 | 9:00 am | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Zuckerman in conversation with Noga Brenner Samia
Noga Brenner Samia is the Deputy Director of BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. Noga was ordained by the Rabbanut Yisraelit (Oranim/Hartman). She is founder of a Jewish renewal community in Tel-Mond.
No registration necessary

In Partnership with The Jewish Museum
Dialogue and Discourse - Abraham and Isaac Interpreted
Mon | Oct 28 | 11:30 am | The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave.
Rabbi Cosgrove sits on a panel of rabbis and scholars including Rabbi David Ingber of Romemu and Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky of the Jewish Theological Seminary as they dissect George Segal’s use of biblical allegory in his 1978 sculpture Abraham and Isaac, now on view at the Jewish Museum in Scenes from the Collection.
Cost:$12/PAS or Jewish Museum Members; $18/General
Register through the Jewish Museum Website

In partnership with The Jewish Week and UJA-Federation of NY
A Response to My Palestinian Neighbor 
Yossi Klein Halevi and Yousef Bashir in Conversation with Rabbi Zuckerman
Thu | Nov 7 | 7:00 pm | PAS@87th

Yossi Klein Halevi’s groundbreaking book Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor reached out across the divide, and Yousef Bashir, author of The Words of My Father, a powerful new memoir about growing up in Gaza, responded to Yossi's outreach. Their dialogue continues to explore the hopes and dreams from each side, and the complexities of building a relationship with one’s neighbor. This event will include a book signing and both authors’ books will be available for sale.
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Shabbat Speaker Series and Dinner
360° View of Anti-Semitism with Jonathan Greenblatt
Fri | Nov 15 | 7:30 pm | PAS@87th

ADL (Anti-Defamation League) is a leading anti-hate organization that was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Today, ADL is the first to respond when acts of anti-Semitism occur and continues to fight all forms of hate. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.
Jonathan Greenblatt is the CEO and National Director of ADL.
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Post-Kiddush Learning
From Sinai to Auschwitz: Lessons Learned?
with Dr. Rachel Korazim

Sat | Nov 16 | 1:00 pm | PAS@87th
The eternal lessons of Torah and ongoing echoes of the Shoah continue to shape modern Israeli identity and culture. Master teacher Dr. Rachel Korazim will take us on an emotional literary journey through ancient and contemporary texts, focusing on how the past is prologue in Israeli society and why we need to study these topics again and again.
Registration requested, but all are welcome!
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Community Read & Author Event

Post Kiddush Book Discussion  
Sat | Oct 5 | 12:30 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Rabbi Cosgrove

Fill up on bagels and lox and head over to 89th Street for a book discussion with Rabbi Cosgrove about our fall Reading Jewish Lives book, Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent by Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr

Buber and Bourbon Book Discussion 
Learning Session with Rabbi Cosgrove on Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent

Tue | Oct 15 | 7:00 pm | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Gather at PAS for a discussion of our fall Reading Jewish Lives selection, in advance of the author event on October 24.
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Dissent and Dialogue: On Buber, Faith and Jewish Identity
Thu | Oct 24 | 7:30 pm | PAS@87th
Rabbi Cosgrove and Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr

What is the meaning of our existence? How can we achieve connection with others? How do we find our way to God? Theologian and philosopher Martin Buber asked these questions over the course of his life, and his works continue to inspire conversation today. We will explore the extraordinary life of Martin Buber, his struggles with these essential topics, and his legacy as a seminal modern Jewish thinker.

This program is the New York book launch of Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent by Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr and a part of our Reading Jewish Lives series.

Dr. Paul Mendes-Flohr, who was Rabbi Cosgrove’s doctoral thesis advisor, is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His major research interests include modern Jewish intellectual history, modern Jewish philosophy and religious thought, philosophy of religion, German intellectual history, and the history and sociology of intellectuals.

Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent by Paul Mendes-Flohr

presents the  life of this seminal modern Jewish thinker and writer, best known for I and Thou.  Mendes-Flohr situates Buber’s life and legacy in the intellectual and cultural life of German Jewry as well as in the broader European intellectual life of the first half of the twentieth century.

Books will be available to the PAS community at a 50% discount and with free shipping. Order online at and use the promo code BUBERCLUB.