Classes

Spring 2018
 

SUNDAY

A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings
Sundays | Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 22, May 6 | 10:00–11:30 am 
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman
Explore pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Anticipating the congregational trip in December 2018, we will engage in a values-based discourse about Israel, including topics such as nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, Occupation, and moral red lines.
Cost: $54/members; $72/general includes materials and bagel breakfast
This class is full. Please contact Leah Volynsky at lvolynsky@pasyn.org with further questions.
 

MONDAY

NEW! Hebrew Aleph
Mondays | Feb 5, 12, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26; Apr 9, 16, 23 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

This class is for students who want to learn to speak, understand, read, and write modern Hebrew. You'll converse from the first lesson. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet is not required.

Classes are contingent on registration. Each class has a minimum registration of 6 students and a maximum of 14 students.

Cost: $400/members; $450/general, plus materials as needed
Register here.

NEW! Hebrew Aleph Plus
Mondays | Feb 5, 12, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26; Apr 9, 16, 23 |
 7:30 - 9:00 pm
This class is for students who can read Hebrew print and cursive letters, but can’t understand what they are reading.

Cost: $400/members; $450/general, plus materials as needed
Register here.

 

Shulhan Ivrit

Mondays | Jan 22, Feb 12, Mar 5, Apr 16 | 7:00–8:30 pm
Varda Hubara
Intermediate and advanced level Hebrew speakers are invited to this monthly opportunity to practice conversational Hebrew. Come to one session or come to all to speak Hebrew in order to deepen your connection with Israel and the Jewish people.

Cost: Free 
Register here. 
 

TUESDAY

Essential Essays

Tuesdays | Weekly from Jan 9 through Feb 27 | 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 gfier@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x120.

 

Contemporary Jewish Thought

Tuesdays | Continues Jan 9 (no class Feb 20) | 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.
 

WEDNESDAY

Rushing to Rashi

Wednesdays | continues Jan 10 | 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. 

 

Lunch and Learn: Israeli's Four Questions

Wednesdays | Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21 | 12:30-1:30 pm
Rabbi Charlie Savenor

The State of Israel is a modern-day miracle entangled in a web of complexity. Security, national identity, political freedom, and connection to "the Land" are simultaneously the cornerstones of Israel’s society and sources of ongoing conflict. Approaching Passover, we will explore a new set of four questions that affect the Jewish future.

Cost: Free/members; $36/general
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The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Year 1

Wednesdays | begins Oct 18 | 7:00-9:15 pm
Rabbi Shmuel Afek and Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky
Learn what we as Jews believe and why in Purposes of Jewish Living. Examine the ideas, beliefs and lifecycle and holiday practices involved in living Jewishly in Rhythms of Jewish Living.
This class has reached capacity. To be put on the wait list, please contact Leah Volynsky at 212-369-2600 x159 or lvolynsky@pasyn.org.

 

Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society

Wednesdays | beginning Feb 14 | 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Rabbi Shmuel Afek

This course offers a fresh and fascinating examination of Israeli society since the birth of the State in 1948. Participants encounter an Israeli society that is original, contemporary, honest and proud. Reflections of the mythic Israel are matched by poetry and prose that is challenging and self-critical, and both offer profound insight into the Israeli national psyche.
Register here.

 

The New York Jewish Experience: History, Culture, Community

Wednesdays | beginning Feb 14 | 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Dr. David Kaufman
Join historian Dr. David E. Kaufman in an exploration of the past and present of ‘the world’s greatest Jewish city,’ New York. Major themes include the extraordinary contributions of Jews to the popular culture of the city and beyond; and the equally impressive record of communal structure and religious institutions that Jews have built in their ‘golden city,’ rightly called ‘the Jerusalem of America.’ Throughout, we will examine the remarkable convergence between the age-old traditions of Jewish life and the modern urbanism of NYC in forming the ‘New York Jew.’ Classroom discussion will be supplemented by tours of New York Jewish historical sites—details tba.
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Pathways to Judaism: An Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays | continue Jan 10 | 6:45-8:45 pm | 18 sessions over the course of the year
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Shayna Golkow, Rabbinical Intern
Students will be introduced to Jewish thought, history, and practice; engaging the mind, heart, and soul. This enriching curriculum is for anyone who seeks deeper knowledge of Jewish life and wisdom, whether you are Jewish, are sharing your life with a Jew and/or raising Jewish children, or are considering conversion to Judaism?
If you are interested in signing up for this class, please email Rabbi Zuckerman at nzuckerman@pasyn.org or call 212.369.4900, x121. 
 

THURSDAY

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Thursdays | continues Jan 11 | 9:20-10:20 am
Debbie Cosgrove

Foundations of Jewish Family Living: Jewish Values for Parents to Share with Their Children provides parents with a thought-provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. Developed by the renowned Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the curriculum brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the profound messages they convey. This rich learning experience for adults gives you the language and the confidence to bring the Jewish conversation home to share with your young child, enabling you to be your children’s primary Jewish teacher. 
This class is full, please contact Leah Volynsky at lvolynsky@pasyn.org with further questions.

 

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Year 2

Thursdays | continues Jan 4 | 9:15-11:30
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Rabbi Bill Plevan

In Ethics of Jewish Living, students learn how Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, interpersonal relationships, end-of-life decisions and stem-cell research. Crossroads of Jewish History merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism. Prerequisite: completion of Year 1.  

 

Bereshit II: The Story of the First Jewish Family

Thursdays | beginning Feb 15 | 9:15-10:30 am
Rabbi Charlie Savenor

This course follows the development of the first Jewish family, from “The Birth of Two Nations” and “Stolen Blessings” to “Reunion in Egypt” and “Blessing the Grandchildren.” These stories of sibling rivalry, wrestling with an angel, palace seduction, rape, and reconciliation provide some of the most dramatic and iconic images that reverberate across the millennia.
Register here.

 

The Modern Jewish Experience: Text & Context

Thursdays | beginning Feb 15 | 9:15-10:30 am
Dr. David Kaufman
Unfolding over the past four centuries, the modern era has been “the best of times and the worst of times” for the Jewish people. We will read primary documents as windows into the various movements and trends that have made Jewish modernity both momentous and fascinating. By learning to apply a historical lens to modern Jewish culture, politics, and religion, we will better understand our personal experience of being a Jew in the twenty-first century.
Register here.

 

Library Lunch & Learn

First and third Thursdays of the month | 12:00-12:45 pm
Continues Jan 4, no class on Apr 5

Library Lunch & Learn now meets for 45-minute sessions on the first and third Thursdays of the month. On first Thursdays, a member of the PAS senior staff will lead the session; on third Thursdays, a DOROT staff member will lead. Sessions will cover topics ranging from Jewish history to current events. Join us, and bring a friend!

 

Insights from Israel

Thursdays | Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10 | 12:00–1:00 pm
Rabbi Michael Graetz

On second Thursday of the month, we explore the most pressing issues affecting Israel, meeting with Rabbi Graetz and his guests via video conferencing in the Rothschild Library. A co-founder of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel, Rabbi Graetz is and was guest scholar and interim rabbi at PAS in 2008-09.
 

FRIDAY

Talmud Torah

Fridays | continues Jan 5 | approx. 8:00 am, immediately after morning minyan 
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky 
We will read through passages of the Talmud page by page to explore the world of the Rabbis, their methodology, and how they shape us today.

 

Women in the Bible

Fridays | Jan 12 (Final fall session), Feb 2, Mar 16, May 4  | 9:15–10:15 am
Debbie Cosgrove
Learn the fascinating stories of the women in the Bible. Through engaging texts, we will study the lives of the familiar and not-so-familiar women who populate the biblical narrative.
Cost: $36/members; $46/general
Register here.
 

SATURDAY

Shaharit and Parashah Study

Shabbat/Saturdays | ongoing | 9:00 am
Join in a full and traditional P’sukei D’zimrah and Shaharit and an engaging study of the morning’s Torah portion.