Adult Education

Adult Learning at PAS
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

Expressions of Welcoming: Interfaith Art Project
Tue | Sep 24 | 7:15 pm | Ellen Alt | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center
Wed | Sep 25 | 11:00 am | Ellen Alt | Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center

To celebrate our homecoming and the rededication of the 87th Street building, the Arts Engagement Committee invites adult members of PAS to join in an interfaith art project focused on Welcoming Guests. The project will bring us together with members of other faith institutions in our neighborhood to create a community art piece expressing the images and words of welcome found in each of our various traditions. The artwork will be displayed at the November 19 interfaith concert “Lift Every Voice” led by acclaimed producers Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew and featuring Cantor Azi Schwartz and other PAS clergy.

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Open to all adult members. Participate in either the evening or the daytime workshop; the activity will be the same at both.

High Holiday Learning

Midtown Lunch & Learn: Preparing for the High Holidays
Wed | Sep 11, 18, 25 | 12:30 pm | RSVP for location
Rabbi Philp, Rabbi Savenor and Rabbi Zuckerman

Bring your lunch and engage in study and lively discussion of texts and practices that relate to the yamim nora’im, the Days of Awe.
Cost: Free/members; $18/general
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Selihot Learning
This Too is Holy: Bringing Your Full Self to Selihot
Sat | Sep 21 | 8:00 pm | Location TBA
Rabbi Philp

Welcome Rabbi Philp to PAS and learn with him as we anticipate the Days of Awe. During this season, we reflect on past errors and commit to becoming our best selves in the new year. But what about parts of ourselves that are difficult to piece back together or wounds that need more time to heal? Explore what Judaism teaches about our rough edges and consider what this tells us about the process of teshuvah.

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.

Community Read & Author Event

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.