Lehrhaus Judaica – Jewish Learning

Welcome! Whether you're new to CBST classes or are continuing your studies, CBST's doors (and our zooms) are open to you! 

Please note: All classes & programs will be locked at their start time. Please arrive 10 minutes early. If you arrive after the start time, and are not admitted you can catch up via our recordings archive. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible experience for program participants & leaders.

Lehrhaus Judaica 5781 Spring Courses

Starting the week of April 12th, engage in an 8-week course of study with CBST's rabbis and educators! Take the next step in your Hebrew learning, study the Shabbat Siddur, acquire the sacred skill of chanting Hebrew scriptures, or discover Yiddish literature and language – all online at CBST. Full schedule for each class is listed in each class description below. 

Tuition for classes is set at $180 (or $72 for CBST Members), with the exception of Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum's Intro to Yiddish Lit & Culture course, which is $350 (or $72 for CBST Members). Any CBST member who needs to set up a payment plan or discuss a tuition adjustment can email Jesse Katz at jkatz@cbst.org. In the same spirit, we ask that those who are able to contribute above the base tuition please consider a donation to support other students in CBST’s adult learning programs now and into the future.

Hebrew classes will continue and students will receive registration information directly from their class instructors.

Registration Deadline: Class rosters close on Friday, April 16. 


Tuesdays, 5pm to 6:15pm, beginning 4/13
Schedule: 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 [cancelled in observance of Shavuot], 5/25, 6/1, 6/8

Experience a taste of Yiddish culture through poetry and short stories, taught by CBST's Senior Rabbi (and devoted Yiddishist), Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. With texts offered in translation, this introduction to Yiddish culture through the lens of literature is open to all: those who are brand new to Yiddish as well as those seeking a deeper understanding of this chapter of Jewish history and literature.
Register Here.
Reading List: Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories by Sholem Aleichem. Any edition is fine; one purchase option here.  A Treasury of Yiddish Stories by Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg. Any edition is fine; one purchase option here.


Wednesdays, 11am to 12:30pm, beginning 4/14
Schedule: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2

Biblical Hebrew – as we chant from the Sefer Torah and read in the book of Psalms – serves as the foundation for later prayer book and modern Hebrew. Biblical Hebrew has its own distinct grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Enrich your Hebrew skills from these primary texts with CBST Educator Miya Rotstein in this immersive course!
This is an advanced Hebrew class for those who have completed Alef Isn't Tough, or who have prior Hebrew study and are comfortable reading Hebrew with vowels.
Register Here.
Purchase Your Textbook Here.


Wednesdays, 6 pm to 7 pm, beginning 4/14
Schedule: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2

Join CBST's Associate Rabbi Yael Rapport for an in-depth study of the prayers of the Shabbat morning service. How did Shabbat worship take its shape? What can we learn about the poetry and politics of Jewish history through the Hebrew language used in our prayers? Develop a more intimate and familiar relationship with the Shabbat Morning service in particular, and by extension, all Hebrew prayer! Open to all Hebrew levels.
Register Here.


Thursdays, 6pm to 7:15pm, beginning 4/15
Schedule: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3

Learn the basics of leyning Torah, or refresh your knowledge of the trope system, under the guidance of CBST Educator Jack Greenberg. This course will cover all the trope melodies used in standard cantillation for readings from the Torah on Shabbat and Festivals. Audio/visual resources will be provided to support your study. Based on demand, additional sections of the class may be added to ensure that instruction is kept in small groups.
CBST is proud that Torah and Haftarah are regularly read by lay members of the congregation at our services. This class will prepare you to begin to chant Torah at CBST. We are always ready to welcome new leyners!
This is an advanced Hebrew class for those who have completed Alef Isn't Tough, or who have prior Hebrew study and are comfortable reading Hebrew with vowels.
Register Here. Course materials will be provided to class registrants.

Lehrhaus Judaica 5781 Winter - Spring Hebrew Courses


Ongoing Text Study Classes

Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum - Monday through Thursday, 9:45 am to 10:45 am
Rabbi Kleinbaum brings a life-long love of the Psalms to this class for a deep study of the texts in Hebrew and English. The class looks at a variety of translations and discusses the meaning of these sacred poems to us today and how they've inspired worship and music. Students are encouraged to produce and share writings, music and art inspired by their own reading of the Psalms. Some knowledge of Hebrew is useful but not necessary. If you are intending to attend this class regularly, please email Jkatz@cbst.org to be placed on the class email list, and join the class Facebook page. No registration is required, but a contribution at your discretion to Adult Education at CBST is appreciated. Click here to make a contribution towards Psalms Study. 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/513468144
Meeting ID: 513 468 144
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Talmud Study with Rabbi Moskowitz - Mon-Thurs, 3 pm to 3:45 pm 
This Talmud Study group meets regularly to study with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz.
Please note: Registration is currently closed. If you are interested in joining a wait list for the next class in Talmud to open please write to Jkatz@cbst.orgSome Hebrew Language background is helpful, but not required.

Connecting in Community​ with Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal - Fridays, 3 pm to 4 pm 
In these challenging times, we show up for each other with an open heart and loving presence. Join Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal for a short text study and discussion in small groups, as we transition into Shabbat. Newcomers and “drop-ins” always welcome! No registration required. Fridays, 3pm-4pm. 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/256347787
Meeting ID: 256 347 787
Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Consider a contribution to support Educational Initiatives at CBST and your Jewish learning opportunities.

Participating via Zoom: Most of our programming is conducted online via Zoom, so please be sure to read up on our Zoom Instructions & Etiquette for ParticipantsMUTE your computer microphone, phone or other device until you are invited to speak. Zoom is a free technology for calling and videoconferencing. You do not need a personal Zoom account to use it. Zoom has step-by-step instructions hereThis is also a good guide to using Zoom.

Check our calendar for ongoing programming!

For class recordings, please click here.