Lehrhaus Judaica – Jewish Learning

Lehrhaus Adult Education Special Series

Big Questions: Exploring Judaism through a Denominational Lens
Saturdays, Feb. 23, Mar. 23, Apr. 13, May 11, Jun. 22, 12:45pm

How do different movements within Judaism answer life's big questions? In this course, taught by CRRI Steven Philp, explore how Jews have grappled with topics like God, revelation, good versus evil, and peoplehood - and see what conclusions we might come to ourselves. Class will take place after services, so grab your lunch and join us! No registration required.

Animals in the Jewish Tradition
4 Consecutive Tuesdays, beginning April 2, 6:30pm to 7:45pm

In this heart-engaged and text-based course taught by CRRI Deborah Megdal, we'll set a kavannah (intention) of blessing animals as fellow creations with whom we share the world and whose place in our tradition is deserving of study. We will review Biblical and rabbinic texts that see animals as possessing certain spiritual qualities and human traits, as legally responsible for their own actions, and even as sources of prophecy. We will find guidance on how to treat animals today (spoiler alert: with profound mercy) based on traditional texts detailing how to care for working animals and how to capture wild animals; questioning whether we have an obligation to help others care for their animals; and arguing that animal rest is an essential piece of Shabbat practice. We will also discuss the values that underlie the laws of kashrut, including kosher slaughter. All texts will be presented with full English translation alongside the original. No previous background required. Register.

Weekly Torah/Talmud Study

Thursdays, beginning January 10, 6:30pm, 130 West 30th Street
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz leads this text-based, “Mishmar,” study in two parts. In the first hour, trans and non-binary participants are invited to study Parashat Hashavua (the weekly Torah portion). Everyone of every gender identity is welcome to the second hour in which we will study Talmud. All backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to attend, including beginners, and there are no pre-requisite skills required. Register.

Classes run regularly every Thursday beginning January 10. Parashat Hashavua (weekly Torah portion) study for trans and non-binary participants begins at 6:30pm. Talmud study open to everyone of every gender identity begins at 7:45pm.

These study sessions are free of charge and contributions will benefit Trans Jews Are Here programming. CBST recommends regular attendance especially for Talmud study, but drop-ins are always welcome.

Please note: the January 17th class will begin earlier at 6:00 PM with Parashat Hashavua (weekly Torah portion) study for trans and non-binary participants. Then at 7:00 PM, instead of Talmud study, all are welcome to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day LGBTQ Multi-faith Celebration upstairs in the sanctuary.


With thanks to our wonderful Lehrhaus Adult Education Committee Members
Steve Fruh
Hanna Gafni
Judy Hollander
Nora Isacoff
Joanne Jacobson
Marty Perl
Stuart Stern
Elizabeth Unruh
Marc Waldor