Lehrhaus Judaica Adult Education 5783

We are excited to announce registration has opened for the 5783 Fall Term of Adult Education at CBST! See below for current and upcoming classes. For questions or information about any of our CBST classes, please email Miya Rotstein, Coordinator of Adult and Teen Education at mrotstein@cbst.org 

Please note our Zoom Instructions & Etiquette »

Ongoing Classes 

Class recordings are available for two weeks following the class date and can be found here

Intro to Mishnah with Rabbi Moskowitz - Register Now »
Monday – Thursday, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Intro to Mishnah is an opportunity to explore the transmission of the Oral Torah. We will be studying tractate Sukkah which focuses on the upcoming holiday of Sukkot and the construction of a Sukkah. 

Advanced Level Talmud Study with Rabbi Moskowitz
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
This in-depth group studies advanced Talmud with Rabbi Moskowitz on a weekly basis. The group is for advanced students who have demonstrated a certain level of proficiency. 

Feminist Parashat HaShavuah - Register Now »
Fridays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Taught by CRPEI Avigayil Halpern, via Zoom
This weekly text-based class, taught by Cooperberg-Rittmaster Pastoral and Educational Intern Avigayil Halpern, will examine the Torah portion through a feminist lens. Each class will include sourcesheets and discussion time.

Allyship & Jewish Text - Register Now »
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Taught by Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, via Zoom
This exciting new textual series will explore different aspects of allyship within each week’s Torah portion. Studying insights from tradition will help frame and inform our contemporary outlook on allyship as spiritual practice. This course is open to all, including beginners. 

Stories from the Talmud - Register Now »
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Nov 1, 8, 29; Dec 6, 13, 20 [class skips Nov 15, 22]
Taught by Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, via Zoom
Focused on the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, found in Tractate Gitten, this in-depth and slow study of the narrative of two people who chose not to get along will address ongoing issues of division and marginalization in today’s world. In learning from the wisdom of the commentaries we will find helpful ways of restoring love and humanity in society. This course is open to all, including beginners. Members of Executive Committee and Board are welcome to sessions before the monthly meetings of both.

Board Study Session
5:30 - 5:55 p.m. before each CBST Board Meeting
Taught by Rabbi Mike Moskowitz 
Rabbi Moskowitz leads a study session for the CBST Board of Directors before each board meeting. This class is offered exclusively to the CBST Board of Directors.

Fall Term Classes 

Registration has closed for the Fall Term. 

Jews in New York in Literature
Mondays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Oct 31; Nov 7, 21, 28; Dec 12, 26
Taught by Rabbi Marisa James, via Zoom
From Emma Lazarus to Cynthia Ozick to Michael Chabon, it’s hard to imagine reading a book or a poem about New York without Jews strolling through the lines. In six sessions, we’ll visit with writers from the 19th century to the present whose New York scenes included Jewish life, present and past. All readings (largely excerpts!) will be shared ahead of time with those who register.

Adult B*Mitzvah Class - D'var Torah Writing
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.​ - Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Dec 6, 13, 20
Taught by Rabbi Yael Werber and CBST Educator Miya Rotstein, via Zoom
This class will focus on learning how to read Torah with a critical lens. We begin with a history of Torah commentators through the ages and move towards the creation of your personal D'var Torah. Some classes will offer opportunities to work in break-out rooms with your smaller cohort. This class is offered exclusive to, and required for, those in the Adult B*Mitzvah cohort. 

Close Text study of Sefer Bereshit / Book of Genesis
Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15 p.m. - Nov 2, 9, 23, 30; Dec 7, 14; Jan 4, 11, 18, 25 [class skips Nov 16, Dec 21, 28]
Taught by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, via Zoom
We will start at the beginning of the book and work though line by line in Hebrew and English. No experience necessary. Based on class interest, we will add a preparation chavruta or group study session each week. 

Intro to Hebrew
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec 7, 14, 21
Taught by CRRI Adam Graubart, via Zoom
Have you always wanted to learn how to read Hebrew and begin to make sense of the prayers and blessings you have come to recognize at services? Join Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Adam Graubart on this journey to learn Hebrew from Alef to Tav! Using “Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, Book 1” as our textbook, this 8 week class will give you the fundamental tools to read Hebrew and begin to learn grammar and some basic root structures of this beautiful, ancient language.

Prayerbook Hebrew Continued
Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 [no class on Thanksgiving]; Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Taught by CBST Educator Miya Rotstein, via Zoom 
This class will focus on learning Hebrew grammar and build a base for understanding the prayers in our Siddur. Using Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way  as our primary textbook, this weekly class will also give time for reading practice and root word review. This class a continuation from winter 2022 and will begin with a 2 session review of all vocabulary and grammar from chapters 1-8. This class is open to all! New students must have completed the 'Aleph isn't Tough' textbook or equivalent beginner level Liturgical Hebrew class. 

Cantillation Check-in for Adult B*Mitzvah Students
Individualized Cantillation sessions with Cantor Sam Rosen or CBST Educator Miya Rotstein to work on each Adult BM student's leyning portion leading up to their Adult BM date. 


CBST Classes on Zoom

Zoom Instructions & Etiquette

  • All classes & programs will be locked at their start time. Please arrive 10 minutes early. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible experience for program participants & leaders.
  • MUTE your computer microphone, phone or other device until you are invited to speak.
  • To protect the sacred nature of our services, classes, & programs, please make sure that when you join us via Zoom, that your “display name” is updated (i.e. not whatever default your device might set like “iPhone6” etc.).
  • As in our Sanctuary, no photography is allowed.