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Brotherhood Synagogue

**Please check our Weekly Mail and Monthly Bulletin for the latest on Adult Ed classes we are offering over the Summer and Fall and for registration details.

We invite you to experience Judaism on a new level. You can take a
year-long course or a single class, come to a four-session series or attend a once-a-month discussion group. Classes, lectures, concerts, and tours are all opportunities to deepen your connection to Judaism. We offer classes at all levels of learning. You are welcome to participate in any course or event no matter your prior Jewish educational background. Our clergy, teachers, and guest speakers are dedicated to helping you develop and strengthen your relationship to Judaism.

  • Torah Study: With Phil Rothman

    Mondays, 5:00–6:00 pm (ongoing beginning January 27)


    We will complete our study of the Book of Genesis.


    This course is conveniently scheduled for parents waiting for their children studying in our Hebrew School.


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  • Jewish Current Events: With Phil Rothman

    7:00–8:00 pm (8 Mondays beginning January 27)


    How does Jewish law (halacha) relate to such topics as: opening the refrigerator on Shabbat; givinat akun (meals prepared by a non-Jew); the controversial aspect of the Kol Nidre prayer.
    We will discuss these and other topics of interest from a halachic perspective.


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  • Prayerbook Hebrew: With Phil Rothman

    8:00–9:00 pm (8 Mondays beginning January 27)


    Now that you’ve learned all the Hebrew letters, it’s time to get familiar with Hebrew words and begin developing a Hebrew vocabulary. This course offers a fun introduction to the words of familiar prayers and an understanding of the prayers’ history and meaning.


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  • Harmoni-AH! The Brotherhood Synagogue Congregational Choir:

    With Cantor Isaac Yager

    Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 pm, ongoing


    Jewish music offers a rich selection of choral music that can greatly enhance our spiritual experience. After strengthening our group sound through listening and vocal exercises, the choir will begin to tap into some of this music in a manner that is accessible for participants with advanced or no musical background. The choir will also have opportunities to perform this music for the community throughout the year, performance dates TBD. Our congregational choir is open to everyone at all levels of experience. There is no charge for this class.

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  • Enlivening Your Passover Seder: With Rabbi Daniel Alder

    Tuesdays, 7:30–8:30 pm (4 Tuesdays beginning March 3)


    We will discuss how to better engage the seder participants through tales, texts and activities.
    By encouraging fresh perspectives and lively dialogue, we hope to make the ritual less rote and help you feel as if you personally had gone out of Egypt. There is no charge for this class.


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  • Intensive Learning Class: Biblical Characters Outside the Bible

    With Alex P. Jassen, Chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University

    8 Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30 pm

    February 5, 12 & 26  •  March 11,18 & 25  •  April 22 & 29

    Cost: $200


    This course explores the portrait of biblical characters found in the literature of Second Temple Judaism: the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the writings of Philo and Josephus. These later texts craft expanded portraits of biblical characters for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they create backstories or parallel stories in order to respond to glaring challenges or inconsistencies in the Bible. Other times, these texts provide a richer portrait of an otherwise underdeveloped biblical character. At times, the later texts seek to make the biblical characters and their stories more entertaining and relevant for their readers. Biblical characters who will be discussed include: Adam and Eve, Enoch, Noah, Joseph and Aseneth, Miriam, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. We will also explore how the Bible — as we know it today — came to be and why many of the texts we are reading ultimately were excluded from the canon and how we still know about them today.


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  • Interfaith Study: With Rabbi Daniel Alder and Rev. Jacob Smith of Calvary/St. George’s

    Wednesdays, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  (4 Wednesdays beginning March 4)


    Join in a study of the Passover and Easter holidays from their origins in the Bible to their practice today.  We will examine the relevant texts from both Jewish and Christian perspectives. Classes meet alternately at the Brotherhood Synagogue and Calvary Church, 61 Gramercy Park North.  The first meeting will be at the synagogue.  There is no charge for this class.

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  • Lessons with Cantor Yager

    By appointment


    Individual lessons with Cantor Yager are available for those interested in learning how to chant Torah, Haftarah, Megillat Esther, and/or other trope systems. Lessons can also focus on the mechanics and style of prayer leading. This can include learning individual prayers or even parts of an entire Shabbat service.  No experience with chanting and/or service leading required. A familiarity with the Hebrew alphabet is useful but not necessary. Though not required, those wishing to lead at Shabbat and/or Holiday services are welcome to work towards this goal.


    To learn more, please contact Cantor Isaac Yager directly at cantor@brotherhoodsynagogue.org


  • Lunch & Learn: Torah Portion of the Week with Phil Rothman

    Thursdays, 12:00–1:30 pm  (ongoing)


    Join in a discussion of the Torah Portion of the Week. Fellowship and cookies provided but BYOL (Bring your own lunch).

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Adult Education - Summer/Fall 2020**