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Brotherhood Synagogue

Education:Adult Education


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 October 28)


    We will complete the Book of Deuteronomy and begin the Book of Genesis — from the death of Moses and back to Creation. 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 October 28)


    How does Jewish law (halacha) relate to such topics as: judging transgressions in the absence of witnesses; fertility treatment on Shabbat; sitting or standing for the reading of the Torah; what does the Talmud say about January 1, and others. Discuss these and other topics of interest from a halachic perspective.

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  • Learn to Read Hebrew: With Phil Rothman

    8:00–9:00 pm (8 Mondays beginning October 28)


    Have you always wanted to read Hebrew but keep putting it off? Have you lost the Hebrew reading skills of your youth? This is an easy and fun introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and reading words. Learn the Hebrew alphabet and vowels while building up a very basic Hebrew vocabulary.

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  • Harmoni-AH! The Brotherhood Synagogue Congregational Choir:

    With Cantor Isaac Yager & Meredeth Kelly

    Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 pm  (ongoing beginning October 29)


    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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  • Talmud Tales, Timeless Teachings: With Rabbi Daniel Alder

    Tuesdays, 7:30–8:30 pm (7 Tuesdays beginning October 29)


    We will focus on both famous and little-known stories from the Talmud, analyzing the tales in their original contexts, exploring their cultural meanings and literary artistry, and illuminating their relevance to us today. We will study the texts in English translation.


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  • Intensive Learning Class: The Sabbath Through History:

    With David Kraemer, Director of The Jewish Theological Seminary Library

    8 Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30 pm October 23 – December 18 (except November 27)

    Cost: $200


    There is no more meaningful and consequential Jewish institution than the Sabbath. But the Sabbath has been understood in different ways, observed in different ways, and embodied different values, through our history. By examining the various Sabbaths that Jews have observed, we will understand Jews and their values — in different times and places — as well as we could through any other lens.

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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 October 30)


    Join in a study of the Gospel of Matthew — which scholars believe was synthesized with the Book of Exodus, making it the “41st chapter” of the book of Exodus. We will examine the text 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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  • Fundamentals of Trope: With Cantor Isaac Yager

    Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (8 Wednesdays beginning October 30)


    Learn to chant and/or strengthen your existing Torah and Haftarah chanting skills in this class which will serve as both an introduction to and a continuing exploration of ta`amei ha-mikra (aka trope), the ancient system of musical notation that guides us in our ability to chant Torah, Haftarah, and megillot. No experience with chanting required, but a familiarity with the Hebrew alphabet is suggested. Though not required, those wishing to chant Torah and/or Haftarah will have the opportunity to do so at synagogue services.

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

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


    Fellowship and cookies provided but BYOL (bring our own lunch).

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Adult Education - Fall 2019