Class

June 4 – Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot


After a two-year Covid hiatus, this incredible festival of diverse Jewish learning is back in person, in a condensed format, from 6:00 to 11:30pm.

Among the many fascinating sessions (and snacks!), our community will offer holiday ma’ariv/evening services (9:30pm on the MNjcc rooftop) and Rabbi Aaron will teach “When’s Shavuot?! Adventures in the Jewish Multiverse” (10:45pm in Robert Street Park at Sussex). In the event of rain, sessions will be held inside the MNjcc.

It’s free and open to all, but registration’s required by Friday afternoon. You won’t want to miss it!

May 18: Interfaith Couples’ Conversation: What’s Lag ba-Omer?

ALL* interfaith/intercultural/interracial couples** with one Jewish partner are invited to come together (virtually) to join our growing, warm community!

Get to know other interfaith couples and learn about the mysterious Jewish holiday of Lag ba-Omer!

*LGBTQ and straight couples warmly welcome!

**One or both partners of interfaith couples are welcome to join us.

Zoom link sent upon registration; look for an email from support@guestlist.co

Free – donations greatly appreciated.

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Presented in partnership with Jewish&

Every Tues: Takeout Torah Mini-Class

Photo of food in takeout carton

Every Tuesday in May
8:00-8:30pm
Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 894 1628 0680, Passcode: 71826613
Free – donations greatly appreciated!
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We’ll deliver Torah right to your home! We’ll focus on a brief piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) together with a commentary or midrash (interpretation). Through guided text study and discussion, we’ll arrive at an inspiring message we can apply in our lives.

Everyone is welcome!
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.

Weds, May 4 – June 22: 8 Prophets in 8 Weeks

cover of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's book "The Prophets"

8 Wednesdays, May 4 – June 22
12-1pm
Online

$120 for the series ($80 reduced rate available)
Registration Required
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What do our ancient Jewish prophets have to say to us? And why did Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel call the prophets “some of the most disturbing people who have ever lived”? Let’s delve into eight of their very shortest books to find out!

Each week, we’ll explore the historical context, literary features, soaring rhetoric, and personalities of one of eight books of the “minor” prophets of the Tanakh (Jewish Bible): Yoel, Ovadiah, Yonah, Nahum, Havakkuk, Tzefania, Haggai, and Malakhi.

We’ll both overview each book and engage in a close reading and discussion of key passages.

So we can make the most of our class time together, please prepare for class by reading that week’s prophet (only 1-4 chapters) in English, Hebrew, or whatever language you prefer. Reading from a print Tanakh is best (recommended: Robert Alter’s English translation or JPS Hebrew-English edition), but you can also find the JPS Hebrew-English free online.

No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required
Questions? Contact Rabbi Aaron

April 6: Interfaith Couples’ Conversation: Rock the Seder

Album cover from the Clash's single "Rock the Casbah," depicting a stereotyped Saudi man and a stereotyped Hasidic man dancing together

Wed, April 6
8-9:30pm

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Free – donations greatly appreciated!

Register Now!


Zoom link provided upon registration

ALL* interfaith/intercultural/interracial couples** with one Jewish partner are invited to come together (virtually) to join our growing, warm community!

Get to know other interfaith couples and learn how to rock your Passover seder!

By the end of this session, you’ll understand the seder steps and know some tips and tricks to make your seder fun and meaningful, for both adults and children. 

*LGBTQ and straight couples warmly welcome!
**One or both partners of interfaith couples are welcome to join us.

Presented in partnership with Jewish&

Register Now!

April 6: Min Hameitzar/From the Narrow Space:  Liberatory Halakhah from a Queer Lens

with Maayan Belding-Zidon

Headshot of Maayan Belding-Zidon

Wed, April 6
7:30-8:45pm

@Beth Tzedec – 1700 Bathurst
Free

Some tend to think of queerness and halakhah (Jewish law) as two things that are inherently opposed to one another. Passover teaches us, however, that narrowness and restriction is the starting point of our liberation.

In that spirit, we will study (in pairs and as a group) short Talmudic texts from a queer lens that will reveal dynamic and creative forces that shape our legal tradition. Together, we will consider the power of queering our collective norms to transform ourselves, the Jewish people, and the world.

Maayan will speak from a queer-normative lens and all are welcome.

Maayan Belding-Zidon (she/they) is a rabbinical student at Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. Born and raised on the lands of the Wappinger people in Hyde Park, NY, she has degrees in Modern Middle East Studies, Talmud and community management, and teaching English as a foreign language. Since moving to Israel in 2016, she has worked at a Bedouin elementary school, as a community coordinator for Masorti communities in Tel Aviv and Rehovot, and as an educator for Jewish young adults doing service in Israel. She lives in Rishon LeZion with her wife, Ronnie, and their three cats.

Presented by Beth Tzedec, Makom & Annex Shul

April 5: Understanding the Seder: Questioning + Freedom

Gain a deeper understanding of the seder and its linked themes of freedom and questioning.

Seder plate
Next Tues, April 5
8-9pm
Online via Zoom

Meeting ID: 894 1628 0680, Passcode: 71826613
Free donations greatly appreciated!
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Everyone is welcome!
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.

Takeout Torah Mini-Class

Photo of food in takeout carton
This Tues, Jan 18
8:00-8:30pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 894 1628 0680, Passcode: 71826613
Free donations greatly appreciated!
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We’ll deliver Torah right to your home! We’ll focus on a brief piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) together with a commentary or midrash (interpretation). Through guided text study and discussion, we’ll arrive at an inspiring message we can apply in our lives.

Everyone is welcome!
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.

March 13: The Torah of Ukraine: An Evening of Study & Solidarity

Sun, Mar 13
8:00-9:30pm
Online
Free

Registration Required
Closed Captioning & ASL Interpretation provided

You’re invited to an evening of study and solidarity, co-sponsored by Makom.

8:00pm Professor Susannah Heschel – The Torah of My Family, the Torah of Ukraine: Personal Reflections

8:30pm Rabbi David Maayan – Rebbe Nachman of Breslav’s Construction of the Autonomous Hasid

9:00pm Rabbi Ysoscher Katz – Lviv: An Eastern Torah Capital of 19th Century Europe?

Presented by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Yeshivat Maharat, Porat, International Rabbinic Fellowship & Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah

Every Tues: Takeout Torah Mini-Class

Photo of food in takeout carton
Every Tuesday
8:00-8:30pm

Online via Zoom
Meeting ID: 894 1628 0680, Passcode: 71826613
Free donations greatly appreciated!
Automatic Closed Captioning

We’ll deliver Torah right to your home! We’ll focus on a brief piece of the parashah (weekly Torah portion) together with a commentary or midrash (interpretation). Through guided text study and discussion, we’ll arrive at an inspiring message we can apply in our lives.

Everyone is welcome!
No prior Jewish study or Hebrew knowledge required.