Programs and Classes

The Beginners program, one of the gems of Lincoln Square Synagogue, is still going strong after more than 40 years. 

Led by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, the LSS Beginners program has achieved wide acclaim and is replicated throughout the Jewish world. 

While the centerpiece of the program is the Shabbat Beginners Service, the service is supplemented by many additional educational and social programs, such as: The Introduction to Bible class, Crash Courses in Hebrew Reading, Basic Judaism and Jewish History, monthly Beginners luncheons, holiday Shabbatonim, Beginners Shmoozes, and holiday parties.

Please see below for descriptions of programs and classes.

Upcoming Events 

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 EVENT DATES:

Chanukah Party - December 18, 2017

Beginners Shabbat Luncheon - January 6, 2018

Beginners Shabbat Luncheon - February 3, 2018

Introduction to Bible Class - February 13, 2018 @ 6:30pm (8 sessions)

Purim Party - February 28, 2018

Beginners Shabbat Luncheon - March 3, 2018

Beginners Schmooze - March 5, 2018

Shabbat Across America - March 9, 2018

Model Seder - March 22, 2017

Beginners Passover Shabbaton - March 23, 2018 & March 24, 2018

Beginners Shabbat Luncheon - May 5, 2018

Beginners Schmooze - May 7, 2018

Shavuot-All Night Learn In - May 19, 2018

LAST CALL - Beginners Shabbat Luncheon - June 2, 2108

FIRST CALL - Beginners Shabbat Luncheon - September 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Shabbat Morning Services for Beginners

Imagine a Sabbath service designed for people who know little or nothing about Jewish prayers.That’s what the Beginners Service is all about—an anxiety-free "No Hebrew Necessary" prayer experience that will keep you looking forward to Saturday mornings. Open, honest discussions provide the opportunity to consider the questions you have always had about being Jewish. And there’s nothing more comforting than knowing that everyone at the Beginners Service is a "Beginner.

Saturday Mornings, 9:15 AM-Noon

Free

Beginners High Holiday Services

At last, the High Holidays Service for those who aren't so High on the Holidays! This Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, treat yourself to Lincoln Square Synagogue's "High Holidays Beginners Service," The High Holidays will never be the same. Conducted by Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald & Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Reich.

Please click  here for registration and times.

High Holidays Beginners Services @ Lincoln Square Synagogue in Beit Midrash (second floor).

 

No one will be turned away for lack of funds

For reservations, please call 212-874-6100 or click here to reserve online.

Shabbat Luncheons for Beginners

Follow-up the Beginners Service with an extra treat at the almost monthly Shabbat Beginners luncheons. Shabbat rituals and traditions are explained and taught. Divrei Torah messages are shared and traditional and modern zmirot are sung.

Cost is $25

Please click on date to register

 November 4, 2017 January 6, 2018;  February 3, 2018 March 3, 2018;  May 5, 2018; June 2, 2018 (LAST CALL) & September 1, 2018 (FIRST CALL)

Beginners Schmooze

An intimate discussion group for Beginners and former Beginners, devoted to specific topics and/or issues that affect the lives of those who wish to grow in their religious knowledge and/or observance. Refreshments will be served.

DATE: November 6, 2017; March 5, 2018 & May 7, 2018

Free. No registration required.

Holiday Parties

Lively Beginners parties celebrating our special holidays. Includes dinner, live music and home-grown entertainment.

 Offered Annually:

Sukkah Party @ KJ (Ramaz Middle School)

October 10, 2017

Please click here to register and click here for more information.

Email beginners@ckj.org or call
 212-774-5678

Chanukah Party 

December 18, 2017

Please click here for registration and information.

 Call LSS at 212-874-6100

Purim Party
 

February 28, 2018

Please click  here for registration and information.

The Jewish Living Workshop - August 28, 2017                                                  

Led by Dassa and Bill Greenbaum

 

"Hands on" Jewish Living Experience.  We learn by doing.  Participants experience Judaism outside the synagogue on a practical level. The goal is to aid any Jew to become personally involved in aspects of Jewish ritual and living at their own pace. The workshop is free.  A few sessions will require a modest fee for materials.  To inquire more information, please send an email to JLworkshop@yahoo.com.

Please click here for flyer and click here for the schedule.

To register please click here.

 

Beginners Shabbaton

Celebrate a joyous, full Shabbat experience together with the rabbis and cantor of Lincoln Square. Intended for participants in LSS Beginners programs. Includes Friday night & Shabbat dinners and exciting classes with LSS rabbis and teachers.

Offered before Chanukah and Passover Annually

Hebrew Classes

Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level I 

Level I is designed for Jews who have little or no background in Hebrew, and focuses on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and reading skills. Five 1-1/2 Hour Weekly Sessions.  

Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II   

Level II is a five session follow-up class for the “graduates” of the Level I Hebrew Reading Crash Course, who can recognize the Hebrew alphabet and wish to advance their Hebrew reading and comprehension skills. Five 1-1/2 Hour Weekly Sessions. 

One Day Review 

The One Day Review is designed for those who wish to brush up on their skills by reviewing the letters, vowels and words learned in the HRCC Level I. One 1-1/2 Hour Session.

Model Seder with Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald and Cantor Sherwood Goffin

Join us for an intimate and exciting pre-Passover rendition of the traditional Passover Seder. Learn the skills of conducting a meaningful and joyous seder for your friends and family. Bring your recorders to capture the explanations, anecdotes and songs.

Co-sponsored by NJOP

Please click here to register.

 

All Night Shavuot Learn-In with Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald - May 19, 2018

Celebrate and commemorate the giving of the Torah at Sinai over 3300 years ago by staying up all night learning Torah.

General class starts: 11:30 PM
Beginners class starts: 12:45 AM

 

Introduction To The Bible with Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald

FALL TERM - OCTOBER 17, 2017

This course provides a general overview of the content and style of the Bible. We will review basic literary and theological approaches to Bible study, traditional and modern, through the analysis of the Biblical text.

SPRING TERM - FEBRUARY 13, 2018

An in-depth study and analysis of the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments) and other basic biblical texts. The religious significance of the Bible, scriptural exegesis and the relationship of the written and oral law will be discussed and analyzed.

 

Class is free for LSS members, $90 for non-members

Parashat HaShavua - Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch Bible Class

Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald
Enjoy an animated and insightful exposition of a cogent lesson drawn from the weekly Torah portion. Class meets every Shabbat and most holidays.
September - June
Free


After Sukkot and during Standard Time,
45 minutes before Mincha (Shabbat and holiday afternoon service)
1 hour before Mincha during Daylight Savings Time until Sukkot.
See weekly synagogue schedule or call 212-874-6100 to confirm

No one will be turned away from these programs for lack of funds. For additional information, or to be placed on the LSS Beginners mailing list, please call the Lincoln Square office at 212-874-6100 or email info@lss.org. One may also request to receive Bereshith, a free quarterly newsletter written for beginners, by beginners and published by the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) at info@lss.org.

Sun, December 17 2017 29 Kislev 5778