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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 


All classes are tentative, pending state COVID 19 regulations and updated synagogue policies.  Some classes may be offered on Zoom.  Please check back for the most up to date information.



The Beginners Service will meet weekly from 9:30-12:00 pm in the Pre-Function Room (Lower Level 1, next to the Ballroom).  
Click here for more information and to register!

 Don't Miss Rabbi Buchwald's Zoom class on the weekly Torah portion, Thursday Nights @ 7:15pm-8:15pm. Please note new time. Click here to register. 


Jewish Living Workshop (FALL 2021) - August 23, 2021 @ 7:30pm via Zoom (IN PROGRESS) THERE IS NO CLASS ON OCTOBER 25,2021

Introduction to Bible (FALL) - October 5, 2021 @ 6:30pm (8 sessions)

Beginners Luncheon - November 6, 2021

Beginners Schmooze - November 8, 2021 @ 8:15pm (Monday evening)

Chanukah Shabbaton - November 26, 2021 & November 27, 2022

Chanukah Party - December 1, 2021 (Wednesday night)

Beginners Luncheon - January 1, 2022

Introduction to Bible (SPRING) - February 1, 2022 @ 6:30pm (8 sessions)

Beginners Luncheon - February 5, 2022

Shabbat Across America - March 4, 2022

Beginners Luncheon - March 5, 2022

Beginners Schmooze - March 7, 2022 @ 8:15pm (Monday evening)

Purim Party - March 16, 2022 (Wednesday night)

Passover Shabbaton - April 8, 2022 & April 9, 2022

Model Seder - April 11, 2022 (Monday night)

Beginners Luncheon - May 7, 2022

Shavuot All Night Learn In - June 4, 2022 

FINAL Beginners Luncheon - June 11, 2022

FIRST Beginners Luncheon - September 3, 2022

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.


The Beginners Service will meet weekly from 9:30-12:00 pm in the Pre-Function Room (Lower Level 1, next to the Ballroom).  Click here for more information.                                           


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


.Rosh Hashana

Yom Kippur

No one will be turned away for lack of funds


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

 October 9, 2021, November 6, 2021, January 1, 2022, February 5, 2022, March 5, 2022, May 7, 2022, FINAL LUNCHEON - June 11, 2022 & FIRST LUNCHEON - September 3, 2022

All classes are tentative, pending state COVID 19 regulations and updated synagogue policies.  Some classes may be offered on Zoom.  Please check back for the most up to date information.

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.

October 4, 2021, November 8, 2021, March 7, 2022 & May 9, 2022


Holiday Parties

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

 Offered Annually:

Chanukah Party - December 1, 2021 (Wednesday night)

Purim Party - March 16, 2022 (Wednesday night)

The Jewish Living Workshop                                                  

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


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 

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

April 11, 2022

All Night Shavuot Learn-In with Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald 

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

June 4, 2022


Introduction To The Bible with Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald

FALL TERM 2021 - October 5, 2021

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 2022 - February 1, 2022

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

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.

SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Weekly discussion of Torah Portion takes place on Zoom every Thursday at 7:15 PM. Click here for more information.

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 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

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