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Weekly Learning at the Joseph Shapiro Institute


Coffee & Responsa

Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld 9:15-9:45am

Join Rabbi Rosenfeld on Sunday mornings after 8.30 am services for a journey through the fascinating and compelling world of rabbinic responsa literature, navigating the historical, sociological, and psychological nuances of the Halakhic process through study of a seminal responsum each week - all accompanied by a strong cup of delicious coffee or tea






Jewish Living Workshop7:30-8:30pm

Bill and Hadassa Greenbaum

The Jewish Living Workshop, a 10 session series, is a "hands-on" experience, we learn by doing. The workshop is free; register at


The Marilyn and Sam Isler Studies on the Weekly Torah Portion

Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 10:30-11:30am

Gemara b'Shana

Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 7-8:15pm

THE BRUCE RITHOLTZ TALMUD PROJECT:  A new kind of Gemara shiur, dedicated to the memory of Bruce Ritholtz a”h. The class will undertake the ambitious goal of studying and completing an entire tractate of Talmud each year followed by a siyum to mark its completion at the time of Bruce's yahrtzeit, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The class will be focused on a clear understanding of the text of the Gemara, together with in-depth explorations of selected topics followed by interactive dialogue through social media and email. This year we will be studying tractate Ta’anit.


Beit Midrash Night

Chavurot led by shul members:

Tanach Survey: The Books of Samuel and Kings • 7pm-8pm

Facilitated by Marcy Zwecker and Robyn Mitchnick: The growth and travails of the first Israeli kingdom. This group hopes to learn all of Prophets, 2 chapters per session.

Politics and Kingship: The Book of Samuel  7:30 -8:30pm

Led by Ron PlatzerAdultery, Incest, Rebellion: The Travails of David, the Greatest Jewish King. A great story, complex characters, a subtle, sophisticated text.




Beit Midrash Night

Chavurot led by shul members and clergy  8:40-9:40pm

The Subversive Religious Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

Facilitated by Sara Brzowsky.  We continue to analyze the Israeli poet's final masterpiece, Patuach Sagur Patuach.


The Jacob Adler Parsha Class

Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 7:30pm

Join Senior Rabbi Shaul Robinson for an exciting and timely look at the weekly portion utilizing contemporary and ancient commentators to uncover new depth in Torah study.

Cholent Chabura

Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld • 8:45pm

Welcome Shabbat early and explore a challenging new topic in Jewish thought each week in this informal and friendly gathering.  Note: Chabura meets in private residence.


Check out our special Beginners Classes and Programs including Intro to Judaism and Hebrew Reading Crash Course (Levels 1 and 2).

Please check out our full calendar for specific dates on each of these classes.  Times and teachers are subject to change based on availability. 

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Wed, November 20 2019 22 Cheshvan 5780