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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


Conversational Chug Ivrit7:00-8:00pm

Harel Fenigstein

In this class, we read articles from the Israeli press, watch videos of news stories, documentaries, and comedy clips, listen to (and sing along!) to Israeli songs and chat in Ivrit. This year, we will have a special focus on Israeli poetry. 


The Marilyn and Sam Isler Studies on the Weekly Torah Portion

Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 10:30-11:30am


Beit Midrash Night

Chavurot led by shul member:

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.


Women's Talk Time

Ruth Reimer • 11:30am


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.

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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Mon, October 25 2021 19 Cheshvan 5782