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                   Weekly  Learning Opportunities

There are times when, for various reasons, classes may be canceled. If you would like to confirm that any particular class is indeed taking place please call the shul office at 212-874-6100.


  •  Rabbi Rosenfeld’s Shiur on Rabbinic Responsa • 9:15am-10:00am  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
  •  Drisha @ LSS; 10:00-11:30am. Sefer Devarim: Prohpet, King, Judge and Priest in the Covenantal Community Taught by David Silber. 10 sessions: Feb 4-April 29. Cost: LSS members: $125, Non LSS members: $250 Enter coupon code “lss” for LSS member rate. Register at Rm LL201
  •  Sunday Morning Beit Midrash Program; 10:15am– 11:45am. Come and join our Rabbinic interns as we begin a new season of the Beit Midrash program. Participants will have the choice of two different tracks of learning: Jewish Philosophy and Halacha. Both groups will learn in study groups in the Beit Midrash to create the best learning atmosphere. Breakout discussions and lectures will follow.


  • Hebrew Reading Crash Course Levels I & II • 6:30pm-8:00pm- Rm LL201 and Rm 211

    Level I is designed for Jews who have little to no background in Hebrew and focuses on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and reading skills. Level II is a follow up class for the “graduates” of Level I, who can recognize the Hebrew alphabet and wish to advance their Hebrew reading and comprehension skills. Both courses are five 1.5 hour weekly sessions, free of charge and open to all. Register online at or call NJOP at 646-871-4444

  • Jewish Living Workshop • 7:30pm-8:30pm- Rm 208 (Starting August 28)

    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 Hebrew • 7:00pm- Rm 207
  • “The Philosophy of…Purim: The Holiest of the Year? And Pesach: These Songs of Freedom” Led by Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld; 8:00pm-9:00pm.Can we approach the upcoming holidays with an expanded consciousness of their significance and meaning? Join Rabbi Rosenfeld to study and reveal the inner dimension of Pesach. Experience Pesach with fresh understanding and insight, courtesy of exciting thinkers like Rav Yitzchak Hutner, Rav Shagar, Rebbe Nachman and others. Remaining Classes: Mondays, March, 12, 19. Belfer Beit Midrash.


  • Talmud Class for Women Studying Mesechet Ketubot led by Rachel Rosenthal, PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at JTS; 8:00am– Rm LL202. The course focuses on both content and skill building. Students are expected to participate in reading and some translation of the text. As this is an ongoing class, attendance every week is expected.
  • The Marilyn & Sam Isler Studies in the Weekly Parsha Class with Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 10:30am-11:30am- Beit Midrash
  • Beginners: Introduction to Bible: The 10 Commandments with Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald •  6:30pm-8:00pm. Rm 206\207 (Starts February 13th; 8 sessions)

    This class provides 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 bediscussed and analyzed. To register, please call 212-874-6100 or register online at Cost: $90, Free to LSS Members. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

  • Gemara B’Shana • 7:15pm-8:30pm- Beit Midrash 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 The First Book of Samuel: with Ron Platzer •  7:30 pm  •7:30 pm- Rm 211 Led by Ron Platzer: Adultery, Incest, Rebellion: The Travails of David, the Greatest Jewish King. A great story, complex characters, a subtle, sophisticated text.                                           .


  • Talmudic Logic with Rabbi Weiss • 7:30pm-8:30pm- Rm208/210 (on hiatus, will resume after the Chagim, schedule TBD)
  • Drisha @ LSS; 9:30am-10:45am. Tanakh: A literary approach– Taught by David Silber, Isaiah’s Messianic Vision and Its Resonances Throughout the Bible– Taught by Yisca Zimran, Biblical Religion and Its Near Eastern Context– Taught by Deena Grant, Biblical Poetry– Taught by Michelle Levine. 12 Sessions: Feb 7– May 16. Cost: LSS members: $150, Non LSS members:$300 Enter coupon code “lss” for LSS member rate. Register at Rm LL201
  •  Drisha @ LSS; 11:00am-12:15am. Aggada: Inside the World of the Rebbe. Taught by Wendy Amsellem. 6 Sessions: Feb 7– March 21. Cost: LSS members: $75 Non LSS members: $150 Enter coupon code “lss” for LSS members rate. Register at Rm LL201
  •  Beit Midrash night The Subversive Religious Poetry of Yehuda Amichai facilitated by Sara Brzowsky • 8:00pm-9:15pm  Rm 207 


  •  Jewish History Seminar: "Heresy and Heretics- Real and Accused!" with Paul Shaviv. 8:00pm-9:00pm– Belfer Beit Midrash.  This will be an 8 week series consisting of thought provoking lectures.  This series will look at some Heretics and alleged Heretics in European Jewish History over the last 1,000 years or so - up to the present day. The series seeks to expand our usual boundaries about what is 'Jewish history'. The approach is objective, critical, and strictly non-hagiographical. We specialise in unusual, controversial and even murky corners of the Jewish world which rarely see the light of day in popular Jewish histories. Our promise is that if you take this course, you will never again look at Jewish history in the same way!


    1. January 17: Anan ben David and the Karaites

    2. January 24: Benedict Spinoza        

    3: January 31: Was Rabbi Eybeshutz a Sabbatean?

    4. February 7: Moses Mendelssohn

    5. February 14: Abraham Geiger

    6. February 21: Mordecai Kaplan

    [Feb 28 – Purim]

    7. March 7: Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

    8. March 14: “Yechi….!” - 770

    9. March 21: ‘The Zoo Rabbi’


  • Women’s Talk Time: led by School Psychologist Ruth Moser Riemer; 11:30am-12:30pm - Rm LL201. (will resume after the Pesach break)
  • The Jacob Adler Parsha Class: Explorations in the Weekly Parsha with Rabbi Shaul Robinson • 7:30pm- Beit Midrash Join  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 with Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld  • 8:45pm (meets off-site)


***For times of each class, please refer to the Shabbat Echod 

Shabbat Morning:

  • Shiur given by Dr. Moshe Sokolow in the Belfer Beit Midrash- 7:45am

Shabbat Afternoon:

  • Beginners Mishna Chavura with Moshe Sheinwexler in the Belfer Beit Midrash
  • Samson Rephael Hirsch Bible Class with Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald
  • Louis & Rhoda Lazar Memorial Shiur 



Tue, March 20 2018 4 Nisan 5778