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Education is a continuing commitment for persons of all ages. We sponsor a variety of introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in Hebrew Language and Jewish Studies ranging from a single session to a year-long commitment. We join with other Reform congregations in sponsoring an Introduction to Judaism course. We also host book discussions, guest lectures, scholar-in-residence and family workshops, as well as special events throughout the year, open to the community. Finally, we offer links to the many other institutions of Jewish learning throughout New York City. Please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 718-522-2070 x160 if you have any questions.


The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai – (Hebrew & English)

Thursdays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

February 2 & 9, March 2, 9, 16, & 30

Instructor: Rabbi Serge A. Lippe

Yehuda Amichai was born in Wurzburg, Germany, on May 3, 1924 and emigrated with his family to Palestine in 1936. He died on September 22, 2000. Amichai is considered by many, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet. He was also one of the first Israeli poets to write in colloquial Hebrew. Translator Robert Alter has said: “Yehuda Amichai, it has been remarked with some justice, is the most widely translated Hebrew poet since King David.” Amichai’s translations into English have been particularly popular, and his imaginative and accessible style has opened up Hebrew poetry to American and English readers in a whole new way. The poet C. K. Williams described Amichai as "the shrewdest and most solid of poetic intelligences."


Jerusalem: An Historical Survey in Six Sessions

Thursdays, 7:30pm – 9:00pm

February 2 & 9, March 2, 9, 16, & 30

Instructor: Rabbi Serge A. Lippe

Home to the three great Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Jerusalem is considered holy by much of the world population.  We will review over 3,000 years of Jerusalem’s history in six sessions:

1. From Salem to the Roman Destruction

2. Byzantine Jerusalem to Saladin

3. From Mamelukes until the end of the Ottomans

4. British Jerusalem

5. Independence: West and East Jerusalems

6. 1968 - the Reunited City

Text to purchase: A Short History of Jerusalem, by Abraham E. Milgram.


“Give Us A King!”


Everett Fox's translation of the Torah has been widely acclaimed as a scholarly, religious, and literary masterpiece. Praising its unique and authoritative approach, the New York Times Book Review said, "It makes it possible for us to take up the Scripture as if we had never seen it before." In his translation “Give Us a King!” Fox turns to the two books of Samuel, which contain some of the Bible's most famous stories and most unforgettable personalities: the barren Hannah, who will be mother to the prophet Samuel; the tragic King Saul; Bathsheba, the object of King David's illicit desire and the future mother of King Solomon; and King David himself, the romantic hero who becomes a legendary but morally compromised monarch.



The Golden Age of the Cantorate

Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

May 9 & 16

Instructor: Cantor Bruce Ruben

Free for members

With the flood of millions of Eastern European immigrants to America, a group of phenomenally talented cantors arrived on our shores.  For a few decades, there was a flowering of a Golden Age of traditional cantors.  We will study their stories and listen to recordings of their music.


A Gift for Your Soul

Tuesdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm

February 14, March 21, April 25, & May 16

Instructor: Rabbi Molly G. Kane

Join Rabbi Molly Kane for a monthly class aimed at nourishing your soul and cultivating a deeper connection to living a sacred life. Each class will be based around a theme: love, compassion, comfort, and body awareness.  We will explore the theme through text study, chanting and singing, and mindfulness practices that we will do in class that you can then incorporate into your daily life. Class community and continuity is extremely important so you must commit to being present in both mind and body to all monthly meetings.  Returning students are welcome to continue!  Any new students interested, please contact Rabbi Kane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Three Winter Wednesdays - Torah Study 101

Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 8:15pm

February 8, 22, & March 8

Instructor: Rabbi Daniel Lehrman

Karen Brody, Coordinator

Free and open to all. 

In three sessions meant for people with no particular background in reading Torah, we will touch on some of Torah’s greatest hits, exploring key themes from the personal to the political.  What did faith mean for our forefathers and foremothers? How is our modern understanding of faith so very different from the ancient one?  What might faith mean for us?  How did we come to be called the people “Israel,” and what can that story of origins teach us about ourselves?  How can Moses’ and God’s struggle to govern the stiff-necked Israelites be a touchstone for us as we enter our unpredictable new political climate?  These and related questions will guide us for three stimulating sessions.  Join us!


Introduction to Judaism:

An Exploration for Curious Adults

Tuesdays at BHS, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

First session April 25

Instructor: Rabbi Sue Oren

Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice.  In a warm and open environment, explore Jewish thought, prayer and practice, learn about Jewish history and holidays, wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues, discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life and death.  

$400 course tuition plus $25 materials fee.

Early bird discount ends April 14!

For registration, questions, and course fee contact

Rabbi Sue Oren, 917-539-1334 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Co-sponsors: Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Park Slope Jewish Center, Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Shalom, Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr, Progressive Shaarei Zedek, & Union Temple



“Getting the Most Out of Your Smart Phones and Computers!”

Wednesdays, 6:30pm

February 15 & March 1

Instructors: Benjamin Velez, Joey Goldberg

Free and open to all. 

Join recent Columbia graduates and Brooklyn residents Joey and Benjamin for an introduction to the latest and greatest ways technology can help you stay in touch, keep organized, enjoy your favorite music, and much more!



Technology is changing so quickly, it often feels impossible to keep up. Our goal is to make technology education easy and most importantly fun, showing you how to use the latest gadgets and tools to improve your life in ways you never knew were possible! Join us for an introduction to some of the latest and greatest apps, shortcuts, and services that will help you feel more connected, productive, and ahead of the curve. 


Beginners’ Prayer Hebrew

Tuesdays, 7:45pm - 9:00pm

Course continues through June 2017

Instructor: Rabbi Serge A. Lippe

FREE for members / $75 for non-members

In the first semester learn to phonetically decode the consonantal letters and vowel symbols that make up Hebrew words in the Bible and prayerbook. During the second semester we learn to recognize and translate a foundational vocabulary and begin an introduction to basic elements of Hebrew grammar. 

Text to purchase: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way (3rd Edition) EKS Publishing


Hebrew-in-A-Day Reading Course @ Brooklyn Heights Synagogue

Sunday, March 26 

9:30-4:00 PM

Instructor: Rabbi Sue Oren

$75 for members and non-members, includes materials

Join fellow students at BHS and learn to read the Hebrew “alefbet” (aka alphabet) during this day-long immersive course.  Really, every last letter! Perfect for adults seeking an intensive introduction to reading Hebrew or a refresher for very rusty reading skills. 

To REGISTER: Contact Sam at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 or 718-522-2070 ex. 160. 
Registration is complete upon receipt of tuition fee!

For questions, contact Rabbi Oren:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 917.539.1334. 


Co-sponsors:  Congregation Mount Sinai & Brooklyn Heights Synagogue


Intermediate Prayer Hebrew

Wednesdays, 8:00am - 9:00am

Course continues through June 2017

Instructor: Rabbi Serge A. Lippe

Presumes mastery of Hebrew decoding skills. Picks up where our Beginner’s course ends. We start with a review of basic vocabulary and verb participles and move on to conjugating the past tense and begin reading limited sections of the biblical Book of Ruth.

Text to purchase: The First Hebrew Primer (3rd Edition) EKS Publishing


Intermediate Conversational Hebrew

Thursdays, 9:45am - 11:00am

Course continues through June 2017

Instructor: Sy Colen

FREE for members / $36 for non-members

Boost your Hebrew skills at BHS with a committed and trusted instructor, our very own Sy Colen. This course is designed for intermediate level students and will focus on a dual thrust curriculum: students will expand their knowledge of Hebrew in conversation and reading.  Interested participants must be evaluated by the instructor prior to registration. 



Chavurah: Let’s Talk Torah

Saturdays, 9:30am (alternating with guest clergy)

Rabbi Serge A. Lippe, Rabbi Molly G. Kane, Cantor Bruce Ruben

New in 2017:

Hone your Torah-study skills with Student Rabbi Danny Moss.  On Jan. 21, Mar. 18, and Apr. 22, arrive by 8:45am to talk through the process of learning Torah.  Ask questions regarding the text, and gain skills to study on your own. 

It’s Shabbat morning and a short prayer service is beginning.  By 10am coffee has been served, along with bagels, cream cheese, and muffins.  The leader may be Rabbi Lippe, Rabbi Kane, Rabbi Person, Rabbi Lehrman, Rabbi Oren, Rabbi Henkin or Cantor Ruben, or perhaps a special invited teacher. Some or all of the week’s Parasha (weekly Torah installment) is read aloud in English, paragraph by paragraph, with many pauses for discussion.  The atmosphere is one of camaraderie with everyone learning from Torah, and from each other. Bring your own favorite chumash (English Torah translation and commentary) or use one of ours. Come and learn, make Shabbat Torah study a part of your life.  It will help to make your life part of the living Torah.





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