Lifelong Learning

 Lifelong Learning program for 5779. (2018-19) 


ST CINEMA SERIES “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” (at JCC)

Get warmed up for the World Series as we screen this new, critically acclaimed documentary, directed by ST congregant, Dan Miller.  It’s the David & Goliath story how Israel’s national baseball team after years of defeat, it finally ranked among the world’s best teams in 2017 and became eligible for the prestigious World Baseball Classic.  Dan will answer questions at the end.  “Heading Home is a grand slam” – Michael Jacobs, the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7:30 PM.  Location: Bendheim Performing Arts Center at the Mid-Westchester JCC  999 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583

SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE WEEKEND with Rabbi Shai Held Friday, Nov. 30 & Saturday, Dec. 1

Theologian, scholar, and educator, Rabbi Held is Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar in NYC, where he directs the Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas.  Rabbi Held is also the author of “Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence.”

  • “Chesed as the Core Reflection of Jewish Spirituality” – Friday night, Nov. 30 – after services & dinner.
  • “Rabbi Heschel and Rabbi Soloveitchik, giants of Jewish thought – their Views on How Prayer Impacts Us as Humans” Saturday, December 1st during the morning service
  • “King David and Bat Sheva – the Meaning Behind the Story” – after Shabbat lunch.

ST CINEMA SERIESHUMMUS! THE MOVIE” and Israeli Dinner –. Bring the family for this fun documentary about Hummus in Israel followed by Israeli food of course!  On a deeper level it tells the story how food can affect our culture and transcend religious and


Lessons from the Book of Samuel – Learn with Rabbi Adam as we continue to explore more of the Book of Samuel, newcomers welcome!  9:30-10:30 AM, Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 3rd. Check calendar for updates.

Prayerbook Hebrew – Learn basic Hebrew with emphasis on the meaning of prayers. Led by Ellen Lewis, 10:45 AM – noon. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 3rd. See calendar for updates.

NEW! Jewish Prayer 101 –  Shabbat services: how did they come to be the way they are, how can we make them meaningful. Led by Rabbi Adam. Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 PM, Saturday, November 17 (see Lunch and Learn)

NEW! Midtown Midrash Rabbi Adam joins us in a congregant’s Manhattan office for lunchtime learning!   Oct. 11, Dec. 12, 12:30 – 1:30 PM.  Additional dates TBA.

NEW! Topics in TalmudRabbi Adam explores themes from the Babylonian Talmud, written in the Seventh Century, which defines who we are today as Jews. Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, January 24, 31 and February 7

 “Cantor’s Trop Class” – Learn Torah trop, or musical cantillation, so you can read from the Torah. For those who are just learning and those who need a refresher. Saturdays, after services. Date TBD

 “Make your Passover Seder Unforgettable” Come learn and laugh as Dr. Murray Spiegel, author of “300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions” teaches us how to make our Seders more fun, educational and memorable.  Thursday, March 28, 7:30 PM.

Learn with Rabbi Astor Rabbi Carl Astor does an encore class this spring following Passover for 4 sessions. Date and topic TBA.

Tikkun Leiyl Shavuot Join us to welcome the holiday of Shavuot, as we enjoy presentations by fellow congregants on a wide range of Jewish and Torah topics.  Always a fun, enlightening evening. Saturday, June 8, Begins at 8:00 PM.


 SHABBAT LUNCH & LEARNS – join us over Kiddush following Saturday service to hear:

“My Visit to the West Bank”Our own Maital Friedman, Muslim Leadership Alumni Director at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America will discuss her experience visiting the West Bank this summer and answer questions.  Saturday, October 13

 “Prayer 101”Rabbi Adam continues his prayer series, reviewing the basics of Saturday services – (see listing above).  Saturday, November 17

 “Guatemala” Rabbi Adam will discuss his trip the previous week to Guatemala taken under the auspices of the Jewish World Services.   Saturday, January 26.

 “Jewish Life in Sweden” Fellow congregants Mikael & Caterina Dolston discuss the history and character of the Swedish Jewish Community as well as the challenges faced today.  Saturday March 2.  

For more information about classes, contact Rabbi Adam, Carol Mermey or Joel Weinberg via the office (

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