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Learning Opportunities - Fall & Winter 2017/5778



  • Parsha & Pizza with Yachad ~ Third Monday of every month (Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 21 and June 18), 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Community members are invited to join in learning together with our Yachad participants. Contact: Rina Hoffman at


  • Living Room Learning with Rabbi Cheses ~ Monday nights, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at rotating homes.

Topic #1: Two-part series on “Kashrut and Children” -- When do you start waiting between meat and milk? Vitamins? Which laws may be compromised and when?

Topic #2: Two-part series on “Keeping Kosher on Vacation” – What do you do when you can’t bring all your food with you?

Contact: Libi Rides at



  • Women’s Torah Circle with Rabbi Cheses ~ Tuesday mornings, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at rotating homes. Topic: Netivot Shalom on the weekly parsha. Contact: Stephanie Kaplan at
  • Ma’ayan -- Halakha: A User's Manual with Rabbi Klapper ~ Tuesdays (8 sessions: Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12 and 19), 7:45 - 9:00 p.m. at Young Israel. Open to men and women. For info & to register:                    Contact: Ilana Bercuson, Director of Ma’ayan, at
  • TNT: Tuesday Night Torah ~ Tuesday evenings, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Beit Midrash. Open chevruta-style learning and in-depth small group learning on the topic of Brit Milah, facilitated by Rabbi Cheses. Contact: Rabbi Cheses at



  • Parenting through a Jewish Lens (in partnership with Striar Hebrew Academy) with Rabbi Jeff Amshalem ~ Wednesday evenings (6 sessions: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 20), 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Young Israel/Striar Hebrew Academy in the SHAS “Mercaz.” For information and to register, go to Contact: Ahava Rosenthal, Associate Director, at
  • Book Club ~ Wednesday evenings (approximately every six weeks), 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the home of the Liss Family, 110 Ames Street. Contact: Ami Blaszkowsky at



  • Post-Hashkama Shiur ~ Shabbat mornings at 9:50 a.m. (either in the Beit Midrash or the Social Hall). Taught by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper or Rabbi David Saltzman. Contact: Rabbi Saltzman at 2016


  • Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's Stories & Teachings ~ Shabbat mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the SHAS teachers’ room (end of the hallway on the right). Taught by Rabbi David Maayan. Contact: Rabbi Maayan at


  • Shabbat Afternoon Learning ~ Between Mincha and Ma’ariv at Young Israel with rotating teachers. Contact: Rabbi Cheses at
  • Seudah Shlisheet Learning for Students in Middle School, Grs. 5-8 ~ At Young Israel with rotation of teachers: Rabbi Cheses, Rabbi Saltzman, Rabbi Reisman, Rabbi Yakov Komisar, Ruby Yarmush, Itzik Moyal). Contact: Rabbi Saltzman at
  • Mishmash/Motzei Shabbat Parent-Child Learning ~ At Young Israel (every other Motzei Shabbat during the winter beginning November 11). Contact: Moshe Kaplan at or Andy Shooman at



  • Torah class with Rabbi Naftoly Bier ~ Sunday mornings, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. in the Beit Midrash. Contact: Andy Shooman at


Upcoming Scholars-in-Residence


Installation Shabbat, October 20-21

Rabbi J. J. Schachter, Yeshiva University


     December 8-9

Wendy Amsellem, Drisha Institute


January 26-27

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Teaneck, NJ


Inclusion Shabbat, February 9-10

Miriam Ament, No Shame on U

For additional Young Israel educational programs, contact Ami Blaszkowsky at
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