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Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman, Sunday, January 12, 6:30pm. In 1976 the tiny upstate New York town of Kaaterskill is bustling with summer residents in dark coats, fedoras and long modest dresses, disciples of Rav Elijah Kirshner. Elizabeth Shulman is a restless wife and mother of five daughters whose imagination transcends her cloistered community. Across the street Andras Melish comes to Kaaterskill for his two older sisters, but struggles to connect with his children and his beautiful, demanding wife. At the top of the hill, Rav Kirshner is nearing the end of his life. As he struggles to decide which of his sons should succeed him—the pious but stolid Isaiah or the brilliant but rebellious Jeremy—his followers wrestle with their future and their past. Available in paperback & Kindle.

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi, Sunday, May 17, 6:30pm. Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Halevi explains what motivated him to move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland and help ensure that it succeeds as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East. Halevi endeavors to untangle the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. Using history and personal experience, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel. Halevi’s letters speak not only to his anonymous Palestinian neighbor but to all concerned global citizens, helping us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately help determine the fate of the region. Available in paperback, audio & Kindle.


Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Diamond, Author, Scholar and Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary, joins us Friday-Sunday, January 24-26, 2020 as our annual Scholar in Residence. We are excited to welcome Rabbi Diamond to our community and spend the weekend learning with him.

Register by Sunday, January 12.

Friday Night Kabbalat Shabbat Service, Dinner and Lecture
5:45pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by dinner
8:15pm: Lecture "Light and Darkness: Seeking God's Presence, Wrestling with God's Absence"

Saturday Shabbat Service and Kiddush Lunch
9:30am: Shabbat Service and d'var: "Prayer for Agnostics"
Post-Lunch Discussion: "He Shall Sit in Silence: Why is there no complaint in prayer?"

Sunday Brunch and Talk
9:00am: Shacharit
9:45am: Brunch and Talk: "The Mindful Approach to Tallit and Tefillin"

Adult Education


The Minor Prophets with Rabbi Kalender, Wednesdays, February 19, 26, March 4, 7:30pm. The “Minor Prophets” weren’t of minor importance – it’s merely a description of the length of the books. These 12 prophets raise serious timeless questions about the world, human interactions and especially, the Jewish people’s relationship with God. What does God demand/request of us and what happens when we succeed or fail? These prophets, in books ranging from 1 to 14 short chapters, offer a remarkable diversity of opinions in a variety of Jewish societies and these profound books speak powerfully to us today. Please RSVP to

A Brief History of the Concentration Camps with Rabbi Ravski, Wednesdays, May 6 & 13, 7:30pm. We hear the term “concentration camp” and imagine the gates of Auschwitz, but Auschwitz was the end, not the beginning of a system that took years to build, develop and refine. As we prepare to commemorate the Shoah, the Holocaust, we will learn about the history of the most horrific and efficient system ever devised for detaining, torturing and killing human beings, and how what began in the backrooms of pubs and abandoned apartments as a method of imprisonment gave rise to mass detention and the torture of millions of people. Please RSVP to


OT offers adult programs throughout the year. There is no fee unless specified. New students are welcome to join most continuing classes at any time.

Mishnah Study with Rabbi Kalender, Wednesdays, 9:15-10:15am. Gather each Wednesday morning to discuss the first Jewish law code. Join this lively group as we consider this core text for Jewish ethics, ritual, and theology. No prior knowledge necessary, and the English translation is provided. New students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.

Talmud Study with Rabbi Ravski, Sundays, 6:45-8:00pm beginning November 3. Navigate the Talmudic thought process in Tractate Avodah Zarah, one of the most controversial sections of the Talmud. Avodah Zara (idol worship) was seen as an active denial of God and God's power. Through the construction of laws, the text explores the limits and boundaries of relationships between Jews and the larger ancient world in which they lived. The English translation will be provided. If you would like to purchase your own volume, we will use the Koren-Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud, Tractate Avodah Zarah/Horayot (volume 32 of the whole series). New students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.

Hebrew Reading with Karyn Selko, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm, beginning November 7. Know your Aleph-Bet but want to learn to read Shabbat prayers with more fluency? Join the Hebrew reading class, where the siddur will be our text and guide to deepen our understanding of the rules of the language and improve our reading abilities. Tuition is $120/semester. To enroll, contact Erin Dreyfuss.

Modern Conversational Hebrew with Efrat Moses, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm. New students welcome. Students in this class meet weekly to read, speak and write Modern Hebrew. The class is focused on expanding vocabulary and fluency. Tuition is $120/semester. To enroll, contact Melinda Roth.

Shabbat Dinner and Study Group Newcomers always welcome! Join us at a congregant's home each month to welcome Shabbat and enjoy a delicious potluck fish/dairy meal. Discussions include the weekly Torah portion, a book of the Tanach, holiday topics, and contemporary themes. No Hebrew knowledge or previous Torah study experience is necessary. Our dynamic multigenerational group draws singles and couples, families with kids, older members, long-time members, new members, and people with a range of knowledge levels. Contact Eric Rothberg for more information and to get on our email list.


Co-Chairs Melinda Roth and Sharyn Stahl

Sat, December 14 2019 16 Kislev 5780