Upcoming Events


Fall 2017


A Shalom Hartman Institute Lecture and Study Series
iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings
Sundays | Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 22, May 6 | 10:00–11:30 am 
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman
Explore pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Anticipating the congregational trip in December 2018, we will engage in a values-based discourse about Israel, including topics such as nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, Occupation, and moral red lines.
Cost: $54/members; $72/general includes materials and bagel breakfast
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For information about other Hebrew opportunities, please contact Leah Volynsky at lvolynsky@pasyn.org or 212-369-4900, x159.

Shulhan Ivrit

Mondays | Oct 23, Nov 6, Dec 4 | 7:00–8:30 pm
Varda Hubara
Intermediate and advanced level Hebrew speakers are invited to this monthly opportunity to practice conversational Hebrew. Come to one session or come to all to speak Hebrew in order to deepen your connection with Israel and the Jewish people.  Cost: free. 
Register here. 


Essential Essays

Tuesdays | beginning Oct 17 | approx. 8:00 am, immediately after morning minyan
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

Join in a discussion of Jewish philosophy, theology and thought. Pick up the essay for each week from the literature rack in the lobby. The essay is also distributed via a weekly email; if you wish to be added to the distribution list, please contact gfier@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x120.


Contemporary Jewish Thought

Tuesdays | beginning Oct 31 (no class Nov 21, Dec 26, Jan 2) | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman

Each week, explore a reading about contemporary Jewish experience and thought. Currently the class is reading Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself by Rabbi Donniel Hartman.


Rushing to Rashi

Wednesdays | beginning Oct 18 | 8:00 am, immediately after minyan 
Cantor Eric Wasser
Explore the weekly Torah reading through the eyes of the greatest of the medieval Torah commentators. Learn how Rashi made meaning of every letter in the Torah (even ones that are missing!) and discover why we are concerned with what’s bothering Rashi. Texts will be provided in Hebrew and in English. 


Midtown Lunch and Learn: High Holiday Edition

Wednesdays | September 6 and 13 | 12:30-1:30 pm
September 6 | Unetanah Tokef: The Seven Questions We Ask Ourselves | Rabbi Neil Zuckerman

The Unetanah Tokef prayer brings us face-to-face with our mortality. Join usto discuss critical questions of our lives.
September 13 | “It’s Raining Men:” The Vital Connection between Holiday Liturgy and Water | Rabbi Charlie Savenor
The holiday liturgy makes direct connections between life and death and the importance of water. Learn how selected prayers showcase biblical figures to teach this vital lesson. Space is limited.
Cost: Free/members; $36/general
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Midtown Lunch and Learn: The Origin of Prayer and Prayers

Wednesdays | November 1, 8, 15, 29 | 12:30-1:30 pm
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky

We will look at Jewish and non-Jewish sources about the need for and purpose of prayer in a Jewish life. We will examine different ideas on what prayer is and should be and we will also look at specific texts of Jewish liturgy to bring the discussion to bear on some practical matters. No prior knowledge or experience needed other than the shared human experience of life and striving for something more.
Cost: Free/members; $36/general
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The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Year 1

Wednesdays | begins Oct 18 | 7:00-9:15 pm
Rabbi Shmuel Afek and Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky
Learn what we as Jews believe and why in Purposes of Jewish Living. Examine the ideas, beliefs and lifecycle and holiday practices involved in living Jewishly in Rhythms of Jewish Living.
This class has reached capacity. To be put on the wait list, please contact Leah Volynsky at 212-369-2600 x159 or lvolynsky@pasyn.org.


Rambam: An Introduction to One of the Most Intriguing Thinkers in Jewish History

Wednesdays | beginning Oct 18 | 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Rabbi Scmuel Afek

R’ Moshe ben Maimon (otherwise known as Maimonides or Rambam) is one of the foremost – if not the foremost – Jewish thinkers since the canonization of the Talmud. His literary work covers both Halachah and philosophy; his ideas and innovations changed the Jewish world almost a thousand years ago and continue to exert significant influence on Jewish thinkers today. In this course we will study a few of his texts to learn how Rambam thinks about fundamental concepts in Jewish life; how to read sacred texts that contradict our rational thinking; how to think about the relationship between this world and the world to come; and the thirteen principles of faith.  The text studied during the class will be in English. Texts will be taken from Twersky’s Maimonides Reader and Epistles of Maimonides (Halkin and Hartman).
This class has reached capacity. To be put on the wait list, please contact Leah Volynsky at lvolynsky@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x159. 


BeMidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended

Wednesdays | beginning Oct 18 | 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Rabbi Charlie Savenor

Israel's fateful journey through the wilderness of Sinai presented numerous challenges to the leadership of Moses and Aaron; at times the nation challenged their competence as leaders, and at times individuals arose to challenge their very right to lead. As students explore the biblical narratives describing forty years of wandering in the wilderness, they will be surprised to note the timeless nature of those stories. How can the lessons learned from the past be applied to solving the communal challenges of the present and the future? BeMidbar introduces significant literary tools often used by scholars in the study of the Bible, and invites participants to revisit and rethink commonly held beliefs about the perceived heroes and rebels of the biblical narrative.
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Pathways to Judaism: An Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays | beginning Dec 6 | 6:45-8:45 pm | 18 sessions over the course of the year
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Shayna Golkow, Rabbinical Intern
Students will be introduced to Jewish thought, history, and practice; engaging the mind, heart, and soul. This enriching curriculum is for anyone who seeks deeper knowledge of Jewish life and wisdom, whether you are Jewish, are sharing your life with a Jew and/or raising Jewish children, or are considering conversion to Judaism?
If you are interested in signing up for this class, please email Rabbi Zuckerman at nzuckerman@pasyn.org or call 212.369.4900, x121. 


Foundations of Jewish Family Living

Thursdays | beginning Oct 19 | 9:20-10:20 am
Debbie Cosgrove

Foundations of Jewish Family Living: Jewish Values for Parents to Share with Their Children provides parents with a thought-provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. Developed by the renowned Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the curriculum brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the profound messages they convey. This rich learning experience for adults gives you the language and the confidence to bring the Jewish conversation home to share with your young child, enabling you to be your children’s primary Jewish teacher. 
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The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning: Year 2

Thursdays | beginning Oct 19 | 9:15-11:30
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Rabbi Bill Plevan

In Ethics of Jewish Living, students learn how Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, interpersonal relationships, end-of-life decisions and stem-cell research. Crossroads of Jewish History merges the concepts of history and memory in order to better understand how each has shaped Judaism. Prerequisite: completion of Year 1.  


Bereshit I: From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations

Thursdays | beginning Oct 19 | 9:15-10:30 am
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove

The stories in this course take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves.
This class has reached capacity. To be put on the wait list, please contact Leah Volynsky at lvolynsky@pasyn.org or 212-369-2600, x159.


The New York Jewish Experience: History, Culture, Community

Thursdays | beginning Oct 19 | 9:15-10:30 am
Dr. David Kaufman
Join historian Dr. David E. Kaufman in an exploration of the past and present of ‘the world’s greatest Jewish city,’ New York. Major themes include the extraordinary contributions of Jews to the popular culture of the city and beyond; and the equally impressive record of communal structure and religious institutions that Jews have built in their ‘golden city,’ rightly called ‘the Jerusalem of America.’ Throughout, we will examine the remarkable convergence between the age-old traditions of Jewish life and the modern urbanism of NYC in forming the ‘New York Jew.’ Classroom discussion will be supplemented by tours of New York Jewish historical sites—details tba. Tour costs are not included in the cost of the class.
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Library Lunch & Learn

First and third Thursdays of the month | 12:00-12:45 pm
Begins September 7, no class on September 21, October 5

Library Lunch & Learn now meets for 45-minute sessions on the first and third Thursdays of the month. On first Thursdays, a member of the PAS senior staff will lead the session; on third Thursdays, a DOROT staff member will lead. Sessions will cover topics ranging from Jewish history to current events. Join us, and bring a friend!


Insights from Israel

Thursdays | Sept 14, Oct 26, Nov 9, Dec 14 | 12:00–1:00 pm
Rabbi Michael Graetz

On second Thursday of the month, we explore the most pressing issues affecting Israel, meeting with Rabbi Graetz and his guests via video conferencing in the Rothschild Library. A co-founder of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel, Rabbi Graetz is and was guest scholar and interim rabbi at PAS in 2008-09.


Talmud Torah

Fridays | beginning Sept 8 (no class Dec 29) | approx. 8:00 am, immediately after morning minyan 
Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky 
We will read through passages of the Talmud page by page to explore the world of the Rabbis, their methodology, and how they shape us today.


Women in the Bible

Fridays | Nov 17, Dec 1, Jan 5  | 9:15–10:15 am
Debbie Cosgrove

Learn the fascinating stories of the women in the Bible. Through engaging texts, we will study the lives of the familiar and not-so-familiar women who populate the biblical narrative.
Cost: $36/members; $46/general
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Shaharit & Parashat HaShavua

Shabbat/Saturdays | ongoing | 9:00 am
Join in a full and traditional P’sukei D’zimrah and Shaharit and an engaging study of the morning’s Torah portion.