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Education at Kesher

Upcoming Special Events

Voices of Kesher with M. Lindsay Kaplan: The Racialization of Jews in Medieval Christianity Lay the Foundation for the Racist Devaluation of Black Lives Today

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2020 • 15 Av 5780

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Email our education coordinator for more information! Kesher Israel classes are open to women and men and geared toward students of all backgrounds and levels. 

Ongoing Classes and Programs

Daily: Daf Yomi
Monday - Thursday at 9:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM, Motzai Shabbat following Havdalah, Sunday 9:00 AM 
All classes via Zoom. 

Learn a daf (folio) of Gemara a day with Dr. Alan Gersch. Email Alan to get involved!

Daily: 20 Minutes of Nightly Learning with Rabbi Shafner (+Kaddish)
Sunday-Thursday at 7:30 PM​​​​​​ via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)

Rabbi Shafner will teach for 20 minutes daily from the works of Rabbi Silverstone, the Rabbi of Kesher Israel in 1911.  There will also be a special (permitted without a minyan) type of kaddish each night following the learning for anyone who has a Yortzeit or who wants to say Kaddish.

Daily: Join Rabbi Shafner's Whatsapp 2 minute Halacha talk

Daily words of Halacha via audio message through Whatsapp. 

Mondays: Basic Judaism with Rabbi Shafner
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)

This class, taught by Rabbi Shafner, examines the fundamental concepts of Judaism, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will look at the laws of berachot, Shabbat, and various holidays with an eye towards understanding the practical application of the halakha. Open to all levels of observance and knowledge. 

Fridays: Tune into Rabbi Shafner's Facebook live broadcast on the weekly Torah Portion 12:30pm on the Kesher Facebook page

Fridays: Virtual Cookie Minyan
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)



Join Kesher kids and families for a pre-Shabbat Virtual Cookie Minyan on ZOOM!

Past Classes and Recordings

Online Pirkei Avot Learning

Voices of Kesher with Professor Jeremy Rabkin 
Sunday, May 17th at 8:00 PM.  To listen to a recording of this lecture click HERE and enter the code: 2T&K8@pk

DC Speed Tikkun

Voices of Kesher: Professor Charles (Chip) Manekin
Sunday, May 24th at 8:00 PM​​​​​​ via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)

Mystical Views of Shavuot with Rabbi Shafner To listen to a recording of this lecture click HERE

Kesher Kids: Build Up to Har Sinai!

Voices of Kesher: Professor Rachel Manekin
Sunday, June 7th : To listen click HERE and enter the password: 2a#5J2Fy

Kashrut: Its Philosophy, Laws, and Practical Application

Changing the Past: Teshuvah and the High Holidays

From the Talmud to Today: A Topical Introduction to Jewish Literacy, Halacha and History

Sponsored by the Dr. H. Harold Gelfand Memorial Institute of Adult Education

The Dr. H. Harold Gelfand Memorial Institute of Adult Education at Kesher Israel Congregation

The Institute was established in 1989 to provide Jewish adult education activities within the Kesher Israel community, as well as throughout the Washington, DC, area. The Institute thrives, offering a variety of courses during the year and a Shabbat Dinner & Drash and Lunch & Learn lecture series.

Since the establishment of the Institute, its activities have been supported by a combination of private donations, grants, and general synagogue revenues. 

Donations to support education activities are encouraged and can be made online.

Sun, August 9 2020 19 Av 5780