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Education at Kesher

Upcoming Special Events

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. 

Playing G-d: The Promise and Pitfalls of Genetic Engineering
Thursday, March 26, 7:30 pm
POSTPONED

Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Shabbat, April 3-4
CANCELED
Learn More.

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!

Mondays: Basic Judaism with Rabbi Shafner
3/23, 3/30, and 4/6 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)
3/23 & 3/30 will focus on Seder Tips for First-Time Leaders

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. 

Tuesdays: Adar Beit Midrash
3/17, 3/24, and 3/31 - 7:30 PM line opens, 8:00 PM shiur will be given  via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)

Wednesdays: Pesach Prep Series with Rabbi Shafner
3/25 & 4/1 - 8:00 PM via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)

Join Rabbi Shafner for a class and discussion on matters pertaining to Pesach.  

- Class 1: Easy Cleaning and Pesach Prep: Rabbi Shafner and special guest Rella Kaplowitz will answer questions on the best (and halachic!) ways to make Pesach prep easy! (submit your questions early and we’ll prepare to answer them!)
- Class 2: Charoset - The Paradoxical Passover Symbol

Thursdays: Weekly Parsha Shiur and Discussion with Rabbi Shafner
3/19, 3/26, and 4/2 - 8:00 PM via ZOOM  (click the link or dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 378 157 5306)

Discussion oriented class on the weekly Parsha with Rabbi Shafner.   Feel free to bring your questions and offer your thoughts!

Past Classes:

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.

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