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We invite you to experience Judaism on a new level. You can take a year-long course or a single class, come to a three-session series or attend a once-a-month discussion group. Classes, lectures, concerts, and tours are all opportunities to deepen your connection to Judaism. We offer classes at all levels of learning. You are welcome to participate in any course or event whatevver your prior Jewish educational background. Our clergy, teachers, and guest speakers are dedicated to helping you develop and strengthen your relationship to Judaism.

Read about and register for our classes below!

Beginning Conversational Hebrew - LEVEL 2

Instructor: Orly Farhi-Haley

Tuesdays 6:30- 7:30 pm

February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26

In Person.  

Some previous knowledge of Hebrew is required as this is Level 2 of Beginners Hebrew.   
Our Israeli method of teaching is for all Hebrew language skills: speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing.

Cost: $75 Members, $100 Non-Members

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Songs of the Soul: Jewish Religious Poetry from Medieval Spain
Mondays, February 26, March 4, 11, 18  at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Instructor:  Professor Elisha Russ-Fishbane

What is the place of personal spiritual experience within the context of communal prayer? How does Jewish worship balance the collective voice of Israel and the individual religious quest? 
This class explores these questions through the lens of the rich tradition of Sephardic spiritual poetry from medieval al-Andalus (Muslim Spain). Join us as Professor Elisha Russ-Fishbane of NYU gives us a guided tour of this literary heritage, focusing on the emergence of personal and contemplative religious poetry among the Jews of medieval Spain. We will read and reflect on the poetry, using English translations but with reference to the Hebrew original.
 

Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, is a historian of Jewish culture in the medieval Islamic world and a scholar of medieval Jewish thought, law, and literature. His critically awarded published works include a study of Abraham Maimonides and Aging in Medieval Jewish Culture. He is currently working on a study of how Islam, both as religious rival and political power, was portrayed in medieval Jewish literature, as well as how Muslims were depicted in the daily documents of the Cairo Genizah.

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The Jewish Lower East Side
with Dr. Sharon Keller
Mondays, April 1, 8, 15 @ 7:00pm on Zoom

In 1654, a small group of Portuguese Jews landed in what was then The New Netherlands, and they settled an area that was to become the Lower East Side. Some 250 years later, the Lower East Side was arguably the most densely populated area in the world; jam-packed with immigrants, mostly Jewish, from Eastern Europe. Join us as we look at more than 100 years of life on the Lower East Side. We will discuss what brought the immigrants to this small area of New York City, how they lived, the food they ate, the arts and culture they created, and also the ways that people used to escape from the filth, the noise, the heat, the crowds and just everyday life.

Dr. Sharon Keller is currently on the Classics faculty at Hofstra University where she teaches courses as diverse as “Women in The Hebrew Bible,” “Magic, Miracle, and Medicine in the Ancient World,” and “History of Ancient Egypt and the Middle East.” Sharon has written and edited numerous scholarly articles and academic books most of which relate to the interplay between biblical Israel and ancient Egypt. Her most popular book, Jews: A Treasury of Art and Literature, was awarded the prestigious National Jewish Book Award.

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Harmoni-AH! – The Brotherhood Synagogue Congregational Choir
with Cantor Isaac Yager and Meredeth Kelly
Tuesdays,  6:00-7:30pm in Person

Jewish music offers a rich selection of choral music that can greatly enhance our spiritual experience. After strengthening our group sound through listening and vocal exercises, the choir will begin to tap into some of this music in a manner that is accessible for participants with advanced or no musical background. The choir will also have opportunities to perform this music for the community throughout the year, performance dates TBD. Our congregational choir is open to everyone at all levels of experience. 

Please email Cantor Yager directly if you are interested in newly participating. You can also sign up here.

Lunch & Learn with Cantor Isaac Yager
Thursdays ongoing, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Person and on Zoom

Join us for lunch on Thursdays as we discuss, learn, and engage in Jewish textual study, specifically the Parashat Hashavuah (weekly Torah reading). Following in the footsteps of the generations that preceded us, we will continue the long legacy of commenting and intellectually dissecting Jewish texts from the Torah, the book of Prophets, and other holy texts. Questions will be encouraged and debate is inevitable. This will be an inclusive, non judgmental learning environment where everyone's voice will have equal value. No prior text study is required. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Conversion Class with Cantor Isaac Yager
Wednesdays ongoing, 6:30 - 7:30 pm in Person

“For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
Book of Ruth, Chapter 1

In the spirit in which Ruth was welcomed into the Jewish community, Brotherhood Synagogue offers conversion classes to those interested in joining the Jewish faith. Classes run from October through June and meet on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 in person at the synagogue. Our first class date will be TBD. Admission to the class is accepted on a rolling basis based on the individual, all experience levels with Judaism are welcome to inquire. Conversion classes are provided at no cost, though participants are requested to make a donation to Brotherhood Synagogue in an amount of their choosing at the end of the conversion process. Please contact Cantor Yager or Rabbi Alder if you are interested in the program. 

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