Lectures & Courses

At Central Synagogue

Adult Engagement Fall Programming

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Melton at Central: Experience “The Best of The Best” In Adult Jewish Education

Classes run September 2017-May 2018

Interested in creating connections with fellow congregants? Looking to strengthen your Jewish literacy in a pressure-free environment and feel empowered to bring meaningful Jewish practice into your home? Melton is an internationally renowned program for adult Jewish study designed for all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice. Join us for the coming year of Melton and come away with confidence and community!

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Wrestling Jerusalem

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:30pm | Symphony Space (Upper West Side)

Join the Central Synagogue community for the NYC premiere of the film Wrestling Jerusalem. Adapted from the critically acclaimed one-man play, the film offers a riveting exploration of the multidimensional narratives embedded in the Palestine/ Israel conflict. Following the film, audience members are invited to attend a talk back session with Ethan Bronner (Bloomberg News), Dylan Kushner (Director), Aaron Davidson (Writer/Actor).

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Teachings of Wonder, Wisdom, and Values

Thursdays, September 14-December 14, 7:15 | Community House
Taught by Joe Septimus

We will explore selected teachings from Torah, Talmud, Midrash, medieval, modern and contemporary sources. Our texts and discussions will enhance and deepen our appreciation of life’s wisdom and Jewish values. All texts will be in English. No prior text study experience required.

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The Book of Genesis: The Poetry of Life Begins

Wednesdays, Oct 11, 2017-Jan 17, 2018 at 10:30am | Community House
Taught by Jessica Greenbaum

Join award winning poet for a unique experience of studying the weekly Torah portions of Genesis. In this special series, you will look closely at those themes in each parsha which reflect the human condition as we experience it here and now, and you will have the opportunity to read related poems and write your own. No prior poetry or Judaic knowledge required. This class is free and open to both members and nonmembers of Central Synagogue.

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Hipsters and Chasidim - Walking Tour

Sunday, October, 15, 2017, 10:45am - 1:45pm |

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is home to hipsters and Chasidic Jews alike. In fact, it is the capital neighborhood of the Satmar Chasidic community. Join us on a fascinating tour through this continuously transforming area of Brooklyn. Along the way, we will learn about its history and culture. Our tour will conclude with a meal at a fantastic deli, one of the best kept secrets among the great eateries of New York.

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The Voices of Women in Jewish Tradition

Every Other Wednesday, Oct. 18-Dec 13, 2017 at 6:00pm | Pavilion
Taught by Shani Ben Or, Cantorial Intern

This class will explore narratives featuring Jewish women protagonists. We will explore the challenges these narratives have posed over time and the dynamic impact they continue to have on Jewish identity.

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Israel Policy Forum: Fresh Takes on Longstanding Challenges Between Israel and its Neighbors

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:00am | The Streicker Center

Join Central Synagogue clergy and congregants as the Israel Policy Forum unpacks the latest developments concerning Iran’s nuclear program, ISIS, the prospects of a sustainable two-state solution, and Israel’s relations with the wider Arab world. Along with other institutions, Central Synagogue will be co-sponsoring this event.

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iEngage: Foundations

Tuesdays, Oct 24-Nov 14, 2017 at 11:00am | Community House

Members: $100 • Non-members: $150
This class explores the current relationship between Israel and world Jewry. The course will explore core issues such as Israel as the sovereign expression of Jewish peoplehood, as the Homeland of the Jewish People, Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, religious pluralism and human rights.

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Lunch and Learn Series with Conductor Cesare Vivetta

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:30pm | Community House
Taught by Conductor Cesare Civetta

Join conductor, author and educator, Cesare Civetta, for one, two or three, Lunch and Learn multimedia presentations this fall. During these hour-long presentations, Civetta will take us deep into the musical lives of many renowned Jewish artists. Topics include: How Toscanini Fought Hitler’s Persecution of the Jews, How Shostakovich Survived to Protest Stalin’s Anti- Semitism, and A Tribute to Elie Wiesel. Programs will last approximately one hour, followed by Q&A. Registration opens late September.

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“Jewish Gangsters of the Lower East Side” - Walking Tour Led by Rabbi David Kalb

Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 10:45am | Lower East Side
Taught by David Kalb

The Prohibition-era gangsters Meir Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Arnold Rothstein were all prominently featured in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. While the show was set in Atlantic City, their base of operations in the criminal under world was here in New York, and the city itself played an essential role in their organizations. We will see where these Jewish criminals engaged in their nefarious activities and discuss the issues of power, ethics, and acculturation that ensued.

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The Development of Jewish Music

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:00pm | Pavilion
Taught by Cantor Daniel Mutlu

This class will explore the origins of Jewish music and its subsequent development to the modern day. Distinct major periods of Jewish music will be illuminated and discussed.

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Combatants for Peace

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:00pm | Community House

Combatants for Peace is a bi-national, grassroots movement of Israelis and Palestinians who lead a non-violent struggle against the occupation, and support a peaceful solution for all peoples in Israel and Palestine. Co-founders of the organization were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, 2017. The Combatants are coming to speak, to tell their personal stories of transformation from violence to nonviolence. We will have two speakers: one Israeli and one Palestinian, and a screening of a short clip of their recent award-winning documentary, Disturbing the Peace.

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An Introduction to the Golden Age of Chazzanut

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 6:00pm | Pavilion
Taught by Cantor Daniel Mutlu

Discover what made the period of Jewish music from 1890-1950 one of the greatest artistic achievements in our tradition.

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Ongoing Classes

Registration required – join anytime.