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Next Lifelong Learning Class:

Introduction to Judaism Class -
We are proud to be one of the synagogues offering this course through URJ starting February 10th. For registration details and fees please visit URJ Website.
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Lifelong Learning Classes

Education is a continuing commitment for persons of all ages. We sponsor a variety of introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in Hebrew Language and Jewish Studies ranging from a single session to a year-long commitment. We join with other Reform congregations in sponsoring an Introduction to Judaism course. We also host book discussions, guest lectures, scholar-in-residence and family workshops, as well as special events throughout the year, open to the community. Finally, we offer links to the many other institutions of Jewish learning throughout New York City.

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To learn about the URJ Introduction to Judaism Course schedule and registration, please visit their website.

Curriculum-Current Classes

Coming this Fall:

Cooking Class Series with Nani Beraha:

Beyond Tofu and Pasta: Filling and Fulfilling Vegetarian Dinners
Sunday January 26 5-7 PM

Vegetarian dinners don't have to be the same tired dishes over and over that leave meat-eaters hungry for more. In this class we'll create three different one-dish vegetarian main courses using hearty, delicious, and interesting ingredients that will make you change the way you and the meat lovers in your lives think about vegetarian eating.

Savory, Sweet, and Sumptuous: Challah Baking With a Twist (Pun Intended)
Thursday February 27 6:30 PM @ Rabbi Molly Kane's

There's nothing quite like a homemade challah at the center of your Shabbat table or (or on the breakfast table reincarnated as French toast!). In this class you'll learn the basics of dough making and gather some tips for ways to make and bake this delicious and time-consuming dough even with the busiest of schedules. But we won't stop there. This class will also highlight a variety of braiding methods and sweet or savory add-ins to make your homemade challah all the more special. (Space is limited for this class RSVP will be required)

Desert Dessert: Edible Gifts and Treats for Passover
Sunday March 30 11 AM - 1 PM

Sometimes matzah meal just doesn't cut it. If you've ever tried to bring a homemade edible gift to a seder host during Passover you know how challenging it can be to make or even buy something that doesn't taste, well, like matzah. In this class we'll move away from flour replacements and create desserts like flourless chocolate cake, almond cake, and chocolate chocolate cookies, that make you wonder why you even needed flour to begin with.

Faster Than an El Al Flight: How To Get Authentic Israeli Food In 30 Minutes Or Less
Thursday May 1 7-9 PM

Authentic Israeli food is hard to come by, even in NY, and recipes seem to require endless amounts of time. But if you crave delicious Middle Eastern flavors in your homemade food and don't have the time to labor over a stove of chickpeas in order to create delicious, authentic hummus, you're in luck! This class will give you the skills to throw together fresh, delicious, and quick Israeli fare.

This class is a wonderful experience to meet others or as a fun couples activity. Its is also great for a parent/teen activity. Teens may participate with a parent at the couples rate. The child must be 13 years or older.

Member prices:

$18- single person, one class
$30- couple or parent with child 13 yrs or older, one class


$25- single person, one class
$40 – couple or parent with child 13 yrs or older, one class

Nani Beraha is currently in the Chef's Training Program at Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in Manhattan. She has a passion for all things food, especially delicious, creative, and health-supportive food. Nani has a working background in Jewish not-for-profit community organizations and is particularly interested in the intersection of food and Judaism. She lives in Park Slope, loves grocery shopping, reading, dancing, and spending time with her husband and son.

"Women and Subterfuge in Biblical Texts"

with Rabbi Molly Kane and Rabbi Hara Person

This series will focus on stories of women who work behind the scenes to make things happen. Since women have little official authority in biblical text, they often have to resort to subterfuge to get the results they want. We will look at the methods they use, the sources of their power despite their lack of authority, and the way the text tells their stories. We'll look at the stories of Yael, Delilah, Abigail and Michal - some of the stories and characters will be familiar, some will be less so, but they will all be fascinating and surprising! No prior knowledge is required.

Thursdays, 7-8:30pm
On the following dates:
Feb 20, March 27, May 8

Galut or Golah/Exile or Diaspora?: Attitudes and Understandings
with Rabbi Lippe
Wednesdays 11:00am-12:30pm
November 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18

We will look a select group of Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval and Modern Jewish texts that all revolve around the questions of how did the historic dispersions of the Jewish people by Babylon and Rome influence our communal identity and the tensions in identity between Jews living inside and outside of the Land of Israel. A wonderful introduction to a broad survey of Jewish sacred writings as well as a seminal modern issue.


Engaging Israel

Foundations for a New Relationship

In partnership with the Shalom Hartmann Institute, BHS presents iENGAGE, an in-depth look at the moral, political and historical forces that have shaped Israel. In this multi-part series that includes screenings, readings and guided discussions, Rabbi Serge Lippe and Rabbi Molly Kane will lead us through an exploration of issues that have inspired, challenged and engaged American Jews.


Why does Israel matter? What values should a Jewish state embody? How should a Jewish state exercise military power ethically? How do we create and maintain a Jewish democracy?

Lecture 1: From Crisis to Covenant

Lecture 2: Religion and Peoplehood

Lecture 3: Sovereignty and Identity
December 18th, 7:00-9:00pm

Lecture 4: Power and Powerlessness
January 8, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm OR January 12, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Lecture 5: War and Occupation
February 5, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm OR February 9, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Lecture 6: Morality on the Battlefield
March 19, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm

Lecture 7: Jewish and Democratic State
April 23, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm OR April 27, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Lecture 8: Religious Pluralism and Human Rights
May 14, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm OR May 18, 2014, 1:00-3:00pm

Lecture 9: Values Nation
June 11, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm

Members: $75
Non-Members: $125
Register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More about iEngage:

State of Israel for contemporary Jews worldwide. The political, economic, and cultural success of North American Jewry has diminished the compelling nature of the post-Holocaust survival narrative especially for our young people.

The Engaging Israel course elevates the North American conversation about Israel by rooting it in Jewish values and ideas rather than in a response to crisis. Engaging Israel will equip participants with a quintessentially Jewish values-based vocabulary to define and articulate why Israel and Zionism can and should be fundamental to our Jewish identity.

Each session includes text study and discussion led by either Rabbi Serge Lippe or Rabbi Molly Kane, a video lecture, and a video dialogue between our Rabbis' and other top scholars and experts.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn from great scholars, from our own local rabbis, and from one another as we engage in thinking about the meaning that Israel can have in our lives and what our role might be in envisioning and building the future of the Jewish State.

Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship Video Lecture Series

Witnessing growing disenchantment with and disinterest in Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide, the Shalom Hartman Institute launched the Engaging Israel project in 2011 to foster a new conversation regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life. Also known as iEngage, the project is helping communities across North America open dialogue around a new Israel narrative that can serve as a foundation for a new covenant between Israel and world Jewry, elevating the existing discourse from one with a crisis-based focus to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas.

The core feature of the "traditional" Israel narrative was the precariousness of Jewish survival. In this narrative, Jewish existence, both in Israel and around the world, was viewed as threatened by inevitable and sometimes imminent danger. One of the long-lasting effects of the Holocaust generation and that following it was the shaping of a consciousness deeply suspicious and fearful of the world. This inspired the creation of a Jewish identity in which the survival and perpetuation of the Jewish people and the defense of Jews in danger became central values.

Political, economic, and cultural success among North American Jews, coupled with a growth in their own Jewish vitality and creativity, have diminished the compelling nature of the narrative of crisis in the lives of most North American Jews. At the same time, there is the success story that is Israel. Without denying the dangers that Israel still faces on a daily basis, its military power and prowess render a narrative of crisis less meaningful. When one adds to the equation the economic vitality of modern Israel, it becomes increasingly difficult to portray Israel as a weak country in dire need of help from Jews around the world.

Now, with the Engaging Israel project from the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jews from around the world are engaging in thinking about the meaning that Israel can have in their lives and how they can be enriched and positively influenced by the reality of a Jewish nation. The Engaging Israel project generates this conversation, which celebrates Israel for what it is and, more importantly, for what it will become. This process in turn engenders a commitment to taking part in building such an Israel.

The Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship lecture series features nine lectures by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, followed by an interview with an Engaging Israel team member or leading expert on the issue at hand. The package comes with a source book containing all relevant study materials—including Biblical, Talmudic, philosophical, and contemporary sources—and background readings, as well as a leader's guide for the rabbi/educator.

Sample of classes at BHS offered in the past.

Havdalah Farbrengen @ the Rabbi's Home

Learn Talmud: Tractate Pesachim (Treatise on Passover) – Chapter 10

Learn Talmud: Derekh Eretz Zuta

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

Adult Beginner Hebrew

Advance Beginner Hebrew

Learn Talmud: Tractate Berachot(Treatise on Blessings)

Continuing Education Course: An Introduction to Pirke Avot

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Course

Embarking on the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey: A Mini-Class for Parents

Jewish Parenting

What Exactly is Reform Judaism?

Navigating Shabbat @ Home

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131 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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