Lifelong Learning

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. Please contact or call 718-522-2070 x160 if you have any questions.


The Countercultural Vision of the Ten Commandments

Wednesday, January 31st at 7 PM

Instructor: Reverend Ana Levy-Lyons

The Ten Commandments are linked in many people’s minds with social (Christian) conservatives like Roy Moore or sometimes just with dry ethical principles. From another perspective, however, they are a countercultural manifesto in which progressive politics and deep spirituality intersect. In this class, we’ll take a fresh look at this ancient text, exploring how a set of practices that emerged from an experience of enslavement speaks to us in the midst of today’s oppressions, inequality, and ecological devastation. We’ll focus on the first commandment that describes the nature of YHVH and the third commandment that prohibits taking the name of God in vain (lashav).


6 Names of God

Wednesdays, March 7th, 14th, and 28th from 7:00 – 8:15 PM

Instructor: Rabbi Daniel Lehrman

It’s strange: God is one, yet we have an abundance of different names for God in Judaism. Adonai. Elohim. Hashem. Ayn Sof. Hamakom. Avinu Malkeinu. Shechinah. One tradition says the entire Torah is composed of names of God. Why is this multiplicity of divine names so important in Judaism? What kinds of spiritual experience do the names name? How might the multiplicity within God’s oneness reflect the multiplicity of our own single selves? Guided by these questions, we will delve into the meanings of six names of God, two on each of three evenings (and maybe a couple more). Join us!


A History of Jewish Liturgy: A Four Part Series: Part 2

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM

March 14 & 21

Instructor: Cantor Bruce Ruben

In the nineteenth century the Reform movement, in its desire to harmonize Jewish worship with contemporary worship esthetics, stripped the liturgy of many of its medieval additions, excised repetition, and edited out theologically-troubling material. However, of the making of prayer books, there is no end. We will look at some contemporary approaches that continue the evolution of Jewish liturgy into our own time.

Free for members / $36 for all 4 sessions for non-members


Wise Aging

Wednesday, April 11th from 7:00 – 8:15 PM

Instructor: Dr. Lisa Grant

Please join us for a discussion of a nationwide program on Wise Aging and how our community might explore it together. This is a program that helps us to discover how to meet the challenges of getting older in thoughtful, joyful, and growth-inducing ways. Please contact Karen Brody, Adult Education Chair, at with questions.


The Reign of Solomon: The Last King of The United Monarchy

Everett Fox’s Translation of the Book of Kings

Thursdays 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Begins October 19 (runs through February)

Instructor: Rabbi Serge Lippe

Everett Fox’s translation of the Torah has been widely reclaimed as a scholarly, religious, and a literary masterpiece. Praising its unique and authoritative approach, the New York Times Book Review said, “It makes it possible for us to take up the Scripture as if we had never seen it before.” In his translation, The Early Prophets, Fox expands beyond his translation of Samuel to include the Book of Kings (I Kings chapters 1-11 along with II Chronicles chapters 1-9). We will learn about Solomon’s rise and consolidation of power, his building of the Temple in Jerusalem, the establishment of garrison cities in Megiddo, Hazor, Gezer, and beth-Horon, his establishment of administrative oversight and taxation throughout the kingdom, his political ties to King Hiram of Tyre, his many matrimonial alliances with foreign royal families, the famous visit of the Queen of Sheba, his reputation of extraordinary wisdom, insight, and judgment as reflect in the story of the infant with two women claiming to be its mother. Finally, we will study the internal political tensions and revolts in the East as his kingdom began to decline.

Free for members / $36 for non-members


Beginning Hebrew

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 PM

Begins October 18, Runs Oct-Dec, Feb-April

Instructor: Student Rabbi Evan Sheinhait

If you’ve always wanted to learn Hebrew, now’s your chance! Study with BHS’s Student Rabbi to decode the Hebrew alphabet and learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and more!

Free for members / $108 for non-members


Intermediate Prayer/Biblical Hebrew

Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:15 PM

Begins October 17, Runs Through the Spring

Instructor: Rabbi Serge Lippe

Text: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way (3rd Edition) EKS Publishing Presumes mastery of Hebrew decoding skills. Picks up where our Beginners course ended. We start with a review of basic vocabulary and grammar.

Free for members / $75 for non-members


Advanced Prayer/Biblical Hebrew

Wednesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Begins October 18, Runs Through the Spring

Instructor: Rabbi Serge Lippe

Text: The First Hebrew Primer (3rd Edition) EKS Publishing Presumes mastery of Hebrew decoding skills. Picks up where our Intermediate course ended. Assumes knowledge of basic vocabulary, verb participles, and past tense verbs. We will start with a review of the future tense and begin reading limited sections of the biblical Book of Ruth.

Free for members / $75 for non-members


Intermediate Conversational Hebrew

Thursdays, 9:45 – 11 AM

Begins Sept 28, Runs until End of November

Instructor: Sy Colen

Boost your Hebrew skills at BHS with a committed and trusted instructor, our very own Sy Colen. This course is designed for intermediate level students and will focus on a dual thrust curriculum: students will expand their knowledge of Hebrew in conversation and reading. Interested participants must be evaluated by the instructor prior to registration.

Free for members / $36 for non-members