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.


For 20 years, there has been an active BHS book club  and many of the members have been consistent participants  for those 20 years. Meeting every month except for the summer and always welcoming new members, the group has explored a wide range of literature, all with some Jewish connection.   The breadth of their reading, (click here) is an over view of the wealth of literature on Jewish topics, from novels to history to poetry to memoirs and biography.  The group also hosts parties twice a year. By fostering  long term relationships through shared intellectual curiosity, the book group exemplifies the BHS community.  Contact the office or the website for the schedule and next book. The group next September. See you then.

“Give Us A King!”

Everett Fox’s translation of the Torah has been widely acclaimed as a scholarly, religious, and 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 “Give Us a King!” Fox turns to the two books of Samuel, which contain some of the Bible’s most famous stories and most unforgettable personalities: the barren Hannah, who will be mother to the prophet Samuel; the tragic King Saul; Bathsheba, the object of King David’s illicit desire and the future mother of King Solomon; and King David himself, the romantic hero who becomes a legendary but morally compromised monarch.

The Golden Age of the Cantorate

Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
May 16
Instructor: Cantor Bruce Ruben
Free for members
With the flood of millions of Eastern European immigrants to America, a group of phenomenally talented cantors arrived on our shores.  For a few decades, there was a flowering of a Golden Age of traditional cantors.  We will study their stories and listen to recordings of their music.

A Gift for Your Soul

Tuesdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm
 May 16
Instructor: Rabbi Molly G. Kane

Join Rabbi Molly Kane for a monthly class aimed at nourishing your soul and cultivating a deeper connection to living a sacred life. Each class will be based around a theme: love, compassion, comfort, and body awareness.  We will explore the theme through text study, chanting and singing, and mindfulness practices that we will do in class that you can then incorporate into your daily life. Class community and continuity is extremely important so you must commit to being present in both mind and body to all monthly meetings.  Returning students are welcome to continue!  Any new students interested, please contact Rabbi Kane at

Introduction to Judaism:

An Exploration for Curious Adults
Tuesdays at BHS, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
First session April 25
Instructor: Rabbi Sue Oren
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice.  In a warm and open environment, explore Jewish thought, prayer and practice, learn about Jewish history and holidays, wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues, discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life and death.

$400 course tuition plus $25 materials fee.
Early bird discount ends April 14!

For registration, questions, and course fee contact Rabbi Sue Oren, 917-539-1334 or

Co-sponsors: Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Park Slope Jewish Center, Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Shalom, Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr, Progressive Shaarei Zedek, & Union Temple

Beginners’ Prayer Hebrew

Tuesdays, 7:45pm – 9:00pm
Course continues through June 2017
Instructor: Rabbi Serge A. Lippe
FREE for members / $75 for non-members
In the first semester learn to phonetically decode the consonantal letters and vowel symbols that make up Hebrew words in the Bible and prayerbook. During the second semester we learn to recognize and translate a foundational vocabulary and begin an introduction to basic elements of Hebrew grammar.

Text to purchase: Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way (3rd Edition) EKS Publishing

Intermediate Prayer Hebrew

Wednesdays, 8:00am – 9:00am
Course continues through June 2017
Instructor: Rabbi Serge A. Lippe
Presumes mastery of Hebrew decoding skills. Picks up where our Beginner’s course ends. We start with a review of basic vocabulary and verb participles and move on to conjugating the past tense and begin reading limited sections of the biblical Book of Ruth.
Text to purchase: The First Hebrew Primer (3rd Edition) EKS Publishing

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew

Thursdays, 9:45am – 11:00am
Course continues through June 2017
Instructor: Sy Colen
FREE for members / $36 for non-members
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.


Chavurah: Let’s Talk Torah

Saturdays, 9:30am (alternating with guest clergy)
Rabbi Serge A. Lippe, Rabbi Molly G. Kane, Cantor Bruce Ruben

New in 2017:

Hone your Torah-study skills with Student Rabbi Danny Moss.
On Jan. 21, Mar. 18, and Apr. 22, arrive by 8:45am to talk through the process of learning Torah.  Ask questions regarding the text, and gain skills to study on your own.

It’s Shabbat morning and a short prayer service is beginning.  By 10am coffee has been served, along with bagels, cream cheese, and muffins.  The leader may be Rabbi Lippe, Rabbi Kane, Rabbi Person, Rabbi Lehrman, Rabbi Oren, Rabbi Henkin or Cantor Ruben, or perhaps a special invited teacher. Some or all of the week’s Parasha (weekly Torah installment) is read aloud in English, paragraph by paragraph, with many pauses for discussion.  The atmosphere is one of camaraderie with everyone learning from Torah, and from each other. Bring your own favorite chumash (English Torah translation and commentary) or use one of ours. Come and learn, make Shabbat Torah study a part of your life.  It will help to make your life part of the living Torah.