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Learning with Your Clergy





Foundations of Judaism: Prayer

Want to learn about Judaism for the first time, or for the first time in a long time? Want to practice our prayers in a fun, judgment-free zone and deepen your understanding of Jewish prayer?
Come learn with your clergy!

Class Schedule:
Sundays  |  9:15 – 10:30 AM

Oct 29  •  Nov 5  •  Dec 3  •  Jan 7, 21, & 28  •  Feb 4  •  Mar 3 & 17  •  Apr 7

To RSVP or with questions, contact Rabbi Sank Ross (

Topic Prayer

Oct 29
Jewish Prayer: A Basic Vocabulary Barchu & Shema

Nov 5
Jewish Prayer: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How V'ahavta

Dec 3
The Order and Structure of Jewish Prayer Mi Chamocha

Jan 7
Differences in Prayer Practices in Different
Jewish Communities
Adoani S'fatai & Avot

Jan 21
Choreography Adonai S'fatai & Avot

Jan 28
Your Theology of Prayer and the Amidah G'vurot & Oseh Shalom

Feb 4
Mishkan Tefilah: Our Prayer Book Adonai S'fatai, Avot,
G'vurot & Oseh Shalom

Mar 3
Reform Prayer Theology Aleinu

Mar 17
Prayer and Mourning Mourner's Kaddish

Apr 7
Siyyum & Extemporaneous Prayer in Judaism and Prayers for Special Moments Shechechyanu



Jewish History Through Fiction

This class will use selected works of Jewish historical fiction to look at the key ideas, cultural currents, challenges, debates and opportunities Jews faced in history. Participants do not have to read the novels suggested, although they will provide background into what we will discuss each session. One of the goals is for students to consider how some of the concerns we face as Jews today arose in the past, helping define one’s own sense about what is important in terms of a personal Jewish identity and why. 

Class Schedule:
Thursdays  |  9:30 – 11:00 AM

Nov 2 & 16  •  Dec 7  •  Jan 18  •  Mar 21  •  Apr 4  •  May 2

 To RSVP or with questions, contact Rabbi Sank Ross (

Historical Period Book(s)

Nov 2
Biblical Period
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Red Tent by Anita Diament
The King David Report by Stefan Heym


Nov 16
Hellenistic / Roman Era The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman

Dec 7
Talmudic Age As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg
Jan 18 World of the Goenim &
Medieval Period

A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
Rashi's Daughters by Maggie Anton

Mar 21 Medieval World through
The Inquisition

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Last Jew by Noah Gordon
The Last Kabbalist by Richard Zimler

Apr 4 Enlightenment & Emancipation to Holocaust
The Coffee Trader by David Liss
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

May 2 Modernity: Jewish Identity in Israel & Diaspora
The Rise of David Levinsky by Abraham Cahan
The Brothers Ashkenazi by I.J. Singer
The Red Balcony by Jonathan Wilson
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


If you plan on purchasing any books listed above and wish to support a local, independent bookstore, we are grateful that Theodore’s Books (Oyster Bay) is offering a 15% discount on all books.
Please indicate that you are in “The Jewish Journey book club” at The Community Synagogue.


History of the State of Israel
From the early days of Zionism through today... and tomorrow

Taught by Israeli Educator, Uri Feinberg & Moderated by Rabbi Irwin Zeplowitz
Cost: $36 per screen for all 7 sessions

How did we get to where we are today, what will happen next and what are the facts that can help us balance a love for Israel as a land that embraces Jewish values of human dignity, justice, truth, peace and Jewish pride.

Class Schedule:
Tuesdays at 10:00 AM & Thursdays at 6:30 PM

Tues, Nov 14  •  Thurs, Nov 16  •  Tues, Nov 21  •  Tues, Nov 28 
Thurs, Nov 30  •  Tues, Dec 5  •  Thurs, Dec 7

To register, complete this short form.

As this class is offered on Zoom ONLY, cost to participate is per screen.
For safety & security reasons, this helps the event moderator to know who to allow onto the Zoom session

The following information will be used by the event organizer if they need to contact you for any reason prior to the event.
A confirmation will be emailed to this address.




Thu, May 23 2024 15 Iyar 5784