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Adult Jewish Learning 
2023/2024

The Gerson D. Cohen Institute for Adult Jewish Learning

CSAIR is committed to providing a range of Jewish learning for the Riverdale community.  Classes and programs are open to all.  Most of our programs are free and subsidized by CSAIR.   For more information or to sponsor an adult education program, please contact Rabbi Katie Greenberg, Director of Engagement and Programming at 718-543-8400 ext. 1 or engagement@csair.org.

Classes, Events & Programs at a Glance

Check your emails or the website for additional programming and updates throughout the year.

Represents an ongoing program.  Additional ongoing programming can be found below.


FEBRUARY 2024 
CSAIR Goes to Broadway
Davening Beit Midrash


MARCH 2024

The Matriarchs in the Amidah 
Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors *  
Shabbat Chamudim

Intimate Voices World-Class Chamber Music
Free Sensory/Autism-Friendly Family Program

What’s the Buzz in Israel *  


APRIL 2024

Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors *  
What’s the Buzz in Israel *  


MAY 2024

Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors *  
A Concert Celebrating New Jewish Music
What’s the Buzz in Israel *  


JUNE 2024

What’s the Buzz in Israel *  
 

Note: Check your emails or the website for additional programming and updates throughout the year.

FEBRUARY 2024

CSAIR Goes to Broadway (Limited tickets available)
Prayer for the French Republic
Wednesday, February 28 | 7:00 PM
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Join Rabbi Greenberg and members of CSAIR for a visit to the Samuel J. Friedman Theater for their showing of the acclaimed Broadway show, Prayer for the French Republic!

Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning playwright Joshua Harmon brings his critically acclaimed play to Broadway, telling the story of one family’s history dealing with hatred and danger. In 1944, a French Jewish couple wonders about the safety of their missing family members as well as themselves. In the present day, five generations later, their descendants, living in the same part of Paris, ask themselves the same question. Read Review.

Tickets are $71.50 which includes a talkback with someone from the production at the end of the show. The seats are located in the upper mezzanine. There is an elevator to the Mezzanine level and stairs to access the actual seats. Register Here. The tickets will be first come first served. 

For those who are interested, we will meet for dinner beforehand at Taam Tov, a Uzbeki Kosher meat restaurant (with ample vegetarian options) which is a ten-minute walk away from the theater. It is located on the third floor and there are stairs and an elevator available. We will meet around 5:00 PM. 

In addition, we will attempt to arrange carpools from Riverdale for those in need of them as well. Please indicate on the form if you are interested in meeting for dinner and/or giving or getting a ride downtown.

We look forward to going to Broadway with you!

Davening Beit Midrash
Wednesday, February 28, 7:45 PM | Library

Aspiring prayer leaders and curious shul-goers will have a greater grasp on the ins and outs of the prayers. You can listen and learn at your own pace. Questions: contact Gedalia.

MARCH 2024

The Matriarchs in the Amidah
Saturday, March 2 | Noon
On Shabbat at the end of services (before kiddush), Rabbi Katz and Rabbi Greenberg will teach about approaches to making changes to the liturgy and share examples of how different communities reference the Biblical matriarchs (Imahot) in the Amidah.

After kiddush, there will be a chance for people to ask questions in the library. This community learning is a continuation of discussions in the Ritual Committee considering expanding the use of the Imahot in our prayers to include the Amida. The Ritual Committee and Rabbi Katz will meet again after this session and share further thoughts with the congregation this Spring. There will be no dvar Torah during services this morning.

Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors 
Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 AM | Zoom
What wisdom is worth passing on to the next generation? The rabbis asked this question thousands of years ago, and the result is a text that continues to inspire us with its moral and ethical insight. This year, join Rabbi Katz and Rabbi Greenberg to study the last half of chapters four and five of the book together. We will look at classical and modern commentary by women and men. No experience is necessary. All texts are provided in English along with Hebrew. 

Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood

Shabbat Chamudim
Friday, March 8 | 5:30 PM

Please join us for Shabbat Chamudim, a family-friendly Friday Night service and dinner, held at a convenient time for young children and their grown-ups. We will meet at 5:30 PM for a family service, followed by dinner. The whole program will be over by 7:00 PM.

Please RSVP by Noon, Wednesday, March 6.

Intimate Voices | World-class chamber music right here at CSAIR 
Saturday, March 9, 8:00 PM

Intimate Voices chamber music in an intimate setting presented and hosted by CSAIR.  World-class chamber music, led by violinist Sheila Reinhold, right here at CSAIR.  The program includes string quartets by Brahms and Mozart. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door by cash or check. 

Brochure
Tickets
Website

Join us for our Free Sensory/Autism-Friendly Family Program!
Sunday afternoon, March 10, 3:00 - 4:00 PM | Lobby
Interactive, sensory/autism-friendly family program features informal explorations of selections of great chamber music, live and up close with Intimate Voices musicians. The CSAIR Lounge is an intimate and simple space, with enough room for kids to sit where they wish (for example, on mats or in chairs with family) and for kids to move freely as they wish. Designed for ages 5 and up, this one-hour program will also be enjoyed by younger children who are particularly drawn to music, and by adults of all ages. We welcome all families!

What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, March 20, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

APRIL 2024

Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors 
Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, 10:30 AM | Zoom
What wisdom is worth passing on to the next generation? The rabbis asked this question thousands of years ago, and the result is a text that continues to inspire us with its moral and ethical insight. This year, join Rabbi Katz and Rabbi Greenberg to study the last half of chapters four and five of the book together. We will look at classical and modern commentary by women and men. No experience is necessary. All texts are provided in English along with Hebrew. 

Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood

What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

MAY 2024

Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors 
Wednesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30 AM | Zoom
(Note: May 8, In person, May 29, in person, last class)
What wisdom is worth passing on to the next generation? The rabbis asked this question thousands of years ago, and the result is a text that continues to inspire us with its moral and ethical insight. This year, join Rabbi Katz and Rabbi Greenberg to study the last half of chapters four and five of the book together. We will look at classical and modern commentary by women and men. No experience is necessary. All texts are provided in English along with Hebrew. 

Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood.

A Concert Celebrating New Jewish Music
Sunday, May 19, 5:00 PM
Join us for a live concert of new music by Jewish composers and performers! This diverse program will feature vocal and instrumental music by artists who explore Jewish identity through their work. Exact artists to be publicized closer to the event.

What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, May 22, 8 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

JUNE 2024

What’s the Buzz in Israel
Wednesday, June 19, 8:00 PM | Zoom
CSAIR members Debbie Uriel, David Davar, and Judy Kunoff will discuss and share what they are hearing on Israeli podcasts.

Sponsored by the Israel Committee

ONGOING PROGRAMMING

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Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors
See program dates through May 2024 above.

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Hug Ivri
Sundays, 11:00 AM
A Hebrew discussion group to talk about politics, literature, current events, and more.
For more information and to confirm meeting dates, email
Yaakov Taitz.

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Yiddish Vinkl
Sundays, 10:00 AM
(approximately 90 minutes)
Enjoy the joys of Yiddish with a group that meets to schmooze together.
For more information, email
Charlie Goldfischer.  Feel free to email Charlie to confirm a scheduled meeting date.

Scheduled dates are as follows:

In-Person
February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21

Zoom
February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1

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Israeli Dancing
Thursday evenings at 8:00 PM at CSAIR.  All are welcome. Click here to be added to the mailing list.

Wed, February 28 2024 19 Adar I 5784