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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.


MAY 2024
Caregiver Support Group
Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors *  
Summertime and the Singing is Easy:  Friday Night Services and Dinner with Gedalia Penner Robinson


JUNE 2024

CSAIR Fights Hunger - Shavuot Food Drive
College Student Shabbat Dinner Hosted by Shoshi and Rabbi Katz
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at CSAIR

What’s the Buzz in Israel *  

Note: Check your emails or the website for additional programming and updates throughout the year. Also, view your email for Zoom credentials.

MAY 2024

Caregiver Support Group
Tuesday, May 28, 7:45 PM
| Zoom

If you are a caregiver in need of guidance and support, join CSAIR's caregiver support group! It is a safe space to share your experience and seek counsel. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month unless stated otherwise. If interested, please email Deborah Lupkin-Unger or Ellen Werlin.

Pirkei Avot: Ethics of Our Ancestors 
Wednesday, May 29, 10:30 AM | In Person
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. This will be the last class of the semester.

Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood.

Summertime and the Singing is Easy:  Friday Night Services and Dinner with Gedalia Penner Robinson
Friday, May 31, 6:15 PM

Join us for Gedalia's final weekend at CSAIR. He will lead a spirited and joyful Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv. Following services, during dinner, Gedalia will lead us in singing songs for the summer and some goodbye songs. All are welcome for services.

Note: Please RSVP for dinner by noon, Wednesday, May 29.

JUNE 2024

CSAIR Fights Hunger - Shavuot Food Drive
In-person donations on Sunday, June 2, 10:00 - 11:30 AM | At CSAIR

In recognition of Shavuot 5784, and to provide for communal action to help feed those in need, CSAIR Fights Hunger invites you to join a synagogue-wide Shavuot food drive. Our food drive will support the Riverdale and Kingsbridge Friendly Fridges.

THE CSAIR Shavuot Food Drive begins Wednesday evening, May 29th.

If you cannot bring your donation to shul, please contact Carole Gothelf (Carole@gothelf.net) or Robin Weinstein (robinsweinstein@gmail.com) to make alternate arrangements for donating.

College Student Shabbat Dinner Hosted by Shoshi and Rabbi Katz
Friday, June 7th | Following Kabbalat Shabbat services

RSVP by Tuesday, June 4.

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at CSAIR
Tuesday, June 11

8:00 PM - Minha and Shavuot Student Torah Reading | Sanctuary and Social Hall 
Join us to unroll the Torah as well as hear kids chanting sweetly for the first time in honor of Shavuot.

9:09 PM - Maariv | Sanctuary

9:30 PM - Dinner and cheesecake | Social Hall 

Tween Tikkun, 10:00 PM | Beit HaMidrash
All 5th-8th graders are invited to learn with Mason Voit.

All-Night Tikkun Leil Shavuot: "Adversity, Resilience and Hope"
Starting at 10:00 PM | Social Hall and Library
Learning all night long with Rabbi Miriam Weidberg, Rabbi Abby Sosland, Jeff Wechselblatt, and more, concluding with a sunrise service. 

Note: More information coming soon.

To sponsor dinner, cheesecake, or kiddush for Shavuot click here.

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
May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21

Zoom
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.

Sat, May 25 2024 17 Iyyar 5784