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Contemporary Jewish American Theater, a (very) brief survey from 1945-today
Monday, January 24, 8 PM (Part 2)

Jews, Live On Stage! This two-part series will dive into the contemporary Jewish American theatrical canon, from Neil Simon and Arthur Miller to Paula Vogel and Tony Kushner. Together we will read excerpts from their plays and ask what makes these works both “Jewish” and “American.” No acting experience is necessary!

Facilitated by David Chapman, JTS rabbinical student, a former theater director, and educator for almost ten years, a career that took him around the world including as a Fulbright scholar in Hungary, a Henry Luce Scholar in Vietnam, and an intern at UNESCO in Paris.

On Zoom


Intimate Voices - A Performer’s Exploration of Bach’s Six Masterpieces for Solo Violin
Saturdays, January 29, 8 PM
Join Sheila Reinhold in exploring the amazing set of Bach’s 6 works for solo violin – which she first studied with Jascha Heifetz – in a special adaptation of a course she taught this fall through the University of Denver. Each session will include live demonstrations, live performances, and discussions. A crowning example is a Chaconne from J. S. Bach’s Partita #2 for solo violin about which Brahms wrote: “On a single staff, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and the most powerful feelings.” 

Free to all, registration required. For more details, go to 


Goats, Stones, & Cigarettes:  Rabbinic Lenses on Climate Change
Thursday, February 10, 8 PM (Part two)
Can the rabbinic tradition handle climate change? Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the tragedy of the commons, the laws of the "public domain," and Torah-informed approaches to addressing the climate crisis!

Presented by Rabbi Hody Nemes the co-founder of Jewish Climate Action Network NYC, a grassroots advocacy group, and has presented about climate change to Jewish audiences across the country.

On Zoom


What does environmental justice have to do with protecting our planet? 
Wednesday, March 2, 8 PM  (Part three)
Please join CSAIR member Dr. Adriane Leveen, co-founder of Jewish Climate Action Network NYC as she interviews Victor Davila, A.C.T.I.O.N. Program Manager/Community Organizer at The Point about the work he has done around environmental justice in our Bronx communities and learn more about what steps you can take.

On Zoom

February 2022 Programming

New Jewish Canon Discussion Group
Thursday, February 24, 8 PM

Join a discussion group where we will read The New Jewish Canon: Ideas and Debates 1980-2015, co-edited by CSAIR member Yehuda Kurtzer. The book presents short original essays by Jewish leaders, followed by equally short commentaries on each piece. Topics include Jewish Politics and the Public Square, History, Memory, and Narrative, Religion and Religiosity, Identities and Communities. The discussion will be facilitated by Miriam Kanter. The first week will focus on the section
 Jewish Politics and the Public Square 

Additional discussions:  March 24, April 28

On Zoom


Register and view all classes running through June 2022.

Check out this educational series from JTS, the RA, and UCSJ that we are co-sponsoring! You can attend any and all of the programs for free with the code: CSAIR21.  

Email Rabbi Greenberg with any questions.

Series #4: The Other Within - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in a Pluralistic Movement

Wednesdays, January 26, February 2, 9


Wednesday, January 26
Pamela Barmash & Naomi Brunlehrmann & Susan Cohen
Class Title: Status of the Heresh and of Sign Language

Description: What is it like for a Deaf and Hard of Hearing member of a Conservative/Masorti synagogue to come on Shabbat or for a family simhah and not be able to avail themselves of a sign language interpreter, captioning service, or assistive listening devices? What is it like for a Deaf Jew to read in rabbinic literature that the deaf are placed in the same category as minors and the psychologically deranged, yet read in the Torah, “you shall not insult the deaf”? In 2011, the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS) of the Rabbinical Assembly approved two teshuvot on the deaf who use sign language that were hailed as landmarks in the Deaf Jewish community. Susan Cohen, president of the Jewish Deaf Resource Center, Naomi Brunnlehrman, hazzan of the Deaf and executive director of the Jewish Deaf Resource Center, join with Rabbi Pamela Barmash, author of those teshuvot and co-chair of the CJLS, for a discussion of the teshuvot and how you can make your home community more accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.


Wednesday, February 2
David Fishman
Class Title: When Jews Made Fellow Jews “Other”: Hasidism and Its Opponents
Description: The Hasidim, followers of the Ba’al Shem Tov and his spiritual heirs, emerged in the 18th century with controversial ideas related to Jewish practice and belief. While Hasidim coexisted peacefully with non-Hasidim in many communities, the Mitnagdim ("opponents") in many larger Jewish centers in Eastern Europe reacted to the Hasidim not only with condemnation, but with writs of excommunication and measures to persecute the members of the new movement. This internal Jewish religious strife led to the division of the community into rival "denominations'' for the first time in nearly a thousand years. We will study the conflict between the Hasidim and Mitnagdim and reflect on how the core principles of the dispute continue to shape our Jewish lives and guide our homes and institutions.  


Wednesday, February 9
Gail Labovitz
Class Title: From Kinyan to Brit: Options for Egalitarian Partnerships in Conservative Halakhah
Description: In classical Jewish law, marriage and divorce are unilateral acts in which a man "sets aside" a woman as his wife at the wedding, and releases her in divorce; concomitantly, the ceremony presumes a heterosexual couple. Could it be possible to have a Jewish marriage in which each partner, of whatever gender, is equally responsible for initiating the binding relationship, and has equal rights to seek its end when necessary? Rabbi Labovitz will discuss her recent responsum for the CJLS, adopted in April of 2020, to validate new, egalitarian options for Jewish marriages.



Torah for Today
with Rabbi Katz and Rabbi Greenberg
Every Wednesday unless otherwise noted at 10:30 AM

For generations, Jews have lived their lives in conversation with Parshat HaShavua, the weekly Torah reading. Reading about the relationships of our ancestors to each other offered us a perspective on our own families. Hearing how the ancient Israelites became a nation, gave us the language to talk about the Jewish people and our place in the world. Questions about God, morality, leadership. what it means to be a human being and live a good life are all raised in the sweep of the year’s Torah reading cycle.

Each week we will look at selections from the Parshat HaShavua for the coming weekend along with ancient and modern commentary. Our learning will focus on deep understanding and connecting the themes of the weekly reading to what is going on today in our lives.

No experience is necessary. All texts are provided in English along with Hebrew. 

Sponsored by the CSAIR Sisterhood.

Contact for more information or check your email.


What's On Our Mind: Weekly Pre-Shabbat Shmooze
Fridays at Noon - 12:30 PM
Join with staff and leadership from CSAIR for lunch and a chance to catch up before Shabbat. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat together over Zoom!
Contact for more information.


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 and to confirm meeting dates, email
Charlie Goldfischer.


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.

Addressing Racism: Transforming Awareness Into Action

We hope to achieve greater sensitivity to and language for talking about racism but we also want to take concrete actions. We recognize that many Jews have parallel identities – one that benefits from white privilege (for those Jews who are white) and one that has a history of oppression, antisemitism. The internal work will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of this duality, both its benefits and its complications, and exploring how we can use our unique Jewish sensitivity to oppression to work against racism. We are on this journey together as a congregation. We hope to move forward thoughtfully, constructively, and with care. Whatever your knowledge base, background, or political affiliation, we are all learning together and we welcome you to join us.

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Emunah Groups 2.0

Emunah groups have formed around a particular common interest and are welcoming new members. They meet approximately once a month.

Theater and music facilitated by Deborah Lupkin Ungar
Cooking/baking facilitated by Leona Chudy
Literature facilitated by Sharon Kern-Taub

Please email Abby Pitkowsky to be added to any of these groups.


Community Emergency Resource Guide
The Riverdale Clergy Conference has put together a document with resources for the community to utilize during this pandemic. The resources compiled in the document deal with many issues including domestic violence, worker's rights, childcare, financial needs, food assistance, housing, mental health resources, and more. Please click here.

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