The New Shul

Adult Learning



Mens Study Group, led by Rabbi Wasserman. Teachings of the Hasidic Masters. Sunday evenings at 7 pm starting on August 27. Meetings are in private homes. Please contact us for location.

Other classes led by Rabbi Wasserman to be announced.

For classes led by Rabbi Kanter, please visit the Womens Jewish Learning Center website.


Rabbi Eugene Korn, Sun. Oct. 29, 7 pm. “Jewish Schizophrenia: What did the Rabbis Think of Christianity?” Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Rabbi Korn is Academic Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Jerusalem, and is the founding editor of Meorot: A Forum for Modern Orthodox Discourse, based at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York City.

Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, Mon. Nov. 13, 7 pm. “Can I Trust You?: Kashrut, Social Dynamics and Jewish Unity.”  C0-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Rabbi Leitowitz heads the Sulam Yaakov Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and serves as a member of the Jerusalem City Council.

Dr. Shaul Magid, Thurs. Nov. 30, 7 pm. “Why Should Progessive Jews Care About Hasidism?” Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Dr. Magid is Chair of Jewish Studies at Indiana University, and the author of many books on Jewish thought

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Thurs. Feb. 1, 2018, 7 pm.  “Building Heavenly Disagreement on Israel in American Jewish Life” Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash.  Rabbi Weintraub leads the Jewish Council for Public Affairs’ Civility Campaign

Dr. Rachel Tzvia Back, Thurs. Feb. 22, 2018, 7 pm.  “The Woman’s Voice in Modern Hebrew Poetry.” Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash.  Dr. Back is an English-language Israeli poet, translator and literary researcher.

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Mon. Feb. 26, 2018, 7 pm.  “Mi Yodea: Humility and Hope in an Uncertain World.” Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash.  Rabbi Anisfeld is Dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Boston.

On-Site and Digital Libraries

You are welcome to borrow books from The New Shul’s library on-site. In addition New Shul members are invited to make use of the Jennifer Pavelich Memorial Digital Library, a web-based Jewish library of approximately 200 titles. You can access it at To create your account, you will need an access code, which you can get by emailing Janette Silverman at