The New Shul

Adult Learning


Classes and Groups

Mens Study Group, led by Rabbi Wasserman, on the parashah of the week. Sunday evenings at 7 pm starting on August 27. Meetings are in private homes.  Contact us for locations.

Young Parents’ Group, led by Rabbis Wasserman and Kanter. Occasional Shabbat afternoons. Contact us for details.

20-Somethings Book Group, led by Rabbis Kanter and Wasserman. Occcasional Shabbat afternoons. Contact us for details.

Teachings of the Hasidic Masters: The Circle of the Maggid of Mezrich, led by Rabbi Wasserman. Monday evenings at 7:30 pm (after minyan), beginning on August 28. At The New Shul.

Beginning to Intermediate Hebrew, led by Fran Richter. Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm (after minyan), beginning on August 23. At The New Shul (cost is $36 per semester).

Torah/Haftarah Reading Workshop. Details to be announced.

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

Lectures and Other Public Events

Pre High-Holiday Panel Discussion: Do We Always Have to Forgive? Rabbi Michael Wasserman, Rabbi Mari Chernow, Rabbi Leo Abrami. Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Wednesday Sept. 6, 7 pm.

Rabbi Mike Uram, Thurs. Sept. 7, 7 pm. “Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations.” Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Rabbi Uram is Executive Director of the University of Pennsylvania Hillel.

Pre-S’lihot Film Discussion:  “Is That You?” by Dani Menkin (2014).  Saturday night Sept. 16 at 8 pm. Followed by S’lihot service at 10 pm.

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

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.

Dr. Sheila Katz, Thurs. Apr. 12, 7 pm.  Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence.”  Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Katz received her doctorate in Middle East History from Harvard University where she specialized in Palestinian-Israeli relations. She lived in Jerusalem for six years where she founded one of the early feminist groups and a network for Palestinians and Israelis to confront tough issues together.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Thurs. May 17, 7 pm. “Preparing for Shavuot.” Co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Rabbi Yanklowitz is President and Dean of Valley Beit Midrash.

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 with thousands of titles. You can access it at here. To create your account, you will need an access code, which we will be happy to provide you with.