Adult Education at WES

West End Synagogue is committed to universal adult study of Jewish sources, history and cultural expression in its many forms. Through our Adult Education Project, we pursue our vision of a congregation as literate and well-educated in Jewish terms as it is in secular terms.


Plan to join us for stimulating and thought provoking events!

Download our Fall 2017 Adult Education brochure

Please check daily calendar in case of scheduling changes!

WES COURSES

SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
3 pm to 5:30 pm
Every other Monday beg. Oct. 16
Led by Judith Friedman
Participants will write and share short pieces on childhood memories, spiritual awakenings, personal understandings of the Torah stories and more. WES members only.

TORAH ON TUESDAYS
7 pm to 9 pm
2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month
Led by Susan Schorr
All are welcome to join this ongoing study of the Torah in English. We read the text (in English) and consider it from the perspectives of literature, sacred text, religious mythology, family lore, psychology, drama, history, pop culture, and more. Drop in and join the conversation, or just listen and enjoy! No prior experience required.  Currently reading the Abraham chapters in Genesis.  

WISE AGING: LIVING WITH JOY, RESILIENCE AND SPIRIT
4 pm to 5:30 pm
8 Wednesdays, Oct. 18 to Dec. 13
(except Nov. 22)
Led by Sandy Warshaw
This course will explore the power to prepare, to become stronger, more resilient and navigate the challenges of aging. Limited to 10-12 participants aged 60+. WES members only.

IMMIGRATION, ANTI-SEMITISM AND RACISM REDUX: 135 YEARS OF AMERICAN JEWISH WRITERS ON THESE SUBJECTS
7 pm to 8 pm
Wednesdays, Oct. 18 to Nov. 29 (except Nov. 22) Led by Carole Kessner
Using short stories and novellas, we will discuss the historical development of the problems of immigration, anti-Semitism and racism since Emma Lazarus’ words were affixed to the Statue of Liberty in 1883.

LEONARD COHEN: SPORTSMAN, SHEPHERD AND LAZY BASTARD (IN HIS OWN WORDS)
7 pm to 8:30 pm
3 Thursdays, Nov. 9 to Nov. 30
Led by Susan Schorr
Study the values and messages in Leonard Cohen’s poetry and songs that often used everyday experiences to transmit universal and intensely personal sacred truths.

FRANCE AND ITS JEWS
7 pm to 8 pm
3 Thursdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 2
Led by Irwin Wall
The French Jewish Community today is the third largest concentration of Jews in the world. This course will provide a brief history of the Jews of France in the modern period.

ART AS MIDRASH
Schedule to be announced
Led by Connie Goldfarb
Interactive seminars in which different artists’ interpretation of selected Torah stories will be examined.

SHABBAT-BASED LEARNING

TORAH STUDY
9 am to 10 am
Shabbat mornings
Led by Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae
Every week, Rabbi Kennebrae leads text study of the weekly Torah portion. As a learning community, we seek to draw on our texts, honor them for what they represented in their time of creation and explore how they can be applied in our time.

SHABBAT STUDY MINYAN
10 am to 11:15 am
Shabbat mornings
Led by Michael Graff
Close study of essential Jewish texts. Reading in advance of each session required.

HAMATMID/JEWISH ETHICS
1:30 pm to 3 pm
Shabbat afternoons
Led by Susan Schorr
Drop in any Shabbat and join the discussion. First and third Saturdays we study texts— either the haftarah of the day or selected passages from the prayerbook. On the second and fourth Saturdays, we discuss ethics drawing from our tradition and our life experiences.

CHUG IVRI
2 pm to 3 pm
Last Shabbat of each month
Held in members’ homes
Led by David Goldfarb
A chance to gain fluency in Hebrew by reading and discussing stories, poetry and articles on current affairs.

SCHOLAR-INRESIDENCEWEEKEND

THE TALMUD: JUDAISM’S GREATEST CULTURAL MASTERPIECE
Saturday-Sunday, December 9-10
Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Rabbinic Literature
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

MIDDAH (MORAL TRAITS) STUDY

TIKKUN MIDDOT PROJECT
WES members
continue to study middot using the Tikkun Middot Project materials from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, designed to promote the development of a contemporary Jewish spirituality practice.

MIDDAH ON MONDAYS STUDY GROUP
7 pm to 9 pm
Third Monday of each month
All WES members are welcome to join this ongoing group which explores West End’s Middah of the Month using both traditional materials and a wealth of texts from modern authors, pop culture and more.


West End Synagogue is committed to universal adult study of Jewish sources, history and cultural expression in its many forms. Through our Yad Mordecai Adult Education Project, we pursue our vision of a congregation as literate and well-educated in Jewish terms as it is in secular terms.  

Adult Education programs and activities focus on the vital areas of education, community, and outreach:

  • Education - Working to deepen the congregation's Jewish knowledge at all levels through educational and cultural programs and events.
  • Community - Involving members, enhancing interaction among the various WES populations, enriching the communal life of the congregation, and complementing school programs for parents.
  • Outreach - Providing educational opportunities for the community at large that enhance Jewish living and promote Reconstructionism.

Activities sponsored by Adult Education include:

  • Single-session lectures and courses, as well as longer series on selected topics by our Rabbi, Cantor, and invited speakers.
  • A variety of musical, theatrical, and literary programs.
  • Scholar in Residence and Artist in Residence programs that bring prominent figures in Jewish thought and culture to West End Synagogue.

We are particularly proud of our ground-breaking 2012-2013 Na'aleh adult bar/bar mitzvah program, which has been featured on the Innovating Congregations blog of the Jewish Education Project: http://innovatingcongregations.org/adult-barbat-mitzvah-a-vehicle-for-congregational-engagement/.

For more information contact the wesoffice [at] westendsynagogue.org (WES Office).

Contact

190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 579-0777
Fax: (212) 579-2669
Email: admin [at] westendsynagogue.org
Affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist movement
 

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