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Ongoing Classes

New Class (Winter 2021): Beyond Dispute

Beyond Dispute, a curriculum prepared by the Jewish Theological Seminary, offers students the opportunity to discuss and continue arguments that have shaped Jewish life over the last three thousand years. The class takes place on Zoom - for login information please consult the links at KI Shabbat Central. Class materials, including short video lectures and source sheets, are made available in advance - please contact for more information.

Classes meet on most Thursdays, 10:45-noon. For up to date scheduling information, please consult the calendar

Introduction to Judaism

Join fellow students and dynamic teachers for classes on a wide range of Jewish themes, offered at an introductory level for both Jews and non-Jews. No prerequisites or prior knowledge required. Offered once every 2-3 years - to express interest, please speak with Myrna Hammerling.

Torah Portion of the Week with Myrna Hammerling
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:30AM in KI Library

Rabbi's Thursday Class
Thursdays from 10:45 to noon in the K.I. Library, during the school year
2021: Beyond Dispute (Jewish Theological Seminary)
2020: Together and Apart (Shalom Hartman Institute)
2019-20: Arguing as Jews, an original course by Rabbi Weiner about arguments among the sages of the classical rabbinic era
2018-19: Walking with Justice (from the American Jewish University)
2017-18: The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in the Age of Choice (from the Jewish Theological Seminary)
2016-17: The Book of Deuteronomy
2015-16: The Books of Samuel and Kings
Previous Years: The Path of the Just; Maimonides Mishne Torah; Artson, God of Relationship and Becoming

Shabbat Minha-Maariv
Saturday afternoons, 15-30 minutes before sundown, from Labor Day until seder
Participate in ancient conversations about our most important stories, struggles and ultimate questions.

2019-20: Judaism, Nationalism, Globalism (based on Hartman Institute materials)
2018-19: Haggadah
2017-18: Tanhuma Shemot
2016-17: Babylonian Talmud Masechet Rosh Hashana
2015-16: Pesikta deRav Kahana
Previous topics: Eicha Rabbah, Bereshit Rabbah, The Book of Psalms, Hasidic interpretations of the Torah portion

Enhanced Prayer Class with Myrna Hammerling
Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30AM in K.I. Library

Review texts of traditional Hebrew Prayers, understand the literal meaning, express the prayer in your own words.  Working with two books, one with traditional Hebrew prayer texts and one teaching simple grammer through prayer vocabulary, we will work on ways to make the prayer experience more meaningful.

$35 fee + cost of books.  Register with Myrna Hammerling or call 413-445-4872 x16

Learn to Read Hebrew with Myrna Hammerling

Offered to groups by request. Register by calling (413) 445-4872 x16 or email to


Tue, May 11 2021 29 Iyyar 5781