Weekly Adult Education Classes

Classes taught by Rabbi Hillel Lavery-Yisraëli

All classes are now in-person only, with no Zoom or Livestream.

Class schedule is always subject to change. Please contact the office to sign up, confirm attendance, and to register to receive updates: info@iccj2004.org or (718) 591-5353.

Monday evenings, immediately after 7:30 PM minyan

A Jewish Homeland:
Sources Investigated

An examination of various sources upon which modern Zionism is based. From Tanakh and Talmud, to the writings of Herzl and other important contemporary Jewish thinkers.

Beginning Dec 18, 2023

Thursday afternoons, 12:30-1:30 PM

Lunch and Learn:
David Melekh Yisra’el:
His Life and Legacy

An exploration of the life of King David via the book of Samuel and the Psalms, viewed through the lens of classical and contemporary commentaries and more.

Beginning Dec 14, 2023

Shabbat afternoons, approx. 30 minutes before Candle Lighting

Se’udah Shelishit Discussion: Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah

Every Shabbat afternoon between Mincha and Ma’ariv we study selection of Maimonides’ Code of law while enjoying a light meal, singing, and celebrating the last minutes of Shabbat.

Shabbat Lunch & Learn

led by Cantor Shiya Ribowsky

Saturdays, following 9:00 AM morning services
Beginning Jan 20, 2024

Includes lunch

The Jewish Calendar

The Why, the When & the How

A discussion-based seminar studying the origins of the Jewish calendar, and how it differs from the secular. Topics will include: Why Jewish holidays begin at night, why most of our holidays are celebrated for two days, and why Rosh Hashana is not the Jewish New Year.

Registration required: info@iccj2004.org

Fresh Bet Midrash

led by Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraëli

Sunday evenings, 6:30 PM

Talmud, Tractate Shabbat

Fresh Meadows has a Fresh Bet Midrash!

Students learn Talmud using traditional, rigorous methods, learning texts in their original languages, Aramaic and Hebrew. It’s hard work, but the reward is a deeper, more intuitive understanding of the material. With the aid of an ocean of dictionaries and a desire to learn, you can do it too! And once you taste the freedom of reading for yourself, you won’t want to go back.

Any adult Jew is welcome. Open level. Beginners will level up through the natural challenge of grammar and vocabulary; advanced students will have extra reading from rishonim and aḥaronim.

Connect with your ancestors’ wisdom today.

Contact Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraëli at freshbetmidrash@proton.me for an application form.