Spring Learning Series

We are delighted to offer this Spring 5777 Learning Series at FTJC sponsored by Sara Farber-Smigel in loving memory of her uncle Donald Farber z"l and her grandmother Concetta Milardo z"l who both passed away in 5776. Click here for a full listing of topics and teachers, dates and times.



Living a Jewish Life: An Introduction to Judaism
15 Sundays beginning November 6, except near holidays, 8:00-9:30 PM
star-menorahWhether you’re a Jew looking to build your knowledge or a non-Jew thinking about becoming Jewish, this course is perfect for those who want an introduction or a refresher to the basics of Judaism: texts, holidays, rituals, history, concepts, and more. No knowledge of Hebrew necessary.
Hosted in participants’ homes.
Taught by Rabbi Matthew Goldstone, an FTJC member and Ph.D. candidate in Talmud at NYU
Tuition: $350 individual / $500 couple
limited financial aid is available, e-mail Rabbi Guy
Questions? e-mail Rabbi Goldstone


hebrew letter alephHebrew Reading, Level One
Four weeknights (Mon or Tue), beginning week of November 14, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Go from zero knowledge of Hebrew to sounding out Hebrew letters, vowels and words directly from the siddur (prayerbook)!
Hebrew Reading, Level Two
Five weeknights (Mon or Tue), beginning week of January 9, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Learn to follow along with prayers in the siddur, practicing speed, with recognizing and understanding common words and phrases.
Taught by Meggie Kwait, faculty at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan.
(Mon or Tue TBD by those who pre-register).
Home of Meggie and Derek, 106 Pinehurst Ave. Apt A53
Suggested donation: $5-$10 per session


yadWeekly Torah Portion through Rabbinic Eyes
Every Thursday night, 8:30-9:30 PM, via web-based video conference
Begins Thu October 27 with Parashat Bereishit

Warm up to Torah from the comfort of your own home (no travel! no babysitters!), exploring the portion we’ll read on the coming Shabbat, with focused teachings in original text with translations.

Taught by Rabbi Sara Zacharia, an FTJC member born in Brooklyn, brought up Haredi, and ordained in 1999. She has taught creative, engaging, and relevant Torah in multiple settings and modes.
Pre-Registration required here.



map of middle eastTalmud’s Supreme Seven: Passages Every Modern Jew Should Know!
Seven Wednesdays, beginning November 16, 8:00-9:30 PM
Sail the sea of Talmud, with visits to essential passages addressing topics such as suffering, conversion, Shabbat, the Giving of Torah, and more. Based on a curriculum by Dr. David Kraemer, Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS. We’ll discuss texts—and the important questions they raise—in original and translation, often with classic commentaries such as Rashi and Tosafot.

Taught by FTJC’s Rabbi Guy Austrian
Hosted in participants’ homes.
Suggested donation: $5-$10 per session


israeli flagIsrael: Exploring Our Relationship, through Jewish Texts and Values
Nine Wednesdays, beginning January 11, 8:00-9:30 PM
What Jewish values and ideas animate the Jewish state and how Jews in the Diaspora engage with Israel? We’ll be using a popular curriculum from the Shalom Hartman Institute, including video lectures, source sheets, and open discussion. FTJC members of all backgrounds and political views are encouraged to participate! To build up a trusting group and substantive conversations, we ask participants to sign up in advance for the whole series (but it’s OK to miss a couple).

Led by FTJC’s Rabbi Guy Austrian
Suggested donation: $18, $36, or $54 for the series.
Hosted in participants’ homes.
Pre-Registration required here.


let's talk graphic with bubble calloutsJewish Parenting Book Club
Weeknights, approx. once a month.
First session: Wed Nov 9, 7:30-9:00 PM

A social space to gather with other parents and discuss parenting through a Jewish lens, and an opportunity to explore amazing books that we haven’t had time to read! We’ll begin with Nurture the Wow by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, then Mamaleh Knows Best by Marjorie Ingall.
Led by Mara Bragg and Brian Garrick, FTJC members and parents of young children. Mara also coordinates early childhood programs at the Y, and Brian curates book readings around NYC.
Contact: Mara Bragg


rainbow over NYCSocial Justice Book Club
Weeknights, approximately once a month.
FTJC’s Internal Social Justice Team invites our community to dig deeper into our relationships and experiences in our neighborhood and beyond. Beginning with Crossing Broadway by Robert Snyder, a “compelling and honest narrative of Washington Heights and its different ethnic, racial, and religious groups.”
Contact: Suzanne Hutt



Mon, August 21 2017 29 Av 5777