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Spring Learning Series


This Spring 5777 Learning Series at FTJC is 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.

All locations are wheelchair accessible. To inquire in advance (and before Shabbat), please e-mail 

Saturday May 13, 6:00-7:30 PM

"The Book of Ruth as Great Literature"

Location: 160 Cabrini Blvd, Apt. 54

Just in time for Shavuot (when we read Ruth during services) we'll discuss the artistry and complexity of this book as a literary composition. What is the essential story of Ruth, the archetype of the convert who accepts God, Torah, and Israel? How does the book tell this story, and why?

Led by Sue-Rae Rosenfeld, who holds a BA in Judaic Studies and Classics from Brooklyn College, and has studied at JTS and Drisha. 


Saturday May 20, 6:00-7:30 PM

"Mikveh? For ME?: Mikveh in the Modern World"

Location: 265 Cabrini Blvd., Apt. 4E

A look into our biases and impressions about mikveh, and an exploration of modern day mikveh practice for all, including same-sex, non-married and transgender folks. Open to the mikveh-comfortable and mikveh-curious alike.

Led by trained Immersenyc Mikveh Guides Mary Brett Koplen, who is currently a rabbinical student at JTS and Naomi Skop Richter, LCSW, along with Laynie Soloman, graduate student in Talmud/Rabbinics at JTS.


Wednesday May 24, 8:00-9:30 PM

"Yovel / Jubilee: 50 Years Since the Six Day War"

Location: 150 Bennett #2C

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), we'll learn traditional texts to help us reflect on the complex legacy of 50 years of Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, and 50 years of occupation in the territories. Texts compiled by T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

Led by Rabbi Guy Austrian


Saturday May 27, 6:00-7:30 PM

"Cheese and the City: Kashrut and Community"

Location: 80 Bennett Ave, Apt 5E

We'll study some of the key Talmudic passages about the kashrut of cheese and discuss how different perspectives and practices affect the way people share meals together in a diverse community.

Led by Rabbi Matthew Goldstone, who has completed his dissertation in Talmud at NYU, with Rabbi Guy Austrian

Fri, July 20 2018 8 Av 5778