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Beit Midrash

In Beit Midrash (which means House of Study) we will take an in-depth, inter-generational approach to Jewish Study using the Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism to examine the theologies, practices, and notions of peoplehood that define us as American Reform Jews.

Taught by Rabbi Goldsmith, Rabbi Ross, Cantor Stone, and a special guest or two, the course will meet approximately twice a month on Saturday and Sunday mornings. On Sundays, we will look at these issues through historical, sociological, and demographic lenses. On Shabbat mornings, we will strive to understand these ideas through study of our sacred texts – continuing the tradition of Shabbat morning Torah study at Emanu-El. Each session will stand on its own – thus attendance at every session is not required. But, of course, attending more sessions will help you acquire greater depth of understanding and breadth of context.

Beit Midrash will also serve as the core component of our Adult B’nei Mitzvah program. If you are interested in the Adult B’nei Mitzvah program, contact Rabbi Goldsmith at or 914-967-4382 x13. We look forward to learning with you!

2019-20 Sessions:

Saturday, September 14, 9:00am
God, Torah, Israel

Sunday, September 22, 10:15am     
A Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism

Saturday, October 19, 9:00am    
Creation, Revelation, Redemption

Sunday, October 27, 10:15am     
Reality and the Oness of God

Saturday, November 9, 9:00am    

Sunday, November 17, 10:15am    

Saturday, December 7, 9:00am    
Divine-Human Partnership

Sunday, January 5, 10:15am    
Jewish Ethics

Saturday, January 11, 9:00am    
People of the Book

Sunday, January 26, 10:15am    
High Holy Days

Saturday, February 1, 9:00am    
Messianic Age

Sunday, February 9, 10:15am    
The Three Festivals: Sukkot, Passover, Shavuot

Sunday, March 1, 10:15am    

Saturday, March 14, 9:00am     
Tikkun Olam & Justice

Saturday, March 21, 9:00am     
Three Israels

Saturday, April 4, 9:00am     
Worldwide Jewish Community

Sunday, April 26, 10:15am    
The Future of American Jewry

Sunday, May 9, 9:00am     

Saturday, May 30, 9:00am     
Progressive Judaism in Israel

Saturday, June 13, 9:00am     
Conclusions and New Beginnings

Tue, September 22 2020 4 Tishrei 5781