Weekly Study Groups

On Shabbat mornings before services, four study groups meet to parse the parasha (Torah portion of the week) or explore the meaning of a Hebrew commentary or midrash. Bagel breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by Torah study at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Zoom links and study materials

Torah Study with Rabbi Josh Breindel

Join our rabbi for an ongoing conversation about the intersection of ancient texts and modern life. Together, we’ll approach the weekly Torah portion through the lens of midrash (rabbinic narrative), mysticism and a dash of pop culture. After exploring a segment of the portion, we’ll unpack it with classical and modern commentaries that stimulate conversation and provides insights into our text’s enduring power and relevance. All are welcome as we enter this new year guided by ancient teachings and modern insight.

Hasidic Texts (lay led)

Explore Hasidic commentaries on the weekly Torah portion, wrestling with issues as timely as they are timeless. Torah text and commentary are studied in Hebrew with English translation. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to be a full participant.

Everyday Torah (lay led)

Join us on the first and fourth Shabbat of each month as we delve into and discuss the weekly Torah portion. The group is lay led on the first Shabbat and by Rabbi Judy Spicehandler on the fourth Shabbat. It will take place on Zoom.

Historical Judaism (lay led)

We have been studying post-biblical Jewish writings and writers, in order to better understand the Torah, its background and the antecedents of contemporary Judaism.  We are currently reading excerpts from works by Rabbinic, Karaite, and Judeo-Arabic thinkers in the Geonic to early medieval period.