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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Open Beit Midrash 5779/2018-19

Tuesday Evenings, October 16, 2018 to March 5, 2019
6:45-7:30pm – Dinner
7:30-9:00pm – Classes, Lectures, Demonstrations

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The Beit Midrash (House of Study) has traditionally been the cultural center for creative spiritual conversation, a place to bring everyone together in an atmosphere of focused learning, energetic discussion and personal search.

Using the educational techniques of a traditional Yeshiva, but in a progressive, inclusive, Brownstone Brooklyn way, our study will center around tables, with provocative texts and helpful resources arrayed before the students.

The Kane Street Synagogue Open Beit Midrash is for learners of all levels. We value diversity. Come whether you have studied Jewish texts for 20 years, or are a complete novice. Madrichim, learning guides, will roam the Beit Midrash to welcome students and help them find an appropriate level of study.

Each Beit Midrash evening begins with dinner at 6:45pm, followed by various opportunities for Jewish learning (i.e. the “Beit Midrash”) at 7:30pm.

The Open Beit Midrash takes place on most Tuesday evenings (except for national holidays) from October 16, 2018 through March 5, 2019.  The program is built around three-week mini-courses.

Cost is $40 per three-week course, or you may purchase a Beit Midrash subscription for the year, $180 per person. Scholarships are available; contact Rabbi Samuel H. Weintraub.

Register for Open Beit Midrash online.

Download the new Open Beit Midrash brochure with full course descriptions.
For more general information, contact Joy Fallek at [email protected].


Bar Kochba: Rebel, Failure, Hero
with Dr. Aaron Koller
October 16, 23, and 30, 2018

The Torah of Health
with Dr. David Kraemer
November 6, 13, and 20, 2018

Our Greek Heritage
with Dr. Raymond Scheindlin
December 4, 11, and 18, 2018

Protest and Politcal Engagement In Israeli and Palestinian Poetry and Fiction
with Dr. Beverly Bailis
January 8, 15 and 22, 2019

Jewish Law, Science, Science Fiction and Fantasy — Going Beyond the Boundaries Of the Texts of Our Tradition
with Rabbi Jeffrey Fox
January 29, and February 5 and 12, 2019

Hagar in the Bible and Beyond
with Dr. Rabbi Barat Ellman
February 19 and 26, and March 5, 2019

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