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

Open Beit Midrash 5780/2019-20

Tuesday Evenings, October 29, 2019 to March 20, 2020
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, structured around six 3-session classes, led by learned teachers of Jewish thought, history, and scholarship.

The Open Beit Midrash takes place on most Tuesday evenings (except for national holidays) from October 29, 2019 through March 20, 2020.  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 for more information.

Click here to 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].


Hebrew and the Jews: The Death and Rebirth of a National Language
with Dr. Aaron Koller
October 29, and November 5 and 12, 2019

Body and Soul: Current Questions in Jewish Bioethics
with Rabbi Daniel Nevins
November 19 and 26, and December 3, 2019

Our Greek Heritage
with Dr. Raymond Scheindlin
December 10 and 17, 2019, and January 7, 2020

Rabbinic Judaism on Human Suffering
with Dr. David Kraemer
January 14, 21, and 28, 2020

Jewish Queer Women in Halakha/Jewish Law
with Rabbi Jeffrey Fox
February 4, 11 and 18, 2020

Kingmakers: The Wives of David
with Dr. Rabbi Barat Ellman
February 25, and March 3 and 10, 2020

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