Community Learning (January, February & March)

Write Your Life Story led by Roberta Hershenson
After a successful fall session, this class is returning in time for winter…new students are encouraged to sign up! Do you like to reminisce about special times in the past? Are you intrigued by the way your life or your ideas have evolved over time? Perhaps you have thought of leaving a legacy for your children and grandchildren in the form of a written personal history. There are many kinds of life stories, and all have enormous value. Don’t let them get away from you! Learn with a congenial group of others how to shape your personal story into a lasting written work. SPS member Roberta Hershenson, a longtime journalist, writing tutor, and fiction writer will lead the class. To register: sps@spsnyc.org.
Fridays, February 10, 17, 24, March 3 & 10 at 11 am

Introducing the Five Books of the Torah led by Rabbi Ain
Do you want to understand the meaning of each of the major books of the Torah? Come to a study session with Rabbi Ain following Shabbat Kiddush (12:30 pm) to learn about each of the 5 books.
Saturday, March 25 (Leviticus), May 20th (Numbers and Deuteronomy) 

The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice led by Rabbi Ain
Understand the source of Jewish ethics and then apply Jewish ethics to the concepts of global citizenship, the public good, and interpersonal relationships. Topics we will cover will include: the ethical dimensions of food production, modern-day slavery and our ethical responsibility, the ethics of torture, advance directives and end of life care, surrogacy, the ethics of enhancement, and we will discuss if lying is ever ethical.
Monday, February 6 & 13 from 4 – 5:45 pm 

If These Walls Could Speak: The Art and Artifacts of SPS with Rabbi Dave Levy
Rabbi David Levy will continue taking you on his tour of our building. By examining the art throughout the building, you will gain a deeper appreciation for the many ways Jewish tradition can be expressed.  For this fourth session, Rabbi Levy will fbocus on the art and the language found on the ark of the sanctuary.  He will examine how the décor can add meaning not only to our prayer lives, but to our lives as members of the Jewish community
Saturday, February 18 at 12:30 pm

American Jewish Personalities We Should Know
Passover reminds us of the importance of 4 children. Learn about 4 (or more!) important American Jewish personalities who made an impact not only on the Jewish world but on the larger world. By looking at people in areas such as law, medicine, politics, literature, finance, and more, we can explore “what makes us tick as a Jewish people, how did the Jewishness of these individuals influence the world, and how does this impact each of us and our behavior?”  Coordinated by Community Learning Committee Chair, Fred Molod, presentations will be made by members of the congregation.

Wednesdays February 8 (Jews in Social Activism- studying Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, and Louis B. Marshall); March 8 (Jews who made their Jewishness public, studying Abraham Cahan, Sandy Koufax, Menachem Schneerson, and Barbra Streisand; April 5 (studying Jews in Science including Jonas Salk and others) & Tuesday, May 16 (American Jews who contributed to the growth of Israel by studying Louis Brandeis, Henrietta Szold, and studying Senator Charles Schumer and Rep. Jerry Nadler). All presentations will begin at 7 pm and include a thoughtful discussion amongst attendees.

Short Story Aloud led by SYLVIA SLATIN KATZ

Read and discuss a handpicked selection of short stories. If you wish to attend a class, call the office and the story will be mailed to you so you can read the story before coming to class. Light lunch served.
Monday March 13 at 12:30 pm