Community Learning


Monday, March 11, 7:30pm 
Pluralism in the Jewish community today: We will look at the various ways people identify and how issues of Jewish pluralism are playing out in the United States and in Israel.

Monday April 15, 7:30pm
 How we treat the other: What are the Jewish values that are present as we grapple with questions of immigration, security, and human rights both here in US and in Israel?

Monday May 20, 7:30pm
Educating about Israel: How do we do it effectively? This conversation will encourage thoughtful dialogue about how we simultaneously instill a love of Zionism with an understanding of how the issues should be communicated.
RSVP to Jeremy Reiss at so he can send you reading materials in advance.


professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern

Thanks to the generosity of our devoted member Irving Sitnick, in memory of Linda Sitnick, and in partnership with the Jewish Book Council, each SPS member was mailed a copy of Dr. Wimpfheimer’s latest book: The Talmud: A Biography.

On Saturday, March 16th as part of our Community Reads program, we will learn from Dr. Wimpfheimer, as he discusses his book, which takes readers on a journey from biblical and second-temple Judaism to its present-day use as a source of religious ideology, a model of different modes of rationality, and a totem of cultural identity.

Our hope is that you will have the opportunity to read The Talmud: A Biography over the next several months. However, whether you read the book or not, we hope you will join us on March 16th when Dr. Wimpfheimer shares his wisdom with our congregation.

Another way to engage with the contents of this book is by attending a course the rabbi will be offering on the Talmud. We will study this ancient text to understand how the Rabbis grappled with issues confronting their time (and ours!) This class will take place on Mondays, March 25 and April 1, at 7:30 pm


The richness of NYC is in its diversity. This three session program, led by SPS Members, will explore how NYC can be seen as a microcosm for the American Jewish Experience

Jewish Immigration and Religious Groups: How did the immigrant experience of the Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th century impact the makeup of the Jewish community today. We will look at key moments in how the Jews came to NY and explore what the diversity of Jewish NY looks like today.
Presented by Joseph Baratz & Dr. Evelyn Baratz
New date* Monday, March 18, 7:30 pm

The Labor Movement and Philanthropy: Jews were at the forefront of the Labor movement. They took those experiences and eventually became involved as philanthropists around NYC and throughout America. This session will provide you with a deeper understanding of the history of the Jewish labor movement and how Jewish values not only played a role in the past, but in how Jews are philanthropic today. 
Presented by Carol Mazin & Harold Fishman
Monday, April 8, 7:30 pm

How Jewish Culture & American Culture Intersected: Jews have always been at the center of the creation of culture! We will look at the role Jews played in the Yiddish theater scene, newspapers, books, and TV. We will see how those roles evolved into the characters of today we love and sometimes loathe. 
Presented by Alexis Azria & Fred Molod
Monday, May 13, 7:30 pm