Community Learning

SPS University

Big Ideas in Judaism

with Rabbi Rachel Ain

Mondays, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5
@ 5:00 pm (will be done by evening minyan at 5:45)

Community, Commandments and Connection.
How does Judaism answer questions about how we should live and die?

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 961 8344 5121
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923

Contemporary Jewish American Theater, from Arthur Miller to Paula Vogel

with David Chapman

Wednesdays, January 27, February 17, March 24, April 14 @ 5:00 pm

Jews On Stage! Jewish American Drama from WWII to the present. This four-part series will explore the contemporary Jewish American theatrical canon. From Neil Simon and Arthur Miller to Paula Vogel and Lisa Kron, we will ask what makes these works distinctly both “Jewish” and “American.”

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Meeting ID: 934 8884 1974
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923

Mindful Jewish Singing

with Cantor Kanfer

every other Wednesday, starting January 6 @ 7:00 pm

Jewish Singing as a Spiritual Practice is, at core, a mindfulness exercise. Building physical and emotional awareness as we sing and pray can enrich and deepen our connections to ourselves, each other and God.
Ultimately, these experiences can help us to live lives
of meaning and purpose.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 954 1033 8578
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923

Weekly Torah Study

with Rabbinic Intern David Chapman

every Friday morning @ 9:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 956 5626 4206 
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923

Mom Torah

with Rabbi Rachel Ain

Thursdays, January 14, February 11, March 11 @ 1:00 pm

An opportunity for moms of preschool and school aged children to talk about the weekly Torah portion and connect it to their lives

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 916 4399 4601
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923

Dad Torah

with Rabbinic Intern David Chapman

Thursdays, January 14, February 11, March 11 @ 9:00 pm

Join fellow SPS dads as we explore the weekly Torah portion and other Jewish texts through the lens of fatherhood. No prior experience of Hebrew is necessary!

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 991 8025 1082
Call-in Number: 646-876-9923

Jewish Parenting

with Rabbi Rachel Ain

Fridays, February 5 & March 5 @ 9:30 am

Using personal stories and sacred texts, this class will look at how to incorporate Jewish values into your home as we dis- cuss rites and rituals, gratitude and giving, life and loss, what it means to “parent Jewishly” in the 21st century.

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Meeting ID: 315 481 8425
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923

It’s A Mitzvah! SPS Mitzvah Initiative!

with Rabbi Rachel Ain

Wednesdays from 12-1 pm
January 20, February 24, March 17, April 21

Take a lunch break, join us virtually, and delve into the under- standing of the history and practice of Mitzvot in Judaism and how their observance can elevate our world and our lives. You will even have a chance to choose a signature Mitzvah to learn more about.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 962 8109 1080
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Zoom link for the following 3 discussions is:

Jews, the Civil Rights Movement, and the NAACP with Nancy Wine
January 28 @ 7:00 pm
Why have Jews been involved in fighting for Civil Rights? What was the Jewish role in the NAACP? Who were critical Jewish Civil Rights attorneys / philanthropists? This talk will cover the years from 1860 to 1960.

The African American Performer Experience with a Jewish Composer Lens with Michael Gottlieb & Cantor Kanfer
February 18 @ 7:00 pm
On the nature of authenticity, can American Jewish composers capture the experience of the African American community? The question will be answered through narrative and music (live and/or virtual, e.g. you tube).We will also be joined by special guest, Rebecca Hargrove. Rebecca will share with us her experience as an ascendent African American Opera Singer. The program will include special performances.

Rabbis in Civil Rights and Social Justice Work with Rabbinic Intern David Chapman
March 18 @ 7:00 pm
Many of us have seen the famous photograph of Rabbi Heschel marching in Selma with Dr. King in 1965. But there is far more to the story. In this session, we will explore the evolution of how American rabbis and other leaders have engaged with justice work, from the Civil Rights Era to the struggles of today.
#SPSTALKS with Rabbi Ain & Jeremy Reiss
Monday, February 1 @ 7:00 pm

In honor of Black History Month, the February SPS Talks will focus on promoting alliances for social justice. We will explore topics such as:
• How to align with people of color in a way that also strengthens our fight against anti-semitism
• In what ways do our experiences as a Jewish people make us natural allies for the social justice movement? In what ways do they not?
• Can we support a movement or concept even if we don’t agree with all the platforms of the organization behind it?
• How do we ensure that Jews of Color are welcomed into Jewish communities with predominantly Caucasian populations?

Join Zoom Meeting:
(Passover hosting Degree) for your seders, in four 30 minute classes

Monday, March 15 from 7-9 pm

#1: The Haggadah as Rabbinic Literature Taught by Rabbi Dave Levy
#2: Using Musical Ideas for the Passover Seder, New and Old
Taught by Cantor Malachi Kanfer
#3: Searching for Our Spiritual Chametz Taught by Rabbinic Intern David Chapman
#4: New Voices to a Traditional Text Taught by Rabbi Rachel Ain

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 948 5511 7895
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923