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Adult Education at The Shul of New York

A Year of Discovery About the Jewish Holidays



The Shul of New York is excited to learn and celebrate the Jewish holidays throughout the coming year together. Our Jewish calendar is a circle of seasons, punctuated by a cycle of festivals and holy days from Rosh Hashanah to Tisha B’Av. Each is marked with special prayers, ceremony, songs and of course, foods.

Join us this year as we follow the cycles of Jewish time through the spirited chronicle of Abigail Pogrebin in her book, My Jewish Year, 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.
Pogrebin invites us to join her on this journey to better understand the meaning and relevance of why we celebrate the Jewish holidays. As she embarks on a year of researching, observing and writing about her experiences she sets out a road map for her readers to follow along.


Autumn is a time of new beginnings. On Rosh Hashanah we think of the
blowing of the ram’s horn, round challah, meeting with friends in our
community, dipping apples in honey.
Ten days later, we sit together for Yom Kippur, fasting, reflecting, praying as
we reckon with our shortcomings, and hoping for another year to live life fully.
We move to Sukkot, the harvest festival where we sit under the stars in
a sukkah and wave our special lulav and etrog. We invite special guests to
share in the Earth’s abundance. At the conclusion, we celebrate Simchat
Torah, a joyous holiday marking the end of the Torah scroll and beginning a
new reading cycle.
Soon enough, the darkness of winter brings the lights of Chanukah. We spin
our dreidels, eat latkes and light our menorahs.
And. . . the seasons and holidays go on and on. . .

Each holiday not only has historical significance, but also relates to Nature
through the sun and moon. The holidays are our roadmap for inner spiritual
reflection. Just as the seasons follow a cyclical pattern, so do our holidays
lend themselves to attuning to the world around us.


There will be 8 classes in our study of the Jewish holidays. Attend them all or choose the ones you want. The book we will use, My Jewish Year, is available for purchase on the form below.  You may also purchase the book without registering for classes here.
Wherever you are on your journey, we are looking forward to traveling together with you.



Oct 10:  Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah.  Dinner and learning in the sukkah at Brotherhood Synagogue. 


Nov 15:  Shabbat & Havdalah Class


Dec 13:  Chanukah Class
Dec 17:  Chanukah Party (Separate Registration required. Coming soon.)



Jan 31:  Tu B'Shevat Seder (Separate registration required. Coming soon.)


Feb 21:  Purim Class


Mar 14: Passover/Omer Class


Apr 11:  The Yoms Class:  Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha'atzmaut  


May 19:  Shavuot Class


Location:  TBD by class size.

Class Fee:  Suggested donation of $18 per class.  Optional, but gratefully appreciated.


You may register for the Classes on Nov 15, Dec 13, Feb 21, Mar 14, Apr 11 and
May 19,
 and purchase My Jewish Year by Abigail Pogrebin on the form below. 

You may also purchase the book without registering for classes here.


Please Register here.

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Thu, October 18 2018 9 Cheshvan 5779