Adult Education

Hebrew-in-A-Day Reading Course @ Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
Sunday, March 26, 9:30-4;00 PM

Instructor: Rabbi Sue Oren
$75 for members and non-members, includes materials

Join fellow students at BHS and learn to read the Hebrew “alefbet” (aka alphabet) during this day-long immersive course.  Really, every last letter! Perfect for adults seeking an intensive introduction to reading Hebrew or a refresher for very rusty reading skills. 

To REGISTER: Contact Sam at or 718-522-2070 ex. 160.
Registration is complete upon receipt of tuition fee!

For questions, contact Rabbi Oren: or 917.539.1334.
Co-sponsors:  Congregation Mount Sinai & Brooklyn Heights Synagogue


Making Prayer Meaningful – Getting the Most out of the High Holidays
Tuesday, September 13 & 20, 7:00-8:15pm 

Don’t let this be another year where you sit in synagogue bored or disconnected, or don’t even show up at all. Join seasoned educator Joe Gindi for a high holiday workshop series where you’ll get specific tools and techniques for making prayer meaningful. You will learn techniques for connecting to the high holiday prayer book and to the divine, exploring translation, chant, embodied prayer, reinterpretation and writing our own prayers. Everyone is welcome! Register at or contact the synagogue office.


An Overview of Job and Its Biblical Significance Today and in the Past
Wednesday September 28, 7:00-8:30pm

Why do the innocent suffer? How do we cope with difficult experiences and loss, and how do we make sense of our place in the world? For millenia, Jewish seekers have sought answers to these questions in the biblical Book of Job, a confounding text that challenges our assumptions about God, tradition, and the meaning of life. Join CMS member Dr. Monty Weinstein for a fascinating lecture on this book and its implications in existential philosophy. Everyone is welcome to join, and interested participants are invited to read The Book of Job in advance of the lecture. Register at or contact the synagogue office.


Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults (Community program)

Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice. In a warm and open environment, explore Jewish thought, prayer and practice, learn about Jewish history and holidays, wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues, discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life and death.
Thursdays at Kane Street Synagogue (236 Kane St) OR Sundays at Park Slope Jewish Center (1320 8th Ave), 7:30-9:30pm
First session for everyone:  Thurs, Oct 27th at Kane Street
$400 Course Fee + $25 Materials Fee
For registration & questions, contact Rabbi Sue Oren at
This class is co-sponsored by: Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Park Slope Jewish Center, Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom, Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaarei Zedek, Union Temple


Hebrew classes:

Hebrew-in-a-Day Reading Course @ Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (131 Remsen Street)

Sunday, September 18  9:30 am-4:00 pm — w/breaks for stretching, coffee & lunch! (beverages provided)

Instructor:  Rabbi Sue Oren
Fee: $75 (includes materials)

Learn to read the Hebrew “alef bet” (aka alphabet) during this day-long immersive course. Really, every last letter! Perfect for adults seeking an intensive introduction to reading Hebrew or a refresher for very rusty reading skills.

Registration: Contact Sam Rosen at Questions? Contact Rabbi Oren at Co-sponsors: Brooklyn Heights Synagogue & Congregation Mount Sinai

Classical Hebrew (for adults)

Sundays, 2:00-3:30 pm – Nov 6, 13, 20; Dec 4, 11, 18; Jan 8, 22, 29

Instructor:  Rabbi Sue Oren
Tuition: $225

In this 3-month course you will develop Hebrew literacy through a systematic and content-oriented study of vocabulary and grammar. The in-class and homework components of the course will follow the curriculum of our textbook, The First Hebrew Primer, 3rd ed. (EKS publishing). Rabbi Oren will supplement this well-structured text, which focuses on biblical Hebrew for adult beginners, with liturgical and contemporary Israeli material.

Pre-requisite: familarity with the Hebrew alphabet.

Reserve your place by emailing Rabbi Oren at AND bring your registration form attached with payment to our first class (Nov 6)

Co-sponsors: Brooklyn Heights Synagogue & Congregation Mount Sinai

 Upcoming programs:
Shabbat Afternoon Mindfulness Retreat
Saturday November 12, 1:30-3:30pm
Starting in November on one Shabbat afternoon each month, we come together in stillness to be with what arises and passes in each moment, without fixing or adding anything. As we mindfully sit, walk, and learn together, we aim to be fully alive to the spirit of Shabbat.
Rabbi Wax, who has trained in both Buddhist and Jewish meditation teaching programs, will lead chanting, sitting/walking meditation, and a teaching or contemplative Torah study. Bring pillows/sitting equipment that you need for comfort, and a water bottle. We’ll provide chairs. There is no fee for attending, and everyone is welcome, regardless of prior meditation experience.



Ongoing classes:

Jewish Mysticism & Prayer
Saturday mornings, 9:00am-10:00am

Are you looking to enhance your understanding and experience of the prayer service, or are you interested in the Jewish mystical tradition (Kabbalah)? In this weekly class held before Shabbat services, participants read translated selections from the Tolaat Yaakov, a collection of mystical teachings compiled by Meir ibn Gabbai, who lived in the early 16th century in Constantinople. We explore how Jewish mystics understood the inner dynamics of the daily prayer service and seek to understand how we can apply it in our own lives.


Tuesdays with Talmud

September 13, September 20, November 15, November 29, December 6, December 20
Brooklyn Bar Association, 123 Remsen St, Brooklyn

For generations, Talmud study has been considered the ultimate form of Jewish learning. But with its unique language and foreign argumentative style, many have difficulty unpacking this rich and thought-provoking text. Join Rabbi Wax for a bimonthly lunchtime class in which we explore arguments on divorce. All are welcome. Drinks are provided courtesy of the Brooklyn Bar Association, but please bring your own lunch. Co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Brandeis Society and the Brooklyn Bar Association.


Lev Learning
NEW – Lev Learning Come visit this new online learning center that offers a wide range of courses in Judaism and Jewish living, taught by talented rabbis and teachers from across the Jewish spectrum. Courses in prayer, eco-Judaism, meditation, science and religion, Hebrew chant and more. Registration is open with new classes added each month. Come explore! Use code SINAI for 10% off.