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Adult Study and Learning

It is taught that “the study of Torah equals in value all the other commandments” (Peah 1:1). Maimonides teaches that one is “required to study Torah, whether poor or rich…young or old…” and that one “must set aside definite times to study by day and by night…”

We at Town & Village we are dedicated to providing a variety of learning opportunities, at all levels of knowledge and at many times of day. We hope that you will find something here that you wish to study with us. If there is something you would like to see us offer in the future, please let us know.

Town & Village Synagogue is dedicated to making adult Jewish learning accessible to all of its members and to the community at large. If you are interested in a class we offer and the cost is a concern, we invite you to contact Carol Green or Rabbi Sebert privately to make arrangements that are affordable for you.  We look forward to  seeing you soon.

The coming year promises to be very exciting as we continue some programs and begin some new ones. Please check out our offerings listed below.


Sharon Keller, Carol J. Green, and Louise Sherby
Co-chairs, Adult Education Committee

Town & Village Synagogue


10 Thursdays, 10:30AM  – Noon (Via zoom, until further notice)
FEE: $250,  Free for T&V members

September 10, 2020

Ninette of Sin Street

Vitalis Danon

October 15

The Drive

Yair Assulin

November 12

The Pillar of Salt

Albert Memmi

December 10

House on Endless Waters

Emuna Elon

January 14, 2021

The Desert

Albert Memmi

February 11

The Last Interview

Eshkol Nevo

March 11

Mohammed Cohen: The Adventures of a Arabian Jew

Claude Kayat

April 15


D.A. Mishani

May 13

For the Love of the Father

Chochana Boukhobza

June 10

The Tunnel

A.B. Yehoshua

LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS. This group is intended for readers who are committed to reading the entire book before the discussion and are prepared to come to the discussions with open minds and respect for the opinions of others. Priority will be given those who have previously participated in this group.

Stefanie Halpern is the Director of the YIVO Archives at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. She received her PhD from the department of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2017. Her dissertation, Crossing Over from the Yiddish Rialto to the American Stage, explores the ways the Yiddish theater intersected with and ultimately became part and parcel of the mainstream American theatrical institution. Stefanie was the curatorial associate for the current “New York’s Yiddish Theater: from the Bowery to Broadway” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.

If you have any questions, or to enroll, email


OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, NOVEMBER 10, 17 AND 24

Fee:  Free to T & V members including the current cohort of the CCJ, and the T & V 20s & 30s group.  The cost for Partnership members is $54 (Partnership members include CSP members, and past cohorts of the CCJ) and $118 for others.

You MUST REGISTER  ( to receive the Zoom link for these classes – they will be sent weekly.


Stories of Music, Part II

Taught by Cantor Shayna Postman

5 Wednesday evenings May 5, 12, 26, June 2 and 9 from 7-8:30 PM

Join Cantor Shayna Postman for a course on stories of the evolving nature of Jewish music. We will discuss various aspects of Jewish music, including trends and innovations in Jewish Music, innovators and influencers, musical journey's through the Holocaust, and Jewish Jazz. Stories of Music will include multimedia presentations as well as discussion.

This course is an Adult Education Project of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. The curriculum was developed in partnership with the Cantors Assembly, the American Conference of Cantors and the Milken Archive of Jewish Music.


Antisemitism: The History of an Idea

APRIL 28-JUNE 7, 2020
Fee:  Free for T & V members, $250 for non-members

In this course, we will explore the history of antisemitism through case studies ranging from the medieval period to the present. We will consider a variety of source materials including written texts and material culture to consider ways in which manifestations of antisemitism evolved through time and place to fit the needs of its producers. Whether through church architecture to demonstrate supersessionism, to the "City of Slaughter" depicted by Haim Bialik as a response to the 1903 Kishinev Massacre, from gatekeeping within America's college fraternities and sororities to prevent Jewish membership, to contemporary debates about the intersections, if any, between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, we will engage in study and discussion to think about the transformation of antisemitism over the centuries and ways in which Jews have responded to - and rebutted - its various permutations. 

Shira Kohn is a member of the Upper School History Department at The Dalton School. She, along with Hasia Diner and Rachel Kranson, co-edited A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America (Rutgers University Press, 2010) and in 2018, published an article focusing on Jewish student refugees in the United States during the 1930s in American Jewish History. She is currently working on a monograph about Jewish college sororities and their encounters with civil rights and Cold War anticommunist movements. 

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