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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 and Louise Sherby
Co-chairs, Adult Education Committee

Town & Village Synagogue



10 Thursdays, 10:30AM  – Noon 
FEE: $250,  Free for T&V members

September 23, 2021


Yaara Shehori

October 14

A Shtetl and other Novellas

Ruth Wisse, ed.

November 11

All the Rivers

Dorit Rabinyan

  December 9   The River Midnight

Lilian Nattel

January 13, 2022

The Others

Sarah Blau

February 10

No One Here Except All of Us

Ramona Ausubel 

March 10

The Slaughterman's Daughter

Yaniv Iczkovits

April 14

Shtetl Love Story

Grigory Kanovich

May 12

More Than I Love My Life

David Grossman

June 9

The Lost Shtetl

Max Gross

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



eight Mondays at 7:00 - 8:30 PM on Zoom
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29 AND December 6, 13
FEE: Free for members and current cohort of CCJ, $54 past CCJ cohorts, $118 non-members

 Together we will explore ethical challenges we face in today's world. We will examine classical Jewish texts dealing with interpersonal relationships, social media and medical issues to help us gain insight into our own ethical behavior, Each class will also allow time for Hevruta (traditional Jewish practice of learning with a discussion/study partner) to grapple more personally with these questions.

All texts for in-class study will be provided. 

The Jewish Family Ethics Textbook by Rabbi Neil Scheindlin (on which this class is based) is available at

To sign up and for more information: please contact

Jews as Participants and Allies in the Fight for Women's Suffrage

Tuesday evenings 7-8:15 Pm on Zoom
NOVEMBER 2, 16, AND 30


Session 1: Jewish activism in support of women's suffrage

Session 2: The impact of Anti-Judaism and Xenophobia on Jewish participation in the suffrage     Movement

Session 3: The Enduring Effects of Racism on Women's Right to Vote

For information or to register, please contact



Passions and Morals: Jewish Stories in Baroque Art 

TAUGHT BY DR. Martha Hollander 
FEE: Free for members and current cohort of CCJ, $54 past CCJ cohorts & Partner members, $72 non-members

We will adhere to T & V Covid protocols in effect at the time of the course.

For information or to register, contact

Fri, July 1 2022 2 Tammuz 5782