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Community Bottle Collection
TURN YOUR PLASTIC BOTTLES INTO OUR ECOLOGICAL SUKKAH! Help us create our community sukkah by recycling your empty plastic bottles with their caps on in the marked bins in the lobby. We are accepting 2 LITER, 1 LITER, AND 20 OUNCE SIZED BOTTLES ONLY. (more)LEARN MORE
arts + ideas > the laurie m. tisch gallery > gallery events & upcoming exhibits
Thu, Jul 31 - Aug 31
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8am daily
What Makes the High Holidays "High"?
Why eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah? Why do we fast on Yom Kippur? Home and synagogue practices are explored and explained from a spiritual perspective. Learn about the order of the synagogue service and understand the meanings behind major prayers. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Wed, Sep 3 - Sep 10
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7pm18 - 0custom
Holy Days: Forgiveness and the Possibility of Human Change
Explore the meaning of the High Holy Days from different perspectives. Co-sponsored by Romenu. I. "Return Again…" with Rabbi David Ingber The spiritual process of change involves both returning to who we really are and becoming who we are yet to be. II. The Palace of Return Is Music Itself with Shir Yaakov Come sing new and ancient melodies as we prepare to do the dance of gratitude, grief, and forgiveness. III. The High Holy Days and the 12-Step Ladder with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses Explore how major themes of the High Holidays align with the 12-step recovery process. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Thu, Sep 4 - Sep 18
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7pm18 - 0weekly
The Imperfect Parent and the High Holidays
Parents often struggle with embodying a mythical image of "perfect parent" while coming to terms with their own imperfections. In this workshop for parents of children of all ages (preschool to adult), we will use the themes of the High Holidays to explore how we can embrace our imperfect attempts to love and mentor our children. Co-sponsored by West End Synagogue. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Thu, Sep 11 - Sep 18
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9:30am18 - 0custom
Uncovering the Brilliant Light of the Soul: The Jewish Ethical Practice of Mussar
With Gary Shaffer Mussar is a traditional Jewish approach to spiritual insight and practical self-improvement. It aims to bridge the gap between intellect and emotions, and establish new bases for personal actions and interpersonal relations. This class includes ongoing learning about Mussar, and each class will also focus on its transformational teachings and practices. You may join this class at any time. (more)REGISTER
adults > makom: meditation > jewish spirituality > jewish spiritual practice
Thu, Sep 11 - Dec 18
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7:15pm custom
Challah Baking
According to the Talmud, the mitzvah of baking challah for Shabbat was one of three commandments assigned to women. Today Jewish women—and men—are baking challah every week. Join us in this ancient Jewish tradition as we knead, braid, and bake our way through the spiritual side of challah baking. (more)REGISTER
adults > culinary arts > all classes
Fri, Sep 12
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10am18 - 0once
Shmita Yom Iyun: An Afternoon of Exploring the Sabbatical Tradition
As we prepare to begin the shmita year, join Hazon and the JCC for an afternoon of exploring the traditions and themes of agriculture and environmentalism, spiritual renewal, rethinking our relationship to the land, debt forgiveness, creativity, and more. As we explore the shmita from its biblical roots to the teachings of Rav Kook to contemporary applications and interpretations, this afternoon will leave you energized and inspired. Co-presented with Hazon. Media Sponsor The Forward. Co-sponsored 7 seeds, Ansche Chesed, B'nai Jeshurun, Congregation Habonim, Consulate General of Israel to New York, Darkhei Noam, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish Agency for Israel, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Lab/Shul, Limmud NY, Mechon Hadar, Neo Hasid, Romemu, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Society for the Advancement of Judaism, T'ruah, Uri L'Tzedek, West End Synagogue, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Ways of Peace, Yeshivat Maharat. 2:30–6 pm, reception at 6 pm (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Sun, Sep 14
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2:30pm18 - 0once
Days of Awe Cemetery Visit
It is customary to visit the graves of parents and other loved ones around the High Holidays, but many New Yorkers are unable to visit the cemetery easily. Thanks to Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, we are pleased to offer you a comfortable car ride to visit loved ones buried nearby, accompanied by Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Director of the Center for Jewish Living. Join us for a light breakfast at 10:30 am before cars depart at 11 am. Registration permitting, we will have buses to the Queens, Farmingdale, and Paramus, NJ, cemeteries. Pre-registration required; deadline is Tues, Sept 2. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Mon, Sep 15
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10:30am18 - 0once
Peoplehood with Purpose: Universalism, Particularism, and the High Holidays
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Rabbi Asher Lopatin, Rabbi Rolando Matalon, Professor Lisa Grant, moderated by Rabbi Joy Levitt The High Holiday Liturgy addresses the question of why be Jewish altogether. Are we reflecting on the condition of all humanity, or are we praying specifically for the Jewish people? High Holiday preparation is an opportunity to reflect on the nature of Jewish peoplehood—but peoplehood with purpose! In conjunction with the Jewish Lights Prayers of Awe series, edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD. Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Mon, Sep 15
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7pm18 - 0once
Basics of Judaism
This experiential 18-week course introduces the basic principles, theology, literature, and ritual/spiritual practices of Judaism through discussions and exposure to traditional texts, contemporary readings, and real-life Jewish experiences, including class trips to synagogues and other Jewish institutions. A great introduction to Judaism for those exploring conversion to Judaism and an opportunity for those who grew up Jewish to learn what it’s all about. Please email Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen at acohen@jccmanhattan.org to schedule a meeting. (more)LEARN MORE
jewish living > jewish learning > evening classes
Tue, Sep 16 - Jan 13
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7pm18 - 0weekly
Basics of Judaism
This experiential 18-week course introduces the basic principles, theology, literature, and ritual/spiritual practices of Judaism through discussions and exposure to traditional texts, contemporary readings, and real-life Jewish experiences, including class trips to synagogues and other Jewish institutions. A great introduction to Judaism for those exploring conversion to Judaism and an opportunity for those who grew up Jewish to learn what it’s all about. Please email Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen at acohen@jccmanhattan.org to schedule a meeting. (more)LEARN MORE
jewish living > jewish learning > evening classes
Tue, Sep 16 - Jan 13
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7pm18 - 0weekly
What the Bible Says and What It Doesn't
Explore the Bible with scholar and popular JCC teacher Rabbi Jeremy Rosen, who combines his academic, philosophical, and traditional training to deepen and challenge the experience of reading biblical text. No previous knowledge of either the Bible or Hebrew required. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Mon, Oct 20 - Dec 15
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1:30pm18 - 0weekly
Understanding Jacob: The Trickster Episodes
Jacob, the biblical patriarch, is a complex character. As a youth he barters a pot of lentil soup for his twin brother's birthright, and years later he tricks his father into giving him the blessing meant for his brother. How do we understand these episodes? We do know that Jacob will "pay" for his trickster behaviors for the rest of his life. Through text and Midrash we will examine these and other fascinating, morally ambiguous episodes. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > evening classes
Wed, Oct 22 - Nov 25
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7pm18 - 0custom
Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace
Rabbi Amy Eilberg Speaking on her newly-published book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, Rabbi Eilberg will highlight Jewish understandings of conflict and peacebuilding as they apply to interpersonal conflict, interreligious encounter, intra-communal discord, and even international hostilities. Her presentation will be followed by brief talks on resources for peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Thu, Oct 23
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7pm18 - 0once
Challah Baking
According to the Talmud, the mitzvah of baking challah for Shabbat was one of three commandments assigned to women. Today Jewish women—and men—are baking challah every week. Join us in this ancient Jewish tradition as we knead, braid, and bake our way through the spiritual side of challah baking. (more)REGISTER
adults > culinary arts > all classes
Fri, Oct 24
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10am18 - 0once
The Golden Road to Samarkand and Other Merchant Tales
Our popular lecturer Andrée Aelion Brooks will return to tell us the story of her journey to Uzbekistan last fall. She traveled there to better understand and explore the community known as Bukharian Jews, who initially followed trade along the Silk Road during the first millennium (and some say even earlier). Others went as far as India for its gems, and many of those stories were first discovered in the Cairo Geniza a century ago. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish multiculturalism
Tue, Oct 28 - Nov 18
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1:30pm18 - 0weekly
The Historical World of the Medieval Biblical Commentators
Rabbi Adam Mintz This class will explore the historical influences on the traditional Jewish commentators. Was Rashi influenced by his Christian surroundings? Did Rashbam know that the Christians were also studying the Bible? Did ibn Ezra study Bible with his Moslem neighbors in Toledo? We will explore these questions through the study and analysis of primary sources. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > evening classes
Tue, Oct 28 - Nov 18
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8pm18 - 0weekly
NY Rabbis Teach Torah
Study Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah portion) with different New York City rabbis. This class provides a wonderful opportunity to study Torah through the diverse perspectives offered by the many remarkable rabbis throughout our city. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Wed, Nov 5
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12:30pm18 - 0once
NY Rabbis Teach Torah
Study Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah portion) with different New York City rabbis. This class provides a wonderful opportunity to study Torah through the diverse perspectives offered by the many remarkable rabbis throughout our city. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Wed, Nov 5 - Dec 17
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12:30pm18 - 0weekly
Mussar: The Practice of Ethical Character Development
Mussar promotes personal growth within a spiritual context. Its core teaching is that our deepest essence is pure and sacred, but our life experiences usually obscure this aspect of ourselves. Every Day Holiness by Alan Morinis, supplementary texts, and personal participation will be the basis for class discussions. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Thu, Nov 6 - Dec 18
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9:30am18 - 0weekly
Creating Jewelry from Wax Models: Hamsa Pendant
In these beginner-friendly workshops, you will learn how to sketch a design, carve, hollow, apply heat, and create different textures and finishes, and develop other wax carving techniques. You will make a wax jewelry model, take it to a caster to have a mold made and the metal casting done, and then have it polished. Create your own pendant in the shape of the mystical hamsa amulet in any design, size, or texture that appeals to you. Cast one for yourself and several for friends to give as fabulous gifts and ward off the evil eye! (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > art studios > jewelry
Mon, Nov 10 - Nov 24
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6:30pm18 - 0weekly
NY Rabbis Teach Torah
Study Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah portion) with different New York City rabbis. This class provides a wonderful opportunity to study Torah through the diverse perspectives offered by the many remarkable rabbis throughout our city. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Wed, Nov 12
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12:30pm18 - 0once
Basics of Judaism
This experiential 18-week course introduces the basic principles, theology, literature, and ritual/spiritual practices of Judaism through discussions and exposure to traditional texts, contemporary readings, and real-life Jewish experiences, including class trips to synagogues and other Jewish institutions. A great introduction to Judaism for those exploring conversion to Judaism and an opportunity for those who grew up Jewish to learn what it’s all about. Please email Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen at acohen@jccmanhattan.org to schedule a meeting. (more)LEARN MORE
jewish living > jewish learning > evening classes
Wed, Nov 12 - Apr 1
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7pm weekly
Basics of Judaism
This experiential 18-week course introduces the basic principles, theology, literature, and ritual/spiritual practices of Judaism through discussions and exposure to traditional texts, contemporary readings, and real-life Jewish experiences, including class trips to synagogues and other Jewish institutions. A great introduction to Judaism for those exploring conversion to Judaism and an opportunity for those who grew up Jewish to learn what it’s all about. Please email Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen at acohen@jccmanhattan.org to schedule a meeting. (more)LEARN MORE
jewish living > jewish learning > evening classes
Wed, Nov 12 - Apr 1
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7pm weekly
Women Read The Apocrypha: The Books That Did Not Make It
This series, taught by Dr. Raysh Weiss, will lavish some much-deserved attention on a group of ancient Jewish texts which constitute one of the most overlooked literary collections of Jewish history. The deeply political process of canonization was a rough one, leaving many prospective texts out in the cold. These apocryphal stories, which will be read in English translation, range from the bizarre to the sublime. In anticipation of Chanukah, the primary focus will be Maccabees I, II, and III and the story of Judith, through which the historical conditions that fueled these narratives will be considered, with an eye to how they relate to Jewish history and to the present moment. Some major issues for discussion and exploration include the politics of canonization, risk-taking and bravery, and, in particular, the role of valiant women in these texts. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Fri, Nov 14 - Dec 19
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9:30am weekly
Kaddish: Women’s Voices
Any woman who has said Kaddish for a loved one has a story about the often fraught experience of navigating loss and honoring the memory of a loved one while staying true to herself. Join Nessa Rappoport, Shelley Richman Cohen, and Paula Gantz as they share their stories, as they appear in National Jewish Book Award winner Kaddish: Women’s Voices, reflections of 52 women from around the world with editors Barbara Ashkenas and Michal Smart. Book signing and reception to follow. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Mon, Nov 17
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7pm18 - 0once
NY Rabbis Teach Torah
Study Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah portion) with different New York City rabbis. This class provides a wonderful opportunity to study Torah through the diverse perspectives offered by the many remarkable rabbis throughout our city. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Wed, Nov 19
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12:30pm18 - 0once
NY Rabbis Teach Torah
Study Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah portion) with different New York City rabbis. This class provides a wonderful opportunity to study Torah through the diverse perspectives offered by the many remarkable rabbis throughout our city. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Wed, Dec 3
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12:30pm18 - 0once
Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives
In a new collection of essays, editors Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer invite 20 women to share their Jewish wisdom with insight and humor, taking their place in the tradition of sacred storytelling. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > featured programs
Sun, Dec 7
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3pm18 - 0once
NY Rabbis Teach Torah
Study Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah portion) with different New York City rabbis. This class provides a wonderful opportunity to study Torah through the diverse perspectives offered by the many remarkable rabbis throughout our city. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Wed, Dec 10
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12:30pm18 - 0once
Challah Baking
According to the Talmud, the mitzvah of baking challah for Shabbat was one of three commandments assigned to women. Today Jewish women—and men—are baking challah every week. Join us in this ancient Jewish tradition as we knead, braid, and bake our way through the spiritual side of challah baking. (more)REGISTER
adults > culinary arts > all classes
Fri, Dec 12
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10am once
A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching our Lives
An Event in Honor of Rabbi Jonathan Slater's New Book, A Partner in Holiness: Deepening Mindfulness, Practicing Compassion and Enriching Our Lives through the Wisdom of R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev's Kedushat Levi Find inspiration for a satisfying life of spiritual practice through the combination of contemporary mindfulness meditation and classical Hasidic spirituality. Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, mindfulness meditation instructor at the JCC since 2002 and Co-Director of Programs at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, has published two volumes of selections from the beloved Hasidic text Kedushat Levi, by R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev in translation with commentaries. Through these teachings he opens up the possibility of developing a life of spiritual practice which will wake us up to the wonders of the world, help us nurture a heart of compassion and sustain us in times of trouble. Through conversation with Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism and former instructor in Makom, he will bring some of the key themes of R. Levi Yitzhak’s teachings, and share a practice with us to prepare for the coming holiday of Hanukkah. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing. (more)REGISTER
adults > makom: meditation > jewish spirituality
Sun, Dec 14
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7pm once
NY Rabbis Teach Torah
Study Parashat Hashavuah (the weekly Torah portion) with different New York City rabbis. This class provides a wonderful opportunity to study Torah through the diverse perspectives offered by the many remarkable rabbis throughout our city. (more)REGISTER
jewish living > jewish learning > daytime classes
Wed, Dec 17
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12:30pm18 - 0once
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