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Teen Learning Series

Wednesday, April 3 | 6:00-7:15PM | Community House Room 411

Want a chance to learn, study, and discuss some of the most intriguing issues facing Jewish teens today? Join us as we explore R-rated Talmud, the complexities of Israel, civil rights, poverty, and race within Judaism. Sessions will be facilitated by Aniko Gomory, Ayala Wasser, Rabbi Felicia Sol, Moshe Samuels, and outside facilitators. 




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  • Member: $75 per course
  • Non-Member: $100 per course


R-rated Talmud and Ethical Dilemmas

Peer pressure, drugs, murder and more. These are not just plagues of today’s world, but are topics that Rabbis discussed at length in the Talmud. Join us as we delve into the deepest and darkest corners of Jewish text, to explore what Rabbis had to say about different ethical and moral dilemmas that challenged their society. Debate the opinions of these Rabbis and explore how Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of our Fathers, challenges and aligns with Jewish halacha (law).

October 10, 17, and 24


Zionism and Critique

Israel: the people, the country, the reality. Join us as we explore ways to critically approach Israel with love. We will be examining how to forge our own relationship with Israel and opinions on a myriad of topics. We will also welcome students from the Columbia/Barnard Hillel for a panel about related issues, both on and off campus. Finally, we will reflect on how we can all take action in order to contribute to and shape Israel’s present and future.

November 7, 14, and 28


Jewish History in Civil Rights

Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “…morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” Take a journey through the fight for civil rights in America, Israel, and around the world through text, music, and art. Explore the ways in which Jews participated in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and whether or not it is incumbent upon us to continue the fight today. All BJ teens are encouraged to participate in this important learning series. 

December 5 and 12, and January 9

All teens going on the Teen Civil Rights Journey to Georgia and Alabama will take part in this class—your tuition is included in the cost of the trip and you do not need to register separately here. The 1/9 session is for trip participants only.


Poverty and Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam: what does it really mean, and what does our obligation to it entail? Should we focus on repairing our own community, or are we meant to go out into the world to fulfill this command? How do we enter a space that is not ours for the purpose of helping? Join us as we dive into the reality of poverty, both in our own city and around the world. We will also be exploring the history of Jews in Latin America. All BJ teens are encouraged to participate in this important learning series. 

January 23, February 6 and 13

All teens going on the Teen Service Learning Trip to the Dominican Republic will take part in this class—your tuition is included in the cost of the trip and you do not need to register separately here. The 2/6 session is specific to trip participants, and includes a parent session from 7-7:30PM.


Race Within Judaism

Jewish religion, culture, and history has created a people that are deeply united, yet is important to recognize the great diversity that exists within the Jewish people. This diversity is indeed one of our strengths. In this teen learning series, we will explore the myriad of ways in which Jews around the world express their Judaism differently. We will also discuss the role race plays within both Israel and Judaism worldwide, and take a deeper look at how we can embrace our diversity and create Jewish spaces that celebrate our differences and honor our unity. 

April 3, 10, and 17