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Open Beit Midrash

Explore. Seek. Learn. Transform.
Beginning Tuesday, November 7th, 8:00 pm
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  •  Explore traditional texts in a non-judgmental space
  • Communal learning open to everyone (no matter your background)
  • Taught by Rabbis David Schuck, Zach Sitkin, and Ethan Linden (executive director of Ramah Berkshires)
  • Scholars once a month:
  • Meets weekly
  • Food and drinks provided

At Beth El we believe that Limmud, or Jewish learning, can change lives and lead to renewal and transformation. This November, we are launching our Open
Beit Midrash program. Traditionally, the Beit Midrash (“House of Study”) is the
place where rabbis and scholars would congregate and pore over the Torah
and other Jewish texts in order to better understand the essence of Judaism.

The Beit Midrash is a laboratory of questioning, in which, we develop the tools
to more effectively communicate the essence of Jewish life and values. In our
Beit Midrash, it won’t matter if you grew up going to Jewish schools or whether
you are just picking up a Jewish book for the first time; everyone is welcome.
We invite you to be a part of our laboratory of question asking. The Open Beit
Midrash is an opportunity to be a part of a non-judgmental space in the hopes
of finding answers to questions we didn’t even know we had.

One night each week, Rabbi Schuck; Rabbi Ethan Linden, the executive director
of Ramah Berkshires; and Rabbi Zach Sitkin will each teach a class covering
different areas of Jewish literature. The classes will cover everything from
Chassidic thought to Jewish law to biblical commentaries. There will be food
and drinks provided free of charge so we can begin each night of learning by
sharing a glass of wine, or a l’chaim, and breaking bread with one another. On
the last week of each month, instead of having three separate classes, a scholar
will come and teach everyone something related to their field of expertise.

Learning can also be a good way to honor the memory of loved ones who are
no longer with us. As Jews, when someone we love passes away, there is a
tradition to learn a text in their memory. Therefore, we are looking for people
to sponsor nights of learning in the memory of their loved ones. It is our hope
that we can continue to build a community of seekers and questioners, and
that through the study of Torah, we can even begin a process of renewal and

For more information, contact Rabbi Sitkin at or 914.275.2700, x338.

Sponsor one or more of our sessions!

November 7, 16, 21, 30
December 5, 14, 19
January 4, 9, 18, 23
February 1, 6, 15, 27
March 8, 13, 22
April 10, 24
May 3, 8, 17, 31
June 5, 14, 19, 28

Mon, September 25 2017 5 Tishrei 5778