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Torah Studies

"And you shall teach it to your children" (Deuteronomy 6:7)

We believe that understanding our Torah is essential to living a meaningful Jewish life. The study of Torah is a central part of the mission of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.
In small and intimate groups, our clergy lead regular Torah study opportunities that are relevant and topical.  Join us for lively discussions using the contemporary lens of modern thinkers as we examine some of Judaism’s most fundamental ethical and theological questions, which are embedded in our ancient Rabbinic texts – the Mishna, Talmud, and Midrash.


#Talmud with Rabba Abby Scheier

Mondays – 11:00 AM

Explore highlights of Tractate Berachot, a section of the Talmud filled with interesting stories, conversations, and timeless lessons.



Haftarat Hashvuah - This Week’s Haftarah

Mondays – 7:30 PM


Led by Yosi Even-Hen, this class will focus mainly on the content and connection to the weekly Torah Parasha. There will also be a small component exploring some musical notation of the Haftarah.



Israeli Poetry with Dr. Rachel Korazim

Tuesdays – 2:00 PM


This program is about twelve of the greatest Hebrew poets who laid the foundations to Modern Hebrew Poetry. Those who gave us our language of metaphors, sounds and images. 75 minutes – followed by open conversation.



Lessons in the Lyrics: The Hamilton Series

with Rabba Rachel Kohl Finegold

Wednesdays – 11:00 AM

Using lyrics from the award-winning musical Hamilton as a springboard for Jewish text study, we will explore themes of leadership, rivalry, forgiveness and more.




Parasha Insights with Rabbi Scheier

Thursdays – 2:00 PM

A look at the weekly portion, with a focus on Midrashic interpretations. Open to all, and to all levels of Jewish knowledge.




A Night at the Opera!

Thursday, May 6 – 8:00 PM

Join Cantor Zelermyer for a weekly trip into the world of opera!


Friday, September 22, 2023 7 Tishrei 5784