The Institute for Jewish Studies

About The Institute

The Institute for Jewish Studies has over the past 18 years, earned a reputation of providing excellence in Jewish adult education.

We are about to begin another exciting semester of learning and discovery. In this brochure you will find two programs: Course A is a comprehensive program that will lead you through core Jewish knowledge. It will include: Jewish Tradition, Jewish History and Jewish Thought. Course B is an in-depth program that will cover the gamut of Jewish subjects including Biblical studies, history, ethics, mysticism, Jewish law and other topics of interest.

We hope you will take the opportunity to join this most dynamic and popular program of Jewish adult learning.


Rabbi Heschel Greenberg
Rabbi Yehoshua Greenberg

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6 Sundays, 10:00 AM
Dates: May 21 • June 4, 11, 18, 25 • July 9

Countless books and documentaries have been put forward about the history of the Jewish people. For the most part, though, the stories they tell are simplified, surface level treatments. Our story is so much more: it's deeper, more complex, and subversive to the prevailing ideas of ancient and modern civilization.

In this course we'll focus on Jewish History in the middle ages, a period of immense persecution and hardship but, paradoxically, also a period of tremendous production and progress. Come learn the fascinating inner story of how we survived and thrived in a cruel and cold world.

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A Study of Judaism's Most Profound and Treasured Contribution.

6 Sundays, 11:00 AM
Dates: May 21 • June 4, 11, 18, 25 • July 9

The cherished words of the Shema —”Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One”— are etched in our hearts and ingrained in our collective psyche. The Shema is the Jew’s affirmation and devotion to his faith. It is a declaration of who we are and what we stand for. It is our proclamation of Monotheism for both ourselves and the world. The Shema expresses our mission statement and purpose in life. It is the most important Jewish prayer.

Join us and learn the meaning and depths contained within the Shema’s short sentence. Come see why the formula for Jewish survival is contained within its words.

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FOR CHILDCARE OPTIONS PLEASE CALL 716-568-1425 OR 716-400-1550

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Q. Who has attended the 'Institute'?
A. Jews from all walks of life. Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and unaffiliated Jews. The Institute is a community program open to all Jews of all backgrounds and levels of observance.

Q. Do I need any knowledge of Hebrew?
A. No, you don't. These courses are for all levels. Whether a beginner or someone who has a significant Judaic background these classes will inform and educate you.

Q. I can't make the class Sunday mornings. Do you offer these classes any other time?
A. Yes. Course B is offered Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm. In addition, CD's of every class are made available to every registrant.

Q. I can't afford the fee for the classes. Do you offer any discount?
A. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Whatever you can afford will be graciously accepted. We also would greatly appreciate anyone who would like to sponsor or dedicate a class or series of classes.

Q. I have children at home. Do you offer a concurrent children's program?
A. We have a children's educational program (CHAI HEBREW SCHOOL). We will also provide additional child care for children ages 6 mos. to 4 yrs. Call 568-1425 for more information.

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