Learn At Hadar
Upcoming Events

Learn about all of Hadar's upcoming public events in brief here, and click on the links below to find out more. All our public events may be recorded; be in touch at programs@hadar.org to learn more.

Hadar in DC

Hadar's Winter Learning Institute in DC

Save the Date: December 23-25, 2018

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Upcoming Scholars-in-Residence:

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer at Adas Israel Congregation

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Other in Jewish Prayer —We will analyze sections of the amidah. Along the way, we will explore: Are traditional prayer formulas able to express my own values/ideas of prayer? What do you do when you "disagree" with the prayer's content? Does traditional Jewish prayer make room for people who have doubts about God and/or doubts about the efficacy of prayer? We will analyze the original Biblical context to help us connect to the prayer.


Rabbi Aviva Richman and Joey Weisenberg at Pearlstone Retreat Center's Shavuot Beit Midrash

Friday May 18 - May 21, 2018 (Shavuot)

Joey Weisenberg will lead singing and Rabbi Aviva Richman will teach on subjects such as "The Torah Was Not Given to Angels": How do we receive the Torah as ourselves? ; Reclaiming Boshet: from embarrassment to revelation in the Sfas Emes ; and Victim, Survivor, Advocate? Torah and the #metoo moment.


Sunday, May 20, 2018 (Shavuot Day 1)

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein will teach " Bread from the Earth and Torah from Heaven": a Radical Midrash for Shavuot at Kehillat Pardes.

Spring Lecture Series 2018: Intermarriage, with R. Ethan Tucker

When? Tuesday April 24, May 1, and May 8, 2018 7:30-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Our public discussion of intermarriage is mired in questions of demographics and frequently devolves into simple binaries of inclusion/exclusion and tradition/change. We will explore the Biblical and Rabbinic sources before considering whether Halakhah could embrace intermarriage and considering why it shouldn't. Our goal will be to see how Halakhah might be able to say more than we might imagine on this front while identifying limits we might not have expected.

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Boston Pre-Pesah Learning Intensive

When? Wednesdays March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018 from 7-9 pm
Where? Braun Room in Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge
Cost? Cost per person is $5 per session.

Join us in Cambridge/Somerville for a weekly beit midrash in preparation for the holiday of Passover. Each session will include delicious kosher dinner, community building, and learning with a different member of the Hadar faculty. We hope that you will join us!

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Pre-Pesach Evening of Learning and Song 2018

Torah and Singing for Pesach

When? Monday, March 19, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Join R. Jason Rubenstein and Joey Weisenberg for inspiring Torah and singing. R. Jason will teach on "If Slavery is Not Wrong, then Nothing is Wrong: The Torah and the Struggle Against Slavery Past, Present, and Future." Joey Weisenberg will teach some original songs to share at the Pesach Seder!

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Compassion, Love, and the American Future: Rabbi Shai Held in conversation with Martha Nussbaum

Thursday, March 15 at 8pm  

The Edlavitch DCJCC is thrilled to bring Rabbi Shai Held and philosopher Martha Nussbaum together as part of our Words and Ideas program, which brings together dynamic thought-leaders to examine ideas, thought, and contemporary questions through a Jewish lens.

Freedom and Redemption: A Day of Learning in Preparation for Passover with the Edlavitch DCJCC and Hadar 

Sunday March 18, 2018, from 1:30-5:00pm

This learning program will include a panel and a breakout sessions, led by Hadar faculty Rabbis Ethan Tucker, Elie Kaunfer, and Avi Killip. Each session will bring open-hearted and passionate discussions coupled with deep classical text study and new interpretations for a modern age.


Rabbinic Yeshiva Intensive

When? March 11 - 14 (Sun-Wed), 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

The Rabbinic Yeshiva Intensive is a remarkable opportunity for rabbis to spend three days in an immersive Beit Midrash learning in shiurim withHadar's stellar faculty. The Yeshiva Intensive is not a professional skills workshop, but an opportunity for rabbis who really love learning Torah but have a thousand different daily commitments and responsibilities to immerse fully in learning for a few days.

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Project Zug Spring Cycle Launches

Register now to join the learning and find a havruta

When? Our Spring cycle launches on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Where? Online!

We employ havruta (one-to-one) learning to connect with Jews from around the world in more than 25 classes. Sign up to be part of our next learning term!

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Community Beit Midrash

When? Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave, New York City

Featuring teachers from Hadar, Pardes, JTS, YCT, and Drisha.

Community Beit Midrash

When? Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Where?Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Featuring star teachers from Hadar, Pardes, JTS, Maharat, and Drisha. Stay tuned for more information about registration, which will open in early 2018.

Rabbinic Voices and Sexual Assault, Taught by R. Aviva Richman (2 Parts)

When? Tuesdays, January 23 and January 30 2018, 7:30-9:00 pm

Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

In this turbulent moment of public attention to sexual assault and harassment, we will probe rabbinic sources that speak to our questions, fears, and hopes. When approached with sensitivity and creativity, how can our tradition help us envision the meaning of leadership, the role of community, and the importance of theology in confronting these realities?
In this week, we will study legal source from the Bible that address the importance and complexity of defining sexual consent. What is the role of leadership and community in creating a "culture of consent?"
In this week, we will focus on rabbinic stories, theological and poetic texts to deepen and complicate Jewish legal text on sexual asault. What role can Jewish text play in a path toward healing?

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Ladies Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

January 18, 2018

With the Edlavitch DCJCC

A ladies' lunch and learn, titled "Stories That Touch Our Lives - Narratives in the Jewish Tradition." Rabbis Elie Kaunfer, Avi Killip, and Ethan Tucker will lead us in text study and discussion in this 4 class series at the Somerset House. 

Manger Winter Learning Seminar 2018

Beyond Biology: Family, Choice and Belonging

When? January 7 - 11, 2018

Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Join Hadar's beit midrash for an immersive week of Torah study, prayer, shared meals and conversation. You'll take part in an honest, dynamic, and multi-level exploration of Jewish texts with passionate teachers and committed peers. This year, we will explore topics such as: Conversion, Intermarriage, Honoring Parents, and The "Rebellious Son."

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Dr. Eddie Scharfman Memorial Lecture

Resurrection Revisited: A Closer Look at the Blessing of Giving Life to the Dead

When? Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:30 PM

Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

In this lecture by R. Elie Kaunfer, we will open up the second blessing of the Amidah – said in all formal Jewish prayer services – to explore different possibilities of meaning. Which biblical and midrashic texts stand behind this blessing, and how can they open up our field of vision around this controversial prayer.

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Singing Communities Intensive

Theme: Art of the Nigun

When? Monday December 25-Thursday, December 28, 2017

Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Singing Communities Intensive is a chance to experience the depth of Jewish music, to study traditional melodies and sounds and to be part of the creative process of bringing new music into being. Led by Joey Weisenberg and R. Elie Kaunfer, our 2017 program will focus on “The Art of the Nigun.”

Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble - Book Release and Annual Concert - Walk ins only

Celebrating The Torah of Music (2017)

When? Thursday, December 28, 2017, 7:15 pm, doors open 6:45 pm

Where? *180 Amsterdam Ave (Lincoln Square Synagogue)*

Buy a copy of Joey's book

Community Beit Midrash

Let's prepare for Hanukkah

When? Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Featuring star teachers from Hadar, Pardes, JTS, Maharat, and Drisha.

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Global Day of Jewish Learning

Beauty & Ugliness

When? Sunday, November 12, 2017

Where? Schechter Manhattan 805 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025*

Hadar, Schechter Manhattan, Shaare Zedek, and LimmudNY will be hosting New York City's Global Day of Jewish Learning. Join with more than 400 communities in 48 countries and 6 continents for a day of Torah study, on this year's theme, beauty and ugliness

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Project Zug Fall Cycle Launches

Register now to join the learning and find a havruta

When? Our fall cycle launches on Sunday, November 12, 2017

Where? Online!

We employ havruta (one-to-one) learning to connect with Jews from around the world. Sign up to be part of our next learning term!

Joey Weisenberg's Torah of Music Book Launch and Celebration

When? Wednesday November 8, 2017 7 PM

Where? Germantown Jewish Centre 400 W Ellet St Philadelphia, PA 19119

Join Joey Weisenberg for a wonderful evening of conversation, singing, and reflection​ ​on​ ​the​ ​powerful​ ​interaction​ ​between​ ​singing,​ ​music​ ​and​ ​Jewish​ ​texts​ ​through engagement​ ​with​ ​sources​ ​from​ ​his newly-released book, The​ ​Torah​ ​of​ ​Music​ (2017), ​and​ ​singing. Sponsored by Jake and Linda Kriger

Missed the event? Buy the book from Amazon!

Fall Lecture Series, 2017 (5-part)

Strangers, Aliens and Fellow Travelers:
The Rabbinic Concept of Ger toshav and its Relevance for Contemporary Jewish Politics

When? Thursdays Oct 19-Nov 16, 2017

Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

How does the Torah want us to relate to minorities? Are rights and privileges based primarily on essence and status, or on residence and behavior? How are these sorts of questions affecting contemporary Israeli and American politics and how should they?

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Rabbi Shai Held in conversation with Jeffrey Golderg, to launch Heart of Torah

October 8, 2017

Adas Israel Congregation, co-sponsored by 6th & I and Washington Board of Rabbis

Bringing The Heart of Torah to Life

A Book Launch and Celebration

When? September 12, 2017,

Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

On September 12, 2017, we held a book launch to celebrate Rabbi Shai Held's widely acclaimed new book, The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion. You can buy the books on Amazon.

Listen to the Recordings from the book launch

Repentance, Forgiveness, Personal Change: Entering the Days of Awe

September 10, 2017 in Washington DC

With Edlavitch DCJCC. A half-day workshop of passionate and open-hearted discussions about many of the most crucial questions Jews ask during the High Holidays.

The Search for God: In Our Lives and in Our Communities

A day of learning with Hadar

When? July 19, 2017,

Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

We experience and think about God in so many different ways, some of us in moments of extreme joy, others in the context of trauma and pain. For some of us, God is absent or unfathomable; for others, God is utterly real, always present in our day-to-day lives; for still others, God is sometimes accessible and sometimes remote. Faith in God itself can bind us to others or alienate us from them. Join us as we embark on a search for God—we will draw upon how Jews have searched for God in the past to learn about how we might search for God in the present. Over the course of the day, we will deepen our understanding of how Judaism imagines we might be in relationship with God and, through God, with one another.

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Join Hadar in Boston

Thank you for joining our Pre-Pesah programs. Stay tuned for more opportunities in August and September to connect with Hadar in Boston.

Halakhah Intensive Week

2018 Theme: Interactions with Gentiles on Shabbat

When? May 13-17, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave
Who? Anyone with an interest in learning more about Halakhah, excellent resource for rabbis, rabbinical students, and graduate students.

Join us for a brand-new, multi-day intensive focused on in-depth study of a targeted area of halakhah. Participants will spend full days immersed in learning sources in the original, as we begin with the Tanakh and the classical sources of Hazal and take their lessons forward to contemporary application. Led by R. Ethan Tucker and R. Aviva Richman, the Hadar faculty will guide this week of intense learning. Bring your deep interest in halakhah and your thirst for more knowledge.

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Kehilat Hadar Shavuot Retreat, in Partnership with the Hadar Institute

When? May 18-21, 2018
Where? Camp Kinder Ring (Upstate NY)

The Hadar Institute is excited to be partnering with Kehilat Hadar for their 17th annual Shavuot retreat to bring you a highly engaging learning program! Join us for a one-of-a-kind retreat, May 18-21, 2018 where you’ll have the opportunity to participate in spirited, songful, lay-led, egalitarian davening and study a vast array of topics at the overnight Tikkun as well as during the day. You’ll also have plenty of time to partake in delicious, kosher meals, and enjoy the extensive grounds of Camp Kinder Ring (including a pool and sports fields). Accommodations are camp-style so bring your adventurous spirit and eagerness to learn to this four-day adventure!

Registration is through Kehilat Hadar.

Annual Summer Kick-off: What Feminist Torah Needs to Look Like

With R. Aviva Richman

When? Tuesday, June 12, 2018; 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

R. Aviva Richman will take stock of and lay out a vision for feminist Torah at Hadar, in rich conversation with a panel of scholars and religious leaders from a range of Jewish communities and perspectives. They will collectively tackle the questions of: Is feminist Torah primarily about who learns Torah? How you learn Torah? What Torah is learned? What practical outcomes emerge? Is it about gender? Power? Marginalized identity? Engage in a powerful evening of internal reflection and conversation that will drive Torah learning in a new direction.

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Jewish Professionals Institute - Register now!

When? June 17-21, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Hadar is holding a four-day Summer Institute geared toward Jewish professionals, including synagogue, Hillel, and foundation professionals! The seminar is intended to draw an audience from a variety of backgrounds looking to spend time deepening their connection to Jewish learning around relevant and substantive issues.

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מהדרין בעברית

"טוב מאוחר מלעולם לא"
נשים כותבות מדרשים

When? Wednesday June 20, 2018; 7:30-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

'מכון הדר שמחים להציג סדרת תוכניות חדשה בעברית בשם 'מהדרין בעברית

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Summer Lecture Series with R. Shai Held

On Love: The Great Principle of the Torah is Love, but What Does that Mean?

When? Monday June 25, 2018; 7:30-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

No lesser a figure than R. Akiva declares that “love your neighbor as yourself” is “the great principle of the Torah” (kelal gadol baTorah). Yet Jews have always struggled to discern just what this startling verse asks of us. In this session, through careful engagement with both traditional commentators and modern academic Bible scholars, we’ll ask such questions as: What does this verse mean? Can love (or any other feeling, for that matter) really be commanded? Can we really love other people as much as we love ourselves? And who is the neighbor we’re commanded to love, anyway?

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Day School Educators Institute - Register now!

When? June 24-28, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Highlights include:

  • Bring havruta learning to your classroom through the Pedagogy of Partnership with Orit Kent and Allison Cook.
  • Learn Rabbinic texts with Hadar's core faculty in a lively Beit Midrash setting.
  • Build relationships with fellow educators who share the desire to increase the love of Jewish studies and Rabbinics education in their classrooms and schools.

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Summer Lecture Series with R. Shai Held

On Love: Is "Love Your Enemies" A Jewish Idea?

When? Monday July 2, 2018; 7:30-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

We are commanded to love our neighbor, but what about those who are hostile to us—must we love them too? How should we feel and act toward them? What clues can we derive from Tanakh, from Rabbinic tradition, and from modern Musar writers? Jesus famously instructs his disciples to love their enemies. Is this orientation distinctively Christians, or is loving your enemies a Jewish value too? More basically: is loving your enemies a good thing?

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Executive Seminar

When? July 8-12, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Join us for engaging four days of Jewish study as we probe our textual heritage for meaning and purpose in our lives. Mornings are spent in Talmud study—geared to the level and background of participants—in our full and vibrant beit midrash. Afternoons are devoted to group learning and lectures on vital topics that emerge from the Jewish canon and that impinge on communal questions and challenges of the day, led by Hadar's renowned faculty. Evening programming allows for a more intimate audience with Hadar's leadership: take time to reflect on your learning, hear more about Hadar's vision for the Jewish future and learn how you can contribute to shaping the Jewish communities to which you will return.

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Summer Lecture Series with R. Shai Held

On Love: The God of Judaism Is a God of Love

When? Monday July 9, 2018; 7:30-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

It is one of the last acceptable prejudices in American culture: the God of the "Old Testament" is a God of vengeance, focused on strict justice rather than mercy, given to anger rather than love. This perception is as mistaken as it is widespread. In this lecture, we'll encounter a series of biblical texts that make the stunning claim that what makes God unique, what makes God God, is God's unfathomable capacity for love, mercy, and forgiveness. We'll explore the common complaint that a God of love is (too) anthropomorphic, and we'll ask whether belief in a God of love is still plausible in this day and age.

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Summer Yom Iyyun 2018 - Virtue: Who We Are and Why It Matters

A Day of Learning with Hadar

When? Wednesday, July 18, 2018; 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Where? B'nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th St. (between Broadway and West End Avenue)

Jewish ethics focuses not just on what we do, but on who we are. Character traits are essential to living a moral and holy life. Join us as we explore such questions as: What kind of human beings are we asked to be? What is the relationship between right actions and right intentions? Why is law necessary, but not sufficient to Judaism’s vision of a religious life? Should we assess our leaders primarily by their accomplishments or their character?

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High Holiday Leaders Training

with Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Julia Andelman

When? August 5-6, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Train, prepare, and practice to serve as shaliah tzibur during High Holidays at Hadar’s High Holidays Leaders Training.

Shelihei tzibur rarely have the opportunity to hear others lead the Mahzor and prepare for the High Holidays with a community of peers. This program offers the chance to participate in an in-depth run through of leading tefilot in real time. Our goals include seeing the Mahzor as a whole and gaining a deeper understanding of the words, the overall melodies, and nusah to help us create a comprehensive learning experience.

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Returning, Repenting, Rebuilding: Preparing for the Days of Awe

Teshuvah Seminar with Hadar Faculty

When? August 5-7, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Teshuvah demands more than ten days—and requires an open head and open heart. Bring both as we prepare for Elul by exploring the process of teshuvah through textual study and personal reflection. The program will be led by Hadar faculty including Rabbi Shai Held, Rabbi Aviva Richman, and Rabbi Jason Rubenstein.

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