Classes & Events
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 to learn more.

September 2018

In Hiding or In Plain Sight? An Alternative Model of Repentance

Prepare for the High Holidays with Dena Weiss

When? Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

The Yom Kippur liturgy is centered around confession and acknowledgement of sin. But, what if we have been doing it all wrong? What if the proper way to r epent and engage with our sins is to conceal, rather than reveal them? In this lecture, we'll approach teshuvah through this counter-intuitive lens and see what we can uncover about our best selves when we cover up our worst transgressions.


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November 2018

Global Day of Jewish Learning 2018

Extraordinary Passages: Texts and Travels

When? Sunday, November 11, 2018, 9:45 AM - 3 PM
Where? Bnei Jeshurun Congregation, 257 W. 88th Street, NYC.

Hadar, Bnai Jeshurun, and LimmudNY will be hosting a Global Day of Jewish Learning.

Join with more than 400 communities in 48 countries and 6 continents for a day of Torah study. In addition to the teaching sessions, there will dedicated space for havruta learning as well as robust childrens' programming, run by Ramah.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for purchase between 11:50 am and 2:30 pm.

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Join Hadar in DC

Join Hadar in Boston

Beyond the Book: The Power of the Words We Say -- Wednesdays August 15, 22, 29, & September 5, 2018 from 7-9 pm

Registration is now open. 


August 15: R. Shai Held

Why Don't People Change? (and How We Could)

Contemporary culture gives us a lot of mixed messages. On the one hand, we're told that free will is an illusion, and that we're conditioned by countless circumstances beyond our control. On the other hand, we're told that human beings are malleable, and that even our brains our "plastic." A mature spirituality recognizes, first, that it's extremely hard to change who we are, and second, that we're nevertheless obligated to work on doing just that. With the help of Rabbinic, Chassidic, and Mussar texts in conversation with modern psychology and, we'll explore both obstacles and opportunities for change and personal growth.


August 22: R. Avi Strausberg

Magnetic Verses of Zikhronot (Remembrances):  Selective Memory for the Win

The Musaf Service of Rosh HaShanah is defined by the insertions of Malkhuyot (Kingship), Zikhronot (Remembrances), and Shofarot (Blasts of the Shofar) into the Amidah.  In this session, we’ll take an in-depth look at the compilation of verses that make up Zikhronot. We’ll ask ourselves what are we looking to remember, what are we hoping to forget, and just who is doing the remembering anyway.  After we dig deep into the rabbis’ choice of verses and try to understand their selection, we’ll get a chance to compose our own Zikhronot.


August 29: Dena Weiss

In Hiding or In Plain Sight? An Alternative Model of Repentance

The Yom Kippur liturgy is centered around confession and acknowledgement of sin. But, what if we have been doing it all wrong? What if the proper way to repent and engage with our sins is to conceal, rather than reveal them? In this class we'll approach teshuvah through this counter-intuitive lens and see what we can uncover about our best selves when we cover up our worst transgressions.


September 5: R. Tali Adler

Sacrifice: What It Is, What It Could Be, And Why It Matters

Akeidat Yitzhak, the Torah reading for the second day of Rosh HaShanah, is usually seen as the ultimate Jewish model of personal sacrifice. But is willingness to die for God really the epitome of sacrifice? In this session we will explore a midrash that questions Akeidat Yitzhak's role as the central model of personal sacrifice, and offers a story about Rachel our Matriarch as an alternative. We will use the midrash to explore questions such as: What does sacrifice look like? What role should it play in our religious lives? And what might our High Holidays look like with a different model of religious sacrifice at the center?

Past Events


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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מהדרין בעברית

?הלכה - מורשת דתית או תרבותית
עיון ב"הלכה ואגדה" של חיים נחמן ביאליק

When? July 25, 2018; 7:30-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave
דרך סקירת המסה "הלכה ואגדה" של חיים נחמן ביאליק נלמד על הצעתו היצירתית של ביאליק להסתכל על ההיסטוריה ההלכתית מנקודת מבט חדשה ואחרת. ננסה לעמוד על טיב הצעתו של ביאליק והשלכותיה על העולם הישראלי ועל העולם היהודי אמריקאי - היום, כמאה שנים לאחר כתיבת המאמר.

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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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Tisha B'Av

Davening and Learning

When? Sunday, July 22, 2018
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam

On Sunday July 22, 2018, we will be commemorating Tisha B'Av 5778 with learning and davening at Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Avenue.

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Summer Lecture Series with R. Shai Held (Part 2)

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 Christian, 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 (Part 3)

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 Lecture Series with R. Shai Held (Part 1)

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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Ateret Zvi Prize - Submit Today

Submissions are due June 30, 2018

When? Submit by June 30, 2018; 11:59 pm, EST
Where? Online

The Ateret Zvi Prize in Hiddushei Torah, launching in 5778/2018, will be extended yearly by Hadar to recognize a work of innovative and exceptional Torah scholarship. The prize is endowed in loving memory of Professor and Rabbi Zvi H. Szubin, a lifelong scholar and teacher who uncovered rich insights buried in traditional texts using legal, historical, and linguistic tools—an approach he termed “text archaeology.” The competition aims to inspire scholarship and innovation in the study of Torah and is open to all.

Learn more about Dr. Zvi H. Szubin, the prize, and how to submit your entry.


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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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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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!

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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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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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