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Upcoming Events in New York City

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 [email protected] to learn more.

March 2020

Annual Jerome L. Stern Pre-Pesah Lecture, The Triumph of Creation with Rabbi Shai Held

When? March 16, 2020
Where? 190 Amsterdam Ave

Most people consider the book of Exodus familiar: A nation of slaves cries out to their God, who liberates them and then reveals a new way of living at Mount Sinai. But what if Exodus has another, equally powerful theme, the triumph of creation over chaos and of life over death? Come discover a whole new way of seeing the Exodus and ask: how can our Pesah be different this time around if we bear this interpretation in mind?

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Immersive Learning in Westchester

When? March 29-31, 2020
Where? Temple Israel Center, 280 Mamaroneck Road, White Plains

Hadar's Westchester Intensive is a remarkable opportunity to spend three days immersed in Torah study in preparation for Pesah, from March 29-31, 2020. Connect with the Westchester community and Hadar faculty including Rabbi Shai Held, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Rabbi Avi Killip, and Rabbi Aviva Richman.

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Past Events

Scharfman Annual Memorial Lecture

Scharfman Memorial Lecture
When? Monday, January 13, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

Join us for an evening of thoughtful discussion and reflection featuring Sarah Hurwitz, former head speechwriter for Michelle Obama and author of Here All Along, in dialogue with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer about the Jewish approach ⁠— and their own personal approach ⁠— to the Divine.


Manger Winter Learning Seminar

Manger Winter Learning Seminar
When? January 5-9 and 12-16
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

Hadar’s Manger Winter Learning Seminar is an opportunity study in Hadar’s Beit Midrash and take part in an honest, dynamic, and multi-level exploration of Jewish texts with passionate teachers and committed peers. This seminar is designed for young adults, ages 18-30, with a passion for Jewish texts and an openness to learning, sharing, and growing.


Daf Yomi Siyyum

Daf Yomi Siyyum
When? Sunday, January 5, 2020, 1:00-4:45 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

January 4, 2020 marks the completion of a 7 and a half year Daf Yomi Cycle, learning a page from the Talmud each day to its completion. Hadar is thrilled to host an egalitarian celebration of this tremendous achievement with a day of learning on Sunday, January 5th. We will study text, hear from those who have committed themselves to learning during this cycle, and together commence the next round of learning!


Hadar Ensemble Concert

When? December 25, 2019, Doors 7:00pm, Show 7:30pm
Where? B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, 270 W. 89th Street, New York, NY

Sing with Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble live at their biggest concert of the year! The music of the Hadar Ensemble blends traditional Jewish sounds and melodies with eclectic influences such as jazz, bluegrass, Balkan, flamenco, and klezmer. The results can be joyful, raucous, meditative, and heart-opening. Featuring Yosef Goldman performing songs from his new album Open My Heart.

Explore the depths of Jewish communal music as we sing together on this unforgettable evening.


Hadar's Rising Song Intensive

When? December 22-25, 2019
Where? B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, 270 W. 89th Street, New York, NY

Led by Hadar’s Rising Song Institute Co-Directors Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Yosef Goldman, the Rising Song Intensive offers the chance to experience the depth of Jewish music by studying traditional melodies and sounds and participating in the creative process of bringing new music into being.

Enter a community of ba’alei tefilah, cantors, community organizers, lay leaders, musicians, rabbis, singers, and students in an ongoing exploration of communal musical dynamics
Unearth the spiritual underpinnings of song and study the complex intersection between individual and communal voices.
Explore with renowned musicians diverse voices within the global Jewish musical heritage.

God's Will, Our Relationships: Do Religious Commands Ever Yield to Interpersonal Needs?

God's Will, Our Relationships
When? Parts 5-6: December 2 and 9, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

Families are one of the most fundamental units of human life. Our parents raise us, our spouses share an adult life with us, and our extended relatives often define our sense of home and identity. More broadly, our friends ground our most basic interpersonal experiences and it can be hard to understand ourselves outside of these relationships.
Yet, in an open, pluralistic society that emphasizes romantic love, we often cannot assume aligned observance in even our most intimate and defining relationships. When our commitments to observance and our relationships conflict, how should we proceed? Are interpersonal dynamics of little or no religious consequence, such that the mitzvot must always trump the facts of our social reality, even at the price of destroying relationships? Or do relationships have their own religious gravity, around which the time and space of halakhah is necessarily and obviously distorted?


Hadar's First Queer Colloquium

When? Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

This October, Hadar hosted its first-ever Queer Colloquium, with sessions taught by queer-identified alumni, faculty, and leaders. The goal of the afternoon was to learn Torah informed by the lens of queer experience. Here you can listen to the plenary panel with Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Rabbi Sarra Lev, and Rabbi Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater on the nature of Queer Torah, as well as the closing Dvar Torah by Rabbi Avi Strausberg.


Pre-High Holiday Lecture

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

When? Monday, September 23, 2019 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

Lecture by Rabbi Tali Adler: 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. Also, Deborah Sacks Mintz will lead the group in music to prepare spiritually for the days to come.


Tisha B'Av 5779

A Partnership of the Hadar Institute and Kehilat Hadar

When? August 10-11 2019
Where? Kehilat Hadar, 805 Columbus Ave., and Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

This year, the Hadar Institute will be partnering with Kehilat Hadar to offer Tisha B'av programming.
We will host Ma'ariv and Eikhah, as well as Shaharit, Kinnot, learning approproiate for the day, and Minhah.


Summer Yom Iyyun 2019

Hiyyuv: Embracing Jewish Obligation

When? Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:30 AM - 5:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave.

Jews traditionally believe that we are born into a covenant and its attendant obligations. What does that mean and where do those obligations stem from? Why are we obligated to do what God asks? Together we will explore such questions as:

  • Jewish tradition assumes that rabbis are invested with the authority to determine Jewish lawwhy should we follow their decisions and defer to their judgment?
  • Can we be obligated to feel or believe?
  • Judaism says that we have an extensive set of interpersonal obligations—what do we owe other people and why?
  • Is religiously grounded morality different from secular morality?

Summer Lecture Series: Dangerous Torah, Part 3

Double Edged Torah: Texts and Ideas that Redeem and Destroy,
A Conversation between Rabbi Shai Held and Rabbi Ethan Tucker

When? Tuesday, July 9, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? B'nai Jeshurun, 257 W. 88th Street

For many of us, commitment to Jewish tradition inevitably engenders tension and compromise. The voices of the past often seem to conflict with our modern moral compasses. The Torah that is central to our lives can also be dehumanizing to others. How should we approach these points of tension? Can the contemporary Jew live a coherent, consistent life? Or are we fated to endure apologetics and concessions? Come out to our final Summer Lecture Series where Rabbis Shai Held and Ethan Tucker will discuss and debate their divergent approaches to these questions and try to reconcile (or not) a cherished tradition with a resolute modern sensibility.


Executive Seminar

When? July 7-11, 2019
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave

Hadar's Executive Seminar is a chance to immerse yourself in Torah study that is rigorous, nuanced and sensitive to the full range of human experience and emotion. Modeled as an 'Executive Summary' of our full-time learning fellowships, the Executive Seminar opens up the world of Jewish wisdom through substantive text-based learning and conversation.


Jewish Professionals Institute 2019

When? June 16-20, 2019
Where? Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd St, NYC

Hadar’s Jewish Professionals Institute (JPI) opens up the world of Jewish wisdom through the vibrancy of the Beit Midrash, while empowering Jewish professionals to apply the lessons from this learning directly to their work. We aim to instill in Jewish Professionals a greater sense of connection to Jewish tradition, and a deeper feeling of responsibility and custodianship for that tradition. Our educators will include Hadar’s stellar faculty such as Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, CEO of Hadar and Rabbi Avi Killip, VP of Strategy and Programs as well as outstanding guest educators. All learning backgrounds welcome!


Summer 2019 Kickoff!

When Good Torah Happens to Bad People with Dena Weiss

When? Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? B'nai Jeshurun, 257 W. 88th Street

Join us for our Summer 2019 kickoff, a highlight of the Hadar calendar. The Torah is a complicated tool. Sometimes, the Torah appears more successful in molding us as God's people: like God, close to God, and good to one another. But, sometimes Torah encourages or enables negative aspects of individuals to come to the fore, often with bad repercussions for society. And sometimes people who do not represent God's values come to represent God's Torah. Together, we'll think deeply about the question of whether bad people can produce good Torah or whether good Torah can produce bad people. How are we to relate to Torah that has a tainted pedigree and how do we love a Torah that doesn't always produce the good that we expect?


Day School Educators Institute 2019

When? June 23-27, 2019
Where? Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd St, NYC

This intensive week of inspiring personal and professional learning includes Jewish text learning, led by Hadar faculty, in a lively beit midrash setting and offers two tracks to choose from for enhancing Jewish learning in the Day School classroom. The first is an in-depth exploration of the Pedagogy of Partnership with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook. The second is an opportunity for schools to send cohorts of faculty who are committed to bringing Hadar's Fluency Standards into their school environments. These fluency standards were developed in partnership with Beit Rabban Day School, where they are currently being implemented.


Summer Lecture Series: Dangerous Torah, Part 2

"Dangerous Torah in the Holy Land,"" Featuring Rabbi Avital Hochstein

When? Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? B'nai Jeshurun, 257 W. 88th Street

Together, we will explore some of the dangers and opportunities of Torah in the Holy Land. We will consider questions such as: is there any room for Torah in a modern day state? Does Torah help us or hinder us in achieving the goal "to be a free people in our land?”

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Kehilat Hadar Shavuot Retreat, in Partnership with the Hadar Institute

When? June 7-10, 2019
Where? Camp Kinder Ring (Upstate NY)

The Hadar Institute is excited to be partnering with Kehilat Hadar for their 18th annual Shavuot retreat to bring you a highly engaging learning program! Join us for a one-of-a-kind retreat, June 7-10, 2019 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.

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עצמאות 71: ישראל יהודית ודמוקרטית

סוגיית גר-תושב בראי הלכה ומוסר

When? Tuesday, May 13, 2019 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar at 190 Amsterdam Ave

הרב עמיחי לאו-לוי והרב איתן טוקר מדברים בהנחיית תמימה גולדברג שולמן מובילת המדרשה

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