Classes & Events
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 to learn more.

July 2019

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?

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August 2019

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.

Registration required for childcare.


Past Events


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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

We are sold out!


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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Annual Jerome L. Stern Pre-Pesah Lecture with Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Open House or Members Night? Whom Should I Invite To My Seder?

When? Wednesday, April 10, 2019; 7:30-9:00 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave
There is no moment that is more intensely about the "we" of being Jewish than the Seder. Jews all over the world narrate our story in the first person on Passover, literally reconstructing our identity and purpose each and every year. And precisely for that reason, the Seder is an evening where so many Jews have the instinct to share this story with others and to bring that first person narrative to a larger community of enthusiasm and support. Which is it? Can it be both? We will explore this question by examining sources about non-Jewish attendance at a Seder and how to think about the competing values behind the details. Come join us as you prepare your own Seder table and the guests who will sit around it.

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Community Beit Midrash

When? Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where? Hadar at 190 Amsterdam Ave

This program is open to the public. Join one of two classes with incredible faculty members! Hadar is grateful to be collaborating with Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Yeshivat Maharat, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Hands On Spring Workshop 2019

How to Kasher a Kitchen, with Rabbi Ethan Tucker!

When? Tuesday, March 26 (7:00-9:00 pm) and Monday, April 1 (6:30-9:30 pm), 2019
Where? Hadar at 190 Amsterdam Ave and Additional Location TBA

Hadar's Spring Workshops are an opportunity to gain hands-on skills. Dive into primary and secondary sources and then take the words off the page as you practice what you've learned in real world situations.

Space is limited! Register now!


ארץ ישראל ובבל - כך היה וכך יהיה?

 ר' אביטל הוכשטיין

When? Tuesday, March 12, 2019; 7:00-8:30 pm
Where? Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave
גמרא במסכת נדרים מספרת על איש בבלי שמגיע לארץ ישראל ונושא אשה ישראלית. ראליה או פנטזיה? קומדיה או טרגדיה? 
באמצעות הסיפור נחשוב על יחסי ארץ ישראל ובבל אז והיום, על מגדר ועל יחסים בכלל.

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