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Manger Winter Learning Seminar

Stay tuned for information about our 2020 Manger Winter Learning Seminar!

Manger Winter Learning Seminar Two Weeks! January 6-10 & January 13-17, 2019

Sponsored by the Manger Foundation



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.

IMMERSE yourself in a stimulating week of Torah study, prayer, shared meals, and conversation.

CONNECT with an incredible network of peers who are passionate about learning and are working to build bolder, more ambitious, and more meaningful Jewish lives.

BROADEN your knowledge and understanding of Jewish texts with a stellar group of Hadar faculty.


This seminar is designed for students, ages 18-30, with a passion for Jewish texts and an openness to learning, sharing, and growing.

2019 Theme

Shabbat in Community: A Day that Unites, A Day that Divides

Shabbat is a day of celebration and wholeness that transcends boundaries and draws communities together. It is also a day of restriction and limitation that divides us, exposing fault lines within our communities, our families, and even ourselves.

How can we harness the power of Shabbat to cultivate warmth and connection, while confronting the risks of insularity and alienation?

Through in-depth study of Tanakh, Halakhah, Aggadah, Philosophy, and Tefillah, we will deepen our sense of the beauty of Shabbat and engage some of its biggest challenges.

We will cover such topics as:

  • A House Divided? Shabbat in Diverse Communities and Families
  • Is Shabbat Meant for Everyone? Personal Practice v. A Universal Day of Rest
  • Subjectivity and Intentionality: Davar she'eino mitkaven
  • Use of Technology on Shabbat: Electricity and Melakhah in a Digital World


The MWLS Beit Midrash Program is our tried and true mode of learning this week. It spans a wide range of text backgrounds, from beginner to advanced, with classes designed for different backgrounds, and the shared study of multiple core topics on the weeks' themes.

If you’re looking for broad exposure to ideas, texts, teachers, and concepts, this track is for you!


*New This Year!* Alongside the main Beit Midrash program, we are offering two tracks, parallel to the morning sessions, for those looking for a more tailored experience.

  1. The Jewish Bookshelf track will offer accessible classes on the week’s theme (using English translation) as well as general sessions on essential topics in Jewish learning as a survey of the Jewish Bookshelf.

    This track will be geared towards beginners of formal text study and Jewish learning.

  2. The Halakhah Intensive track will offer an in-depth exploration of one particular inyan relating to the week’s theme, moving chronologically through Halakhic sources, from Mishnah and Gemara through Tur, Beit Yosef, and contemporary teshuvot.

    This track will engage with sources in the original language only and is designed for those with extensive exposure to Jewish texts and learning who want to dive into one Halakhic topic.


$200 per week; $50 discount for referring friends. Includes daily breakfast and lunch. We have limited scholarships available. Please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it for me? If you’re a student, age 18-30, looking to deepen your Jewish life through learning, prayer, music, and community, then yes!

  • When is it? Two Weeks! January 6-10 & January 13-17, 2019

  • Are the two weeks distinct? Can I join for both? Yes! The curriculum for both weeks is based on the same theme, but the learning will be different each week.

  • How do the tracks work? Most of our students will be in the main Beit Midrash program, which will include multiple levels of learning for different text backgrounds and will study various core topics related to our theme. Alternatively, students may choose to participate in either our Jewish Bookshelf track or our Halakhah Intensive track for a more targeted learning experience. See the Track tab for more information on each of these tracks.

  • How much does it cost? $200 for the week; $50 discount for referring friends. Includes daily breakfast and lunch.

  • Where is it? The program will be held at Hadar's Beit Midrash, housed at the West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

  • How can I find out more? Contact [email protected].

Sample Schedule