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Kollel Course Listing - Spring 2023


Course Listing - Spring 2023

Registration is now open.
NEW! - You can register online using the form at the bottom of this page!

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Registration is new open.  Please register two weeks or more prior to the first date of the class (late registrations are accepted).  There is a minimum requirement of six students for each class to run.  All registrants will receive a confirmation email with class, dates, times, and locations once that requirement has been met.  Cancellations will be determined and communicated one week prior to the first class.  No refunds will be issued once classes have begun.

Temple B'rith Kodesh Kollel
2131 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

The Book of Psalms

Rabbi Peter Stein

The first book of the Writings is the book of Psalms. It is 150 magnificent poems that are used in many ways in Jewish religious practice.  Some are part of the Shabbat liturgy, some are recited on holidays, and many are used at funerals and other life cycle events.  The Psalms are also used for personal spiritual practice.

In this class, we will explore the psalms, reading the original texts and the commentaries that have been written over the centuries.  Together, we will listen and learn and reflect on the wisdom and beauty of these sacred texts.  Together, we will consider how the psalms might enhance the rituals that we perform individually and collectively.

Wednesdays: 10:00am-11:00am 

March 15, 22,29, April 19, 26, May 3

Fee: $40

Introduction to Judaism Part 2
Rabbi Peter Stein

In this class, we will explore the background and practices of the major holidays, learn about the timeline of Jewish history, and delve into the major works of biblical commentary and Jewish philosophy.  This class is perfect for anyone who is considering conversion or anyone who wants to learn or refresh their knowledge about Judaism.  It is open to the Part 1 students and to new students.  (Part 1 students need not pay an additional fee.)

Thursdays: 7:00pm-8:00pm 
March 16, 23, 30, April 13, 27, May 4
To be held via Zoom
Fee: $40 

Haftarah Through the Voice of Women – Exploring The Women’s Haftarah Commentary

Rabbi Rochelle Tulik

The Haftarah is a potent tool for understanding the values, ethics, and moral lessons contained in the weekly Torah readings.  This Kollel series will explore The Women’s Haftarah Commentary, a collection featuring commentary and interpretations from more than eighty women rabbis from the Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist movements.  New and returning students are more than welcome.  Just because it’s a “women’s” commentary, doesn’t mean only “women” should join!  (Participants will want a copy of the text as weekly discussions will center directly on the commentaries contained within.)

Wednesdays: 12:00pm-1:00pm 

March 15, 22, 29, April 19, 26, May 3

Fee: $40   (There will be no charge for thsoe who were registered last semester.

Unforgettable Moments from Television and the Movies

Herb Skerker

Some of our fondest memories come from the movies. From Dorothy meeting the Wicked Witch of the West to Thelma and Louise flying off the Grand Canyon, we will discuss and watch 25 memorable film moments. We will also watch some of television's unforgettable moments in news and in sports.

Tuesdays:  10:00am-11:30am

April 25, May 2, 9, 16

Fee: $40 

 Exploring the Book of Job

Dr. Joseph Kelly

Both Jews and Christians have always been fascinated by the book of Job. But this book is not an easy read. Luckily, modern critical scholarship has done much to help us better understand the theological insights to be found here. By spending time studying this amazing text, we will hope to shed more light on the perplexing question of why so much pain and suffering exists in the world.

Mondays: 10:00am-11:30am 

March 13, 20, 27, April 3

Fee: $40 

Fundamentals of Asian Cusine

Tamar Elise Eisenberg

Jews have always enjoyed eating Asian food, especially on Christmas, when availability of open restaurants are few. This course will explore four cuisines from the Orient: Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese, one each week. We will utilize specific knife skills, marinating, velveting, wok sauteing and appreciate the savory flavor profiles. Bring some umami back to your homes and expand your cooking horizons with us.

Thursdays: 10:30am-12:30 pm

April 20, 27, May 4, 11

Fee: $60, plus $20 for supplies

Great Decisions

Andrea A. Gluckman

A unique version of the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” program.  Students will explore and evaluate current foreign policy challenges through a Jewish lens, with an emphasis on Jewish values and ethics in practice.  Text:  “Great Decisions” manual, supplemented (in class or online) by the “Great Decisions” DVD.  Will require a bit of reading prior to each class.

Wednesdays: 7:00pm-8:30pm 

April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7

To be held via Zoom

Fee: $60 plus $30 textbook

Mah Jongg for Beginners 

Juleen Squires

Jewish women kept this 19th century Chinese parlor game alive, and it has become a favorite pastime. Learn to play! No experience necessary. Men and women are welcome.

Thursdays: 1:00pm-2:30pm 

May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15

Fee $50 

Exploring Jewishness

Rabbi Drorah Setel

This 10 week course offers an opportunity to examine the diversity of Jewish life and to engage with Jewish history and traditions from multiple perspectives. Our text will be Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities by Aaron Hahn J. Tapper, which examines how Jews are a culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion, and more. Each chapter of the book addresses a theme (such as Narratives, Mysticisms, or CulturesL and illustrates how it is understood by different Jewish communities over time.  The class is intended for anyone who wishes to understand Jewish identity as a multifaceted experience, whether learning about Judaism for the first time or wishing to bring their earlier learning up to date.  Participants are asked to obtain a copy of the book and, if possible, read the first chapter (Narratives) prior to the first class. 

Wednesdays: 7:00pm-8:30pm 

April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17

To be held via Zoom. 

Fee: $40, each semester

How the Books of the Bible Came to Be

Stu Berger

The books of the TaNaKh and the New Testament have a long history of formation and acceptance.  We will explore that history as well as the structure and historical events important to the books.

Mondays: April 17, 24, Maya 1, 8

Fee: $40

Beginning Hebrew Conversation - CANCELLED

Orna Korn

Focuses on comprehension of basic two-word sentences and progresses to the understanding and usage of compound sentences. Note: maximum of 12 students per class.

Intermediate-Advanced Hebrew Conversation- CANCELLED

Orna Korn

This class is designed for mid level and advanced students. Focuses on comprehension of basic sentences and progresses to understand and usage of complex sentences. Note maximum of 12 students per class.

Thursday Thoughts

David Orange

Thursday Thoughts will offer a ten-session course covering the origins of Anti-Judaism from the first century CE to the mid-twentieth century.  The sessions will deal with the rise of anti-Judaism by the emerging Roman Catholic Church and the historical causes and events leading to and including the Holocaust.

Thursdays: 9:45am to 10:45am 

February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 27, May 4, 11, 25

Location: St. John’s Meadows Chestnut Court, in the Parks Room

Classes are free to all.  Walk In/Sign In. Attendance of each session is highly encouraged as the material is presented chronlogically.  Registration encouraged.

Jewish Living
A Jewish Family Service (JFS) Program

Sharon Shafrir

This course and inclusion program is designed for adults with special learning needs. Participants will be actively engaged in learning about Jewish holidays, prayers, songs, rituals, Torah lessons, and Israel. Class sessions also include crafts, baking projects and guest presenters. Participation in relevant Jewish community events is scheduled throughout the year.

Wednesdays: 6:00pm-7:30pm 

Check class schedule for session dates and times.

For fee information and information about joining, please contact Sharon Shafrir, Accessibility & Inclusion Director, Jewish Family Service or 585-506-3062

Registration is now open
Please register 2 weeks or more prior to the 1st date of the class.
(late registrations are accepted) 
NOTE: All classes are scheduled to be held in person unless otherwise noted. If the situation changes, registrants will be notified via email one week prior to the first class. Additional information will be available on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Juleen Squires, Registrar at If you have any questions about teaching a class in the future, or are in need of financial assistance, please contact Herb Skerker, Administrator at All information will be kept strictly confidential.
(Please note that email is used only by The Rochester Kollel office and the instructor to communicate vital class and Kollel information)

There is a minimum requirement of 6 students for each class to run. All registrants will receive a confirmation email with class, dates, times and locations once that requirement has been met. Cancellations will be determined and communicated one week prior to the first class. No refunds will be issued once classes have begun.
Enter in total amount for classes selected and any additional donation.


Fri, March 31 2023 9 Nisan 5783