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The World of Midrash
with Rabbi Joshua Franklin
TUESDAYS  |  12:30pm  |  Manhattan
FRIDAYS  |  12:15pm  |  East Hampton

What is Midrash? Midrash is the ancient art of biblical interpretation through stories. Come explore some of Judaism’s richest and most creative stories. Unpack the deeper meaning and ideas behind the rich texts of rabbinic tradition.


Good and Evil, Suffering and Joy: Ancient Advice for Understanding my Life
with Dr. Joel M. Hoffman

SUNDAYS  |  NOVEMBER 10, 17  |  DECEMBER 8, 15  |  12:30pm  |  East Hampton

The Bible offers two distinct ways of understanding our lives. And we get three more ways from three ancient books that were eventually cut from the Bible. These extra books — which take the form of allegories about familiar characters like Adam and Eve and Abraham, along with lesser known characters like Enoch — offer perhaps the more detailed insight ever recorded into the nature of our lives.

We’ll study all five ancient approaches, and explore ways of incorporating them into a framework for understanding modern life.


Book Club
with Cantor/Rabbi Debra Stein

Our first book is Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. This is a wonderful book about how through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history—the life she had lived—crumbled beneath her. The book is available at all book stores, and on Amazon.


Women’s Winter Dine Around
with Cantor/Rabbi Debra Stein

Join your JCOH “girlfriends” in a fun dine around. We will meet at restaurants at 6:00pm, and enjoy each other’s company with a glass of wine (first glass compliments of the Cantor) some fine food, inspiring and uplifting conversation. To join us, RSVP no later than Thursday of the week prior so we can let you know where we are meeting. We need not always meet at restaurants, it’s more about being together. If you would like to open your home for one of these dinners, I’ll bring the wine.