Adult Education

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2016-2017 schedule

Study with the Rabbi

Weekly Shabbat Study Sessions

These discussions of the parashah of the week are a lively analysis by those attending Saturday services of the Torah reading. The participants are finding important connections that help all find the Torah’s relevance to our contemporary lives.

Lunch and Learn

Meets each Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the social hall, except for holidays. The topic this year under discussion will be The Reform Judaism prayer book.


Cantor Sharett-Singer's Classes

 See details aboaut the Cantor's Torah trope class and her Adult Hebrew Lanaguage Class in the submenu item, Cantor Sharett-Singer's Classes

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The YIVO Jewish Culture Series launched four years ago is an educational outreach program in partnership with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research ( It is designed to integrate various aspects of Ashkenazic culture and history to the public. We believe that by connecting us more deeply to our cultural heritage, this program helps us to strengthen our identity as Jewish Americans.

The faculty for the series draws on the extensive network of scholars affiliated with the YIVO Institute. The YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City and is the world's premier academic institute devoted to teaching and the study of East European Jewish history, language and culture and its influence in the United States. Riverdale Temple is proud to be affiliated with this prestigious institution.
The Adult Education Committee remains open to input from the congregation for course offerings.

yidisheThe Yivo Jewish Culture Series programs focus on Yiddish literature, culture, history, language and Jewish heritage. They are presented several times across the course of the year on Sunday afternoons at 2 PM and take place in Riverdale Temple's sanctuary. Their speakers and subject matter experts draw manypeople in attendance for this popular event. 

The faculty for the series draws on the extensive network of scholars affiliated with the YIVO Institute. The events are open to the broader community.

“We are delighted with the success of YIVO’s Jewish Culture Series at Riverdale Temple over these last four years. The overwhelming response to these lectures and events demonstrates the great need for substantive programming about Jewish history and culture for the public.” —Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director

The 2016-2017 program year:

November 13, January 29, April 2 and June11
YIVO Jewish Culture Series at Riverdale Temple Presents

PERFORMANCE- Sunday, June 11, 2pm- in the Riverdale Temple Sanctuary
Admission is FREE to all.

About the Performers

Composer/musician Alicia Svigals is the world's leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, which she co-directed for seventeen years. She has written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwright Tony Kushner, documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand, singer/songwriters Debbie Friedman, Diane Birch et al, and has collaborated with them as a performer and improviser as well as with poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar, and many others. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS' Great Performances, on NPR's Prairie Home Companion, Weekend Edition and New Sounds, and on the soundtrack for the L-Word.
Lauren Brody is an accordionist, singer, researcher and piano tuner/technician from New York. She is a pioneer of the klezmer revival in the United States and a founding member of the groundbreaking band "Kapelye", formed in 1979. She has toured extensively, recorded and appeared on film with Kapelye, with the all-female ensemble “Mikveh” and she plays regularly with many other musicians in the klezmer world.


haverimChavurah, which means "friends" in Hebrew, is a lay-led discussion group that meets once a month after the Saturday morning service.. We read that week's parashah in its entirety and engage in an open discussion of its meaning, in its time, and today. Before our Torah study,At the kiddush we share a potluck pareve lunch. You are welcome to bring a dish to share with the group, but don't be deterred if you cannot, or decide to drop in at the last minute. There is always enough food to go around.


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