Adult Education

2018 Adult Ed

2017-2018 Learning Year at Riverdale Temple

Study with Rabbi Gardener

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 conference room all year long.

Tuesday Evening Class: Jewish Spirituality and Mysticism. Learn more here


Cantor Sharett-Singer's Classes
See details about the Cantor's Liturgical Hebrew class here



YIVO Jewish Culture Series
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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 2017 - 2018 YIVO program year:

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 June 3 

Sunday afternoons at 2pm in the sanctuary at Riverdale Temple

Entry is FREE to all. (Donations are welcome)

March 18th--Brigid Coleridge and Lee Dionne play a concert of Jewish violin music

With the encouragement of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a group of young Jewish musicians at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory were inspired to organize the Society for Jewish Folk Music in 1908.  Its main purpose was to create a modern national style of Jewish concert music.  This growing interest in Jewish nationalism and Yiddish folk culture resulted in the study of Jewish folk music through fieldwork, public lectures, publications and concerts. 

This concert features violinist Brigid Coleridge and pianist Lee Dionne performing works of Jewish violin music from this tradition.

Brigid Coleridge is an Australian violinist who is currently a doctoral candidate studying with Daniel Phillips. She is a frequent recitalist and performs regularly with duo partner, pianist Lee Dionne (most recently at Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room in London, and touring Holland).  Her appearances as a concerto soloist have included the works of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.  She is also a committed chamber musician.

Pianist Lee Dionne enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing frequently as a core member of Cantata Profana and with Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW a joint program of Carnegie Hall, the Julliard School, and the Weill Institute).  Lee has performed in venues throughout the United States and around the world.

June 3rd- Stefanie Halpern discusses the Yiddish theater with a multimedia presentation

This talk by Yiddish theater scholar Stefanie Halpern will situate the Yiddish theater as essential to a more complete understanding of the American theatrical institution, looking at the ways in which Yiddish drama, performance, artists, and audiences transitioned from the American Yiddish theater to the Mainstream American English language stage. By exploring the Yiddish stage in America as a site of crossover, this multi-media lecture will demonstrate that it was not merely an ethnic theater that existed on the margins, but rather an important cultural phenomenon that was part and parcel of the American theatrical institution.

Stephanie Halpern received her PhD from the Jewish Tehological Seminary.  Her articles have appeared in the Drama Review and the Journal of Riotual Studies. She was the associate curator on the exhibition “New York’s Yiddish Theater from the Bowery to Broadway” at the Museum of the City of New York.  A project archivist at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, she is also the content specialist for YIVO’s Shine Online educational series, whose newest class on Yiddish theater will launch on May, 2018.

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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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