We look forward to learning together with you!
Avail yourself of the opportunity to learn Torah with our excellent Judaic Studies faculty. All classes are free of charge and appropriate for those with advanced and limited Judaic backgrounds. All classes take place in the High School third floor Conference Room.
No Registration Required.
תיקון המדות: Practicing Character
Rabbi Tully Harcsztark
Mondays 1:00-2:00 October 23, 30, November 6
This class will introduce and explore SAR High School’s year-long theme of תיקון המדות. Refining our character is like playing an instrument: it begins with study, but cannot be achieved without constant practice, critique and commitment. Combining Torah, some Greek philosophy and a touch of psychoanalysis, we will delve into the "practice of character" - what it takes to cultivate character traits such as dignity, diligence and humility.
Chanukah: History and Halakhah
Rabbi Shmuel Hain
Mondays 11:00-12:00 November 27, December 4, 11
One of the most beloved holidays on our festival calendar, Chanukah commemorates the victory of the Hasmoneans against the Syrian Greeks. But it also raises larger, timeless questions about miracles, military might, and internecine conflict. This series will examine these critical questions while exploring the history and halakhah of Chanukah utilizing Rambam's Laws of Chanukah as our primary text.
Modern Hebrew Literature
Ms. Merav Zuriel
Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 Feb 20, Feb 27, March 6, March 13
This class will be taught in Hebrew.
Who exerted greater influence on the Hebrew Language; Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who brought the language to life, or the great national poet Hayyim Nahman Bialik? In each class of this four-part series, we will examine the work of a great modern Hebrew writer, considering his/her style and personality, as well as the lasting effects he/she had on Israeli culture.
Mr. David Friedman, Mr. Emet Sosna and Mr. David Wander
Mondays 10:00-11:00 April 9, 16, 23
SAR is proud that its Studio Arts program is taught by working artists. In this series, each of the visual arts instructors will discuss their creative practice and the blurred line between their classroom and studio. Mr. Wander will discuss how drawing for advertising agencies led him to the creation of biblical graphic novels and illustrated Megillot, starting with his "Haggadah in Memory of the Holocaust." Mr. Friedman will talk about his use of unconventional materials and tools, such as animal hide and drawing with fire to shape his unique paintings, drawings and installations. Mr. Sosna will share his multidisciplinary approach to constructing fictional narratives using photography, painting and sculpture.
A Reason To Pray: Four Philosophers on the Practice of Tefillah
Mr. Simon Fleischer
Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 May 1, 8, 15, 22
What are we supposed to feel when we daven? In this four part series, we will look at four different perspectives on this question, so central to Jewish spiritual practice. Through reading excerpts from the work of Rabbi Abraham Heschel, Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, and Rabbi David Hartman, we will reach a deeper understanding of the range of experiences that together constitute our daily prayer.
Dedicated to the memory of Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum z”l
As part of SAR High School’s Machon Siach, we are offering an adult education class which focuses on the application of Modern Orthodox theology to the way we, and our teenage children, live our lives. Join us as we explore together how classic texts continue to raise questions that shape our way of being in the world.
דרשו את שלום העיר (Seek Out the Welfare of the City): Modern Orthodox Jews and American Citizenship
Dr. Rivka Schwartz
Thursdays 1:30-2:30 January 4, 11, 18, 25
There is a great deal of discussion in the United States these days about the decline of the shared values and commitments of citizenship that unite us as Americans, whatever our political inclinations. Groups across the political spectrum bemoan that decline, and consider ways to reverse it. This series will consider where we as a community follow or differ from those broader patterns in American life. Is there a distinctive Modern Orthodox approach to American citizenship, and should there be? How do we educate our children to be both passionate Zionists and engaged American citizens? We will examine these and other questions, as we consider what does and should drive our engagement in American civic life.
Delve into a piece of fiction and join other parents and community members for a fascinating discussion of important works of literature. Classes meet 7:30-9:00 PM, in the high school library. To run the program, we will require a minimum number of participants to pre-register for the entire 5 book series.
Cost: $80 for 5 book series • $20 at the door
Please make checks payable to SAR High School, note on check that it is for the book club and mail to: 503 West 259th Street, Riverdale, NY 10471, Attention: Ilana.
*Note: We will not deposit any checks until we meet the minimum number of participants.
10/24 - Mr. Marshall Messer, Exit West, by Mohsan Hamid.
11/28 - Ms. Molly Pollak, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
1/23 - Dr. Gillian Steinberg, The Leavers by Lisa Ko
3/13 - Mr. Marshall Messer- Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
4/24 - Ms. Molly Pollak, A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman
5/15 - Ms. Ora Meier, The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks