Downtown Lunch and Learn

Working or living near downtown?
Enjoy Torah study during your lunch break.

Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: One East Fourth, 14th Floor (4th & Vine)


Antebellum Isaac: I.M. Wise and the Run Up to Civil War
with Rabbi Danziger
January 24
On the occasion of his 200th birthday, we’ll explore Isaac M. Wise’s views and interactions on issues such as slavery and states’ rights as he built our congregation on the banks of the Ohio.  

Finding God in Unexpected Places
With Elana Perry
March 14
Sometimes we may feel keenly aware of God’s presence in our lives, and other times we may walk through life in a haze, unaware of, or disconnected from, the Divine presence around us. Did you know that one single letter in the Hebrew alphabet can point the way toward a connection with God? Come to study Jewish texts, both ancient and modern, and discover how one letter can unlock a myriad of mysteries!

Midrash 2.0
with Rachel Gross-Prinz
May 2
Long before the #metoo movement the Talmud told the tale of a learned rabbi walking through a town seeking a ‘bride for one night.’ The rabbis of the Talmud were characters in and weavers of mind boggling tales that invite us to fill in the blanks, and wrestle with the complexity of our own relationships and lives. We will explore Knesset Member Ruth Calderon’s collection of modern midrash/short stories based on these Talmudic tales - and see how a feminist reclaims a long ago world for our own time.

Thomas Jefferson, Religious Freedom, and the Levy Family
with Courtney Anthony
June 6
The Declaration of Independence may be the best known document by Thomas Jefferson, but he also wrote and was equally proud of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This statute laid the groundwork for separation of church and state in the United States, opening the door for Jewish citizens to participate fully in all aspects of American life. The prominent Levy family – including Uriah Levy, the first Jewish Commodore in the U.S. Navy – were so grateful to Jefferson that they purchased Monticello after he died and preserved it for the American people. Join us in exploring this fascinating story from our nation’s history.



Questions? Alex Burte, Membership/Program Manager, 513-793-2556 or