Downtown Lunch and Learn

Working or living near downtown?

Enjoy Torah study during your lunch break.

The environment is informal. The content is approachable. The people are welcoming. Come with your curiosity. Ask questions or simply listen. Try it – you’ll be glad you did.

One Thursday per month
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
One East Fourth, 14th Floor (4th & Vine)

2020-2021 Schedule

10/22/2020 Courtney Anthony A Bintl Briv:  A Bundle of Letters In this session we will explore the experiences of Jewish immigrants to the United States through their own words. By reading excerpts from letters written to the Daily Forward between 1906 and 1923, we will learn about the challenges people faced as they arrived in this country, adapted to their new lives, and became Jewish Americans.
12/3/2020 Rabbi Kamrass Jewish Peoplehood: When we began and how we evolve We know that Abraham was the first Jew, but when did the Jewish people take shape?  Our ideas and contours of defining ourselves as a people have evolved through the years, and even in our own lifetime.   Come join Rabbi Kamrass to study ideas of how the Jewish people took shape, how those boundaries change over time, and how those ever evolving idea impact our changing sense of Jewish identity in our own day.
1/21/2021 Rabbi Danziger What’s a Mishnah, Anyway?  An Introduction to Rabbinic Thought The Rabbis of the early centuries of the Common Era play a tremendous role, to this day, in our Jewish lives.  Who were they, and how did they both change and preserve Judaism following the destruction of the Temple?  A brief look at the Oral Law in writing, and the teachers who recorded it.
3/4/2021 Rabbi Thomashow UnOrthodox This Netflix hit mini-series is an incredibly fascinating portrayal of a young Orthodox woman from the Satmar Chasidic community in New York. It is multi-layered in its dealing with youth, religion, and gender, amongst other large topics of great interest. In this one-hour session, we will take up a few moments from the main character’s life, and study them through the lens of our tradition. No prior knowledge of the show, or the book it is based on, necessary!
4/8/2021 Jonathan Falco Got Kosher? The story of Kashrut in America is one of adaptation and innovation, a merging of traditional practice with the American palette. Join us in discovering the intertwine between the Jewish tradition and the world of American food, such as how products like coca-cola became kosher and the development of kosher certification in the age of the modern food industry.

Questions? Contact Alex Burte, Membership/Program Manager 513.793.2556.