The JCC incorporates Judaic themes and content in its programming and promotes meaningful connections to Jewish faith, culture, and heritage through classes, programs, lectures, and special events.

If you have any questions, contact Robyn Rosenfeld at rrosenfeld@jccotp.org or 201.408.1429.



Evelyn and Harold Meltzer Judaic Scholar-in-Residence Program with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

Rabbi Reuven Kimelman is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. He is a professor of classical rabbinic literature at Brandeis University. He has taught also at the University of Toronto, Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Trinity and Williams colleges, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition, he served as scholar-in-residence of the National Jewish Community Centers Association. Rabbi Kimelman is the author of the Hebrew work, The Mystical Meaning of 'Lekhah Dodi' and 'Kabbalat Shabbat' and three audio books, two on The Moral Meaning of the Bible - the What, How and Why of Biblical Ethics, and one on The Hidden Poetry of the Jewish Prayerbook: The What, How and Why of Jewish Liturgy.

Judaic Scholar-in-Residence programs are funded by the Evelyn and Harold Meltzer
Judaic Scholar-in-Residence Endowment Fund, the David Dubin Chair for Judaic Scholars Endowment Fund, and the Sarah and Mel Lubin Judaic Scholar-in-Residence Fund.


High Holiday Seminar

Why is the Akedah, the Binding of Isaac, so Important?
with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman


What is the most consequential episode in the life of Abraham: Abraham’s argument with God over Sodom and Gomorrah or the binding and almost sacrifice of Isaac?


For more info, call Robyn at 201.408.1429.


Free and open to the community


Wed, Sep 18
8:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

Breakfast Study Seminar: The Meaning of the Amidah

A Literary and Historical Study of the Shmoneh Esre, The Eighteen Benedictions
with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman


How did the main Jewish prayer come to be and what does it mean? Discover the answers and so much more!


For more info, call Robyn at 201.408.1429.


16 times on Thursdays
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Sep 19 - Jan 9
Except: Nov 28
$150.00 Member
$300.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

Weekly Seminar on Jewish Studies

Modern Philosophies of Judaism
with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman


Part I: Abraham J. Heschel and Joseph B. Soloveichik
How did Heschel and Soloveitchik become the two major American Jewish philosophers of the twentieth century? Topics covered include theology, the religious significance of Modern Israel, prayer, observance, and more.


For more info, call Robyn at 201.408.1429.


16 times on Thursdays
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Sep 19 - Jan 9
Except: Nov 28
$150.00 Member
$300.00 Public
42WKJS00F9
    
For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

ULPAN—Conversational Hebrew

New students are always welcome. Classes are offered at all levels.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. For more information contact Joyce Greenberg at JoyceG@jfnnj.org

28 times on Mondays
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Nov 4 - May 11

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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1418.



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