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.


Breakfast Study Seminar

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

The Meaning and History of the Siddur: How do the prayers mean what they mean? The course starts with the beginning of the siddur dealing with Adon Olam and Mah Tovu and works its way up to the Shema, the Amidah, and the Aleinu.

17 times on Thursdays
8:15 AM - 9:30 PM
Sep 13 - Jan 10
Except: Sep 20
$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

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

Continuation of The Meaning and History of the Siddur: How do the prayers mean what they mean?

17 times on Thursdays
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Sep 13 - Jan 10
Except: Sep 20
$150.00 Member
$300.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

Tu B’Shevat Seminar

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

How and why do we make a Tu B’Shevat Seder?

Wed, Jan 16
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

Breakfast Study Seminar

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

How does the Siddur mean what it means?

18 times on Thursdays
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Jan 31 - Jun 13
Except: Mar 21, Apr 25
$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

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

For those who want to understand the literature and history of the prayer book.

18 times on Thursdays
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Jan 31 - Jun 13
Except: Mar 21, Apr 25
$150.00 Member
$300.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

Purim Seminar

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

Is Amalek a real enemy, a metaphorical enemy or a psychological enemy?

Wed, Mar 13
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

The Opposite of Hate

with Sally Kohn
As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Her TED talks have garnered over three million views. In her book, The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, Kohn researches the roots of hate. She meets with terrorists, white supremacists and even some of her own Twitter trolls, learning some surprising lessons. She confronts her own shameful moments as she points the way toward change. Free for students.

Sponsored in part by the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Endowment Fund.

Wed, Apr 10
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
$10.00 Member
$12.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1496.

Passover Seminar

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

Why are there so many fours in the Haggadah?

Wed, Apr 17
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.

Lag BaOmer Seminar

with Rabbi Reuven Kimelman

How did Lag BaOmer become so important?

Wed, May 22
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1429.



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