New Learning Coalition
Thu, 03/28/2013

In response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“Can We Still Speak To Each Other? Do We Really Want To?” March 22), we six rabbis of congregations on Manhattan’s East Side wanted to share the news that we have forged a coalition to promote Jewish learning and Jewish unity.

For six weeks, between Passover and Shavuot, we will each have the opportunity to teach a chapter of Pirke Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors) at a different synagogue, in order to communicate to our congregation and the larger Jewish community that we each recognize that we all have something to learn from one another, regardless of denomination, gender or years in the rabbinate.

We hope that this new initiative, called the Torah Learning Coalition, will come to include even more synagogues for programs and study in the future where we, as a Jewish community can celebrate the richness of our tradition using the myriad of voices that practice it lovingly.

Anyone is welcome to come to any or all of the sessions. Please check with us or the hosting synagogues — Or Olam, Or Zarua, Park Avenue, Sutton Place — for details on the Thursday afternoon or evening programs.

There will also be a final siyyum where all of us are present on Thursday, May 30 in the evening. The details will be announced as we get closer to the date.

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Here are the details of the classes:
1. Thursday evening 7:30 pm, April 4th – Rabbi Elie Weinstock at Congregation Or Zarua 127 East 82nd Street (betw. Lexington and Park)
212.452.2310 orzarua.org

2. Thursday afternoon 12:30 pm, April 11th – Rabbi Rachel Ain at Park Avenue Synagogue 50 East 87th Street
212.369.2600 pasyn.org

3. Thursday evening, 7:30 pm April 18th – Rabbi Scott Bolton at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun 125 East 85th Street
212.774.5600 ckj.org

4. Thursday afternoon, 12:30 pm April 25th – Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove at Or Olam- East 55th Street Synagogue 308 East 55th Street
212.752.1200 east55.org

5. Thursday evening, 7:30 pm May 2nd – Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits at Temple Shaaray Tefila 250 East 79th Street
212.535.8008 shaaraytefilanyc.org

6. Thursday afternoon, 12:30 pm May 9th – Rabbi Jonathan Stein – Sutton Place Synagogue 225 East 51st Street
212.593.3300 spsnyc.org

Sounds like a good initiative.

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