Matt Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash

The Jewish Theological Seminary has created a new beit midrash within the world-renowned JTS Library. Previously located in the Unterberg basement, the Matt Eisenfeld (z"l) and Sara Duker (z"l) Beit Midrash—named for the two beloved students tragically killed in a 1998 terrorist attack in Jerusalem—is now more central to the JTS campus. The new space is flooded with natural light, stands adjacent to the tremendous collection of Judaica housed in The Library, and preserves the intimate and interactive learning environment of the beit midrash.

The new beit midrash "physically manifest[s] a culture in which academic scholarship and Torah learning are valued equally," says student Elli Cohn (RS '18), and has "a sense of openness where all are welcome to sit and learn."


JTS Cosponsors Community Beit Midrash

JTS is pleased once again to cosponsor a Community Beit Midrash of open Torah study with students from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College, Mechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and Yeshivat Maharat. 

This semester's sessions are free and will be held on Tuesdays from October 28 through December 16. Open learning is from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a shiur (lesson in Torah) by one of the sponsor's educators from 8:15 to 9:00 p.m. Locations alternate between Mechon Hadar and the Matthew Eisenfeld (z"l) and Sara Duker (z"l) Beit Midrash at JTS. 

10/28 (Hadar)—Forgetting Torah, Remembering Ourselves (Dena Weiss, Hadar)
11/4 (Hadar)—Kick off event 
11/11 (Hadar)
—Gratitude as a religious feeling: A preparation for Thanksgiving (Dov Lerea, YCT) 
11/18 (Hadar)
—And Moshe Destroyed the Torah: A Close Read of Avot DeRabbi Natan (Sara Hurwitz, Yeshivat Maharat) 
12/2 (JTS)—The Transformative Nature of Jewish Text: Why Torah Matters (Yaffa Epstein, Pardes) 
12/9 (JTS)—The Other Mitzvah of Hanukkah: Hallel and "Rabbinic" Commandments (Mordecai Schwartz, JTS)
12/16 (JTS)—Chanukkat haBayit: The rejuvenation of Hanukkah (Jon Kelsen, Drisha)