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Torah Cafe/The Downtown Beit Midrash



Mondays at B'nai

Complimentary Happy Hour at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Great Jewish Thinkers

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Ulpan at B'nai Israel

Mondays, February 11th - May 6th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
For full information click here!


Torah Cafe/Downtown Beit Midrash Sessions


Leyning Workshop - 3 week series
11 March - 25 March, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to leyn but didn't know how? This workshop will teach you the skills to leyn Torah and Haftarah.

Special Purim Torah Cafe

18 March, 7:30 pm; pizza and beer

Laura Shaw Frank returns

25 March, 7:30 pm; Free Chinese dinner

Special Passover Torah Cafe

Faith, Liberation And Redemption: Seder Teachings From The Shared African American And Jewish Experience with Rabbi Etan Mintz and Reverend Doctor Bernard “Skip” Keels
8 April, 7:30 pm; pizza and beer

Special Passover Torah Cafe

Teachings From the Haggadah with Rabbi Etan Mintz
15 April, 7:30 pm; pizza and beer

Other Learning Opportunities


B'nai Israel Young Adults Book Club

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm
A Text Study on "To Pimp a Butterfly" by Kendrick Lamar.

Rabbi Eli Yoggev will lead a discussion on Lamar's album, which focuses on race in America, bringing in texts to provide a Jewish lens on the album.

Sunday, April 28th at 6:00 pm 
Being Mortal" Book Club

Not a Book Club member? Contact Erika at
NOTE: All book club meetings are hosted by BIYA Book Club members. Book Club does not meet at the shul.


Shabbaton with Rabbi Eli Yoggev​​​​​​​

The Afterlife and the End of Days

March 15th and 16th

  • The Afterlife: Judaism Versus Christianity"
  • My Journey to Belief in the Afterlife
  • What’s Going to Happen in the End of Days?
  • Are we Old Souls? Reincarnation and Judaism

For information, the schedule, and to register for the Friday night dinner click here

Sun, May 26 2019 21 Iyyar 5779