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Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash

The Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash meets most Sunday mornings during the school year at Rodfei Zedek, 10:00-12:15.  Facilitated by Aryeh Bernstein, this program welcomes teens from 7th‑10th grades from across the broader community.  The goals of the Teen Beit Midrash include:

  • Development of literacy in reading core Jewish texts, including Mishna, Midrash, and Talmud
  • Nurturing a mature attitude to learning that builds on sociality and collaboration
  • Motivating excitement about Judaism through the creative energy of Torah study

The Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash follows the Talmud’s teaching that “Torah is acquired only in fellowship” (Berakhot 63b).  To this end, the bulk of our learning time is spent not with the whole group in one class together, but in paired learning (havruta) workshop, the classic mode for Jewish text study, after which everyone comes together for seminar-style class (shiur) to share insights and questions and discussion.  The learning environment is fun and social while simultaneously enabling students to develop critical learning skills and a deep appreciation for our timeless Jewish texts.  The HPTBM promises challenging and accessible learning for day school graduates, novices to text study, and everyone in between.

For more information about the Teen Beit Midrash, please contact Aryeh Bernstein <aryeh.bernstein_at_gmail.com>.