Jewish Life & Learning


For more information or to register, please contact Sara Shapiro at: (516) 822-3535, x335

or email


Jewish Author Series

To RSVP or for more information, call Hillary Cook, x328 or email

Fri., March 27, 2020 at 10:30 am at Manetto Hill Jewish Center

Fern Bernstein, Mah Jongg Mondays

Fern, married and the mother of three boys, takes us into her modern middle-class suburban Long Island world where one day she gets the “Big Idea” to learn the Chinese tile game called mah jongg. Weekly games provide the setting for deep-seeded friendships to form around the mah jongg table. This is a heartwarming story about the wonderful things that can happen when five women are destined to come together to play an old Chinese game, sitting around a table with 152 tiles, dice, and a mah jongg card. Love always; love all ways, for time has no guarantees.


May 5: “The Amusement Park 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and The Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them” by Stephen M. Silverman


June 23: “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein” by Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Leonard Bernstein).

Jewish Movie Nights

January 23: Torn

Can one be a Catholic priest and an observant Jew at the same time? Twelve years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents. The film follows his amazing journey: from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel. Torn between two identities he is unable to renounce either, and consequently, he is unaccepted by both religions, as well as the state of Israel. Now, he is required to choose.


February 20: #Uploading_Holocaust

Thousands of young Israelis join "the journey to Poland" each year to learn about the Holocaust. Looking into the journey through the videos they upload on YouTube reveals a moving and troubling image about the way collective memory is formed in the web age. In the YouTube clips they create, students share private and moving moments of fear and despair – unmediated testimonies of themselves trying to make sense of the senseless. Using these clips as raw material, the film follows the journey to Poland from a variety of intimate viewpoints.

Lunch & Learn

Rabbis and Jewish educators from the community will lead an interactive discussions on interesting and current topics.

Meets twice a month depending on the calendar.

January 13 - Rabbi Bravo, Makom NY

January 27 - Rabbi Bennet, Temple Chaverim

February 10 - Rabbi Weisblum, Congregation Beth Tikvah

February 24 - Rabbi Weinstein, Simchat HaLev

March 9 - Rabbi Cohen-Rosenberg, Temple Or-Elohim,

                      A Community Reform Congregation

March 23 - Rabbi Shmueli, Plainview Synagogue

Mondays  •  12:30-1:30 pm  • Class Fee: $5   Member Discounted Fee: Free   

Jewish Genealogy Society of L.I.

Bringing together people interested in exploring their Jewish roots.

Sundays  •  2:00-4:00 pm

January 26, February 23, March 22

For more information, email



Building Russian Inspired Jewish Expression

For BRIJE programs, CLICK HERE.


Café Europa

Social Activities for Victims of Nazi Persecution. Please join us for a quarterly lunch and learn with others who lived in Europe during WWII under Nazi occupation.


Green Week — Celebrating the Environment & Tu B’Shvat

Join with us throughout the week as we learn how being Jewish makes us responsible for taking care of the earth and all of the creatures and plants that live here.


Possible events for the week include:

   • A shredding day

   • Green cleaning products, demonstrations and samples

   • Planting

   • A visit from “Garden of Eve,” an organic Jewish farm located on Long Island

   • A Tu B’Shvat Seder

   • A large recycled art project (designed by our school-age day care)