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The Shul of New York
A Synagogue for Spiritual Judaism

Cooking With the Shul

The one thing that binds all Jews together is cooking (and shmaltz). The Shul has no shortage of wonderful cooks as anyone who has attended one of our food-based events knows. (There are non-food events?)  Several have presented cooking lessons on Zoom, but the most prolific by far has been devoted amateur cook and Shul Co-President, Karen Seidman.  Enjoy!

Book Banning in America:

Its History, Its Current Revival &

What We Can Do About It

Join distinguished educator and Shul Board member Josh Cabat for a lively and informative discussion presented by the Shul Justice Project about the alarming return of book banning and censorship in schools and libraries. 

Josh puts the current movement in its historical context, focusing on the ways in which this iteration of censorship is similar to, and different from, previous examples throughout American history.

He also discusses ways in which we can actively fight back against the trend of censorship at the local and national levels.  Click to see the ways you can help mentioned in the video. (Scroll down to End Book Bans.)

Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Loved Ones:  LGBTQ Equality in Jewish Life presented by Keshet

Keshet, an organization that works for the full equality of all LGBTQ+ Jews and their families in Jewish life to help foster a more inclusive community, in a very special workshop sponsored by the Shul Justice Project.


Are you a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other loved one of an LGBTQ+ young person?


 Do you want to learn more about how to celebrate them and how to show you love them for who they are?

The issues they’re grappling with, the words and terms they’re using, are still new to many of us, and can be confusing. Join us for an informative and fun “LGBTQ+ 101” that’s geared toward you!

For Session 2: click here

Observing Holocaust Remembrance Day - The Stolpersteine Project: One Family’s Personal Journey

The stolpersteine (brass plaques, each one commemorating a human life lost in the Holocaust) serve as a permanent, dedicated memorial to their lives, virtually the last Jewish family to live in this small central German village.

Hear Susan Freimark and her son Daryl recount their extraordinary odyssey from New York to Sangerhausen, Germany to witness the installation of a family stolpersteine in front of the home where Susan’s father, and his sister, his niece and his parents lived before the Nazis took them away. 

Understanding Hate and how to Counter It:  A Talk by Ken Stern

A talk by Kenneth S. Stern, Director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate. Presented on Zoom by the Shul Justice Project.  This is a unique opportunity to hear from an award-winning author and attorney who has been a voice against extremism and for human rights through his writings, teaching, testimony, legal defense work and professional positions.

League of Women Voters Activism Training 

The League of Women Voters will present a 1-hour Zoom training session on how to be an effective advocate and lobbyist.  Learn how we can make our voices heard on the issues we care passionately about. Download League slideshow.

Talking About Race and Racism

An evening with Nicole Alifante, one of the founders of, and the president of CURE, the Coalition for Understanding Racism through Education.

Genealogy with Doug Seidman

Get started in family tree research with amateur genealogist Doug Seidman. (Download: Family Tree ChartJewish Genealogy InfoFamily History Interview Questionnaire)

Alexis Michelle Makeup Tutorial

Celebrity hair/makeup/production expert Alexis Michelle/Alex Michaels  will increase your online fabulous-ness when he shares practical, professional tips for how to look your very best on Zoom in the first ShulThrive! event.

This is a fun, informative evening and a rare opportunity for an intimate session with this charming and talented performer (and great friend to the Shul). 

Zoom Video Archive

We entered the wonderful world of Zoom (Feh!) during the pandemic (Oy! Double-Feh!) in 2020.


We know what with working, social distancing, matching your masks to your outfit, and throwing matzoh balls at the cat (What, it's only us?) you may not be available for every Zoom session. Not to worry, we've thought of everything. 

 After many requests we recorded some of the sessions and we present them here for your viewing pleasure. 

Cooking with Karen

Intro to Meditation
with Cheryl Jacobs

How to Pause During the Pause: An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation with Cheryl Jacobs, MA, PPP. 

This is an introduction to simple mindfulness and meditation techniques that can be easily integrated into our lives to reduce and manage stress.

  Part 1       Part 2        Part 3  

Author, Author!



Flower Pressing with Arline Rubin

Learn to press flowers for cards and jewelry with the Shul's crafty crafter.    Watch Video  

Virtual Film Society
with Josh Cabat


  • Guest Sessions:  
    John Esposito - Fargo,
    Barry Schulman -  Parasite

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