Beit Midrash

“Which is greater, learning or doing? . . . Learning is great because learning leads to doing.” (Babylonian Talmud, Kiddushin 4Social Justice Beit Midrash0b)

In a circular response to their own question, the rabbis created a continuum between learning and doing, emphasizing each as part of one whole. In the fullness of Jewish life, holy deeds are rooted in holy texts. Learning, itself a way of active engagement, is meant to inspire and guide in all manner of mitzvot, whether between people and God or people and people.

Tuesday evening, February 27th

With several events on this night bringing together social justice activists from a range of backgrounds and issues of focus, we will take a Social Justice Beit Midrash “field trip.” Engaging in dialogue both reflective and strategic, we will expand the nature of our learning to include the texts of other people’s lives. As we continually try to hone the creative tension between learning and doing, on this night our learning will become its own way of doing. Please watch for more information in the coming week.


** There is a monthly Black Lives Matter vigil in our neighborhood, at the First Baptist Church in JP (633 Centre St), from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. on the first Thursday of each month. The next vigil will be held on March 1st, 5:30 -6:30 pm.