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 November 28th, 7:30 pm
Join us for lively study of Jewish texts related to social justice and updates on some of Nehar Shalom’s ongoing social justice efforts. Come connect with our sources and each other, be nourished, inspired, and informed by both, as we deepen our Jewish learning and help to shape a path to a better world.
In this session, we will continue to explore through texts the connection between study and action, bringing our voices together with the voices of the early rabbis. As a community deeply involved in Sanctuary work, our initial focus will be on our commitment to protect the stranger, finding inspiration through texts and from activists in the field. People with all levels of experience in Jewish study and all levels of engagement in social justice work are welcome. RSVP is appreciated (click here) but not required.

Sunday December 10th, 4 – 6 pm: Jewish-to-Jewish Phonebanking for a Clean Dream Act

An opportunity to do! Join us to learn and make phone calls to Jews in key swing vote Congressional districts in support of a clean Dream Act. Lend your support for a bill that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to this nation as children and provides them a path to citizenship, without trading their safety for the safety of other immigrant populations through increased enforcement or deportation measures.

To participate, register here; for more information, contact Naomi Sobel at


** 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 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The next one will be Thursday December 5th.