CHAI: the Cooperative Hebrew Adult Institute

Date: Nov 14, 2016

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: New York State

Category: JTS in Your Community

Six-Part Lecture Series With JTS Scholars

Chai: the Cooperative Hebrew Adult Institute is a a multi-synagogue adult education institute held at the Dix Hills Jewish Center in cooperation with the Hereld Institute for Jewish Studies of JTS.

Six Mondays: October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28 and December 5
8:30 p.m.
Dix Hills Jewish Center

November 14 Lecture

From Charlemagne to Rashi: The Re-Invention of Reading During the 12th Century Renaissance,” with Dr. Robert Harris, Associate Professor of Bible

Why did “a Rashi” (one of the greatest biblical commentators) emerge in the particular time and place that he did? And why did he (and those that followed in his footsteps) choose the method they did to express themselves – the marginal commentary – when virtually no rabbi before Rashi had done that? Paradoxically, the origins of this extraordinary intellectual and technological development are to be found in the steps taken by the great King Charlemagne following his conquest of Europe and his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in the Eighth Century. Our session will focus on several key texts and events that surprisingly led from the empire of this “Most Christian King” to the bet mid rash in Champagne County in northern France that utterly changed the course of Jewish civilization.

The JTS lecture will be preceded by a class with a local clergy member.  


$36 per person for the six weeks of courses and lectures.


Please contact Gail Jospa at for additional information and to learn how to register.

Dix Hills Jewish Center
555 Vanderbilt Parkway
Dix Hills, NY 11746

Session Dates and Speakers

October 31 with Dr. David Kraemer, November 7 with Dr. David Fishman, November 14 with Dr. Robert Harris, November 21 with Dr. Walter Herzberg, November 28 with Rabbi Mychal Springer and December 5 with Dr. Stefanie Siegmund.