CHAI: the Cooperative Hebrew Adult Institute

Date: Oct 29, 2018 - Oct 29, 2018

Time: 8:30

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: New York State

Category: JTS in Your Community

Five-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 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19
8:30 p.m.
Dix Hills Jewish Center

October 29 Lecture

“At Home Abroad: Is Jewish Life Valid Outside the Land of Israel?,” with Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS

We have learned that Jewish life was born in the Land of Israel, and that from the time of our expulsion from the land, Jews unceasingly yearned to return. But for most of our existence, most Jews have lived outside the land, in what has mostly been known as “exile.” Has that life in exile been “invalid,” to be negated (as many Zionists would have it) upon our return? Many Jews living outside the land have not accepted such a notion and have instead justified diaspora life religiously and vigorously. In this session, we shall explore some of these unexpected justifications.

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


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


For additional information, please click here or contact Gail Jospa at

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

Session Dates and Speakers

November 5 with Rabbi Leonard Sharzer; November 12 with Dr. Eitan Fishbane; November 19 with Dr. Shira Epstein