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NJOP’s Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald Brings Judaism Crash Course to Scarsdale



An in-depth discussion will be held that demonstrates how Jewish prayer is multifaceted and allows both individual and communal communication with God, as well as an opportunity for self-reflection.

“Judaism: Three Evenings You’ll Never Forget”

Join Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, world-renowned rabbi and Founder and Director of NJOP (, will bring the landmark Crash Course in Basic Judaism to Scarsdale for three nights in June. The free Crash Course will explore the topics of Belief in God, Prayer, The Sabbath, Jewish Observance and Sexuality. Join him at Young Israel of Scarsdale, 1313 Weaver Street, Scarsdale on Wednesday nights, June 7th, June 14th and June 21st, at 7:30 pm. 

The Crash Course in Basic Judaism is part of the David Berg Lecture Series. NJOP is pleased to partner with the Young Israel of Scarsdale to bring this exciting series to the New York Metro area.

“This thought provoking, entertaining and inspiring series resonates with anyone looking for a refresher, regardless of prior Judaic educational background,” proclaimed Rabbi Elly Krimsky, NJOP’s Program Director. “I personally look forward to joining him year after year and find it energizing each time. Enjoy three fascinating evenings, invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives, and join us to explore some of the treasures of our shared culture and tradition guided by the endlessly informative and charismatic Rabbi Buchwald.”

While everyone is invited to attend any or all classes, pre-registration is appreciated. To register, or to obtain more information, please contact NJOP at or 646.871.4444.

Below are descriptions of the five lectures. Each lecture is independent and no prior knowledge is necessary.

Belief in God: (June 7th – 7:30 pm) an exploration of humankind’s relationship with God, God’s role in the world and its history, and a discussion of the value of believing in God.

Prayer: (June 7th – 8:15 pm) an in-depth discussion that demonstrates how Jewish prayer is multifaceted and allows both individual and communal communication with God, as well as an opportunity for self-reflection.

The Sabbath: (June 14th – 7:30 pm) an explanation of the Jewish concept of the Sabbath and a look at how Shabbat is actually an incredible gift, especially in our modern era of constant technology.

Jewish Observance: (June 14th – 8:15 pm) an exploration of how the rituals of Jewish life build a moral framework to enrich one’s own life, creating a better society.

Sexuality: (June 21st – 7:30 pm) a discussion of how the physical unity between a man and a woman is elevated by the inclusion of a mature and committed understanding of our relationships with one another and an awareness of every couple’s ability to build and perfect the world.

About NJOP 

NJOP*, an independent, non-denominational, non-profit organization, was established in 1987 by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald in response to the spiraling losses of Jews from Jewish life due to assimilation and lack of Jewish knowledge. Through its highly innovative and stimulating educational programming and influential social media platforms, NJOP conveys the relevance and vibrancy of Judaism to contemporary Jews by providing a greater understanding and knowledge of the basics of Judaism and Jewish life. Over the last 29 years, more than 1,567,590** North American Jews have been engaged Jewishly through NJOP’s positive, joyous Jewish programs and experiences.

NJOP’s renowned programs, such as READ HEBREW AMERICA AND CANADA, SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA AND CANADA, Shabbat and High Holiday Beginners Services and Crash Courses in Basic Judaism and Jewish History, have been offered at nearly 5,000 synagogues and Jewish organizations across North America and in 40 additional countries around the globe. NJOP’s ever-expanding efforts, and its keen ability to recognize the most current cultural trends, have allowed it to become an acclaimed leader in Jewish social media. Every day, tens of thousands of fans and followers are presented with a means to positively and joyously participate in Jewish life through @JewishTweets on Twitter, NJOP’s Jewish Treats daily email and Facebook fan page. NJOP’s Jewish Treats’ YouTube channel boasts more than 1.8 million views.

Since its founding, NJOP has become one of the largest and most successful organizations, impacting broadly on Jewish engagement throughout the world.

NJOP extends special thanks to Mr. Sam Domb for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of NJOP and the Jewish People.

*National Jewish Outreach Program is now NJOP.     

**As of December 2016

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