SUMMERFEST, a summer long series of courses on Kabbalah, Yiddish, Hebrew, memoir writing, stargazing, Challah baking, flower arranging, dance classes and much more.

Register for one, two, three or more courses and make this Summer truly unforgettable! 

Curated by Dr. Susan Pashman


Play the Harmonica!

Sag Harbor’s own troubadour, Jim Turner, is an acclaimed musician, band leader, recording artist and harmonica player extraordinaire! Learn to play two simple melodies in just two sessions. Bring a harmonica or purchase one from Jim for $10. Great fun for the whole family! 

Wednesdays, July 10 and August 14. 2pm. $45.



Learn To Read Hebrew:

An elementary course to help you feel at home with this ancient language as you move from the “aleph-bet” to easy recognition of frequently occurring words and phrases. Just in time for the High Holy Days. 

Tues, 9:30 am -11. July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20.  $90.



Flower Arranging:

Meet with Anastasia Casale, owner of the Sag Harbor Florist. She’ll supply you with flowers and all you need to create an arrangement to grace your weekend table, and enjoy throughout the week. New arrangements each week. Materials included.

Fridays, 9:30 am to 11am. July 12, 19; August 9, 16.  $200.



Israeli Folkdancing

Learn the folkdances Israelis have been inventing for years-- over 70 now on the books. Enthusiastic former students say you’ll love Jill Cohen who has been teaching for almost four decades. The music is uplifting, the movements are simple, the fun is enormous. Women and girls only.

Tues, 11am to 1pm. July 9, 16; Aug. 13, 20. $135.





Explore the constellations, and learn how modern physics shapes how we see the heavens. William F. Taylor of the Montauk Observatory has long been an avid amateur astronomer, traveling far and wide in pursuit of celestial wonders. He is Sr. Educator at Montauk Observatory, a frequent lecturer on astronomy and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. Join him to observe the night sky; Rabbi Lerman will also be on hand to share how the Zohar interprets the Zodiac and the role stars play in Judaism. An uplifting experience for all ages!

Wednesdays, 8:30 pm. July 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14.  $150.



 Mysteries of Kabbalah:

Rabbi Berel Lerman guides us through the 2000 year-old text whose codes, metaphors and cryptic language are not given merely for understanding but both express and embody spiritual energies. Claim your key to a mystical experience.

Thursdays, 7-8pm. July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15.  $90


Judaism 101:

Join our learned Rabbi Berel Lerman for all you ever wanted to know about Judaism but never got to ask. 6000 years worth of wisdom for Jews and non-Jews .

Sundays, 10:30am. July 7, 14, 28, August 4, 18, 25. $90.




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Memories of Childhood:

Share memories of childhood. Learn basics of effective memoir writing as each week we create a chapter about early years, recalling family and gatherings, early encounters with traditions, all you want them to know. Dr. Susan Pashman’s forthcoming book, “Journey To A Temple In Time,” is part memoir and part philosophical meditation on the practice of Sabbath-keeping.

Thurs, 9:30 am -11am. July 11, 18, 25; August 1,8,15. $90.



Our ancestors created exquisite jewelry to adorn themselves. Rachel Kalina is a student of anthropology whose jewelry is showcased at Queens Museum of Art and NYC boutiques. She teaches Jewelry-making at Art League of L. I. and Huntington Arts Council. Learn techniques to create jewelry in the styles of the ancient Middle East. Materials fee each week.

Mon, 11am-1pm. July 8, 15, 22; August 5, 12, 19.  $180.




A Challah For Your Table:

Rebbetzin Brocha Lerman teaches four ways to braid, and four different recipes from around the world. All materials supplied; take home your loaf to bake and serve warm the next day. Yum!

Thursdays, 11am to Noon. July 18, 25, August 8, 15.  $60.


A Bissel Yiddish:

A “secret” language of great humor and even greater literature, the language of folk songs and world-famous phrases. Learn the basics and engage in conversation… and laughter. Ruth Solomon has taught Yiddish since 1995, from the Ukraine to Kinneret Day School and communities all over L.I.

Wednesdays, 10:30-12:30. July 17, 31.  $95.  




Celebrate With Ceramics:

Create a seder or other serving plate, candlesticks, wine cup, and decorate them in your very own style. Lynn Leff is a ceramicist at Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons whose work is exhibited all over L.I. Classes at the Guild in Water Mill. Small materials fee for completed work. For students 12 and up.

Weds, 10am to 11:30. July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14. $375.


L’Chaim: The Joy of Movement: 

Take this opportunity to clear body and soul for the weekend, uplift yourself and prepare for a true day of rest. Dianne Dassa formerly danced with the Joffrey Ballet, and is a choreographer who has taught body movement in many spiritual settings. Women and girls only.

Fri, 11:30 am to 12:30pm. July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16. $120.




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