Adult Education

Secular and cultural Jewish eduction for adults

At The City Congregation we believe learning is a lifelong endeavor. We offer several adult education programs that explore a wide variety of subjects in Jewish culture and history from a secular humanistic perspective. You can attend every session or just show up for the ones that interest you.

See upcoming Adult Perspectives and Shabbat cultural programs.


Adult Perspectives on Secular and Cultural Judaism

Our free Adult Perspectives programs are usually led by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer or a member of the congregation with an occasional panel discussion or guest speaker. They always conclude with a lively discussion.

Adult Perspectives meets twice a month on Sundays from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM at 15 West 86th Street (SAJ) in Manhattan. There is no charge and all are welcome to attend.


Jewish cultural programs on Shabbat

Our free Shabbat cultural presentations and discussions are held twice a month following Friday evening services. They usually feature notable guest speakers on subjects ranging from history and the arts to ethics and politics.

Shabbat services and cultural programs are held twice a month on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street) in Manhattan. There is no charge and all are welcome to attend.


Judaism 101: An introduction to Judaism for non-religious Jews

Judaism 101 is a series of classes led by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer that introduces the basics of the Jewish religion and Jewish civilization from a secular humanistic perspective. It is ideal for people who never had a Jewish education or whose Jewish education was based on a traditional religious premise that they no longer accept.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings. They are $5 per class for City Congregation members and $10 for non-members. People are invited to attend all sessions, or just the ones that interest them. See the current Judaism 101 schedule.


Intermarriage Seminar

Rabbi Schweitzer meets with couples individually or as a group to explore issues and concerns that can be encountered in interfaith or intercultural marriages. Email Rabbi Schweitzer at if you’d like to participate in this program.


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