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Academy of Jewish Studies

The Young Israel of Scarsdale offers an amazing array of adult education opportunities for our kehilla to grow their connection to the Torah. Our classes are offered on a variety of levels for men and women alike.  The sounds of Torah can be heard in the halls of YIS almost every single morning and evening.  In addition to weekly classes, YIS is proud to host outstanding Shabbat guest speakers throughout the year and our periodic lecture series with high-profile speakers draws upwards of 200 members of weeknights. 

Academy of Jewish Studies 5780 Brochure 


The Living Torah Fund

The Living Torah Fund aims to help perpetuate the legacy of our loved ones through learning. 

The Fund seeks out and invites individuals whose scholarship and accomplishments are truly renowned and provides a forum for them to share their wisdom with our community.  Based on donations from the community, the Living Torah Fund underwrites lectures, forums and discussions that build on our heritage, enrich our community and provide an ongoing memorial to our loved ones.

For information on how to donate, including the opportunity to sponsor a specific speaker, or collaborate on programming ideas, please contact Steve Smith,

Preview of Upcoming Living Torah Fund Programming for 2021 

Resources from Past LTF Speakers

Bari Weiss (Dec. 16, 2020): How to Fight ANTI-SEMITISM • Ze’ev Maghen • Columbia University, 1990


The Collective Conversation

We are proud to have launched the Collective Conversation series in January 2021, which highlights weekly Torah essays from members of the YIS Community. 

If you would like to write a Torah essay please contact Steve Smith at

Sefer Bereshit

Rabbi Nuriel Klinger
Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern
David Goldschmidt
Alan Garfunkel
Chaya Sarah Smith
Simon Morgenstern
Russell Mannis
Sara Blechner
Evan Farber
Howie Schub
Sharon Fogel

Caroline Bryk




Sefer Shemot

Jeffrey Berger
Sara Berger, Steve Smith
Jordan Bryk
Daniel Shamah
Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, z”l
Becky Gabin Nissani
Carole Daman
Tommy Weinberger
Richard Bienenfeld
Robert Damast

Sefer Vayikra

Rabbi Ari Kahn
David Noble
Hirsh Cogan
Steve Fredman
Ethan Katz
Rabbi Will Yeamans
Hinda Farber
Ayden Morgenstern
Carole Daman

Sefer Bamidbar

Sefer Bamidbar, Shuli Taubes

Dr. Philip Fried
Rabbi David Mahler
Steve Smith
Elisha Blechner
Danny Essner
Ari Loren
Jonathan Katz
B.J. Douek
Michael Perl





Sefer Devarim

Eric Smith
Ari Weinberger
Joe Bednarsh
Howie Bryks
Alvin Pasternak

 Jerry Weinberg

Barry Carron
Steve Smith

Pierre Gentin

Ari Raskas
Aaron Lauchheimer
Alvin Pasternak


Wed, January 19 2022 17 Shevat 5782