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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

Steve Smith
Noah Davis
Danny Esssner
Noah Gorsky
Robert Damast
Howard Wiesenfeld
Russie Berger
Rabbi Hayyem Angel
Greg Aubrey
David Fogel
Jonathan Nachmani



Sefer Shemot

Caroline Bryk

Josh Trump

Terumah  Rabbi Joshua Lookstein

Tetzaveh                  Jeff Kapelus

Ki Tisa                   Yaron Weitzman

Jordan Bryk







Sefer Vayikra

Dave Fogel
B.J. Douek
Daniel Fiskus
Rachel Tratt
Daniel Shamah
Jeff Kapelus
Ben Niewood
Rabbi Norman Lamm
Robert Damast

Sefer Bamidbar

Steve Smith










Sefer Devarim







Thu, June 1 2023 12 Sivan 5783