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The Lifelong Learning Committee is dedicated to bringing Jewish learning in many modalities to the Merrick Jewish Centre. There are classes ranging from learning Hebrew to Spanish, Bible Study to Jewish history, Art Projects to Zumba. In the past we have learned about the Bible as literature, studied the Holocaust, viewed Israeli films and prepared for our holidays. We continue to have virtual Hollywood on Sundays as well as a TV production class this year. We welcome your ideas and participation in this vital committee.

Have an idea for a Lifelong Learning Program? Contact us at


Joanne Skop and Steve Greenfield



Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm “Rare Haggadot and the Lessons They Teach” 

Dr. David Kraemer, the Director of the world-famous Library at the Jewish Theological Seminary will share a visual presentation of rare, historical Haggadot that are part of the most significant collection in the Western Hemisphere.  Dr Kraemer will focus on the lessons conveyed by the art and text and how the Haggadah has changed throughout history.


Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 pm - Screening of an award-winning film, Four Winter                       

To commemorate Yom Ha’shoah, we will be showing this remarkable new film that tells the story of the thousands of Jews who lived in the forest of Poland during World War II and fought in the Underground to sabotage the Nazi war effort.  Especially at this time in our history, we are pleased to focus on Jewish strength and resistance.   Appropriate for adults and teenagers.

This will be shown at the Bellmore Showplace Theater on Pettit Ave in Bellmore.  Watch for ticket information since seating is limited.


Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 pm - David Harris, the former CEO of the American Jewish Committee 

This program is part of the Rabbi Charles and Betty Klein Legacy Series.  Described by the late Israeli President Shimon Peres as “the foreign minister of the Jewish people,” Mr. Harris has been honored by more countries than any other Jewish leader.  Currently, he hosts a weekly television show on the Jewish Broadcasting Network.  Rabbi Klein has proposed that Harris speak on “The State of the Jewish People in 2024.”  Please join us for this significant speech and the reception that follows.





Weekly Bible with Rabbi Dorsch

Rabbi Dorsch will discuss the weekly portion of the Torah in a freewheeling discussion format on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Make sure to check your MJC Weekly Email for the location since it may tend to vary.  No reservation required!  This is an MJC tradition—Come learn and enjoy!


Virtual Hollywood

Richard Knox continues his Sunday morning programs on Hollywood icons at 11:00 am each week.  Zoom info: ID 710-827-5009, Password: MJC613


Learn To Read Hebrew

Sharyn Kussin continues her class on helping you to improve your Hebrew.  She  will work with any students who wish to learn or improve their Hebrew skills.  Contact for additional information.


Continuing Spanish

Hebrew isn’t enough! Sharyn also teaches Spanish every Tuesday night on Zoom at 7:30 pm.  Need a refresher before traveling?  Want to be able to shop properly in Spanish markets?  Contact


Zumba with Carrie Dale

Join us on Zoom for fun-filled hour of exercise with a wonderful instructor. Times may vary from week to week, so email for the current schedule and to be added to Carrie's direct contact list. Zoom info: ID 968 5836 5963 Passcode: 067653




Rabbi Charles and Betty Klein Legacy Lecture

The first event under the auspices of the  Rabbi Charles and Betty Klein Legacy Fund was a lecture by Dr. Stephen Berk entitled “The Imperfect Miracle: Israel at the Crossroads.” Dr. Berk is a nationally renowned speaker who is well-known to many of our congregants. He is a captivating lecturer who weaves facts and historical events into an entertaining and informative narrative. 

If you were unable to attend the lecture, you can watch a recording of the presentation along with introductory remarks by Rabbi Dorsch and Rabbi Klein.

Click here to view the lecture.


Fri, May 24 2024 16 Iyyar 5784