Program & Schedule


In this inaugural year, Kulam will offer 6 monthly meetings where a scholar from the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, Rabbi William Friedman will lead on-site classes that combine teaching with chavruta (partnered) learning. These sessions will be built around the overarching theme “Jewish Wisdom and Eternal Human Dilemmas.”

Between each on-site session, we will host Open Beit Midrash study sessions to deepen our learning. Rabbi Friedman will attend these sessions via Skype in order to orient attendees and answer any questions.

Sessions are being generously hosted by
JCC, Squirrel Hill,
5738 Forbes Avenue, Room 202


Below is a schedule of the events that will begin January 11, 2017. All sessions will be from 7:30-9:30 on Wednesday evenings in room 202 at the JCC in Squirrel Hill, with the exception of Leil Tikkun on Shavuot. The topics listed are tentative, but should give a good idea about the overall themes for study this year, “Jewish Wisdom and Eternal Human Dilemmas”

  • January 11: Interpersonal Responsibility in a Global Age
  • January 25: Open Beit Midrash
  • February 8: Lifeboat Ethics: When Do I Have to Sacrifice Myself for Others?
  • February 22: Open Beit Midrash
  • March 8: Self-Defense vs. Stand Your Ground
  • March 22: Open Beit Midrash
  • April 5: Your Life or My Laundry: Setting Priorities in Charity & Social Justice
  • April 26: Open Beit Midrash
  • May 10: Hard Choices: The Needs of the Many vs. the Needs of the One
  • May 24: Open Beit Midrash
  • May 30: Tikkun Leil Shavuot