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Calendar of Events

 עֲשׂוּ כִּתּוֹת כִּתּוֹת וְעִסְקוּ בַּתּוֹרָה לְפִי שֶׁאֵין הַתּוֹרָה נִקְנֵית אֶלָּא בַּחֲבוּרָה

Form many groups and classes, and enter deeply into the study of Wisdom, for the fullness of Torah is only acquired through community.

– Talmud Berachot 63b

Online Classes & Seminars

Upcoming Speaking Dates

Rabbi Debra is continuing to offer classes online and in person and is again traveling for scholar-in-residence weekends. Contact us here to bring her to your community.

She offered her first, independent online class, Mazal Tov on Zoom in 2020 - 2021. She has begun offering online and hybrid classes. Please subscribe here, so you will know when the classes will roll out. 


Tuesday, November 7, election day, noon - 1 pm eastern on Zoom - Rabbi Debra will once again lead the (Virtual) Positive Psychology Hour for the Marlene Meyerson JCC and the WholeBeing Institute. Her topic will be: “Real Hope: Modern Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Newfound, Authentic Hope.” 

       With many people in despair over political divides, disinformation, and potential disaster, Election Day is a good time to focus on hope! Rabbi Debra Orenstein will help us better understand what hope truly is and how it is different from wishing for the best, positive thinking, or optimism. She will draw on the Bible, other spiritual wisdom, and Positive Psychology to introduce a new and more complete understanding of hope. True hope provides comfort and motivation – whether circumstances and future predictions are rosy or bleak. Learn this new paradigm and the simple steps that each of us can take in order to raise our positive expectations and create a brighter future.     

      The event is pay-what-you-will. For registration information and the Zoom link, contact

Rabbi Debra’s home synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel in Emerson, NJ is open to visitors for services, adult education, and other programs. Many events are again in person and others will meet via Zoom. Contact to be on the mailing list or to let us know of your interest in upcoming classes and events.

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