Each year during the High Holy Days, we engage in the challenging process of teshuvah—change or repentance. The rabbinic notion about teshuvah can be summed up as: “Just say no,” stopping ourselves when faced with the temptation to do something wrong. Hasidism suggests a different path, where we acknowledge our mistakes, accept the truth about ourselves, and work to be the person we deeply want to be. Through the study of select texts, we will explore the Hasidic notion of change. For all levels. No previous background or knowledge of Hebrew required. 

Registration fee is $50; $36 for BJ Members with the discount code TESHUVAHBJ.

  • Session 1: Embracing Imperfection
  • Session 2: Compassion and Self–Compassion
  • Session 3: Post Yom Kippur–Teshuvah Out of Joy


Rabbi Michael Strassfeld‘s new book, Judaism Disrupted: A Spiritual Manifesto for the 21st Century, re-envisions Judaism for the contemporary moment. He is rabbi emeritus of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. This year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his best-selling book, The Jewish Catalog.

Jewish learning classes at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan are generously supported by the Marilyn G. and Joseph B. Schwartz Jewish Learning Endowment Fund.