The Old Broadway Synagogue is proud to present two exciting learning opportunities (and breakfast) on alternate Sunday mornings (email us for the exact schedule) following 8:00am Shacharis:

Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Chayes and His Defense of the Tradition

With Rabbi Elie Pollack

Join us for a spirited examination of the writing of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Chayes, one of the leading19th centuries leading defenders of traditional Judaism, as he dives into the sea of rabbinic Judaism to demonstrate its logic, its beauty and its profound spirituality.

R’ Elie Pollack grew up in The Detroit area but he now resides in Brooklyn as a kollel member in Torah V’daas. He merited to have a strong relationship with the late Rosh Yeshiva, the venerated R’ Yisrael Belsky, in whose Yoreh Deah shiur he studied for the better part of a decade. When he is not studying or teaching, he enjoys public-speaking, writing, and translating. He had released two kuntreisim (pamphlets) regarding teachings of R’ Belsky as well as a tribute to Detroit’s late kollel pioneer, the beloved R’ Moshe Schwab. He also has published two articles The Logic of the Orthodox Dating Sytem (March 2010) and The Downward Spiral of Golus (Dec. 2013) in The Five Towns Jewish Times.

He and his wife have been blessed with five wonderful children.

Inyanei d’Yoma: Spiritual Opportunities in the Jewish Calendar

With Rabbi Avi Heller

Join as as we explore the various holidays and fast days of the Jewish calendar and develop a deeper appreciation of their meaning for us as a community and for each of us as individuals.

Rabbi Avi Heller is the Regional Director for Synagogues in New Jersey and Rockland County. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Rabbi Heller has been the Director of Education for the Manhattan Jewish Experience and, prior to that, the co-director of the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Boston University. He has also served as the Director of the Boca Raton Community Kollel, the Rabbi of the BRS West Synagogue and the Bronfman Fellow at Hillel International. He received his BA from Boston University, semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and also completed his MA in Tanach from the Bernard Revel School of Graduate Studies. He and his wife Shira live in Teaneck, NJ.


Education Opportunities

Committee Co-Chairs: Yael Klausner, Yoni Teitz
Committee Members: Jason Strauss, Daniel Falik, Sara Gordon, Sarah Steinberg, Raphy Rosen, Lauren Steinberg

Passionate about Torah? Contact for more information or to get involved!

The Education Committee is looking for new members and sponsors!


Daf Yomi – with Akiva Berger and Yoni Teitz:

Sun: 8:40 AM,

Mon-Thurs: 9:15 PM

Shabbat: 8:15 AM.

See this month’s calendar to verify the Daf schedule


Monday Night Learning  8PM-10 PM

Become an MNL-er! Learn on your own or with a friend during our weekly open beit midrash! Special guest speakers visit periodically. Food is often served and sponsorship opportunities are available- contact for more info.


Washington Heights Women’s Beit Medrash 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Washington Heights Women’s Beit Medrash was created to give women in the Washington Heights community a space for regular Torah study. Each week, during the first half of the evening, women learn in pairs and have the choice to either learn a topic of their choosing or to learn materials prepared by volunteers.

During the second half of the evening, lecturers from GPATS and Mount Sinai give shiurim to the participants, expounding upon the texts studied by the participants in the first half of the program. Check the home page or Kesher for updates.

Women’s Parsha Shiur 7:30 PM

Shiur given by your fellow peers taking place in individuals homes in Washington Heights. If you are interested in giving a shiur or to sign up for updates on locations, please email Leora.


Interactive Tefillah Seminar 11:00AM

Rabbi Schnaidman leads this class for all ages and backgrounds.

The shul will provide babysitting upon request.

 Rabbi Schwartz’s Weekly Halacha Shiur 8:45PM

Current topic Kibbud Av Va’em in a contemporary context

Catch up on shiurim by Rabbi Schwartz.

Some of the 500+ past topics include – childcare on shabbos, hashavat aveida, kashrut, the Vilna Gaon and how he lived, personalities in halacha, analysis of specific melachot on shabbat, shemita, kibbud av va’em – and many more.


Rabbi Schwartz’s Iyun Gemara Chabura 10:15 PM (every other Thursday)

Meets every other week See the monthly calendar for this month’s schedule. This chaburah is a great opportunity to reconnect with yeshiva iyun-style learning.  Current topic (updated 10/2014): TBD


Post-Hashkama shiur 8:50 AM

Presentations from our rabbinic intern and other guest speakers on a range of topics in halacha and Jewish thought

Rabbi Schwartz’s weekly Gemara Shiur begins 1 hour before mincha

Gemara shiur with Rashi & Tosfot

Seuda Shlishit 

Presentations from Rabbi Schwartz and guest speakers on a range of topics (plus zemirot and a meal)


Other Programs

Friday Night Lights (FNL) & Summer Daytime Edition – 8 shabbatot annually

Dinner and a presentation on a range of topics in halacha, Jewish thought and current issues

Shiur-By-Your-Peers (SBYP)

Refreshments and a presentation from a community member on a range of topics in a more informal setting.

Chavruta Program

Sign up for the new Chavruta Match-Up Program or email the Education Committee. Let us know what you want to learn, and we’ll help you find someone to learn it with. If you’d like to learn with someone who already signed up, check the weekly education emails to see if your interests match up! If they do, let us know.


Two to four special guests for shabbat throughout the year and other special events.

Past scholars and special speakers at Monday Night Learning have included Rabbi Elazar Muskin, Drs. Erica & Jeremy Brown, Rabbi Elli Fischer, Rabbi Reuven & Mrs. Shani Taragin, Rabbi Menachem Leibtag, Rabbi Haim Jachter, Dr. Yael Ziegler, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna & Dr. Michelle Sarna, Dr. Stuart Halpern, Rabbi Yehoshua Landau, and other esteemed individuals who shared their thoughts and perspectives with us.