New Lehrhaus

Inspired by Franz Rosenzweig’s “Free Jewish Lehrhaus,” established in Frankfurt in 1920, New Lehrhaus is the modern-day hub for adult Jewish learning in the Bay Area.

  • Classes
  • Jewish Life

New Lehrhaus is the Bay Area’s non-denominational adult Jewish learning institution dedicated to academic excellence, open inquiry, contemporary relevance and cultural and religious pluralism. New Lehrhaus brings students and teachers together in dialogue to explore Jewish sources, traditions, and arts, sustaining and enriching the vibrant spirit of Jewish civilization.

Explore Upcoming Events

Joel ben Izzy – Harvesting Our Stories: An Interactive Workshop
Sunday, May 23, 7:00 – 8:30 pm // $12 (Virtual via Zoom)

Prof. Erich Gruen – Smiling Through Tears? Jewish Humor in Antiquity
4 sessions on Sundays: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/21, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm // $12 per session (Virtual via Zoom)

Rabbi Jessica Graf: What REALLY Happened at Sinai?
Part of Chew-ish & Jew-ish—Lunch & Learn @ Manny’s Cafe
Wednesday, May 24, 12:30–1:30 PM // FREE // In person at Manny’s Cafe

Profs. Sam Shonkoff, Naomi Seidman, David Biale – “Old Boys” at the New Lehrhaus: The Rosenzweig-Buber-Scholem Debate transported to 2023
Thursday, June 1, 5:00 – 6:30 PM // $12 // In person at the GTU Library, Berkeley

Sandra Fox – The Jews of Summer: Summer Camp and Jewish Culture in Postwar America  In partnership with the Stanford University Press Series in Jewish History and Culture
Sunday, June 11, 3:00 – 4:30 PM // $12 // (Virtual via Zoom)

Andrew Porwancher: The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton
Sunday, July 9, 2:00 – 3:30 PM // $12 // (Virtual via Zoom)


Visit to see their ever-expanding offering of programs, classes, lectures and workshops.

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