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.

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  • Jewish Life
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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

Rabbi Sheldon Lewis – The Ground on Which We Stand: Jewish Values Summoning Us to Care for Our Only Home
In partnership with Congregations Kol Emeth & Beth Am
Tuesday, April 16 // 7:00 – 8:30 pm // via Zoom

Prof. Yael Zerubavel: What REALLY Happened on Lag Ba’Omer: The Multiple Traditions of Lag Ba’Omer — A Jewish-Israeli View
Thursday, May 16 // 5:00 – 6:30 pm // via Zoom

Bradley Burston: The End of Israel?
October 7th & the Israel-Gaza War: Behind and Beyond the News
Sunday, May 19 // 11:00 am – 12:30 pm // via Zoom

Rachel Biale: Sex and Furniture in Jewish Tradition
Wednesday, May 22 // 7:00 – 8:30 pm // Zoom

David Moss,Deborah Ugoretz & Rachel Biale: The Art of the Ketubah
Sunday, June 2 // 11:00 am – 1:30 pm // Hybrid at the Magnes Museum, Berkeley or via Zoom

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan – Readings from the Zohar: Commentary on the Weekly Torah Portion
Ongoing, Fridays // Noon – 1:00 pm // via Zoom


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

Hands of Sofer writes a sefer Torah. In the Torah's 613 commandments, the second to last is that every Jew should write a Sefer Torah in their lifetime.