"My kid didn't have school today, but he still wanted to go to Hebrew School.
He really enjoys it."
Beth Liebeman, member
The Synagogue for the Arts is very much a community—or perhaps a series of interrelated communities.
Our programs reflect the creative and independent nature of our congregation. The Women's Group is organized as a self-sustaining group effort. The many classes and seminars held here tend to emerge from the thinking of one member or a small group. They have ranged from Yiddish classes, to seminars on Judaism and Art, to a well-attended T'ai Chi class, a studio art class and a celebrity cooking series. Our space has housed an Empty Nest support group. We have scholarly lectures on a regular basis (see Adult Education)
Our major events in the past year included a Hanukah comedy night at the Knitting Factory, our annual art auction and a fundraising concert that included an award-winning poet Samuel Menashe (a Synagogue for the Arts member).
All of this is in addition to our professional musical events and concerts. Our space is one of the few in Manhattan for chamber music programs.
We also work collaboratively with other downtown congregations to create exciting holiday programming and events which bring downtown Jewish teens together. For moe information on this, see Youth Programs.
The SFTA Chesed Group is a network of friends and fellow members who share expertise, time, advice and news of interest to our community.