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Northern Hills Synagogue offers a variety of adult education programs and classes. For more information, or to suggest a topic for a program or class, please contact our Executive Director, Brian Freedman at (513) 931-6040 or email

We host a variety of engaging speakers, particularly on the first Friday evening of the month. We especially like to feature our members’ special interests and talents. The following are some of the topics scheduled for 2016-2017. See the synagogue calendar for details.

2 September 2016

Susie Cohen

Volunteering in CPS

7 October 2016

Judy Miller

10 Commandments of Dogs

4 November 2016

Vic Amster

Gift of Life

2 December 2016

Alan Cohen

Kosher Chazerim

6 January 2016

Gayna Bassin

Travels through India

Brian Freedman offers a Hebrew reading class for adults through the weekly parshah (Torah portion) with plenty of discussion on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.


Each of these interactive short courses is taught by a member of the Northern Hills Synagogue community in an area of their expertise. Space is limited, so reserve your place early!

Sunday, January 8 (4:00-6:00 PM) and 16, (2:00-4:00 PM):

“What do trivets, pinch pots, hamzas, and napkin rings have in common?” Margaret Ackerman.

Location: Queen City Clay, 3130 Wasson Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (Hyde Park)

This is your opportunity to roll up your sleeves and create some meaningful and useful Jewish clay art for your home. Congregant and talented clay artist, Margaret Ackerman, will provide the mentoring and guidance. Queen City Clay will provide all the materials. You (and your family) will provide the inspired vision to make beautiful Jewish artifacts for your home.

Sunday, July 30, August 6 and 13, 4:00-6:00 PM:

“Jewish Cooks in Residence - Holiday Cooking Around the World” - Amy Callahan, Brian Freedman, Laurel Wolfson and others.

Location: Northern Hills

Featuring the culinary talents of our staff and congregants, each session will feature Jewish cuisine from a different part of the world. Learn the history and cooking/baking techniques, sample delicious foods, and be inspired to include new dishes at your holiday or Shabbat table.


Held at the homes of different congregants, these lively evening classes cover a variety of topics chosen by the hosts and presenters. Mark your calendar!

Sunday, November 13, 7:00-9:00 PM: “Toys Unplugged: What to give kids to play with before they become teenagers (and don't listen to us anymore)” - Tammy Meyer—at the Zmora’s home.


Sunday, December 18, 7:00-9:00 PM: “Bring Jewish Life into Your Home: Ways to include ALL members of your Family” - Brian Freedman—at the Shapero/Glassman’s home.


Sunday, March 19, 7:00-9:00 PM: Speaker, topic, and place TBA. Contact Sonia Milrod ( if you would like to host or present a subject on this date.


Thursday, May 11, 7:00-9:00 PM: “Astrology and Judaism” - Ken Charak–at the Charak’s home.


Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, Scholar in Residence at Northern Hills Synagogue on February 18-20, 2017.January 27-29, 2017, Northern Hills Synagogue was honored to host as our Scholar in Residence Rabbi Dr. Marc Rosenstein, Emeritus Director of the Galilee Foundation for Value Education. ( Among his many educational contributions, his most famous is the creation of the Galilee Circus in which young Jews and Arabs come together to learn, practice, and perform circus arts whilst breaking down the barriers which normally keep these groups apart.


As Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Rosenstein led services on Friday night and spoke about "Dissent and Division in the Jewish People Throughout History." On Saturday morning, he presented the D’var Torah on "Though He Tarry: the Messiah and Messianism as a Force in Jewish History." On Saturday evening, after Havdallah and a dessert Oneg, he presented a program about the Galilee Circus that was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati as part of their "Israelity" series. At Sunday morning brunch, he spoke about ways to overcome problems between teachers and parents. We were excited to welcome Rabbi Rosenstein and to study and discuss with him contemporary issues in Judaism and the state of Israel.

Northern Hills Synagogue's ability to provide family education programming has been supported by a grant from SEED (Synagogue Education Excellence Directive) of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.S.E.E.D. Synagogue Education Excellence Directive, An initiative of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
Hazak tour of Mapping Our Tears exhibit 2-1-04

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