Cheder: (pronounced ˈKHe-dər)

1) a traditional Jewish primary school teaching the basics of Judaism.

2) an attempt at taking "cultural Judaism" seriously.

The number of young Jews who consider themselves "culturally Jewish" continues to grow in our time. Ancient texts and traditions have their place, but for many in our community, it's the "secular" texts that prove most meaningful: a Woody Allen film; a short story by Dara Horn or Jonathan Safran Foer; a really awesome cut of lox. The Cheder is an organized attempt at taking cultural Judaism seriously. We offer lectures, book groups, and social events as well as tours of Brooklyn neighborhoods that treat the borough itself as a Jewish text. Join us as we continue to explore how to meaningfully engage with what Jewish culture might mean in the 21st century.