Hamilton Beit Midrash

Illustration: Cee Bea Lavery


Summer Session 2019: August 18 - 22

Learn Talmud deeply and well at the Hamilton Beit Midrash, a volunteer-run program hosted by Beth Jacob Synagogue (375 Aberdeen Ave, Hamilton, Ontario). The style of learning we offer is your chance to immerse yourself in rabbinic literature, sharpen your skills, and see the world with new eyes. You can master a text, rather than have a translator filter it for you. You can reforge your relationship with Judaism with depth and joyous authenticity.

A beit midrash is a place where people come together to get to the bottom of texts, both in havruta (with study partners) and in shiur (lesson with the whole group). You are invited to join ours! Write to us for an application form today.



Hamilton Beit Midrash operates on two levels: a weekly year-long program on Sunday nights, and a summer intensive from a Sunday to a Thursday in August.

The general format of the summer intensive is this: we work on Talmud in the morning, and in the afternoon we will work with texts that relate to some of the questions we have been raising. On Thursday night we finish up with a festive get-together where participants will be able to share the ideas they have been developing during their time in the Beit Midrash.  

This year's theme: Climate Catastrophe & Response. More information can be found here. You can also check out past experiences at the 2018 Hamilton Beit Midrash summer intensive.


Any Jewish adult can apply. Knowing how to sound out Hebrew letters is good. Knowing basic grammar (recognising plurals, common verb patterns, etc) is even better. You do not need to be fluent nor experienced in Talmud study.

Beth Jacob is a barrier-free and wheelchair-accessible space.


The Hamilton Beit Midrash is volunteer-run. A $50 fee is requested for the entire program. This goes towards the lunch which will be provided and to any costs incurred by Beth Jacob Synagogue in the course of hosting us. Those in financial need can and should contact us if the fee presents a problem.


Coming soon!

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