The Herbert Tarr North Shore Institute for Adult Jewish Education

Jewish Studies & Lectures
2017/5778 Fall Program

At Sid Jacobson JCC


Donations in memory or in honor of your loved one can made to The Herbert Tarr North Shore Institute for Adult Jewish Education and mailed to:

26 Louis Drive
Melville,  NY 11747

Opening Speaker

Ambassador Dan Shapiro
Oct.  30, 2017


Drawing on his eight years serving in the Obama Administration and his current vantage point from Israel on the Trump Administration, Ambassador Shapiro will review highs and lows, bust some myths, and give a behind-the-scenes account of Israeli-Palestinian talks, the fight over the Iran deal, and the many successes in U.S.-Israel relations. He will analyze prospects for future bilateral cooperation, regional peace and security initiatives, and some continued dissonance between these two close allies in the next four years.

As Israel marks 50 years since the Six Day War, Ambassador Shapiro will analyze how the implications of that victory continue to resonate in present-day Israel and will play a key role in shaping Israel’s future and the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Closing Program

Six Days In June The War That Redefined the Middle East
Nov. 27, 2017

six days in june

The shooting lasted only six days in June 1967, but the Six Day War has never really ended. Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades stems from those six fateful days. On its 50th anniversary, the region remains trapped in conflict and is every bit as explosive as it was in 1967. Six Days chronicles the events of fifty years ago with a fresh historical perspective. Rarely in modern times has so short and localized a conflict had such profound global consequences.

Following the viewing of this groundbreaking documentary, hear two community members share their and their families’ experiences during the Six Day War.


About Us

The Herbert Tarr North Shore Institute for Adult Jewish Education presents a diversified selection of classes and lectures on Monday evenings in November. A detailed brochure is available by contacting

About Herbert Tarr


Twenty -three years ago, the North Shore Institute for Adult Jewish Education was renamed to memorialize Rabbi Herbert Tarr, the bestselling author and humorist whose warmth, wit and wisdom were exemplified in his critically acclaimed novels (Conversion of Chaplain Cohen, Heaven Help Us!, So Help Me God, A Woman of Spirit, etc.) reached both Jew and non-Jew, enhancing their appreciation and understanding of Judaism.

Rabbi Tarr was the quintessential Jew and truly believed that all Jews should respect and be responsible for one another - be they Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist or Reform. The Institute, now comprising 18 synagogues and the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, abides by this philosophy. We are honored to fulfill Rabbi Herbert Tarr's legacy.

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In Loving Memory of Florence Meyer


The establishment of the Herbert Tarr North Shore Institute for Jewish Education, in memory of her brother, Rabbi Tarr, might be considered Florence's greatest accomplishment by members of the Jewish community. Florence, however, considered her family of four children, their spouses and ten grandchildren her greatest achievement - devoting much time and love in bequeathing her family a wealth of Jewish tradition, education and love of Judaism.