The Herbert Tarr North Shore Institute for Adult Jewish Education

Jewish Studies & Lectures
2017 / 5777 Fall Program

at Temple Beth Sholom


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:

1188 Willis Avenue Suite #703
Albertson,  NY 11507

Opening Speaker

Senator Joseph Lieberman
Nov. 7, 2016

Joe Lieberman

A thoughtful legislator.  A principled man. An effective leader. This is the reputation that Joe Lieberman earned himself after four terms as the representative of Connecticut in the United States Senate.

Perhaps best known as the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000, Senator Lieberman established himself as a national leader — one who works across party lines to find common ground, a person who speaks his conscience and who gets things done for the good of all people in America.

On Monday, November 7, 2016, the night before the 2016 Presidential Election, Senator Lieberman will join us to give insight into the political climate, and to discuss how to be a mensch in a morally complicated world.

Closing Program

Rabbi Bob Alper
Dec. 5, 2016

Bob Alper

A Rabbi AND a Full-time Stand-Up Comic?! Bob Alper is the world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy…intentionally.  He performs internationally, from The Hollywood IMPROV to London theaters, and is heard regularly on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Bob is the author of several books, including the warm poignant Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, which The Detroit Free Press awarded four stars and called a “volume of spiritual gems.”

Following ordination, Bob served as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo (where Herbert Tarr also began his rabbinate!) and went to lead a Philadelphia synagogue before transitioning full-time to helping people laugh, which is the focus of his rabbinate.

A night of outstanding clean, unique stand-up comedy awaits you on December 5!

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 -two 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.