The Beit Hamidrash Helwani was founded by Hazzan Abittan in 2000, as a way to keep Jewish values alive by informing and bringing light to various topics within the Jewish texts and oral histories. The Cantor holds these sessions twice a day, and he delves into various topics ranging from the Torah, the Tanakh, the Moussar (Jewish values) and the Kabballah.
He believes that it is very important for anyone who wants to know more about their religion and the values that surround it, should have a chance to learn about it in an open and understanding environment. At the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, we have many congregants from various backgrounds, and so we feel that a space that is tolerant of all traditions is the best kind of Jewish learning experience. The Beit Hamidrash Helwani may focus primarily on Sephardic texts and explanations, but Jews from all over the world are welcome.
Hazzan Abittan also gives private lectures and discussions on these topics at your home or office. To attend one of these classes or to book a study session with the Cantor please contact Linda Aboody at 514-737-3695, extension 109 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.