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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do Streicker courses take place?

Most courses take place at Temple Emanu-El at 10 East 66th Street. Please note, entrance location for Sunday Seminars, special lectures, and few classes take place at One East 65th Street. Some Sunday Seminars and evening courses take place at our satellite East Side satellite location – Temple Israel on 112 East 75th Street.  Or downtown at the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, located on 11 East 11th Street.

I have a limited Jewish background. Will I be comfortable at Streicker?

Absolutely. At Streicker we are committed to providing high quality education for adults of all backgrounds in search of a meaningful Jewish cultural and intellectual experience. We offer a home for adults of all ages and backgrounds and are proud to create an inter-generational community of learners. All materials are offered in English or English translation. No background is required – only a curious mind!

Does Streicker belong to a particular denomination? Are you Reform? Orthodox? Conservative?

Streicker is a non-denominational institution open to all who want to learn.

How long are your courses?

Most semester courses run for seven or six weeks (our summer semester runs for four weeks). We also offer mini-semesters, which run for 3 weeks. In addition, we hold Sunday Seminars that run from 10am-2pm and include lunch.

What is your refund policy?

For ongoing classes, a full refund may be requested after the first class meeting of the semester. Should you decide to drop a class after the second meeting, you will receive a 75% credit, to be used toward another course at The Streicker Center, Skirball Academy, good for one year. No credit will be given after the third class. No refunds will be given for Sunday Seminars or special lectures/events.

Do classes ever get canceled? What if I miss a class?

We reserve the right to cancel courses for insufficient enrollment. Tuition cannot be pro-rated if you cannot attend all class sessions. Unfortunately, we are unable to record class sessions that you miss. Please arrange to borrow notes or have a classmate record the class for you. Photocopies of hand-outs from missed class will be provided in person or via email, upon request and without charge.

Can I give someone a Streicker course as a gift?

Yes you can! Give a friend or relative the gift that will stay with them for a lifetime. Streickergift cards make a meaningful gift for a birthday, anniversary or for no special occasion – just as a way to bring those you care about to the beautiful world or learning. Contact us to purchase.

Do you give exams or grades?

No. We teach courses at a graduate school level but there are no exams or grades. These courses are offered to expand your personal learning and are not transferable for credits at any other institution of higher learning.

Will I be able to find parking near Streicker?

We are located at a residential area, and it is difficult (though not impossible) to find parking on neighborhood streets. There are also several parking garages, including one at 30 East 65th Street (between Madison & Park), and one on 65th at 3rd Ave. We are also accessible by bus, subway and easily reachable from Grand Central Station and Penn Station.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes, Streicker accepts all major credit cards.

Can I use the library at Temple Emanu-El while at Streicker?

Yes! All students enrolled in a full semester course at Streickerare entitled to a one year membership at the Ivan M. Stettenheim Library, Congregation Emanu-El’s own extensive collection, starting on the date of the first course session. The library features Judaica materials and relevant programming to enhance the religious and intellectual life of Streickerstudents. For information, including hours, call 212-744-1400, ext. 361, email, or visit the library website.

Do you provide resources for the visually impaired

The Jewish Braille Institute can make it possible for any visually impaired or blind person to participate in courses at Streicker. Given reasonable lead time, JBI can prepare relevant reading materials in the appropriate format. For more information or to volunteer in the JBI studios, visit their website.