Westville University

Westville University is an educational initiative of the Westville Synagogue that offers dynamic high-level programming to the community, which reflects our commitment to Jewish learning, history, culture, law, and the State of Israel.

The Westville University program comprises 20-25 lectures during the months between September and May of each year. Invited lecturers from all over the world—often academics well known in their field—bring to our shul a direct testimony of today’s vibrant Jewish culture.

The Westville University is sponsored by the Kroopnick family in memory of Irving Kroopnick. The Irving Kroopnick Memorial Lecture is the central event of the program.


January Events


January 3rd

Rabbi Mati Pawlak, Yale Slifka Hillel Rabbi
Personal Journey: The First Post-Holocaust Native-Born Polish Rabbi Serving in Poland

January 17th

Prof. Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal of Hebrew University
Language & Gender: Do Women Talk Differently in the Bible?