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January 29-30, 2016


Peter Beinart will be our Scholar in Residence.





March 25-26, 2016


Wendy Amsellem will be our Scholar in Residence.


Wendy Amsellem is the Director of the July College Kollel for women and a full time faculty member. She is the former Director of the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program and a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle and high school programs. She is pursuing a PhD in Judaic Studies at New York University and has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University.

TOPIC for shabbat of March 25 26, 2016
How Great Stories Are Told: Narrative Art in the Babylonian Talmud
Can a learned and pious leader be too powerful? What is the preferred response to persecution – honest rebellion or subversive subterfuge? The Babylonian Talmud contains gripping stories that are the product of careful literary crafting and editing. Through a close reading of these narratives, we can gain insights into the editorial strategies of the Bavli editors, as well as a perspective on the anxieties and concerns that occupied them.
Friday Night – Rabbi Yehuda haNasi and the Cult of Celebrity
Shabbat Morning – Rabbi Chaninah Ben Teradion and the Meaning of Martyrdom
Shabbat Afternoon – Beruriah and the Modern Making of Meaning




Rabbi Tully Harcsztark will return as our Scholar in Residence (Date change from Oct 23-24)


Wed, 10 February 2016 1 Adar I 5776