The Shabbat Shalem program is an in-town Shabbaton held several times per year, aimed at Jewish educational growth and community building. It offers a complete Shabbat experience, including communal learning and meal, activities for children and joyful Shabbat celebration. Following Friday night services, the Kabalat Shabbat dinner draws up to 80 people for a communal meal before people re-gather in the sanctuary for learning. The Scholar in Residence presides over a combination lecture/torah study session. Classes reconvene the next day, following Saturday morning services. Exposure to such a variety of amazing torah scholars has ignited and deepened the passion for learning in our community. It can transform the way that people become lifelong learners.
To see a list of past visiting scholars, click here.
Blu and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg
November 9, 2019
11 am Sermon with R. Yitz Greenberg: “And You Shall Be a Blessing: What Does that Mean?”
4:15 pm Seudah shelishit, followed by talk with Blu Greenbeg – “The Agunah Problem and the Community”
Blu Greenberg is the founding president of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She was also the Conference Chair of both the first and second International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy. She is the author of How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household (1985), Black Bread: Poems After the Holocaust (1994), and On Women and Judaism: A View From Tradition (1994).
Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg has served as Rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center, and is the Founding President, CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and Founding President Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation. Rabbi Greenberg is a pioneer in Holocaust education and commemoration as well as in the Jewish Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology in light of the Shoah. He is the author of The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays, Living in the Image of God (1988), For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter of Judaism and Christianity (2004) and Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot (2016).
Dr. Chaim Saiman
Dr. Chaim Saiman is a Professor of Law at Villanova University where he teaches Jewish law, and Contracts and Insurance law. He is an editor of the American Journal of Comparative
Law, and has served as the Gruss Professor of Jewish Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as a fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. In 2017, he
was the Gruss Visiting Professor of Talmudic Law at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Halakha: The Rabbinic Idea of Law (2018).
Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz
Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz has spent more than fifteen years in the field of Jewish secondary education. She currently serves as the Associate Principal, General Studies at SAR High School, and has served as Director of General Studies at the Frisch School. Dr. Schwartz earned her BA in Physics and History of Science at Case Western Reserve University. She earned her MA and PhD from Princeton University, writing her dissertation about the cultural history of the Manhattan Project. In addition to teaching high school, she has served as an adjunct professor of history at Yeshiva and Stern Colleges She lectures widely both on the history of science and on Jewish topics, frequently addressing issues of contemporary importance in the American Jewish community.
Dr. Malka Simkovich
Dr. Malka Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, as well as a Core Faculty member of Drisha Institute. She earned a doctoral degree in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism from Brandeis University and a Masters degree in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University. Malka’s articles have been published in such journals as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well on online forums such as TheTorah.com and the Times of Israel. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018).
Rabbi David Jaffe
May 15-16 & Sunday May 17
Rabbi David Jaffe is the author of Changing the World from the Inside Out, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. He leads the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project, which integrates Jewish spiritual wisdom and social change. He teaches Mussar and Chassidic wisdom throughout the country with such organizations as The Institute for Jewish Spirituality, The Mussar Institute, PRESIDE and Hebrew College and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Boston University School of Theology’s Religion and Conflict Transformation program. David has rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Bat Ayin and a joint Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Jewish Theological Seminary. David lives in Sharon, MA with his wife, two teenage boys, a charismatic cat, and four feisty hens.