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. 


Shabbat Nachamu, August 5th
Shabbat Shalem with R. Seth Farber
Shabat morning sermon:  “The Crisis and Opportunity of Jewish Life in Israel “
6:30 pm Pre-Mincha Lecture:  “Recent Developments on Conversion and ‘Who is a Jew’ in israel”.
Seth Farber, founder of Itim, is a Modern Orthodox rabbi and historian. He is a graduate of New York University, was ordained by the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1991, received his Masters in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University in 1995, and a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2000. ITIM was founded in 2002 by Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber to oppose the alienation that many Israelis feel at what are supposed to be the most significant moments of their lives as Jews: birth, marriage, divorce, burial, and conversion. The encounter with the religious establishment at these moments is often accompanied by fear, lack of knowledge, disgust, frustration, and anger.

To contribute to positive and significant encounters with Jewish life, ITIM helps people navigate the depths of the religious authorities’ bureaucracy in Israel, providing information, mediating, representing them, and working to simplify the process and solutions to complex problems.