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.
Scholar-In-Residence Dr. Esther Fisher
Dr. Esther Fisher is a graduate of Midreshet Ein Hanatziv’s first class. She has been teaching Gemara, Rabbinic Literature and gender studies at the Midrasha for the last ten years. Esther holds a BA and MA in Talmud from Hebrew University and is a graduate of Kerem Institute for teacher’s training and of Matan. She is holds a doctorate in Gender Studies from Bar Ilan University. Esther is the mother of five and lives on Merav.Dr. Esther Fisher is a graduate of Midreshet Ein Hanatziv’s first class. She has been teaching Gemara, Rabbinic Literature and gender studies at the Midrasha for the last ten years. Esther holds a BA and MA in Talmud from Hebrew University and is a graduate of Kerem Institute for teacher’s training and of Matan. She is holds a doctorate in Gender Studies from Bar Ilan University. Esther is the mother of five and lives on Merav.
Saturday, November 18
11:00 am Sermon by Dr. Esther Fisher: It Takes a Trio: On Parents, Children and the Presence of G-D
4:00 pm Women’s Seudah Shelishit & learning at the home of M. Victoria Suttonw/Dr. Esther Fisher: “She went to inquire of the Lord” (VaTelech Lidrosh et Hashem): An Inquiry of Women’s Role in (Beit) Midrash
Jerusalem based artist, Victoria Hanna, is a world-renowned composer, creator, performer, researcher, and teacher of voice and language. The daughter of an ultra-orthodox rabbi, she has been greatly influenced by her childhood environment. In her work, she deploys a variety of vocal techniques in the performance of ancient and modern Hebrew texts, among them Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation), an early Kabbalistic treatise.
Victoria Hanna’s residency at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is made possible in partnership with the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program of The Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and study of modern Israel.
Friday, December 1
5:20 pm Communal Dinner
6:45 pm Workshop
Saturday, December 2
7:00 pm Musical Exploration and Performance
Dr. Tal Becker
MONDAY, DEC. 4
Power, Land and God: The Six Day War and its Meaning
In this lecture, we will explore the way the Six-Day war in 1967 produced, for the Jewish people, a sense that God reentered into history. We will investigate the way Israel and global Jewry reacted to this new sense of power and how reverberations from the war’s outcome are still felt today.
Dr. Tal Becker is a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a leading member of the Institute’s iEngage Project. Tal also serves as principal deputy legal adviser
at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is a senior member of the Israeli peace negotiation team.
The lecture kicks off the East Bay iEngage Collaborative Lecture Series and is offered in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.
R. Haim Ovadia
R. Haim Ovadia is the Rabbi of Magen David Sephardic Congregation in Rockville, MD. He was born in Jerusalem to an Iraqi family. R. Ovadia served in the Israeli Army and holds a BA in Talmud from Bar Ilan University and a MA in Near East languages and Cultures from UCLA. R. Ovadia received semikha from Chief Rabbi Mordekhai Eliyahu through SSC Shehebar Sephardic Center in the Old City of Jerusalem. He went on to serve pulpits in Israel, Colombia, and the Unites States – in Deal, NJ, and Brooklyn, NY.
R. Nathaniel Helfgot
R. Nathaniel Helfgot is the Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at SAR High School and is the Spiritual Leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. He is a member of YCT’s faculty in the Department of Bible and Jewish Thought and is the convener of the department’s Yemei Iyun. He is the editor of Community, Covenant, and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and the author of Mikra and Meaning among several other works.
Dr. Zvi Zohar
APR. 2-18, 2018
Zvi Zohar is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Sephardic Law and Ethics at Bar-Ilan University, where he teaches in the Faculties of Law and Jewish Studies and is editor in chief of the international Journal of Law, Religion and State. At Shalom Hartman Institute, he heads the Alan and Loraine Fischer Family Center for Halakha.