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. 

Dr. Malka Simkovich
March 27-28

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.