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. 

R. Nathaniel Helfgot
FEB. 16-17
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.

Friday, February 16
5:31 pm – Candle Lighting
5:35 pm – Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
6:30 pm – Communal Shabbat Dinner (Registration is closed at this time)
7:45 pm – Learning w/ R Helfgot: “Peshat and Derash: The Ashkenazic Experience”

Saturday, February 17
11 am – Sermon: “How Kabbalah Transformed the Ashkenazic Shabbat”
12:52 pm – Shabbat Mincha
5:00 pm – Seudah Shlishit
5:15 pm – Learning w/R. Helfgot: “The Role of Minority Views in Psak Halakha: Through the Ashekenazi Lens”
6:30 pm – Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Shabbat ends

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.