ScholarStream 5783 Series Descriptions

Posted on: Monday August 22, 2022

 

 

Thank you for your interest in ScholarStream 5783! Beginning in August and spanning all the way up to Shavuot, the Conservative Movement seminaries and institutions are partnering to offer seven series that will bring your community face-to-face with the brightest and most engaging scholars our movement has to offer. 

All ScholarStream lectures will be recorded and made available to all registered participants. 

Class titles, dates, and scholars for each series are listed below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Christine Aucoin


Series 1: Elul: A Journey Toward Repentance 

Wednesdays (Aug. 31st - Sep. 21st)

Please note that the first three lectures in this series take place at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT / 7 PM Israel Time, and the last lecture takes place at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT.

  • Aug. 31st (12 PM ET) - Questioning the Unquestionable God: A Heart to Heart Mono/Dialogue with God
    • Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson, Senior Lecturer in Rabbinics and Mashpiah Ruchanit, The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary
  • Sep. 7th (12 PM ET) - Was Adam the First Ba’al Teshuvah (repentant sinner)? From the Apocrypha to the Midrash 
    • Dr. Gila Vachman, Lecturer in Midrash, The Schechter Institute
  • Sep. 14th (12 PM ET) - From Atonement to Repentance: The Message of Jonah
    • Prof. David Frankel, Associate Professor of Bible, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
  • Sep. 21st (8 PM ET) - Sin and Repentance in Judaism and Christianity: It All Depends on How You Understand Human Beings in the First Place 
    • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor in Philosophy, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

Series 2: What's Your Burning Question?

Wednesdays, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT (Oct. 26th - Nov. 16th)

  • Oct. 26th - Why Study Talmud?
    • Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary 
  • Nov. 2nd - Why Shouldn't We Give Up On Synagogue Schools?
    • Dr. Shira Epstein, Dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Nov. 9th - Where Did All the Women Go? Reflections on Studying the Gendered Past
    • Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz, JTS Fellow & Assistant Professor of Classical Judaism at Fordham University
  • Nov. 16th - Changing Times: How Do We Know When to Change or When to Stay the Course?
    • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

Series 3: Great Thinkers Who Have Influenced Conservative Judaism

Wednesdays, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT (Nov. 30th - Dec. 21st)

  • Nov. 30th - Heschel on Prophecy: Spirituality and Activism
    • Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Vice Chancellor for Religious Life & Engagement, The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Dec. 7th - Understanding God and Ourselves through the Stories of Our Tradition (Neil Gillman)
    • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor in Philosophy, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • Dec. 14th - Gender, Theology, Halakhah: the Works of Rachel Adler
    • Rabbi Gail Labovitz, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • Dec. 21st - What’s Next for Conservative Judaism: What Has Changed, What Will Change, and What Should Change?
    • Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor Emeritus & Professor of Jewish Thought, The Jewish Theological Seminary

 

Series 4: The Exodus in the Jewish Tradition: Philosophy, Bible, Midrash and Art

Wednesdays, 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT / 7 PM Israel Time (Jan. 11th - Feb. 1st)

  • Jan. 11th - The Exodus and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Thought of Prof. A. J. Heschel (in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 50th Yahrzeit of Prof. Heschel)
    • Professor Ari Ackerman, President and Associate Professor of Jewish Thought, The Schechter Institute
  • Jan. 18th - Two Conceptions of the Miracle at the Sea
    • Rabbi Prof. David Frankel, Associate Professor of Bible, The Schechter Institute
  • Jan. 25th - The Ten Plagues and the Exodus in Jewish Art
    • Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President, The Schechter Institutes, Inc. 
  • Feb. 1st - “By the merit of righteous women were our ancestors redeemed from Egypt”: a midrashic view of the Exodus
    • Dr. Tamar Kadari, Senior Lecturer in Midrash, The Schechter Institute

 


Series 5: How the Conservative Movement’s Law Committee Impacts our Lives Today

Wednesdays, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT (Feb. 8th - March 1st)

  • Feb. 8th - TITLE TBD
    • Rabbi Guy Austrian, Author of the Teshuvah "Calling Non-Binary People to Torah Honors"
  • Feb. 15th - TITLE TBD
    • Rabbi Joel Rembaum, Author of the Teshuvah "Regarding the Inclusion of the Names of the Matriarchs in the First Blessing of the Amidah"
  • Feb. 22nd - TITLE TBD
    • Rabbi Susan Grossman, Author of the Teshuvah "Choosing Parenthood: ART, Adoption, and the Single Parent"
  • March 1st - Halakha, Criminal Justice and Capital Punishment
    • Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Author of the Teshuvah "Participating in the American Death Penalty" 

Series 6: Living our Values: Social Justice and Social Action

Wednesdays, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT (March 8th - March 29th)

  • March 8th - Are They Idolators? Making Room for Other Religions
    • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • March 15th - TITLE TBD
    • Dr. Yael Landman, Assistant Professor of Bible, The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • March 22nd - What They Say is Just - Changing Law and the People who Live It - An Examination of the Story of the Daughters of Zelophechad and What It Teaches about Changing Legal Interpretation
    • Rabbi Cheryl Peretz, Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • March 29th - Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
    • Dr. Sarah Wolf, Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary

Series 7: Counting the Days & Making Every Day Count

Wednesdays, 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT / 7 PM Israel Time (April 19th - May 10th)

  • April 19th - Yom Hashoah
    • Rabbi Dikla Druckman Sherzer, Spiritual Leader of the Masorti Congregation, Kehillat Magen Avraham in Omer, Israel
  • April 26th - Yom Haatzmaut
    • Rabbi Nava Meiersdorf, Rabbi at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center
  • May 3rd - Lag BaOmer: Mystical Reflections on the Omer
    • Dr. Eitan Fishbane, Professor of Jewish Thought, The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • May 10th - Multi-Sensory Experience of receiving Torah
    • Rabbi Cheryl Peretz, Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies