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Professor Leslie Salzman

Professor Salzman is a clinical professor of law and a supervising attorney at the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University. Professor Salzman was an attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where she specialized in litigation concerning the rights of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. She was also an attorney in the housing unit at South Brooklyn Legal Services and served as Pro Se Law Clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sample Titles Welfare Law Elder Law Landlord / Tenant...

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Rabbi Hershel Schachter

Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a noted Talmudic scholar, has had a distinguished career with the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, of Yeshiva University, for more than 40 years. He joined the faculty in 1967 at the age of 26, the youngest rosh yeshiva at RIETS. Since 1971, Rabbi Schachter has been rosh kollel in the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel (Institute for Advanced Research in Rabbinics) and also holds the Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud. In addition to his teaching duties, Rabbi Schachter lectures, writes and serves as a world renowned decisor of Jewish law. A prolific author, he has written more than 100 articles, in Hebrew and English for such scholarly publications as HaPardes, Hadarom, Beth Yitzchak and Or Hamizrach. His books include Eretz HaTzvi, B’ikvei HaTzon, Nefesh HaRav, MiPninei HaRav and Ginat Egoz. At age 22, Rabbi Schachter was appointed assistant to the renowned Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Schachter earned his BA from Yeshiva College, an MA in Hebrew literature from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1967, and was ordained at RIETS that same year. Sample Titles A Torah Perspective on Earning (and Not Earning) a Living – Supporting Ourselves and Others Halachic Issues of the Tuition Crisis Gender Separation in Halacha: Al Cheit…B’siach Sifsoseinu Marriage in Halacha and Hashkafa How Open Is Too Open? Halachic Guidelines For Internet use I AM Worthy…Of Forgiveness – Why This Year Will Be Different The Legacy of the Rav Is there A Chiyuv to Make Aliyah? Should I Call the Police? Clarifying the Issurim of Mesira and Chilul Hashem Pride & Prejudice: Growing Through the Shidduch Process Crossing the Line: Halachic Standards for Inclusion or Exclusion from Communal Life and the Tzibbur Double Standards in Our Lives Talmud Torah at the Center of Family Life Priorities in Tzedaka Issues of Shabbos, Yom Tov, and Kashrus in Dentistry Kol Yisroel Areivim Zeh Bozeh: Our Responsibilities to Others and to Ourselves Pursuit of Happiness...

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Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future, at Yeshiva University. From 2000 to 2005 he served as dean of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston. He was the first rabbi of the Young Israel of Sharon, Mass., from 1977 to 1981, creating a vibrant and committed community. From 1981 to 2000, he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in Manhattan, moving the congregation from 180 to more than 600 members over the course of his tenure, and also served as rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan in Brookline, MA from 2000 to 2005. Rabbi Schacter is co-author of the award winning “A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism” published by Columbia University Press in 1996; author of “The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways: Reflections on the Tish‘ah be-Av Kinot by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik” (2006); and close to 50 articles and reviews. He is founding editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, a prestigious academic publication which has gained international acclaim. Rabbi Schacter holds a number of prominent Jewish communal positions. He served as founding present of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of the Upper West Side from 1994 to 2000, is a member of the board of governors of the Orthodox Union and is on the editorial boards of Tradition, Jewish Action, BDD (Bechal Derachecha Da’ehu) and Jewish Educational Leadership. Sample Titles The Power of Connections: Thoughts on Rosh Hashanah Yom Hashoah Haskalah,Secular Studies and the Close of the Yeshiva in Volozhin in 1892 Facing the Truths of History Torah Umadda Revisited: The Editor’s Intro Ashkenazim, Sephardim and the Hannukah Menorah: A Study in Cultural Cross-Transference Beyond Rabbi Akiva’s Students Sefirah Mourning In Medieval And Modern Times The Concept of Amalek in Jewish Law and History Sitting in the Sukkah on Shemini Atzeret The Meaning and Significance of Tisha B’Av:...

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Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall is currently on the faculty of the Yeshiva College Psychology Department and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He has published widely and lectured nationally on topics related to religion and psychology, as well as mental health and the Orthodox Jewish community. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on the cover of the Jerusalem Post, and on CBS television news (– and was even joked about by Jay Leno in his opening monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show.) Rabbi Dr. Schnall received ordination from Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He did his clinical residency in psychology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ, and holds a PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University. Sample Titles Orthodox Jewish Marriage: Why we’re satisfied, why we’re stressed Prayer and Longevity: Will going to shul help you live longer? The more things change the more they stay the same: An intergenerational view of mental health in the Orthodox Jewish community Avadim Hayeenu: Building Pyramids, Building Legos, and Building Self-Esteem Groupthink: How did the Sanhedrin avoid the kinds of mistakes that plagued JFK, NASA, and the captain of the Titanic? Multicultural Counseling and the Orthodox Jew Beyond Jerry Seinfeld and Jackie Mason: Is Humor Jewish, and Why Should I Care? Stress and Distress in the Modern World: Jewish Spirituality Responds Bringing Awe into our Lives: Positive Psychology and the Aesthetic in Judaism Harnessing the Power of Gratitude: A Contemporary View of a Timeless Mitzvah Hope and Optimism: In Judaism and in Our Daily Lives Making Marriage Work: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives Prayer and Longevity: Will Attending Shul Help You Live...

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Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram, internationally known storyteller, teacher, author and recording artist, is associate professor of speech and drama at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. She travels across the United States and around the world presenting storytelling programs and workshops for all ages, talks about the Jewish oral tradition and scholar/storyteller-in-residence weekends. Professor Schram is the author of 10 books of Jewish folktales, including “Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another” and “Stories Within Stories: From the Jewish Oral Tradition.” She has also recorded a CD, “The Minstrel and the Storyteller” with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. Professor Schram received the prestigious Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator (1995) awarded by the Covenant Foundation. In 1999, she received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network for “a body of work which is nationally recognized as a shining example of quality in the art form of storytelling performance.” She has also been awarded the National Storytellers Network 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award for “sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America.” Sample Titles Jewish Stories and Songs of Love, Courtship and Marriage Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another The Voice of the Woman in Folktales Humor & Hokhma with a Detour Through Helm Sacred Stories for Shabbat Elijah’s Cup of Hope Kernels of a Pomegranate: The Art of Storytelling Traveling in Time: Family Stories and Songs What’s in a Name? A Storytelling Workshop on Names Standing on One Foot: A Storytelling Workshop in Process Journeys through Midrash, Biblical Texts and Storytelling Sermons Spiced with Stories: Interweaving the Two Arts of Public Speaking Reflecting On Our Jewish Journeys Taking the Stories Beyond: A Storytelling Master...

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Nicole Schreiber-Agus, PhD

Nicole Schreiber-Agus is the Program Director for the Program for Jewish Genetic Health of Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also an Assistant Professor at Einstein.  Nicole received her A.B. in Art History from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Research from Einstein. She was instrumental in establishing the Program for Jewish Genetic Health and she is also the founder and co-developer of MyJewishGeneticHealth.com, a Jewish genetics online education series.   Nicole has authored numerous scientific manuscripts and book chapters, gives lectures across the country on genetic testing-related topics, and has mentored dozens of students. Sample Titles Jewish Genetic Health in the 21st Century & What you Need to Know Genetic Carrier Screening: Preparing for new and growing families Choices and Dilemmas at the Beginning of Life Genetic Testing in 2015: How Much Information is Too Much? Cancer Risk and the Jewish...

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Dr. David Shatz

David Shatz is University Professor of Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought at Yeshiva University,  co-chair of the philosophy department, and chair of the Division of Humanities. He has edited, co-edited, or authored fifteen books and has published approximately seventy articles and reviews, dealing with both general and Jewish philosophy. He is also editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal and of the series MeOtzar HoRav, which has brought into print many of the previously unpublished manuscripts and lectures of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l. He has been chosen numerous times as outstanding professor by the senior class of Stern College for Women. In recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher, Dr. Shatz was awarded the Presidential Medallion at Yeshiva University. A valedictorian of Yeshiva College, he earned his Ph.D with distinction in general philosophy at Columbia University and was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Sample Titles The Jew in the Modern World: Reflections of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l Suffering in This World: The Approach of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l Faith, Fate and Folly: Astrology, Science and the Supernatural in Jewish Thought and Law Torah u-Madda: The What, Why and How Halakhah and Secular Morality Jewish Perspectives on Secular Law The Search for the Real Rav Kook Judaism and Science: Historical and Philosophical Reflections Freedom of the Will :A Diverse Range of Jewish Perspectives Morality in the Book of Genesis Understandings of...

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Dr. Karen Shawn

Karen Shawn, Ph.D., is Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University, Senior Fellow of Azrieli’s Institute for University-School Partnership, and co-editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, a publication of Yeshiva University. A former public school English teacher, she was the middle school assistant principal for secular studies at the Moriah School. She taught for a decade at the Yad Vashem Summer Institute for Educators from Abroad and served at the same time as the educational consultant for the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum. The founder of the Holocaust Educators’ Consortium, an international, interreligious Community of Practice, she has lectured and written extensively on Holocaust education. The author of the widely-used text The End of Innocence: Anne Frank and the Holocaust (1992, NY; ADL), her most recent edited volumes are an anthology of Holocaust narratives and an accompanying teacher’s guide entitled The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust Through Narrative (Shawn & Goldfrad, 2008, Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press). Sample Titles The Call of Memory: Teaching About the Holocaust Through Narrative Stories of Jewish Heroism During the Holocaust The Holocaust and Heroism: True Stories of Jewish Defense and Defiance Beyond Candles: Commemorating the Holocaust Through Education What Makes a ‘Good Film’ Good? Teaching About the Holocaust Through Literature and Film The Sequential Holocaust...

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Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman

Rabbi Eli Baruch Shulman serves as a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He is also spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Midwood in Brooklyn, N.Y. Rabbi Shulman received his rabbinic education in the yeshivot of Mir, Lakewood and Beis Yosef. Rabbi Shulman is the author of three seforim: “Binyan Av” and “Yesamach Av” Volumes 1 and 2. He also served as an editor of the Schottenstein/Artscroll Talmud....

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Rabbi Baruch Simon

Rabbi Baruch Simon is the Colonel Jehiel R. Elyachar Professor of Talmud at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies and a rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Rabbi Simon is the author of divrei torah on the parsha titled Imrei Baruch, which has been published in numerous volumes. He recently published his first volume of Imrei Baruch on Halakha, which discusses the laws of eruvin and reshuyos. Rabbi Simon received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from RIETS in 1988. A graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Rabbi Simon earned his BA, magna cum laude, in Judaic studies from Yeshiva College, where he delivered the birkat preidah (farewell address), a singular honor given the Yeshiva Program valedictorian. Rabbi Simon was a fellow of the prestigious Caroline and Joseph Gruss Kollel Elyon and a fellow of the Marcus and Adina Katz Kollel. Before teaching in the Yeshiva Program, Rabbi Simon was a member of the halakha faculty at the Isaac Breuer College of Hebraic Studies....

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