Rabbi Elchanan Adler

Rabbi Elchanan Adler

Rabbi Elchanan Adler has served since 1998 as a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he occupies the Eva, Morris and Jack Rubin Chair in Rabbinics. His affiliation with Yeshiva began in 1988 as a fellow of the prestigious Gruss Kollel Elyon. While there, he edited Volumes 3 and 4 of Beit Yosef Shaul, and received the Imrei Shefer writing award. Prior to his appointment as a rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Adler served as a shoel u’meishiv/sgan mashgiach (mentor/counselor to students). An accomplished speaker and writer, Rabbi Adler has lectured in communities across the country and is the author of Sefer Mitzvas HaShabbos (on the evolution of the mitzva of Shabbat, 2008), Yerach Tov (on Birkat HaChodesh, OU Press, 2014,) Asher Chanan (Discourses and Essays) and Eis Lechenina (on the Shabbos Musaf amida) as well as numerous Torah articles in both Hebrew and English on diverse topics of Jewish thought. Rabbi Adler also served as co-editor of the Torah journal, Or HaMizrach, from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the publication of seven issues of the Journal. Before joining Yeshiva, Rabbi Adler studied at Yeshivas Beis Yosef-Novardok, Mirrer Yeshiva and Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, where he received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rav Dovid Feinstein. Rabbi Adler holds a BA summa cum laude in psychology from CUNY and an MS in secondary Jewish education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he received the Axelrod Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence. Rabbi Adler’s shiurim are known for their substantive content and organized presentation. His talks often combine rigorous halachic analysis with practical psychological insight. He resides in Passaic, New Jersey, with his wife Miriam, a clinical psychologist and their 5 children. Sample Titles Tefillah/Prayer Praying for the Sick: Origins and Perspectives Praying for a Miracle: Implications of a “Forgotten” Ruling in Hilchos Chanuka Dare We Make Demands of Hashem? – Insights Gleaned From Viduy Maaser, Mikra Bikurim, Birchas Kohanim and Mi SheBeirach Birchas Kohanim: From Aharon HaKohen Until the Present Day From “Stepping Up” to “Stepping Down”: Integrating Duchening Within Tefila The Congregation’s Role in Birchas Kohanim: Is There...

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Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich

Rabbi Dr. J. David Bleich

Rabbi J. David Bleich is an authority on Jewish law and ethics and bioethics. He holds the Herbert and Florence Tenzer Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, is a professor of Talmud (rosh yeshiva) at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and heads RIETS’ postgraduate institute for the study of Talmudic jurisprudence and family law. Rabbi Bleich has also been teaching at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law since 1981, with specialties in Jewish law and bioethics. His recent courses include Introduction to Jewish Law, Advanced Jewish Law and Jewish Law and Contemporary Legal Issues. Rabbi Bleich, spiritual leader of the Yorkville Synagogue in Manhattan, is the author of “Jewish Bioethics, With Perfect Faith: Foundations of Jewish Belief, Contemporary Halakhic Problems” (four volumes), and “Time of Death in Jewish Law and Judaism and Healing.” He has written extensively on the applications of Jewish law to contemporary social issues and on the interface of Jewish law and the American legal system. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hastings Center, fellow of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy and a member of the Governor’s Commission on Life and the Law. Rabbi Bleich received a BA from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, an MA from Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. He was ordained at Yeshiva Torah VoDaat in New York, and was conferred with Yadin Yadin ordination from Rabbis Moshe Feinstein and Mendel Zaks. Sample Titles: Adoption Agencies Hilchos Ishus Contemporary Bioethical Issues Kefiah BeGet Gitin Hebrew Names P’ru Urv’u Dating of Ketubah and Checks War Heter Iska Kutim Agunot Resources in Halachic Literature Adultery The right to die Withdrawl of Treatment Avaryanim Bizman Hazeh Nimtza Echad Karov O Pasul Transplants Get Me’useh Piscatorial Kashruth Tinok D’Lo Chakim Vlo Tipesh Sechar Sofer Vegetarianism & Shechitah Status of Shoteh Agunah Civil Marraiges Sheimot B’Get Contraception Surrogate Motherhood Tnai Bnisuin Erkaot Tuvei Ha’ir Ki Matza Ba Ervat Davar Inflation Mental Illness Adoption Shamot BeGittin Cities and Rivers Tza’ar Ba’alei...

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Dr. Scott J. Goldberg

Dr. Scott J. Goldberg

Scott J. Goldberg, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Yeshiva University. Dr. Goldberg is responsible for advancing the teaching and learning at YU’s undergraduate and graduate schools through 21st century methods and media, including online and blended learning, as well as developing new educational programs locally and globally. From 2007 – 2013, Dr. Goldberg served as the inaugural Director of the Institute for University – School Partnership, working closely with organizations, agencies, and institutions to improve the quality and sustainability of schools. He is also Associate Professor at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He serves on various national panels and committees that address the most challenging issues in Jewish education today, from the shortage of qualified leaders for our schools, to the economic challenges facing Jewish education. Dr. Goldberg is an internationally recognized expert in various educational and psychological topics including: online/blended learning, systems of support for students, differentiated instruction, the connection between learning disabilities and behavior problems, multilingual literacy development and assessment, religious development and assessment, and the effects of media on learning and behavior. Dr. Goldberg started his career as a teacher of children with learning disabilities and developed a private practice to counsel and advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University, an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York, and a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago. Sample Titles Jewish Education: Negotiating the Non-Negotiable School and Community: An Essential Partnership Leadership is as Leadership Does: Modeling Leadership for the Next Generation Got God?: Raising Spiritual Children Differentiated Instruction Shimush Talmidei Chachamim: Living the Great Life with Great People Motivating Children to Learn: A Parents Role Motivating Children to Learn: A Teachers Role Teaching Teshuvah: Educating Change in a Changing World Tailoring Personal Change: Avoiding the Emperor’s New Clothes Sorcerers and Tefillah: The Magic of Prayer Are we Waiting for Miracles?: Inviting G-d into our Lives Sages on Stages or Guides on the Side: Rabbinic Views on Teaching and Learning Toward...

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Professor Nechama Price

Professor Nechama Price

Professor Nechama Price serves on the Judaic Studies faculty in Stern College teaching courses in Tanach and Halacha. She graduated from Stern College, received her Masters in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School and a Masters in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. Both Director and alumna of the Program for Advanced Talmud Studies (GPATS), Professor Price is preparing an elite cadre of female scholars of Talmud and Halacha to serve as leaders and role models for the Orthodox Jewish community. In addition, Professor Price serves as a Yoetzet Halacha in Englewood, Tenafly, and Long Branch. She regularly gives shiurim throughout the greater NY area along with a weekly shiur in her hometown in Bergenfield, NJ. Sample Titles Battle Strategies in Tanach The Fight for Leadership, Yehudah and Yosef in Tanach The Tensions of an Isolated Jew in a Foreign Land: Yosef and Moshe History Repeats Itself: The Shevatim in Tanach Strong or Weak? Women in...

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Professor Smadar Rosensweig

Professor Smadar Rosensweig

Smadar Rosensweig is clinical assistant professor of Judaic studies at Stern College for Women. She received her B.A. from Barnard College  in 1983, and an M.A. in 1987 and M.Phil in 1989, both in Jewish History from Columbia University. She gives shiurim and lectures throughout the New York metropolitan area and across the country. Sample Titles Themes in Megillat Ruth From The Depths of Shechem To The Glory of Geula: The Remarkable Ascention of Shevet Levi Moshe, Aharon, & Miriam: Sibling Models of Leadership Sefirah, Torah & Personal Growth Bracha and Bechora: Reuven and Yehuda Interrelationship of Avot and Imahot The Lesons of Chana Haftarot of Calamity and Consolation Mothers-in-law, Daughters-in-law; the Book of...

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Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

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: From Mourning to Consolation U-Netaneh Tokef Kedushat Ha-Yom: Medieval Story and Modern Significance The Yamim Noraim: Holidays or Days of...

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Peninnah Schram

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, 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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