Classes & Events
Executive Seminar - July 7-11, 2019

Executive Seminar

Save the Date: July 7 - 11, 2019

 

Overview

Join us for four days of engaging Jewish study as we probe our textual heritage for meaning and purpose in our lives. Mornings are spent in Talmud study—geared to the level and background of participants—in our full and vibrant beit midrash. Afternoons are devoted to group learning and lectures on vital topics that emerge from the Jewish canon and that impinge on communal questions and challenges of the day, led by Hadar's renowned faculty. Evening programming allows for a more intimate audience with Hadar's leadership: take time to reflect on your learning, hear more about Hadar's vision for the Jewish future and learn how you can contribute to shaping the Jewish communities to which you will return.

 

Additionally, for the first time, Hadar's Executive Seminar will offer a parallel set of morning classes, taught by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Avi Killip. This track will explore a series of unconventional Jewish journeys from our tradition that will challenge us to rethink our own relationships, narratives, and personal journeys. The learning will focus more on teacher-led discussions, and less on 1-1 havrutah.

 

JOIN US for a stimulating week of study at Hadar exploring deep issues in our lives as Jews through the lens of Torah.

CONNECT with an incredible network of Jews, working together to build bolder, more ambitious, and more meaningful Jewish lives.

LEARN with Hadar faculty, including: Rabbi Shai Held, Rabbi Avi Killip, Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Dena Weiss, Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, and Rabbi Aviva Richman

Location

Hadar, meeting in the West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023.

Pricing

$1000 (If you have any questions about pricing, please email Mordy Labaton at labaton@hadar.org).

Cancellation Policy
Before June 15, 75% refunds are available. Between June 15 and June 30, 50% refunds are available. After June 30, we are sorry but we cannot refund payments. If in the future you would like to attend a week-long seminar, we are able to put 50% of your paid tuition to that seminar when you apply. Please note that refunds may take up to two weeks to process. We appreciate your patience.

This Year's Topic

This summer's Talmud sessions will investigate the topic of pikuah nefesh, exploring cases in which the observance of a mitzvah poses a risk to human life. Our learning will be centered on sugyot in the eighth chapter of Yoma and will consider such questions as:

  • What level of risk mandates disobedience to Jewish law and who has the authority to make this call?
  • What religious considerations motivate the different approaches to how much a person should risk in defense of their core values, beliefs and practices?
 

Additionally, for the first time, Hadar's Executive Seminar will offer a parallel set of morning classes, taught by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Avi Killip. This track will explore a series of unconventional Jewish journeys from our tradition that will challenge us to rethink our own relationships, narratives, and personal journeys. The learning will focus more on teacher-led discussions, and less on 1-1 havrutah.

Faculty

Classes for the week will be taught by our faculty, including:

Sample Schedule

What Past Executive Seminar Participants Say

"I love studying Jewish classical texts, and this week was in a class by itself. The historical perspective that was presented in almost all of the talks, the social background of the texts, was outstanding... But the jewel in the crown is the faculty itself, their mastery of the material, their love of teaching, and their warmth and affection for the learners. They model Torah shel Chesed."

"I can't wait to get back to studying with you at Hadar in the Fall and Winter."

"Learning was fabulous as always. I get more optimistic about the future feeling the energy in the room as young and old learn together. Everyone is so respectful of each other and eager to learn."

– 2014 Executive Seminar Participants