Connect with Hadar and like minded peers for four days of engaging Jewish study as we probe our textual heritage for meaning and purpose in our lives.
Hadar's Executive Seminar is a chance to immerse yourself in Torah study that is rigorous, nuanced and sensitive to the full range of human experience and emotion. Modeled as an 'Executive Summary' of our full-time learning fellowships, the Executive Seminar opens up the world of Jewish wisdom through substantive text-based learning and conversation.
Tracks and Topics
1) Talmud Track
Our Talmud Track is our tried and true mode of learning. Integrated with our Summer Fellowship's Talmud classses, participants will dive into Talmudic passages (and other sources) in havruta and come together for Shiur with one of our stellar faculty. Classes will be smaller with a more intensive focus on the topic.
All learning backgrounds are welcome! We offer a range of classes geared to the skills and background of participants, including a special Introduction to Talmud course with Rabbi Alvan Kaunfer.
Stay tuned for this year's topic. Last year, we focused on the theme of Teshuvah and studied the eighth perek of Tractate Yoma in the Talmud Bavli:
Teshuvah: Possibilities and Limitations
The revelation of serious offenses in the Jewish community (and beyond) has raised critical questions about the role of Teshuvah for our communities and ourselves. During this year’s Executive Seminar, we will delve into the rich Talmudic material around the concept of return and repentance and explore ancient Jewish perspectives on these questions.
- Can we truly remake ourselves, or are there some sins that cannot actually be washed away?
- How do we go about doing teshuvah? Are concrete actions necessary? Or is the passage of time and genuine remorse sufficient?
- Does teshuvah represent a radical departure from my past identity or a subtle re-shaping of it? And how do we relate to our past once we have changed?
2) Shiur K’lali - Group Learning Track
Our Shiur K’lali - Group Learning track will run concurrently to the Talmud track and consist of less formalized time studying texts in Havruta and more time for lecture and group discussion. Stay tuned for this year's topic. Last year, classes were taught by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Avi Killip:
Biblical Stories and Jewish Prayers: The Inner Life of Religious Words
Jewish prayers and liturgy are a rich collage that record the memories, spirituality, emotions, and ideas of Jews throughout History. But these deeper insights often hide behind complex language, biblical and talmudic references, metaphors, poetry and more. Drawing from a variety of critical and literary approaches to reading text, this course will unlock new meaning behind familiar prayers and strive to teach us, as Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "how to read with an open heart."
Is it for me?
The Executive Seminar is open to people of all learning backgrounds looking to deepen their connection to Jewish thought and texts.
Where and When is it?
The program will take place on the Upper West Side of New York City at Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023.
Programming begins Sunday evening, July 12 and runs through Thursday evening, July 16.
When is evening programming? Will I have time to explore the city?
We will have dinner and evening programming on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening, ending around 9:00 PM. Wednesday evening is our evening off. We encourage you to explore a sliver of what New York has to offer during that time!
How much does it cost and what’s included?
The cost for this program is $1000 and includes breakfast and lunch everyday as well as three dinners.
What is your 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.
- Mornings during Executive Seminar are spent immersed in Torah study that is rigorous, nuanced and sensitive to the full range of human experience and emotion. Choose from two modes of learning:
- Our Talmud track will emphasize 1-1 havruta learning and focus on the topic of teshuvah as found in the 8th chapter of Tractate Yoma.
- Our Shiur K’lali - Group Learning track will be oriented towards teacher-guided group conversations.
See the Tracks and topics tab for more information!
- Afternoons are devoted to classes 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.
Last Year's Schedule
$1000 (If you have any questions about pricing, please email Mordy Labaton at [email protected]).
Cancellation PolicyBefore 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.
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."
– Past Executive Seminar Participants