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We are excited to announce the final two series of our inaugural season of ScholarStream. These two series will provide fabulous learning opportunities in the leadup to Shavuot as we conclude this season and break for the summer. We will use the time to plan our entire next season of ScholarStream spanning from Selihot to Shavuot 2022, with information coming out over the summer, so stay tuned!

Below you will find links for members of your congregation to register for any and all sessions. Please make sure that every congregant who plans to attend a session registers for that session. On the morning of each session, we will send out the Zoom link to all those who registered. The deadline to register for a given session is 10:00 AM on the morning of the session.

Coupon code: BellaireApr21
This is the coupon code which all congregants should use to register at no cost. Please note that the code is case sensitive.

LINK: https://www.rabbinicalassembly.org/civicrm/event/register?id=1337&reset=1

The Schechter Institutes - From Sorrow to Joy: The Spring Holidays
All 4 classes will take place on Tuesdays at 12:00 Noon CST.


Schechter Registration Link

April 6: Yom Hashoah
“Memory and Commemoration in the Development of Yad Vashem”
Prof. Doron Bar, President, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies

April 13: Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day
“From Sorrow to Joy: the transition from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Haatzmaut”
Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson, Mashpiah Ruhanit and Senior Lecturer, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary

April 27: Lag Ba’omer
“Why Do We Celebrate Lag Ba’omer and How?”
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President, The Schechter Institutes, Inc.

May 4: Yom Yerushalayim
“Jerusalem Built Up - A City Knit Together” (Psalm 122:3): How does Jerusalem unite the Jewish people?
Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker, Lecturer, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary


Collaborative Series:
All four classes will take place on Wednesday evenings (April 21, April 28, May 5 and May 12) at 7:00 PM CST.

Collaborative Series Registration Link

What should Zionism look like in an era of a confident and strong Jewish state? Can the various flavors of Judaism’s enduring focus on the Land of Israel translate into a new Zionist ethos?

Join JTS, the RA, the Schechter Institutes and Ziegler for a collaborative ScholarStream series, in which teachers representing each institution will explore these and other questions—re-examining some of Zionism’s key ideas, moments, and challenges, from its earliest origins and into the 21st century.  

April 21: Zionist Thought: Classical Theories and Current Dilemmas (JTS)
Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, Professor of Jewish Thought and Chancellor Emeritus, JTS

The classical theories of Zionism and the responses to them, in all their political, religious, and cultural varieties, continue to play out in the State of Israel today. As Israel reckons with the outcome of its most recent elections, Professor Eisen will consider what has changed since the days of Herzl and Ahad Ha'am and what has not.

April 28: Everywhere I Go! Affirming our Rootedness in Zion and the Earth (Ziegler)
Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

As Jews, we have a special connection to the Land of Israel. As humans, we have a bond to the entire planet. Let’s look at Jewish sources that ground us in our particularity (Israel) and our universalism (Earth) and enjoy the prism of light made possible by both focuses. Download the Sourcesheet

May 5: Religion and State in Israel: A Zionist Dilemma (Schechter)
Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President, Schechter Institutes, Inc.

It is no secret that both Israelis and Diaspora Jews spend a lot of time fighting about Religion and State issues in the State of Israel, from Shabbat to Kashrut to conversion to women serving in the army. In this lecture, we will survey some of the different models that have been proposed, from the theocracy championed by Chief Rabbi Isaac Herzog to Prof. Yishayahu Leibowitz’s separation of religion and state. I shall then present my own solution to untying this Gordian Knot.

May 12: Peoplehood, Pluralism, and the Meanings of Zionism for Diaspora Jews Today (RA)
Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Vice President, Rabbinic Initiatives, Shalom Hartman Institute of North Americ
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This session will explore the complexity of Jewish peoplehood today and the challenge of competing values as Diaspora Jews wrestle with their relationship to Israel. 

Email Max Arad at marad@rabbinicalassembly.org with any questions.

Wed, May 12 2021 1 Sivan 5781