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Save the Date for Special Shabbatot with Scholars-in-Residence!

Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Dr. Elana Stein Hain

December 9th - 10th, 2016

Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Director of Leadership Education at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as a lead faculty member and oversees the content of the Institute's lay and professional leadership programs.

A widely well-regarded teacher and scholar, Elana earned her doctorate in Religion from Columbia University with a dissertation on the topic of legal loopholes in rabbinic literature sponsored by Professor David Weiss Halivni. A graduate of the Yeshiva University Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies and the Cardozo Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Jewish Law and Legal Theory, Elana has taught across the country and in Israel, including as a member of the Wexner Institute faculty.

Elana previously served as clergy member at Lincoln Square Synagogue and The Jewish Center, both in New York, as well as adjunct faculty at NYU. She is a board member of Sefaria: A Living Library of Jewish Texts, co-founded the Orthodox Leadership Project (OLP) to support female leaders working in the Orthodox Jewish community, and was recognized by The Jewish Week in its inaugural "36 Under 36" as an emerging Jewish leader. Elana lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband Yonah and their two sons.



Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Dr. William Kolbrener 

February 10th - 11th, 2017

William Kolbrener earned an MA from Oxford University and a PhD from Columbia University; he is currently a professor in the Department of English Literature at Bar Ilan University in Israel. An internationally renowned authority on Renaissance poetry and philosophy and the eighteenth-century proto-feminist Mary Astell, Kolbrener also publishes and lectures widely on Jewish life and learning. Among other academic works, he is the author of Open Minded Torah and the upcoming The Last Rabbi: Joseph Soloveitchik and the Talmudic Tradition.

Jeffrey Goldberg (in The Atlantic) wrote about Dr. Kolbrener and his book Open Minded Torah:

"Kolbrener is a deep-dish scholar. But he is also wonderfully engaging. He engages his readers, and he engages with the Torah, and one of the great values of this book is that he introduces his readers to the Torah in unexpected ways. The Torah is not a closed book for Kolbrener. I'm always looking for writers who will help me gain wisdom about my tradition, and of course I'm always looking for writers who tell interesting stories, and Kolbrenner does: About Shakespeare and baseball and raising a son with Down Syndrome."