YU Launches New Women’s Beit Midrash Program, February 5

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Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) will launch a new women’s beit midrash program on February 5 at Stern College for Women’s Israel Henry Beren campus in Manhattan for participants of all ages.

“At Yeshiva, we seek to not only provide our students with a rich and meaningful education, but to make that knowledge available to the broader community and the world at large,” said Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel. “The new women’s beit midrash program promises to accomplish just that by giving participants prime and personal access to some of our foremost scholars and the opportunity to experience Yeshiva firsthand.”

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, university professor of Jewish history and Jewish thought and senior scholar of the CJF, will present “The Contemporary Significance of the State of Israel and Jerusalem.” The weekly class will examine the contemporary theological significance of the State of Israel, taking into account the miracle of its establishment and the challenges it continues to face for its very survival.

Yeshiva College Jewish Studies faculty member Rabbi Hayyim Angel will present “The Torah: Morals, Mefarshim, and Mesopotamia,” applying a modern understanding of the ancient Near East to discover new layers of meaning in passages from the Torah and traditional commentaries.

The six-week program was developed in conjunction with the university’s alumni and New Jersey and Long Island regional offices. “As the CJF’s direct response to feedback received from lay leaders at the annual ChampionsGate conference, this new program will create unique educational opportunities for Jewish women across the Tri-State area,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the David Mitzner Dean of the CJF. For more information or to register, please visit yu.edu/sternlearn. v

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