In its pursuit of far-reaching new imperatives in Jewish education, the David Cardozo Academy initiates and carries out a variety of innovative and inspirational programs that span the Jewish world.

The Great Issues Lecture Series
  Drawing overflow crowds that encompass all age groups and sectors of Judaism, the Academy’s annual Great Issues Lecture Series has achieved recognition as an extraordinary forum where outstanding rabbis, Jewish thinkers and scholars take a straightforward look at critical challenges confronting Jews and Judaism today. Recent Great Issues lectures have included:

  • Rabbi Chaim Brovender on Human Creativity as Divine Revelation
  • Prof. Dov I. Frimer on Rabbinic Authority in Modern Times
  • Rabbi Ari Kahn on The Impact of Hedonism on Orthodox Society
  • Rabbi Francis Nataf on Religious Censorship in the Information Age
  • Rabbi Natan Lopes Cardozo on Rescuing God and Halacha from the ‘Observant’
  • Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz on The State of Jewish Education Today
  • Rabbanit Chana Henkin on Post-Modernism and Women’s Avodat Hashem
  • Chief Rabbi Prof. Jonathan Sacks on After Modern Orthodoxy – Then What?
  Originally presented in Jerusalem, the Great Issues lectures are available for purchase on cassette through the Academy.

“Inreach” Seminars
Many of the highly-motivated young men and women who spend a year learning in yeshiva or seminary in Israel will be involved in some kind of formal or informal teaching when they return to the Diaspora. To cultivate this precious resource for the future of Jewish education, the Cardozo Academy sponsors two-day seminars that provide practical background for imparting Torah in a manner that is relevant and attractive to today’s young people. Presented at the various post-high-school and post-college learning programs, the seminars break down preconceived notions and stereotypes in Jewish education and offer practical, replicable and creative new models for various educational settings.


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