Leadership

Rabbi Natan Lopes CardozoRabbi Natan Lopes Cardozo, Ph.D., Dean, is a prominent lecturer and author who is world renowned for his highly original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish- Portuguese Jewish community of Holland who holds a doctorate in philosophy, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received rabbinic ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of Chief Rabbi Unterman and at the Mir Yeshiva. In addition to teaching Jewish audiences, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo often lectures to non-Jewish groups, including Christian leaders, about comparative religion and the fundamentals of Judaism.

“[Rabbi Cardozo] deals with the most complex issues in a genial, forthright and stimulating fashion.”
     Rabbi Dr. Marc D. Angel
     Congregation Shearith Israel, New York

“Your approach is indeed highly refreshing and I derived much benefit from your keen insights.”
     Rabbi Cyril Harris
     Chief Rabbi of South Africa

Rabbi Francis Nataf Rabbi Francis Nataf, Educational Director, is a well-respected educator who has held many senior educational positions in Israel and the United States at such prestigious institutions as Yeshiva University, the Shehebar Sephardic Study Center and the David Shapell College of Jewish Studies. Rabbi Nataf was ordained at Yeshiva University and also holds degrees in Jewish history and international affairs. His has written numerous articles for a variety of important Jewish websites and periodicals.

“Rabbi Francis Nataf…pursues Jewish spiritual renewal with moral and intellectual honesty. Seeking solutions to difficult problems, he does not hesitate to slay “sacred cows” along the way. There is no doubting his impact in the years ahead.”
     Prof. Yehuda Gellman
     Department of Philosophy,
     Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

“Rabbi Nataf is unique in his approach toward educating new generations of Jews. His approach is not only fresh and creative; it works.”
     Thomas A. Rose
     Publisher and CEO, The Jerusalem Post

The Dean writes:

"Our message will not only comfort, but will also have the courage to challenge. It will break idols and shatter callousness. Its purpose is to show that Judaism is not just a religion, an institution, a dogma or ritual. It shows Judaism as an event, a happening of the soul and a demanding friend of the body. It will teach us how to take risks and withstand strain. It does not want Judaism to be respected by the grace of our society because it happens to belong to mankind's great religious heritage, but because it holds answers to the disturbing questions of our times.

Its school of thought will protest when self-reliance is called faith, when shrewdness is called wisdom, when anthropology is called ethics, literature called Torah and conscience called God. It believes that religion is responsible for its own defeat, because it has become irrelevant, dull and oppressive having lost the art of teaching man to be amazed at the mystery of all life. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by authority, love by habit, when a living fountain becomes tradition and the voice of compassion becomes just a discipline, Judaism becomes meaningless."

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