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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.

Student Leadership Training Program

It is crucial that Judaism remains relevant in the lives of modern Jews. To prevent stagnation and apathy we need to examine our tradition's foundations and reveal its multi-colored expression. We must be able to stand up to challenges both from outside and from within. Therefore Judaism should be studied in-depth – with the support of biblical, rabbinic, and other classical sources – and in comparison to other religions and ideologies. When done properly, such study creates a framework in which traditional Judaism stands out as a sublime response to modernity.

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Based on this understanding, the DCA offers the Student Leadership Training Program, providing a unique and unprecedented part-time preparation for future rabbis, teachers, and community leaders.

Class Schedule 2007-2008


Contemporary Perspectives Seminar - Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Ph.D.
Tuesdays 6.15 – 7.15pm, Semesters 1 and 2

Students will review articles and present independent papers in Hebrew and English on issues of contemporary interest.

Midrash – Rabbi Zvi Grumet
Fridays 9.30 – 11.00 am, Semester 1

Biblical Models of Leadership – Rabbi Zvi Grumet
Fridays 9.30 – 11.00 am, Semester 2


The Beth Midrash of Avraham Avinu – Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Ph.D.
Tuesdays 7.20 – 8.30 pm, once a month Semesters 1 and 2

A study of the religious struggle for an authentic Jewish faith seen through the eyes of those who desire to become Jews by choice and not by rote. Judaism’s incubation time, its augmentation and transformation into Halachic Judaism and its existential overflow since the revelation at Sinai. An encounter with religious protest, inspiration, heresy, poetry, truth and falsehood.

Issues in Modern Jewish Education - Rabbi Francis Nataf **
Tuesdays 7.20 – 8.30 pm, three times a month Semesters 1 and 2

The course is designed to focus on some of the overriding issues confronting Orthodox Jewish Education today. It will address the goals of Jewish Education within the context of modern cultural trends, many of which undermine traditional modes of religious education. Finally, the course will examine a variety of novel approaches meant to address the contemporary situation.

Contemporary Jewish Thought – Prof. Yehuda Gellman, Prof. Susan Handelman, Prof. William Kolbrener, Prof. Moshe Koppel, Rabbi Natan Slifkin, Dr. Elliott Malamet **
Tuesdays 8.55 –10.00pm, Semester 1

A survey course of various modes of thought and practice that aim to grapple with the intellectual and spiritual challenges of the day. Some of the most innovative thinkers in Orthodoxy will present new approaches to the goals and strategies of the Jewish tradition. The course will examine academic trends in philosophy and science and how they can be addressed and sometimes incorporated by Jewish tradition.

Man & Religion (and mini course on Philosophy of Science) – Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore, Rabbi Prof. Yehuda Schnall
Tuesdays 8.55 –10.00pm, Semester 2

An introductory seminar examining the religious quest as experienced in other religions. An honest discussion of modalities in man's search for spirituality and meaning. This year's course will focus on the Christian tradition.

** NOTE: On Dec. 25, Jan 1,8,15 & 22, the sessions will be reversed, with Professors Gellman and Handelman teaching at 7.20pm and Rabbis Cardozo and Nataf at 8.55pm

CALENDAR 2007-2008

October 9 Classes Commence (Student Dinner and Inaugural Lecture)

November 23/24 Student Shabbaton

December 2 – 13 Chanukah - No Regular Classes

December 12 Yom Iyun

January 22 Last Day of First Semester

January 23-31 Mid-year Recess

February 1 First Day of Second Semester

March 7-8 Student Invitational Shabbaton

March 21 No Classes (Purim)

April 5-May 1 Pesach Break

May 2 Classes Resume

June 6 Last Day of Second Semester

June 11 Culmination

All classes are held at the OU Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem

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Lectures and Shabbatonim
Under the auspices of the Cardozo Academy, Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Rabbi Francis Nataf and other well-known lecturers and scholars bring original, unconventional perspectives on Jewish issues to audiences across the United States, Israel, Europe and South Africa. Frameworks for these educational experiences include shabbatonim, seminars and lectures for synagogue and community groups, young professionals, business groups, university students and other audiences.

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