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.
to meet our fellows.
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
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP TRACK:
(FOR REGISTERED FELLOWS ONLY)
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
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP TRACK AND ASSOCIATE LEADERSHIP:
(ALSO OPEN TO AUDITORS)
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
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