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Educators Intensive

Monday June 24-Thursday June 27 


Female Jewish educators are invited to learn in person at Maharat from June 24-June 27 to invest in their continued growth and development.This intensive is intended for those working full time in formal Jewish educational environments, primarily in grades K-12. All classes  will take place in person at Maharat in Riverdale, NY.





Morning Session | 9:00 am-12:30 pm ET

Option 1: Talmudic Sugyot that Speak to Teachers with Ruth Fagen

As teachers, we play multiple roles and have multiple goals in our classrooms. We want to help our individual students grow in their skills, while balancing the needs of a larger group of students. We want to help our students develop skills at independent learning, but we also want them to feel connected and to explore the big ideas that animate difficult legal texts. Together, we will explore a number of sugyot that explore these and other tensions, as we explore what the Talmud can teach us about ourselves as teachers, and our multifaceted relationships with our learners. 


Option 2: Topic The Shadow Behind Us: Pedagogy and Perpetuation in Rabbinic Literature with Gemara Faculty Rabba Wendy Amsellem

In Tom Stoppard’s play Leopoldstadt, one character complains of the younger generation, “You live as if without history, as if you throw no shadow behind you.” Rabbinic literature, by contrast, is obsessively interested in the shadow behind us -  how it is crafted and how it is maintained. We will study three tannaitic figures, Rabbi Chanina ben Teradion, Rabbi Eliezer ben Horkanos, and Rabbi Yehuda haNasi. We will explore their relationships with their students, how succeeding generations hone and reshape their stories, and how the sometimes snarky narrative voice of the Bavli adds its own contrapuntal perspective.


Afternoon Session 1  |  1:30-3:00 pm ET

Option 1: Circumcision, Immersion and Korban: Understanding the Core Components of Conversion with Rabbi Jeffrey Fox 

These classes will focus on the physical rituals that Chazal placed at the center of the process of conversion. How can one convert today without bringing a Korban? What if a man can't be circumcised? What if someone has a serious water phobia and can't immerse?


Option 2: Celebrating Chagim in the Beit Hamikdash; Celebrating Today with Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower 

In this class, we will learn a number of sugyot in Masekhet Chagigah and examine the mitzvah of aliyah la'regel, the festival sacrifices and what carries over in the absence of the Temple.


Afternoon Session 2  |  3:30-5 

Taste of Maharat with Rotating Maharat Faculty

Each afternoon, a different member of the Maharat faculty will give a shiur, including Rabba Sara Hurwitz and Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib Smokler.


$500, includes two lunches

Financial assistance is available. Please contact Rachel Zorbaron.

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