Thursday, July 09, 2020

Rabbi Michael Taubes

Shuli Taubes

(Courtesy of Young Israel of Stamford) Rabbi Michael Taubes, rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, and his daughter Shuli Taubes, Judaic studies instructor at SAR High School, will highlight the annual Challenges in Jewish Education Panel, to be held at the Young Israel of Stamford on Shabbat morning, January 11.

The panel will begin at 11 a.m., immediately after morning services, and run for about an hour.

This year’s topic will focus on the subject of “L’dor Va’dor: Hot-Button Issues in Jewish Education From the Perspective of Two Generations.” The panelists will be presented with various questions that might elicit different responses from a generational perspective.

“I’m excited that we will once again bring two top-notch Jewish educators to our community to discuss important issues relating to Jewish education,” said Michael Feldstein, who is organizing the event. “Last year we had more than 200 people come out on a Shabbat morning to hear our speakers. It demonstrates that our community members are interested and concerned about the topic of Jewish education, and want to hear what other professionals from other schools have to say on the subject.”

Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, rabbinic dean at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy, will moderate this year’s panel.

Rabbi Taubes has served as head of school at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy of Yeshiva University High School for Boys. He is also the spiritual leader of Congregation Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck, New Jersey. He has a master’s degree in Jewish education from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School, and he helped found The Jewish Learning Experience of Bergen County, a flourishing adult outreach institution. Rabbi Taubes is the co-editor of the High Holiday machzorim featuring the insights of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. 

Shuli Taubes received her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and her BA in history from Barnard College. She currently serves as a faculty member at SAR High School in Riverdale, New York, where she teaches Tanach and Jewish identity, and chairs the Jewish philosophy department. She has also developed a curriculum for educating Modern Orthodox high school students in comparative religion. 

The panelists will each be making a solo presentation as well as participating in the panel. Rabbi Taubes will speak on Friday night at 8 p.m. at the home of Sharon and Michael Feldstein, on the subject of “Torah u’Maddah in 2020: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” At 4:30 p.m. on Shabbat day, following mincha services, there will be a seuda shlishit that will be held at the Young Israel, where Shuli Taubes will speak on the subject of “This Too is Torah: A Discussion of Modern Orthodox Sexual Ethics.”

The program is graciously being sponsored by David and Cindy Pitkoff. After the panel, there will be a festive kiddush, which is being sponsored by the community’s local day schools, Carmel Academy and Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy.

All parts of the weekend program are open to the entire community. 

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