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January 19 2022, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Once again, BZBI is sponsoring ScholarStream, a collaboration of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the Schechter Institutes and Ziegler, in which teachers representing each institution will examine some of Judaism’s key ideas, moments, and challenges. This year ScholarStream is divided into eight series of lectures, spanning October 2021 to May 2022.

To join the classes, click on this registration link

You can register for each series of three or four classes at $10 per series. Register using the link above and you will receive an immediate acknowledgement.  You will be sent the Zoom link for each series in an email about a week before the start, and again on the morning of each session. The deadline to register for a given session is one day before the session.

ScholarStream Series 1 is Torah Relationships.  Lectures in this series have been completed.

ScholarStream Series 2 is Ethics.  Lectures in this series have been completed.

Scholarstream Series 3 is The Roots of Conservative Judaism.  Lectures in this series have been completed.


ScholarStream Series 4 takes place Wednesdays, January 19, 26 and February 2, 9 at 8:00 PM

The Other Within – Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in a Pluralistic Movement

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022, Daniel S. Nevins & Lauren Tuchman of CJLS speak on Removing the Stumbling Block: From Theory to Practice. Many of our most important Jewish leaders have been blind, and the Torah commands Israel not to place stumbling blocks to impede their progress. What pathways to Jewish leadership do halakhic sources offer to Jews who are blind? What paths remain blocked? Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, the first blind woman to be ordained as a rabbi, and Rabbi Daniel Nevins, who wrote a responsum on this subject, continue this important conversation.
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022, Pamela Barmash, Naomi Brunlehrmann & Susan Cohen of CJLS on The Status of the Heresh and of Sign Language. What is it like for a Deaf Jew to read in rabbinic literature that the deaf are placed in the same category as minors and the psychologically deranged, yet read in the Torah, “you shall not insult the deaf”? Susan Cohen, president of the Jewish Deaf Resource Center, Naomi Brunnlehrman, hazzan of the Deaf and executive director of the Jewish Deaf Resource Center, join with Rabbi Pamela Barmash, author of those teshuvot and co-chair of the CJLS, for a discussion of the teshuvot and how you can make your home community more accessible to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022, David Fishman of JTS on When Jews Made Fellow Jews “Other”: Hasidism and Its Opponents. The Hasidim, followers of the Ba’al Shem Tov and his spiritual heirs, emerged in the 18th century with controversial ideas related to Jewish practice and belief. While Hasidim coexisted peacefully with non-Hasidim in many communities, the Mitnagdim (“opponents”) in many larger Jewish centers in Eastern Europe reacted to the Hasidim not only with condemnation, but with writs of excommunication and measures to persecute the members of the new movement. We will study the conflict between the Hasidim and Mitnagdim and reflect on how the core principles of the dispute continue to shape our Jewish lives and guide our homes and institutions.
  • Wednesday, February 9, 2022, Gail Labovitz of Ziegler on From Kinyan to Brit: Options for Egalitarian Partnerships in Conservative Halakhah. In classical Jewish law, marriage and divorce are unilateral acts in which a man “sets aside” a woman as his wife at the wedding, and releases her in divorce; concomitantly, the ceremony presumes a heterosexual couple. Could it be possible to have a Jewish marriage in which each partner, of whatever gender, is equally responsible for initiating the binding relationship, and has equal rights to seek its end when necessary? Rabbi Labovitz will discuss her recent responsum for the CJLS, adopted in April of 2020, to validate new, egalitarian options for Jewish marriages.



Other Upcoming Series:

  • Series #5: Halakha – The Process Moving Forward & the Forward-Moving Process, Wednesdays, February 16, 23 and March 2, 9 at 8:00 PM
  • Series #6: The Power of the Prophets, Tuesdays, March 22, 29 and April 5, 12 at 8:00 PM
  • Series #7: Liturgy of Miracles – Hanukkah, Purim, and Yom Haatzmaut, Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17 & 24 at 8:00 PM
  • Series #8: Israel – Models of Resilience, Wednesdays, May 11, 18, 25 and June 1 at 1:00 PM

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