מחנכים

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg serves as the President of the J.J. Greenberg Institute for the Advancement of Jewish Life (JJGI) and as Senior Scholar in Residence at Hadar. Rabbi Greenberg was ordained by Beth Joseph Rabbinical Seminary of Brooklyn, New York and has a PhD in history from Harvard University. He has had a long and notable career in the service of the Jewish people. He served in the rabbinate, notably at the Riverdale Jewish Center in the 1960s. He served as professor and chairman of the Department of Jewish Studies of City College of the City University of New York in the 1970s. Together with Elie Wiesel, he founded CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and served as its president until 1997.CLAL offered pluralistic Jewish learning for Jewish communal leadership and programs of intra-faith dialogue for rabbis of every denominational background. From 1997 to 2008, he served as founding president of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation which created such programs as birthright Israel and the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Rabbi Greenberg was one of the activist/founders of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry in the movement to liberate Russian Jewry. He was a pioneer in the development of  Holocaust education and commemoration. When Elie Wiesel served as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, Rabbi Greenberg served as its (Executive) Director. The Commission recommended and drew the blueprint for the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on the National Mall in Washington. He served as the Museum’s chairman from 2000-2002.

He is a leading Jewish thinker and has written extensively on post-Holocaust Jewish religious thought, Jewish-Christian relations, pluralism, and the ethics of Jewish power. In his book, Interpreters of Judaism in the Late Twentieth Century, Professor Steven T. Katz wrote: “No Jewish thinker has had a greater impact on the American Jewish Community in the last two decades than Irving (Yitz) Greenberg.”  In his new book, The Triumph of Life (forthcoming), he argues that the Holocaust and the Jewish assumption of power in creating the state of Israel are the beginning of a new era in Jewish history. Together, these two events usher in a third stage of Jewish religion.


Project Zug Elul Cycle

Join us for our second annual Elul Cycle of Project Zug!

 

Overview | What Will We Learn? | Schedule of Learning | FAQ  | Course Sign Up


Overview

 

About the Elul Cycle
Each year, Jews around the world spend the month leading up to the High Holidays preparing themselves for the yamim noraim, the days of awe. This year, many of us are unsure of what our world will look like in the new year or where we will spend these powerful days. Now, more than ever, we are seeking connections with each other and with our tradition to give us a sense of stability.

During this year's Elul cycle everyone will learn the same course at the same time. We will kick off with a live virtual lecture with Rabbi Shai Held, and then dive into four different approaches to teshuvah with your havruta, or learning partner, over four weeks. Our learning will conclude with another live virtual lecture the day before Erev Rosh Hashanah. 

 

What will we learn?

 

Windows on Teshuvah

Teshuvah, often translated as "repentance," is one of the most startling and central concepts in Jewish life—throughout the year but especially during preparation for the High Holidays. The idea that we can sin, work on ourselves, return to the correct path, and then be forgiven is just as essential as it is revolutionary. If it weren’t for this process, we could be stuck in our ways, never changing, never forgiven, always the sinner.

But what does teshuvah actually entail? What are its goals? What is "acceptable" versus "ideal" teshuvah? How can you demonstrate that you have changed? How much does teshuvah rely on God's grace to be effective? And are there any metaphors that can help us focus on this important internal (and external) work?

This course explores four different perspectives on teshuvah, ranging from classical sources to modern Jewish thought. While it may not provide real answers to these unanswerable questions, the discussions help frame and conceptualise the core issues. Each session is a window into this fundamental question: what does it take for a person to change?

Faculty: Rabbi Shai Held

Download a sample sourcesheet!

 

Watch the trailer!

 

Schedule of Learning

 

Registration Closes: Friday, July 30, 2021 at 5:00PM EDT

Receive Havruta and Course Information: Sunday, August 8, 2021

Live Virtual Kickoff Lecture: Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 7:30PM EDT (erev Rosh Chodesh Elul)

Weekly Learning with Havruta: August 8, 2021 - September 5, 2021

Live Virtual Concluding Lecture: Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 7:30PM EDT

 

FAQ

 

What is a havruta?

A havruta is a learning partner! You and your havruta will study each of the Project Zug handouts together at a time that works best for the two of you. Take time to read the texts out loud to each other, stop to ask questions along the way, and find ways to personalize the learning together.

 

How does havruta matching work?

In the registration form, you will let us know whether or not you would like for us to match you with a havruta. You can tell us a little about yourself, and any preferences you have for the person you learn with (ie. learning background, timezone, age). We will read through everything you provide and do our very best to find you a great fit.

 

What if I already have a havruta?

If you already know who you would like to learn with, just let us know in the registration form and we will make sure to match you to learn together. Both people must register in order to be paired.

 

How does the structure of the course work?

This course is structured into 4 pdf handouts, which each will take roughly 30-45 minutes to learn. You do not need to do any preparation - you and your havruta will go through the source materials together and respond to the questions (and ask your own questions!). 

 

There are four short videos that you will watch before each handout to help with framing. You can watch these before you meet with your havruta, or you can choose to watch them together.


 

What is my interaction with Rabbi Shai Held?

The Elul Cycle includes two live virtual lectures (a kickoff and a concluding lecture) through Zoom. There is no interaction with the educator in between during the weekly havruta learning - this part is entirely self-guided and paced!

 

When will my havruta and I learn?

We suggest learning once per week, but the timing is entirely up to you! You and your havruta will connect via email or phone and decide on a time that works best for both of you. Project Zug is flexible and allows you to learn on your own timeframe.

 

How will my havruta and I learn together?

You and your havruta should choose a platform that works best for you. Many people choose to use a preferred video chat platform (such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime), whereas others will learn via phone or in person.

 

Do I need to know Hebrew?

Absolutely not!

 

How can I connect with other people throughout the Elul Cycle?

Project Zug has an online forum to share what you are learning and engage with others. Just send a message through the forum, and everyone taking the course will receive it and be able to respond.

 

Is there a cost?

Yes, we charge on a sliding scale between $36-180, per person for each course. Please choose an amount that feels right to you. If cost is a barrier, please reach out (info@projectzug.org) and we will find a way to make it work! 

 

What is included in the Elul Cycle?

This special Elul Cycle includes 2 live virtual lectures (on Zoom), 4 handouts to learn with your havruta, and 4 short videos of the course educator to help frame the content and guide you through your learning. 

 

I want to do this as a part of the group, how can I do that?

We work with many partner organizations to bring havruta learning through Project Zug to their communities. Learn more here and reach out to Haley at schulman@hadar.org - we would love to set up a personalized consultation to discuss how to bring this experience to your community.

 

What if I want to learn a different course besides Windows on Teshuvah? 

Registration for our fall cycle opens in September. Fill out this form to get an email when registration is live, or check back in September to see our general course options. 

 

I have another question that wasn’t answered here.

No problem! Email us at info@projectzug.org and someone will get back to you shortly. 

 

Ready to sign up? Click here to register for the Elul Cycle today!


Project Zug Pesah Cycle

Join us for our first ever Pesah Cycle of Project Zug!

 

Overview | What Will We Learn? | Schedule of Learning | FAQ  | Course Sign Up


Overview

 

About the Pesah Cycle
Each year, Jews around the world spend the weeks leading up to Pesah (Passover), preparing themselves for Zman Heiruteinu, the time of our freedom. This year, many of us have been staying in our houses full time. Now, more than ever, we are seeking connections with each other and with our tradition to give us a sense of stability and hope. For the first time ever, Project Zug will have a special Pesah Cycle, in which everyone will learn the same course at the same time. After kicking off with a live virtual lecture with Rabbi Aviva Richman, you will dive into four crucial Passover rituals with your havruta, or learning partner, over four weeks. Our learning will conclude with another live virtual lecture just three days before the first night of Passover, preparing you for fruitful conversations around the Seder table.

 

What will we learn?

 

The Seder and the Song of Songs: A Love Story in Four Scenes

In this course, we will approach the story we tell at the seder - maggid - through the lens of Song of Songs, the megillah associated with the holiday of Passover. Each year at the seder, we tell a love story - the story of how the relationship between God and Israel began. Many people like to tell and retell the story of how they fell in love - trying to identify a pivotal moment, relating the challenges and obstacles that stood in the way. As we learn together, we will focus on four scenes in rabbinic midrash that aim to identify the pivotal moment when we “fell in love” with God, and God “fell in love” with us. We will look at each of these scenes closely over four sessions, asking what each teaches us about the Exodus story, and the twists and turns of being in a deep relationship.

Faculty: Rabbi Aviva Richman

Download a sample source sheet

 

Watch the trailer!

 

Schedule of Learning

 

Registration Closes: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5pm Eastern
Receive Havruta and Course Information: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Live Virtual Kickoff Lecture: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:30pm Eastern Time
Weekly Learning with Havruta: February 28, 2021 - March 23, 2021
Live Virtual Concluding Lecture: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:30pm Eastern Time

 

FAQ

 

What is a havruta?

A havruta is a learning partner! You and your havruta will study each of the Project Zug handouts together at a time that works best for the two of you. Take time to read the texts out loud to each other, stop to ask questions along the way, and find ways to personalize the learning together.

 

How does havruta matching work?

In the registration form, you will let us know whether or not you would like for us to match you with a havruta. You can tell us a little about yourself, and any preferences you have for the person you learn with (ie. learning background, timezone, age). We will read through everything you provide and do our very best to find you a great fit.

 

What if I already have a havruta?

If you already know who you would like to learn with, just let us know in the registration form and we will make sure to match you to learn together. Both people must register in order to be paired.

 

How does the structure of the course work?

This course is structured into 4 pdf handouts, which each will take roughly 30-45 minutes to learn. You do not need to do any preparation - you and your havruta will go through the source materials together and respond to the questions (and ask your own questions!). 

 

There are four short videos that you will watch before each handout to help with framing. You can watch these before you meet with your havruta, or you can choose to watch them together.


 

What is my interaction with Rabbi Aviva Richman?

The Pesah Cycle includes two live virtual lectures (a kickoff and a concluding lecture) through Zoom. There is no interaction with the educator in between during the weekly havruta learning - this part is entirely self-guided and paced!

 

When will my havruta and I learn?

We suggest learning once per week, but the timing is entirely up to you! You and your havruta will connect via email or phone and decide on a time that works best for both of you. Project Zug is flexible and allows you to learn on your own timeframe.

 

How will my havruta and I learn together?

You and your havruta should choose a platform that works best for you. Many people choose to use a preferred video chat platform (such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime), whereas others will learn via phone or in person.

 

Do I need to know Hebrew?

Absolutely not!

 

How can I connect with other people throughout the Pesah Cycle?

Project Zug has an online forum to share what you are learning and engage with others. Just send a message through the forum, and everyone taking the course will receive it and be able to respond.

 

Is there a cost?

Yes, we charge on a sliding scale between $36-180, per person for each course. Please choose an amount that feels right to you. If cost is a barrier, please reach out (info@projectzug.org) and we will find a way to make it work! 

 

What is included in the Pesah Cycle?

This special Pesah Cycle includes 2 live virtual lectures (on Zoom), 4 handouts to learn with you havruta, and 4 short videos of the course educator to help frame the content and guide you through your learning.

 

I want to do this as a part of the group, how can I do that?

We work with many partner organizations to bring havruta learning through Project Zug to their communities. Learn more here and reach out to allie@projectzug.org - we would love to set up a personalized consultation to discuss how to bring this experience to your community.

 

I have another question that wasn’t answered here.

No problem! Email us at info@projectzug.org and someone will get back to you shortly. 

 

Ready to sign up? Click here to register for the Pesah Cycle today!

Looking for the Spring cycle? Click here to register for our Spring cycle courses.

מחנכים

Yitzhak Bronstein

Yitzhak is the director of Maimonides Moot Court Competition at Hadar, overseeing programming at the high school and collegiate levels. Previously he lived in Chicago as a Jewish educator for Moishe House, working with young adult leaders to strengthen educational experiences in their peer-led communities. He is a 2019 FASPE Ethics fellow (Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) and traveled to Germany and Poland with FASPE. Originally from New York, Yitzhak has studied at the University of Chicago Divinity School and Yeshiva University. He lives in Washington DC and is excited to be part of Hadar's growing presence in the city.

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