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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.


Elul Learning Cycle

Join us for our fourth 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". We are using this as an opportunity to seek connections with each other and with our tradition to give us a sense of joy and community.

During this year's Elul cycle everyone will learn the same course with their havruta during the four weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah. We will kick off with a live virtual lecture with Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, and then dive into learning about the High Holidays and music with your havruta, or learning partner, over four weeks. Our learning will conclude with another live virtual lecture. 

 

What will we learn?

 

Singing Through Teshuvah: A High Holiday Sonic Journey

Song and prayer are inextricably linked. During the High Holiday season, we have the opportunity to elevate, underscore, and even complicate our most iconic pieces of liturgy through the lens of song.

In this course, we will explore song as core source material,  teasing out the music itself and the ways in which that which the music encompasses - the melodies, sounds, and textures -  crack open the texts of our liturgy and infuse new meaning into our prayer. Participants will be guided through exercises in, not only learning in havruta, but listening in havruta - excavating the layers of interpretation within song itself as rich, complex Torah. Get ready to listen to a diverse array of recordings from across the Jewish soundscape, and to reflect, learn, and sing together in havruta!

Faculty: Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz

 

Download a sample sourcesheet!

Watch the Trailer

 

Schedule of Learning

 

Registration Closes: Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 5:00PM EDT

Receive Havruta and Course Information: Sunday, August 20, 2023

Live Virtual Kickoff Lecture: Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at 7:00PM EDT 

Weekly Learning with Havruta: August 20, 2023 - September 15, 2023

Live Virtual Concluding Lecture: Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 7:00PM 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 Deborah Sacks Mintz?

The Elul Cycle includes two live virtual lectures with Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz (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? 

Registration for our fall cycle opens at the end of September. Fill out this form to get an email when registration is live, or check back then 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. 

 

Registration for the Elul cycle is now closed.

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