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2023 Weinbaum Family Scholar-In-Residence Program

It is thanks to the generosity of the Weinbaum Family that we have been able to provide our Scholar-In Residence program, featuring some of the most prominent Torah and Educational scholars.

March 24 - 25, 2023
Parshat Vayikra

 Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik

Rabbi Dr. Soloveichik is the Rabbi of the Shearith Israel Congregation at the Spanish & Portugese Synagogue in NYC. Founded in 1564, Rabbi Soloveichik is only the 10th rabbi in the synagogue’s rich history. Rabbi Dr. Soloveichik joined the Shearith Israel family in 2013 and is the 10th minister since the American Revolution. After graduating from Yeshiva College, he obtained his Rabbinic ordination from RIETS, Yeshiva University. He holds a PhD from Princeton in Religion, and currently serves as Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. His wife, Layaliza, is an Assistant US attorney. They have six children.


May 19 - 20, 2023
Parshat Bamidbar

 Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum

Rabbi Dr. Zarum is Dean of London School of Jewish Studies and holds the Rabbi Sacks Chair in Modern Jewish Thought at the school. He is a rabbinic leader, lecturer and author, teaching traditional Jewish texts and innovative educational programming. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Kings College London, and an MA in Adult Education from the Institute of Education London. Rabbi Dr. Zarum is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Central Square Minyan in Hampstead Garden. He studied at Yeshivat HaKotel, Jerusalem and the Kollel of Montefiore College, London where he received rabbinic ordination. The semicha was given by, amongst others, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l. He is the creator of Torah L’Am crash course, and the author of Torat Hadracha and Jampacked Bible.


June 9 - 10, 2023
Parshat Beha'alotcha

 Rabbi Yona Reiss

Rabbi Yona Reiss is a Torah scholar, attorney, lecturer, and jurist. He is the Sgan Av Beth Din of the Beth Din of America, and Av Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. He also serves as a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Reiss is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He was an associate for six years at the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. He also served as Director of the Beth Din of America. Rabbi Reiss is a member of the editorial board of Tradition, and has published in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Law Journal.


September 8 - 9, 2023
Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

 Raizi Chechik

Ms. Raizi Chechik is the former Head of School at Manhattan Day School. She studied Tanach and Counseling at Michlala Jerusalem Teacher's College, holds an MA in Jewish History, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Bernard Revel Graduate School where she focuses on the printing of the Vilna Talmud.  Ms. Chechik is a recipient of numerous professional and academic awards, among them the national Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.  A graduate of the Intensive Training Program for Day School Leaders at Yeshiva University, Ms. Chechik served as a mentor to new school leaders through their Principal's Partnership program and continues to support new Principals and Heads of School. A sought-after scholar, she has lectured in dozens of communities throughout the US, Europe and Israel.


November 24 - 25, 2023
Parshat Vayetzei

 Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone

Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone served as the Senior Advisor to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman from 2017 to 2021. During his tenure as Senior Advisor he played a critical role in advancing bilateral U.S.-Israel relations with a focus on economic development & technology cooperation. He was instrumental in facilitating the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as well as its successful merger with the Jerusalem Consulate. Lightstone was later appointed as the Special Envoy for Economic Normalization. In that role he was an integral member of the Peace to Prosperity team, leading the inaugural Abraham Accord Business Summit, directing the Abraham Fund, and serving as point person in the Middle East for the actualization of the Abraham Accords. Rabbi Lightstone is the author of “Let My People Know”, the inside story of the Abraham Accords. He is a proud father of four and husband to a very patient wife, Estee.


Thu, 23 May 2024 15 Iyyar 5784