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Bernstein scholar-in-residence weekend

Our annual Scholar in Residence program, generously sponsored by Barry and Dawn Bernstein, brings top notch scholars to Kol Ami to teach on important topics for a weekend.

Past Scholars in Residence and Topics


2018-2019        Dr. Kalman Weiser, Silber Family Chair in East European Jewry and Holocaust Studies, York                          University Antisemitism Then and Now


2017-2018       Dr. Wendy Zierler, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

                       #JewishWomenToo.  Finding women's voices in our sacred texts in the #MeToo Generation


2016-2017        Rabbi Larry Hoffman, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

                        From Ethnicity to Identity: Who is Jewish and Why? - A conversation about who is included                            in the Jewish Tent in the 21st Century


2015-2016         Rabbi Sally Priesand, First Ordained Female Rabbi in North America

                         Women and Judaism


2014-2015         Rabbi Steve Greenberg, First Openly Gay Orthodox Rabbi

                         Constructing the Welcoming Tent: Judasim and the LGBTQ Community


2012-2013         Rabbi Richard Sarason, Professor of Rabbinics and Liturgy, Hebrew Union College - Jewish                             Institute of Religion The Way We Pray


2011-2012          Professor Frank Bialystock, Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

                          The Jews of Canada


2010-2011          Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Spiritual leader of the City Shul, Toronto

                          Israel: Reflections of and Outsider from the Inside


2009-2010          Rabbi David Nelson, Assistant Professor of Religion, Bard College

                          Judaism, Physics and God: Searching for a Sacred Metaphors in a Post-Einstein World


2008-2009          Rabbi Michael Cook, Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies, Hebrew Union College - Jewish                              Institute of Religion Enhancing Jewish well-being in a Christian Environment


2007-2008          Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute                            of Religion The New Women's Torah Commentary

Sun, February 5 2023 14 Sh'vat 5783