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Join us at Scholar Stream

A Free Learning Opportunity for COS Members!
What is Scholar Stream?
ScholarStream 5783 is a joint program from the Conservative Movement -- the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies --  which offers online adult education opportunities featuring a variety of the top Rabbis, Educators, and Scholars in the Conservative Movement. 
What types of topics are offered?
Here is a link to a list of the 7 series topics (with 4 lectures per series) and scholars for all of the sessions for 5783  (Fall 2022 -  Spring 2023)
How much does it cost? 
It is free to COS members!!!   There is no cost to our members because Congregation Ohev Shalom has become a sponsoring member of ScholarStream.  Many thanks to our Cantor Emeritus, Allan Robuck for his donation to cover our sponsorship of ScholarStream!  
How do I register for ScholarStream?
Coupon Code: OhevShalom5783
Just go to the registration page and enter the Coupon Code under "Event Fees", the click "Apply".   This will allow you to register at no cost.   You will need to register for each of the Series that you wish to participate in.   
You will receive a Zoom link for each series in a reminder email sent about a week before the start of each series, and the again on the morning of the session.  Links will also be provided to recordings of each session so you will be able to view it even if you are not available the night of the session!
Can I watch older sessions if I missed them?
Yes, you can! All sessions are recorded and available on the Rabbinical Assembly website.

Scholar Stream Calendar

Series 3: Great Thinkers Who Have Influenced Conservative Judaism
Wednesdays, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT (Nov. 30th - Dec. 21st)
  • Nov. 30th - Heschel on Prophecy: Spirituality and Activism
    • Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Vice Chancellor for Religious Life & Engagement, The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Dec. 7th - Understanding God and Ourselves through the Stories of Our Tradition (Neil Gillman)
    • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Professor in Philosophy, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • Dec. 14th - Gender, Theology, Halakhah: the Works of Rachel Adler
    • Rabbi Gail Labovitz, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • Dec. 21st - What’s Next for Conservative Judaism: What Has Changed, What Will Change, and What Should Change?
    • Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor Emeritus & Professor of Jewish Thought, The Jewish Theological Seminary

Series 4: The Exodus in the Jewish Tradition: Philosophy, Bible, Midrash and Art
Wednesdays, 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT / 7 PM Israel Time (Jan. 11th - Feb. 1st)
  • Jan. 11th - The Exodus and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the Thought of Prof. A. J. Heschel (in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 50th Yahrzeit of Prof. Heschel)
    • Professor Ari Ackerman, President and Associate Professor of Jewish Thought, The Schechter Institute
  • Jan. 18th - Two Conceptions of the Miracle at the Sea
    • Rabbi Prof. David Frankel, Associate Professor of Bible, The Schechter Institute
  • Jan. 25th - The Ten Plagues and the Exodus in Jewish Art
    • Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President, The Schechter Institutes, Inc. 
  • Feb. 1st - “By the merit of righteous women were our ancestors redeemed from Egypt”: a midrashic view of the Exodus
    • Dr. Tamar Kadari, Senior Lecturer in Midrash, The Schechter Institute

Series 5: How the Conservative Movement’s Law Committee Impacts our Lives Today
Wednesdays, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT (Feb. 8th - March 1st)
  • Feb. 8th - TITLE TBD
    • Rabbi Guy Austrian, Author of the Teshuvah "Calling Non-Binary People to Torah Honors"
  • Feb. 15th - TITLE TBD
    • Rabbi Joel Rembaum, Author of the Teshuvah "Regarding the Inclusion of the Names of the Matriarchs in the First Blessing of the Amidah"
  • Feb. 22nd - TITLE TBD
    • Rabbi Susan Grossman, Author of the Teshuvah "Choosing Parenthood: ART, Adoption, and the Single Parent"
  • March 1st - Halakha, Criminal Justice and Capital Punishment
    • Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Author of the Teshuvah "Participating in the American Death Penalty" 

Series 6: Living our Values: Social Justice and Social Action
Wednesdays, 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT (March 8th - March 29th)
  • March 8th - Are They Idolators? Making Room for Other Religions
    • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • March 15th - TITLE TBD
    • Dr. Yael Landman, Assistant Professor of Bible, The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • March 22nd - What They Say is Just - Changing Law and the People who Live It - An Examination of the Story of the Daughters of Zelophechad and What It Teaches about Changing Legal Interpretation
    • Rabbi Cheryl Peretz, Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
  • March 29th - Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
    • Dr. Sarah Wolf, Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary

Series 7: Counting the Days & Making Every Day Count
Wednesdays, 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT / 7 PM Israel Time (April 19th - May 10th)
  • April 19th - Yom Hashoah
    • Rabbi Dikla Druckman Sherzer, Spiritual Leader of the Masorti Congregation, Kehillat Magen Avraham in Omer, Israel
  • April 26th - Yom Haatzmaut
    • Rabbi Nava Meiersdorf, Rabbi at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center
  • May 3rd - Lag BaOmer: Mystical Reflections on the Omer
    • Dr. Eitan Fishbane, Professor of Jewish Thought, The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • May 10th - Multi-Sensory Experience of receiving Torah
    • Rabbi Cheryl Peretz, Associate Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Sat, June 22 2024 16 Sivan 5784