We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Daniel Nevins as the 5779 Bierman Scholar in Residence, February 8-9, 2019


Rabbi  Daniel Nevins is the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School. He also serves as dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, which includes the H.L. Miller Cantorial School, the Center for Pastoral Education, and the Block-Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts. A graduate of JTS and of Harvard College, where he studied Middle Eastern History, he worked for 13 years as rabbi of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, MI. A scholar of contemporary Jewish law, Rabbi Nevins serves on The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, for which he has written responsa on topics of science, technology, bioethics, sexuality and disability. His writings can be found at www.rabbinevins.com. Rabbi Nevins lives in NYC with his family.


Scholar in Residence Weekend Schedule:

All Scholar in Residence lectures are free and open to the public. There is a $25/person charge for the Friday Night dinner.

Friday, February 8:

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 5:00pm

Shabbat Dinner, 6:15pm: Dinner reservations must be made in advance. Dinner is $25/person. Meal is catered by Madison Park Catering.

Learning, 8pm: Is Clean Meat Kosher? Pareve? Connecting the Latest Food Technology to Jewish Ethics and Law


Saturday, February 9:

Shabbat Services, beginning at 9:30am

D’var Torah, by Rabbi Daniel Nevins

Kiddush Lunch, 12:15pm

Learning, 1:15pm: AI, Yai-Yai! The Nexus between Artificial Intelligence and Halakhah

Havdalah, Prayers and Program, 7:30pm: Blessed Like the Sand of the Sea and Stars of the Sky: The Natural Environment and Jewish Prayer


Join us for learning and hands-on project with Jerusalem artist and Jewish educator David Moss.  We will spend the first hour seeing firsthand some of David Moss’s many projects and works of art where he has transformed Jewish texts, ideas, and values into captivating artistic engagements with the text.  And the second hour will be spent making our own artistic map of our Jewish life journeys: past, present, and future.  The surprising syntheses of tradition with creative artistic expression have proven to be a delightful way to educate and inspire. This program is open to middle school, high school and adults, for both those who love art and those who don’t consider themselves artistic, those who are familiar and unfamiliar with Jewish texts. The program begins at 4 pm.  Join us beforehand for Tu B’shvat snacks and schmoozing at 3:30 pm.


Courage for New Beginnings, 1:15pm

The midrash tell us that Nahshon ben Aminadav was the first one to step into the Red Sea, after which the Sea split, allowing the Israelites to escape their Egyptian oppressors once and for all.  Where did Nahshon find the great courage to take that first step?  The midrash does not tell us, but we will explore teachings that help us cultivate ometz halev (courage) that might help us open up to new possibilities of liberation in our own lives and communities.


Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality since 2011.  Having previously been a participant in IJS’s programs for rabbis and for meditation teachers, she is proud to lead an organization known for its integrity, depth and creativity.

A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi Goldstein studied history at Brown University.  She  was ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College, where she also received a MA in Jewish Education.  Prior to her work at IJS, she served as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis and as the Executive Director of Hillel of San Diego.

Rabbi Goldstein has taught Jewish spiritual practices and led Jewish meditation circles in a variety of contexts for over 15 years.  She co-led nine service learning trips in Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa for college and rabbinical students through the American Jewish World Service.  In 2009-2010 she received a fellowship through the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem where she developed a methodology for engaging in local justice work within a framework of Jewish contemplative practice.

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