A special morning of practical educational advice for parents, grandparents and educators
In Partnership with the Abraham & Millie Arbesfeld Kollel & Midreshet Yom Rishon
The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/ Yeshiva University High School for Boys
Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls
Center for the Jewish Future
Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration
- Welcome – Rabbi Joshua Kahn, Head of School, YUHSB
- Introduction – President Richard M. Joel ‘68
- Remarks – Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman ’87, President-Elect
- Keynote Address – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
(Sponsored by Sarala and Danny Turkel in memory of שמחה מאיר בן יעקב טורקעל)
- Rabbi Michael Taubes – Special Needs Children: Inspiring them Inspires Everyone
(Sponsored by Leah and Yehoshua ’98 Kramer)
- Rabbi Mordechai Willig – Inculcating the Joy of Talmud Torah
(Sponsored by Sarah (Weintraub) (YUHSG ’08) and Marc Merrill (YUHSB ’05) in memory of the ninth yahrzeit of Naomi Rachel Bas Yaakov Chaim Weintraub A’H)
An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was named the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.”
Since stepping down as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth – a position he served for 22 years between 1991 and 2013 – Rabbi Sacks has held a number of professorships at several academic institutions including Yeshiva University and King’s College London. He currently serves as the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. Rabbi Sacks has been awarded 17 honorary doctorates including a Doctor of Divinity conferred to mark his first ten years in office as Chief Rabbi, by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey.
Rabbi Sacks is the author of over 30 books. His most recent work, Not in God’s Name was awarded a 2015 National Jewish Book Award in America and was a top ten Sunday Times bestseller in the UK. Past works include The Great Partnership and The Dignity of Difference, winner of the Grawemeyer Prize for Religion in 2004 for its success in defining a framework for interfaith dialogue between people of all faith and of none.
In recognition of his work, Rabbi Sacks has also received the Jerusalem Prize in 1995 for his contribution to diaspora Jewish life and The Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award from Ben Gurion University in Israel in 2011. He was named as The Becket Fund’s 2014 Canterbury Medalist for his role in the defense of religious liberty in the public square. Rabbi Sacks was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009.
Rav Soloveitchik ztl was the great Teacher of his generation, the “Melamed” par excellence, so it should come as no surprise that the Rav had some very rich—and relevant—teachings on the very vocation of teaching and learning in our contemporary culture. What are the cognitive and affective elements of Chinuch in our day and age? How do we make Torah normative, meaningful and inspiring for young men and women navigating the challenges of keeping faith and Masorah in the modern world? Join us as we explore Rav Soloveitchik’s philosophy of education together, a sophisticated but practical approach that continues to guide and nurture his talmidim and yeshiva to this day.
Rabbi Mark Gottlieb is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund and Executive Director of the Tikvah Summer Institute at Yale University. Prior to joining Tikvah, Rabbi Gottlieb served as Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Principal of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA and has taught at The Frisch School, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Hebrew Theological College, Loyola University in Chicago, and the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College, rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where his doctoral studies focused on the moral and political thought of Alasdair MacIntyre. Rabbi Gottlieb is a member of the Orthodox Forum Steering Committee and serves on the Editorial Committee of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought. He lives in Teaneck, NJ with his wife and five children (including Akiva ’14).
When a young man turns 13 it is clear from the Torah that they become an adult, but that is only the beginning of their journey. The question we all must ask ourselves is how do we create passionate and motivated Jews? Rabbi Burg believes that the solution is multifaceted and in truth, the Mormons have the right approach.
Rabbi Steven Burg is the Global Director General (Mankal) of Aish HaTorah. Rabbi Burg has a Masters in Medieval Jewish History as well as Rabbinic Ordination. He has completed management courses at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.
As the International Director of NCSY, the largest international Jewish youth movement, Rabbi Burg founded the Jewish Student Union (JSU), a network of hundreds of public high school clubs that teach unaffiliated Jewish teens about their heritage. He started the Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ) an Israel experience for unaffiliated Jewish teens which continues to send thousands of teens to Israel.
Rabbi Burg served as the Managing Director of the Orthodox Union (OU) where he managed the most prominent Orthodox educational, outreach and social service organization in North American.
Most recently, as the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Burg contributed to the fight against anti-Semitism and oversaw the Museum of Tolerance in NYC. Rabbi Burg has traveled the world on behalf of the International Jewish community and met with many world leaders including many recent Presidents.
Currently Rabbi Burg is the Global Director General (Mankal) of Aish HaTorah which provides all Jews the opportunity to explore the depth and beauty of their heritage. Headquartered at one Western Wall Plaza at the beautiful Dan Family Aish HaTorah World Center, Aish HaTorah is a Global educational movement that aspires to inspire all Jews to become passionate about their Judaism through the study of Toras Chaim, living Torah. Known for its openness and inclusivity, Aish has become a global spiritual movement. Rabbi Burg has been tasked with coordinating, overseeing and building Aish HaTorah into the most significant global Jewish educational movement in recent Jewish history.
He lives with his family in Bergenfield, NJ, amongst them MTA alumnus Aryeh ’15 and current student Elie ’18.
Let’s face it: Gemara learning for beginners is the equivalent of them taking a tort law class in a foreign language with no punctuation. At age eleven. This practical workshop will help educators and parents introduce and acclimate your students/children to gemara learning, explore ways to make Gemara relevant to their lives — and help you “”troubleshoot”” when it’s simply not working.
A short segment of the workshop will introduce you to our groundbreaking Bright Beginnings Gemara Workbook which is already in 35 schools since its release in May, 2016. More information about Rabbi Horowitz’s innovative approach is available at http://www.bbchumash.com
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Founding Dean of Monsey’s Yeshiva Darchei Noam and Director of The Center for Jewish Family Life, conducts child abuse prevention and parenting workshops internationally, and sponsors the Bnos’ One-on-One Big Sister Program with branches in seven states and Canada. He’s the author of two books, published the landmark children’s personal safety picture book Let’s Stay Safe!, which has been translated into Yiddish and Hebrew, and the Bright Beginnings Chumash and Gemara Workbooks which helps children acquire Judaic Studies skills in a fun-filled manner. Rabbi Horowitz received the prestigious 2008 Covenant Award in recognition of his contribution to Jewish education.
While we all hope life will provide as few bumps in the road as possible, twists and turns, ups and even downs confront us from time to time. How should we react in these given situations? Are there suggestions we use to approach them? How do our great sages—both Torah-based, as well as from various walks of life—guide us to react as well as be proactive throughout challenges that may come? These and other questions will be discussed and analyzed in an engaging discussion that will hopefully lead to practical recommendations for all participants.
Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph is the senior vice president at Yeshiva University where he has operating responsibility for the administrative and academic aspects of the University, ensuring strategic planning and implementation of restructuring initiatives.
Recently, Rabbi Dr. Joseph successfully defended his dissertation, earning his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Management. A native of Montreal, Josh completed his undergraduate degree with honors at Penn as well. He received rabbinic ordination from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while completing a Master’s in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. He also completed fellowships and certificates at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration, as well as Harvard’s Institute of Higher Education. Josh previously worked at a hedge fund, as a community rabbi, served as the executive director of the Orthodox Caucus, and director of social entrepreneurialism at YU’s Center for the Jewish Future.
He and his wife, Julie, live in Lawrence and are the proud parents of Zach, Ozzie, and Marsha.
How does an adolescent develop his or her relationship with Hashem? Adolescence is a stage in which our children are going through an incredible amount of growth and development. What impact do these changes have on the religious development process for our teens? How can we help our children become more actively involved in cultivating this relationship? We will reflect on the guidance of the Torah and Chazal, as well as the research of contemporary psychology to discuss ways to empower our children to actively cultivate a relationship with Hashem.
Rabbi Joshua Kahn serves as the Head of School of the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/ Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA). He is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he is completing his doctorate in education.
Prior to MTA, Rabbi Kahn served as the Associate Principal for Judaic Studies and Dean of Student Life at Torah Academy of Bergen County. He pioneered initiatives like the Senior Mentoring and Beit Midrash Programs and organized community programming and disaster relief missions. In addition, he has brought his classroom expertise to his Gemara and Chumash shiurim. He is known for building strong relationships with students and parents and succeeded in streamlining many administrative processes to make them more intuitive, transparent and effective.
How do we foster an attitude of faith even in the face of doubt and questions? In a tower tradition, where questions and analytics and making meaning of our learning as highly valued it’s often difficult to help our students and children understand that not every question needs an answer. How do we make questions and doubts a critical component and expression of our faith and not a threatening experience to be avoided?
Mrs. CB Neugroschl serves as the Head of School at the Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central). She is an educator with over twenty years of pedagogic, curricular, and administrative experience in both Judaic and General Studies. Before coming to YUHSG, Mrs. Neugroschl served as Assistant Principal and Co-Director of General Studies at SAR High School, where she introduced innovative curricular initiatives and special programming. Previously, Mrs. Neugroschl was the Director of Admissions at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, where she also taught Jewish History and Philosophy. Mrs. Neugroschl studied for two years at Michlala College for Women in Israel and earned her B.A. at Stern College for Women in 1993. She continued her studies at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, with a focus on History of Halakha and Medieval Ashkenaz. She received her M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1998. Her Master’s thesis was entitled “The Nexus of Law and Spirituality in Maimonides’ Laws of Charity.”
Parents and educators can build children’s’ generosity. Since giving also helps the giver, we contribute to our children’s resilience and well-being when we value, live and teach generosity. Join Dr. Novick as she explores how to inspire our children to lead generous lives.
Dr. Rona Novick is Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University and holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics. She serves as co-educational director of Hidden Sparks, an initiative to support diverse learners in Jewish Day Schools. In addition to teaching, supervision and administration at Azrieli, she brings her experience as an educator and Clinical Psychologist to work with schools, communities and individuals, to promote the social-emotional development of children. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters on bully prevention, building resilience, and parenting.
Shabbat is a central part of our religious lives. How do we share the joy and meaning of Shabbat with our children? Rabbi Penner delves into the topic, providing concepts and guidance for how to succeed in critical mission.
Rabbi Menachem Penner is the Max and Marion Grill Dean of The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University and the Men’s Undergraduate Torah Studies programs at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Penner served as the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Holliswood in Queens for 20 years. Rabbi Penner received his Semikha from RIETS in 1994 and his BA from Yeshiva College in 1991. The parent of a child with special needs, he speaks across the country on issues of children with disabilities.
Every person has their path to HaShem. Come learn what it takes, as parents, to properly prepare children for religious connectivity and tefillah. In this session, we will discuss the different avenues for connectivity, what can be done and when it should be implemented.
Rabbi Daniel Price serves as Head of School of the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ) located in River Edge, NJ. Prior to taking the helm of RYNJ, Rabbi Price served as Assistant Principal of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Middle School in Livingston, NJ. He studied for two years at Yeshivat HaKotel, is a graduate of Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business and Mazer Yeshiva Program, holds a Masters from YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and earned his rabbinic ordination at RIETS. He lives with his wife and family in Passaic, NJ.
This session will explore the underlying challenges that face contemporary teens in trying to cultivate a spiritual religious personality. Culling from Chazal and wisdom developed in other faiths that struggle with similar challenges relating to their youth – we will develop numerous practical strategies for instilling an inspired sense of purpose within the lives of the next generation.
Rabbi Yaakov Glasser is the David Mitzner Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Glasser also serves as the Rav of the Young Israel of Passaic-Clifton. Under his leadership, the congregation has grown dramatically and prides itself on the ideological and demographic diversity of its membership. Rabbi Glasser comes to Yeshiva with a rich background in Jewish communal and organizational life and held positions such as the Regional Director of New Jersey NCSY and the NCSY International Director of Education. Rabbi Glasser lives with his wife, Dr. Ruth Glasser, and four children in Passaic, NJ.
Our work, social, school, and family lives have been transformed in the past decade by the ubiquity of smartphones and Internet access. Caught between embracing the opportunities they afford us and confronting the various challenges they pose, parents and educators have to figure out how to wisely navigate this landscape as Modern Orthodox Jews. This talk will explore both the embracing and the confronting, and offer some concrete ideas about each.
Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz has spent more than 15 years in the field of Jewish secondary and post-secondary education. She currently serves Associate Principal, General Studies at SAR High School, and has also served as Director of General Studies at The Frisch School.
Dr. Schwartz earned her B.A. in physics and history of science at Case Western Reserve University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, writing her dissertation about the cultural history of the Manhattan Project. In addition to teaching high school, she has served as an adjunct professor of history at Yeshiva and Stern Colleges. She has lectured widely both on the history of science and on Jewish topics, frequently addressing issues of contemporary importance in the Orthodox community.
Dr. Schwartz lives in Washington Heights, New York with her husband, Rabbi Ezra Schwartz, RIETS Rosh Yeshiva and Rabbi of the Mt. Sinai Jewish Center, and their five children – including current MTA student Baruch ’18.
Yitzchak Avinu had a visual impairment. Yaakov Avinu walked with a limp. Moshe Rabbeinu had some trouble speaking. How can we reach people who are considered “different” but still have much to contribute to our community? Learn why the mitzvah of chinuch directs us to address all students and get a taste of how inspirational it can be to inspire others to focus upon their abilities and not their disabilities.
Rabbi Michael Taubes is Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS and at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy – Yeshiva University High School for Boy (MTA), as well as a past member of the rabbinic faculty of Yeshiva College. He has been involved in chinuch, both formal and informal, as a Rebbe, teacher and administrator for more than thirty years. He is also the author of The Practical Torah, a collection of presentations on halacha based on the weekly parsha and various scholarly essays in Hebrew and English which have been published in Torah journals. In addition, he co-edited the Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Machzorim and a Weekday/Shabbos Siddur with notes and commentary based on the teachings of the Rav, Harav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik, zt”l.
Rabbi Taubes has also taught at Yeshiva University’s Mechinah & IBC Programs and worked as a writer and editor for Art Scroll/Mesorah Publications. A graduate of Yeshiva College, Rabbi Taubes received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, having studied for several years under HaRav Soloveitchik, and holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He is presently the Rav of Kehillas Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he resides with his wife and family.
Halachically, learning Torah is joyous, and, therefore, prohibited on Tisha b’Av and during shiva. Why is this joy not evident in many cases? How can we spread the joy of Talmud Torah, especially to our youth? The answers to these questions are critical as YUHSB enters its second century.
Rabbi Mordechai Willig is Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Professor of Talmud and Contemporary Halachah. He has been a Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel since 1973 at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Willig has served as spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Riverdale in the Bronx, N.Y., since 1974. He is the author of Am Mordechai and has authored many articles in Torah scholarship journals. Rabbi Willig is the Deputy Av Beit Din of the Beth Din of America. He has been an outspoken advocate of the halachic prenuptial agreement as a preventative measure against the creation of agunot. Rabbi Willig received a BA in mathematics from Yeshiva College in 1968 and an MS in Jewish history in 1971 from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He received semikha that same year at RIETS. He is also the proud father of MTA alumni Rabbis Raphael ’90, Yehuda ’95 and Simcha ’00.