Scholar-in-Residence Weekend 2023

April 28, 2023 - April 30, 2023, All Day

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Connection, Community, Conversation:
An Exploration of Community and Belonging

We welcome Rabbi Ethan Tucker, president and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar

It’s ironic—through media and technology we are more “connected” than ever before, yet many of us still want more. Join Rabbi Ethan Tucker of Hadar for a weekend filled with discussion and learning devoted to community, connection, and how we can find a deeper sense of belonging and meaning, both as individuals and as a congregation.


Scholar-in-Residence Calendar At a Glance

6:00pm: Rhythm & Ruach Service
7:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Lecture & Conversation:
Where I Belong: Finding My Place in Meaningful Community
In his opening discussion, Rabbi Tucker shares his ideas about the foundations of Jewish gathering and how these may impact our relationships with each other and our community.
(Childcare is available for children 5 and up.)
9:15am: Morning Service/Sermon:
The Citizen and the Stranger:” Building Community through Shared Responsibility
Rabbi Tucker delivers the weekly sermon on Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, a Torah portion dedicated to the elements that make a sacred community.
12:15pm: Kiddush Lunch
1:00pm: Discussion:
Building Bridges or Walls?
Judaism has a rich history of bringing people together in vibrant communities. Using ancient Jewish texts, Rabbi Tucker offers insight into the dynamics of community building and belonging that can serve as guideposts today.

7:15pm: Champagne & Conversation Reception (Ambassador Circle Only)
8:00pm: Dessert Reception (Registration Required)
8:25pm: Ma’ariv
8:30pm: Lecture and Discussion: Reading the Torah Like a Love Letter: Midrash and the Rabbinic Imagination
Do you love midrash? Hate it? Never heard of it? We will delve into this unique rabbinic genre and try to understand its essence: Reading the Torah like a love letter, poring over every phrase, while also allowing our deepest values and concerns to come to the fore. Out of this alchemy, midrash is born and the traditional canon is never the same.  Bring a curious mind and an open heart.
10:00am: Bagel & Lox Brunch
10:30am: Closing Lecture and Conversation:
Tik Tok, Netflix, and Torah: Helping our children 👍 their Jewish Identity
Using Jewish values to instill meaning in our children and grandchildren’s lives, Rabbi Tucker highlights the importance of Jewish learning as a family and provides tools that make Jewish living more accessible.

Please support the WJC Scholar-in-Residence Program

The lectures and discussions of The Scholar-in-Residence Weekend are FREE AND OPEN to WJC members, ECC families, and their guests. . However, donations are critical to our ability to continue to bring high-quality Adult Education programming to WJC each year. So please consider a generous gift to The Scholar-in-Residence Weekend. We thank you in advance for your support.

Donation Levels (Per Family)

  • Ambassador’s Circle ~ $540: Includes Shabbat dinner and Saturday evening dessert
  • Benefactor ~ $360: Includes Shabbat dinner and Saturday evening dessert
  • Patron ~ $180: Includes dessert only
  • Sponsor ~ $126: Includes dessert only
  • Donor ~ $72: Includes dessert only


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