Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Weekend

Adult Education Committee Co-chairs – Myra Glajchen & Karen Everett

Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) weekend brings to our community nationally known scholars in Jewish life.

Enduring Jewish Values and Their Application to Everyday Life
January 26-28, 2018

We are pleased to introduce Rabbi Michael Paley as the 2018 WJC Scholar-in-Residence. Rabbi Paley is the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Resource Center of UJA-Federation of New York. A specialist in adult education, Rabbi Paley teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism, City College, and the Ivry Prozdor High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. His expertise covers a wide range of topics. In 2010, Newsweek magazine named Rabbi Paley one of America’s 50 most influential rabbis.

The 2018 Scholar-in-Residence program will begin with a Friday night service and community dinner on Friday, January 26, 2018. The topic of the opening lecture and discussion will be “Jews as Wanderers and Ambassadors: From Biblical Times to the Revival of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe.” The program will continue with morning services on Saturday, January 27, 2018, with Rabbi Paley delivering the Sermon: “Jews as Nonbelievers: One God or Less.” This will be followed by Kiddush lunch and an interactive discussion entitled: “Jews as Intellectuals and Lifelong Learners: Commitment to the Life of the Mind. “

On Saturday evening, members of the Ambassador’s Circle will be invited to join Rabbi Paley for a private dinner reception and intimate discussion. Also on Saturday, we will host a dessert reception after which Rabbi Paley will present a lecture entitled: “Jews as Leaders: Past, Present & Future.”

On Sunday, January 28, 2018, we will round off the program with brunch and discussion on: “Jews as Donors: Material Wellbeing, Anti-Semitic Stereotyping and Tzedakah.”

We hope you will join us for this inspirational weekend of congregational learning. Please look out for the invitation and signup options, with details to follow. For more information, sponsorship opportunities and committee involvement, please contact Myra Glajchen,, and Karen Everett,, Adult Education Committee Co-Chairs.

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