Scholar-in-Residence Weekend 2023

Scholar-in-Residence Weekend 2023

Join us April 28-30, 2023
as we welcome
Rabbi Ethan Tucker, president and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar

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

For the full weekend schedule event links, visit the event page.


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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.


About Rabbi Tucker

Rabbi Ethan Tucker is president and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar, an educational institution that aims to empower Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he has served as a trustee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Ramaz School.



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