L. to r.: Dr. Gribetz, R. Adler, R. Saks, and R. Schacter
ATID hosted Rabbi, Scholar and Dean of the Rabbi Soloveitchik Institute,
Jacob J. Schacter, as our 2003 scholar-in-residence. Rabbi Schacter spent
an intensive week of teaching and mentoring the ATID Fellows, and also
delivered the keynote at our Mid-Winter Conference on “The Role of General Studies in Torah Education: Lessons from the Approach of Rabbi Joseph B.
5th Annual Mid-Winter Conference
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter
The Role of General Studies
in Torah Education:
Lessons from the Approach of
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Rabbi Shimon Adler
Rosh Minhal Hinukh HaDati
Misrad HaHinukh (in Hebrew)
Dr. Beverly Gribetz
Principal, Evelina de Rothschild School
ATID Faculty & Board
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Rabbi Schacter delivered two seminars to the ATID Fellows and Alumni. On Monday evening, January 20 he addressed
"On the Morality of the Patriarchs: Must Biblical Heroes be Perfect?" On Friday
morning, January 24 he spoke on "Facing the Truths of History: Theory and
Pedagogy" based on his widely discussed article in The Torah U-Madda Journal 8 (1999).
During his stay at ATID Rabbi Schacter met individually with
our ATID Fellows and faculty to discuss their research and to serve as a
resource to our work on behalf of Torah education.
of The Jewish Center in New York City, overseeing
its growth from 180 to more than 600 members. He recently concluded
his tenure as founding editor of Yeshiva University's The Torah u-Madda Journal.
Schacter with Rabbi Chaim Brovender
Rabbi Schacter is a leading American Orthodox rabbi, scholar and
educator whose active rabbinic career and numerous publications have
inspired many to deepen their connection to Judaism. Dean of the Rabbi
Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston, he also serves as rabbi of
the Maimonides Minyan in Brookline, Massachusetts. From 1981-2000, he
was the senior rabbi
Rabbi Schacter received rabbinic ordination from Mesivta Torah Vodaath
in 1973 and earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from Harvard
University in 1988. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in
1973 from Brooklyn College.
Rabbi Schacter is co-author of the award-winning A Modern Heretic and
a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy, and American
Judaism (1997), published by Columbia University Press, and author of
nearly fifty articles and reviews in Hebrew and English. He is the
editor of Reverence, Righteousness and Rahamanut: Essays in Memory of
Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung (1992), Jewish Tradition and The
(1992), the award-winning Judaism's Encounter with other Cultures:
Rejection or Integration? (1997) and co-editor of The Complete Service
for the Period of Bereavement (1995).
He has been awarded several research
fellowships and grants to further his scholarly research.
ATID Director Jeffrey Saks and R. Schacter
Rabbi Schacter holds a number of prominent Jewish communal
positions. He served as founding president of the Council of Orthodox
Jewish Organizations of the Upper West Side of Manhattan from
1994-2000, is a member of the Board of Governors of the Orthodox
Union, and is on the editorial boards of Tradition, Jewish Action and
Bechol Derachecha Da'ehu.
Rabbi Schacter is a highly sought-after speaker in the United States,
Europe, and Israel. He is currently completing a book featuring the
teachings of Rabbi Soloveitchik on Tisha B'Av, as well as a new Hebrew
edition of the autobiography of Rabbi Jacob Emden, to be published by
Mosad Bialik in Jerusalem.
The Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Brookline, MA, is a
center for the continuing professional training of rabbis and
educators and is devoted to compiling, disseminating and explicating
the work and thought of Rabbi Soloveitchik. Visit
www.rav.org for more information.