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The Sounds of Music Study

What is Jewish music? How does it intersect with prayer? These questions are examined with text, instruments and voices in Ashira, the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary program for training prayer leaders. It will now also be explored via Schechter’s new MA program in Jewish Music.

Israel identity card

Getting Carded (In a Good Way)

Turning sixteen in Israel isn’t just a number.  At 16, Israeli teens get their teudat zehut identity cards.  Learn how TALI is helping teens reach higher, mark that rite of passage and connecting teens to their Israeli-Jewish identities.

Jewish Life & Learning

Prof. Renée Levine Melammed, Parashat Chayei Sarah and an Unknown Matriarch

Sarah, Abraham’s wife and the matriarch of the Jewish people, is a strong and independent character. Prof. Renée Levine Melammed, professor of Jewish history at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies,shares a story of a special woman, who was renowned for her exceptional intellect in an era when many women did not learn to read. This unknown matriarch, Sarah Rivka Leah Rachel Horowitz, showed an appreciation of women’s traditional roles while demonstrating that women had far more learning abilities than was usually recognized.

Parashat Vayera: Women and our Biblical Heritage

Parashat Vayera details Hagar and Ishmael being cast out at Sarah’s behest. Rabbi Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox, Lecturer in Family and Community Studies at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, discusses how we read this story today within our own cultural context. In today’s world, the role of women and the role of the patriarchy have changed. Not only that, but the minds of men and women have evolved along with their changes in status.