Join the EDCJCC as we welcome Mechon Hadar into
our Center for an afternoon workshop. Mechon Hadar is an educational
institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing
communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. This learning program will
include a panel and a breakout session. Each session will bring open-hearted
and passionate discussions coupled with deep classical text study and new
interpretations for a modern age.
1:30pm—2:00pm Doors Open and Registration
2:00pm—3:15pm Plenary: Freedom and Redemption: Reflections on the Highlights of the Seder
3:30pm—5:00pm Workshops: Led by Rabbis Elie Kaunfer, Avi Killip, and Ethan Tucker
"Positive and Negative Liberty: Freedom from or Freedom to?"
In this session, we will
look closely at the question of the purpose of freedom and its role in the
Passover story. Following the insights of R. Yitzhak Hutner, a prominent
20th century rabbinic educator, we will reexamine just what this festival of
freedom is about and how it is meant to shape our lives.
Led by Rabbi Ethan Tucker
Arami Oved Avi - The Central Midrash of the Haggadah
Together we will examine
the midrash that
defines the Haggadah, uncovering new insights and understandings of this
critical rabbinic text. Why, of all midrashim, is this the core of the telling
of Seder night? What is added to our understanding of the Exodus through these
sometimes fantastical rabbinic comments? Through parallel sources and other
interpretations, we will aim to shed new light on the way we might read this
text, and explore its relevance for Pesah and our own spiritual lives.
Led by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
Assuming Authority or Persuading the Powerful: How does an Egyptian Prince make change in Egypt?
This session will explore
two Rabbinic stories of Moses's attempts to bring justice to Egypt. Each
Midrash depicts Moses as a person with some privilege and power (an Egyptian
prince), in a system that oppresses the weak (in this case, the Israelite
slaves). The texts describe two very different approaches to change
making. Together we will ask: What are the advantages and disadvantages of each
approach? And what do these stories of Moses teach us about Passover and our
Led by Rabbi Avi Killip
General Admission: $18
Student Admission: $10
Cost should not be barrier for participation in this program. Please be in touch if the cost of this program would prevent your attendance.
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is President and CEO of Mechon Hadar. Elie
has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud
investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in
liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A
Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of the
independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named
multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was
selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us
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Rabbi Avi Killip serves as VP of Strategy and Programs and Director of Project Zug at Mechon Hadar. Avi was ordained from Hebrew College's pluralistic Rabbinical School in Boston. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and holds a Bachelors and Masters from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Avi has worked as a teacher and Jewish professional in two synagogues, an independent minyan, a mikveh, and a yeshiva.
Rabbi Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. Ethan also directs Mechon Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. Previously, Ethan was a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, where he taught Talmud and Halakhah in the Scholars' Circle. 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. He has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.