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ATID Scholar-in-Residence

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. Soloveitchik.”  

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
--In English--
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.

Rabbi 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
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.

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 Nontraditional Jew (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).

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.
He has been awarded several research fellowships and grants to further his scholarly research.

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 for more information.

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