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The 16th Annual Challenges in Jewish Education Panel

Saturday, January 6, 2018 • 19 Tevet 5778

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMYIS


Making Shabbat a More Positive Experience for Our Children

Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl
Chief Academic Officer, Kohelet Foundation

Miriam Krupka Berger
Chairperson, Tanach Department, Ramaz Upper School 

Rabbi Elisha Paul
Head of School, Jewish High School of Connecticut (moderator)


Rabbi Perl has been at Kohelet in Philadelphia since 2014. Prior to that, he served for seven years as the dean of the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South, in Memphis, and before that served as an instructor of modern Jewish history at Yeshiva University and as the associate head of school at Yeshiva University's High School for Boys. He earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, his master's and Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University, and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. As a teaching fellow at Harvard, Rabbi Perl was twice awarded Harvard's prestigious Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and in the spring of 2006 he was named Yeshiva University's Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor of the Year. He writes and lectures widely on topics relating to the history of modern Jewry and contemporary Jewish education. He is the author of the book "The Pillar of Volozhin: Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin and the World of Nineteenth-Century Lithuanian Torah Scholarship," published by Academic Studies Press.

Miriam Krupka Berger has been an administrator and Judaic studies instructor at the Ramaz Upper School since 2006. In addition to her role in the classroom, she shapes the Judaic studies curriculum, teaches interdisciplinary seminars, and is heavily involved in student Israel guidance and the student AIPAC group. Ms. Krupka received her BS in finance from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University and a master's in modern Jewish history from the Bernard Revel School of Jewish Studies. She completed a master's in Jewish philosophy from Columbia University where her thesis work focused on the messianic writings of Isaac Abravanel.


Followed by a special kiddush co-sponsored by BCDS, Carmel and JHSC;

The program is open to the entire community

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