Learn and Lunch with R. Avi Strausberg


August 3, 2019 - 12:30pm


Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, at 805 Columbus Ave at 100th

Rabbi Avi Strausberg, Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar Institute, will teach a shiur entitled, "Forgive and Forget or, All the Torah I Never Learned." The shiur will be followed by a catered dairy lunch and Mincha services. Everyone is welcome to join for learning. Our regular Shabbat morning babysitting will be extended until 2PM. 

Registration for lunch is now closed, but we may still have space available. Please email Jeremy Tabick to inquire. 

Shiur Description: Jewish sources come down hard on the evils of forgetting Torah. For those of who have learned a lot of Torah only to forget it, and perhaps will forget the very Torah in this lunch and learn, we'll explore if there might be any positive value in forgetting and whether there just might be something to the old phrase "forgive and forget." 

Bio: Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. Previously, she served as the Director of Congregational Learning of Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota. Avi received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education. She has taught students of different ages and backgrounds at Kehillath Israel, Temple Sinai, Makor, and Hadar Institute. Additionally, Avi has worked as a chaplain intern at Hebrew Senior Life and organized an anti-trafficking campaign as a rabbinic fellow at T’ruah. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus. Avi is most grateful for her wife, Chana, and two children, Ori and Niv. 

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