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Darkhei Noam hosts three scholar-in-residence weekends each year. During a Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat, our scholar will typically speak three times: on Friday night following Kabbalat Shabbat, on Shabbat morning before Mussaf, and at our community lunch. 
In addition, Darkhei Noam also hosts "mini" Scholar-in-Residence weekends. During these Shabbatot, our scholars will speak one to two times over the course of Shabbat.
We strive to ensure that our Scholars in Residence present our community with a wide range of topics.

5779 Scholars-in-Residence

October 12-13, 2018: Marcie Lenk

Full SIRs:
December 7-8, 2018: Talya Fishman
February 1-2, 2019: Samuel Heilman


Mini Scholar-in-Residence

Dr. Marcie Lenk - October 12 - 13, 2018

Marcie Lenk, who lives in Jerusalem, is currently the Academic Director of Bat Kol: Christian Institute for Jewish Studies and, for the last 6 years, served as director of Christian Leadership programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute. She received her PhD at Harvard University, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, an MA in Bible from Yeshiva University and a BA in Mathematics and Jewish Studies from Stern College. Dr. Lenk has taught Early Christianity, Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic Literature at institutions such as Boston University, CCNY and Jewish and Christian seminaries in Israel and the United States, and has lectured extensively in Europe, Israel and the United States.  

Dr. Lenk’s intellectual life and career has been devoted to organizing educational programs and teaching Jews and Christians (and people of other faiths) to understand and appreciate the basic texts, ideas, history and faith of the other.

She will speak three times this Shabbat on the subject of "Jews: A Part of the World or Apart From the World?"

  • After Kabbalat Shabbat: "Time to Trust Christians? Recent Orthodox Statements on Jewish-Christian Relations"
  • Shabbat morning before Musaf: "Noah: Learning from Gentiles"
  • Shabbat afternoon: "Sarah and Hagar as Insider and Outsider in Jewish and Christian Interpretation"

Thank you to Molly Pollak for sponsoring this Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat in memory of her mother, Suzette Pollak Klein, z"l. 


Prof. Talya Fishman - December 7 - 8, 2018

Talya Fishman is Associate Professor of Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of 'Becoming the People of the Talmud: Oral Torah as Written Tradition in Medieval Jewish Cultures' (2013).

She will address the community three times:

  • During Kabbalat Shabbat: "Shamor ve-zachor be-dibbur ehad? Ibn Ezra Circumvents a Miracle"
  • Before Musaf: "Torah Shebikhtav's Oral Transmission and Its Human Mudawwin/Editor"
  • During the community lunch: “Viewing Masorah in an Interfaith Context"

This Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat is sponsored by Ozzie Haller in memory of her husband, Jack Oliver Haller, z"l. Jack Haller was committed to Judaism and the significance of the community, and it is Ozzie's hope that bringing interesting ideas to the Darkhei Noam community will help preserve his memory. 

Samuel Heilman - February 1 - 2, 2019

Samuel Heilman holds the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies at the Graduate Center and is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queens College of the City University of New York. He is the author of several books including The Rebbe, When a Jew Dies: The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son, and most recently Who Will Lead Us? The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America. He has lectured around the world and is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines, most recently in Moment Magazine on the subject of Messiansim. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

He will address the community three times:

  • During Kabbalat Shabbat: "What's 'New' about the Recent New History of Hasidism?"
  • During a community dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat: "Succession in Munkacz: Oedipus in Boro Park"
  • Before Musaf: "Chabad, Messianism and the Denial of Death"

This Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat is sponsored by Mindy, Eric, Charlie and Maya Hecht in loving memory of Mindy's father, Dr. Charles H. Feldman, Yitzchak Tzvi ben Yaakov v'Leah, z"l.

Previous Speakers

5778: Steven Cohen, Shulem Deen, Herzl Hefter, Ilana Ruskay-Kidd, Anat Sharbat, ​​​​​​​Yael Zerubavel

5777: Leora Batnitzky, James Diamond, Moshe Halbertal, Christine Hayes, Alan Mintz,

5776: Lynn Kaye, Sharon Koren, Yehuda Levy-Aldema, Asher Lopatin

5775: Gal Beckerman, Yaffa Epstein, Lynn Kaye, Gary Rendsburg

5774: Hasia Diner, Shai Held, Sam Kassow, Judy Klitsner, Lucette Lagnado, Dani Segal, Jacob Wright

5773: James Diamond, Debra Kaplan, Yehuda Mirsky, Hindy Najman

5772: Jeremy Dauber​​​​​​​, Gila Keltenick

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