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Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz

Friday, February 15, 2019 10 Adar I 5779

6:45 PM - 8:30 PMASBI Social Hall

Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz
Shabbat, February 15 & 16 at ASBI

Friday Night
Join us for a Shabbat dinner at shul at 6:45 PM, then stay for an oneg at 7:30 PM with a talk by Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz. All are welcome at the oneg even if you can’t attend dinner!

"Money, Materialism and Modern Orthodoxy"
Modern Orthodox Jews consistently identify "the tuition crisis" as the biggest issue facing our community, but day school tuition is only one piece of a larger story about how we earn and spend money and the values we hold and transmit around material success. This talk will examine some of the "hidden curriculum" around our community's assessments of its needs and what it takes to provide for them.

Please register for Shabbat dinner below.


Shabbat Morning Drasha
"How Modern Orthodox Jews Engage as Citizens"
Jews in America are more secure, prosperous, and free than Jews at any point in the Diaspora (even accounting for recent concerns about rising antisemitism on the right and the left.) We are given the opportunity to participate fully as American citizens. What choices do we, as individuals and as a community, make about how we engage as American citizens? What forces, within our community and in broader American society, help shape those choices? And are they the right ones?


Post-Kiddush Shiur
"Having It All: Modern Orthodox Families and the Juggling Act"
Modern Orthodox families feel squeezed on all sides—by the demands of contemporary work, financial pressures, and family life, and by the religious and communal demands of Jewish life. This talk will analyze some of the underlying forces that got us here, and will offer some concrete and practical suggestions for successfully managing the juggling act. Babysitting will be extended to 1:30 PM for this shiur.

Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz has spent almost twenty years in the field of Jewish secondary education. She currently serves as the Associate Principal, General Studies at SAR High School, and as a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

Dr. Schwartz earned her B.A. in physics and history of science at Case Western Reserve University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, writing her dissertation about the cultural history of the Manhattan Project. In addition to teaching high school, she has served as an adjunct professor of history at Yeshiva and Stern Colleges. She writes and speaks widely on issues of contemporary importance in the American Jewish community. Dr. Schwartz lives in Washington Heights, NYC, with her husband, Rabbi Ezra Schwartz, and their five children.



by reservation only


Early-Bird Cost (Until 1/28/19): $16 Members  |  $21 Non-Members

Regular Cost: $20 Members  |  $26 Non-Members

Members: Log into your account to redeem your discount.


Registration closes at 11:59 PM on Monday, February 11.


If you have any dietary restrictions, please list them in the notes when you register.

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