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Mechon Hadar Executive Seminar - For Adults of All Ages and Backgrounds Mechon Hadar Executive Seminar - For Adults of All Ages and Backgrounds

Interested in immersing yourself in Jewish text study with adults of all ages and backgrounds from around the country?

Looking to integrate with the dynamic, cutting-edge community at Yeshivat Hadar?

Yeshivat Hadar's Executive Seminar
Sunday July 5, 2015 (evening) -- Thursday, July 9, 2015 (evening)

Check out our 2014 Executive Seminar Brochure!

We welcome both new and returning participants!

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Looking for a place to stay? Hotel NYLO of New York City (located within 10 minutes walk of the yeshiva) has a special deal for Mechon Hadar Executive Seminar participants. Simply go to this link and make your reservation!

Cancellation Policy: Before June 15, 75% refunds are available. Between June 15 and June 30, 50% refunds are available. After June 30, we are sorry but we cannot refund payments. If in the future you would like to attend a weeklong seminar, we are able to put 50% of your paid tuition to that seminar when you apply. Please note that refunds may take up to two weeks to process. We appreciate your patience. 



"I love studying Jewish classical texts, and this week was in a class by itself. The historical perspective that was presented in almost all of the talks, the social background of the texts, was outstanding... But the jewel in the crown is the faculty itself, their mastery of the material, their love of teaching, and their warmth and affection for the learners. They model Torah shel Chesed."

"I can't wait to get back to studying with you at Mechon Hadar in the Fall and Winter."

"Learning was fabulous as always. I get more optimistic about the future feeling the energy in the room as young and old learn together. Everyone is so respectful of each other and eager to learn."

– 2014 Executive Seminar Participants


Yom Iyyun

On the Wednesday of the Executive Seminar program (July 7th) is our annual summer Yom Iyyun. This will be a public event to which anyone, even non-Executive Seminar participants, can sign up to here. For more information about this program, take a look at its own page on our website.

Faculty Biographies

Rabbi Avital Campbell Hochstein is rosh yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Hadar. She is the former rosh kollel at the Pardes Institute. A research fellow at Mechon Shalom Hartman, she has taught Talmud for several years at both institutions and was rosh beit midrash at the new Hartman High School for Girls. She is the co-author of The Place of Women in Midrash (Yedioth Ahronoth 2008). Avital is also a founder of Kehilat Shirah Hadashah in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Shai Held is co-founder and rosh yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Thought. He served as scholar-in-residence at Kehilat Hadar, taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and is a Jacob Javits fellow in religion at Harvard University. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Shai was director of education and conservative rabbinic advisor at Harvard Hillel. A graduate of Harvard, he has taught for institutions such as the Drisha Institute, Hebrew College, Meah, UJACJP, and the Rabbinic Training Institute. Shai has also recently completed a doctorate in the department of religion at Harvard University; his main academic interests are in modern Jewish and Christian thought and in the history of Zionism.

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is co-founder, rosh yeshiva and executive director of Mechon Hadar and on the Talmud faculty at Yeshivat Hadar. A graduate of Harvard College, he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also completed an MA and is pursuing a doctorate in liturgy. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and in 2009 Newsweek named him one of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010).

Rabbi Ethan Tucker is co-founder and rosh yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. Ethan was a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, where he taught Talmud and Halakhah in the Scholars Circle. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.

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