Rabbi Dr. Gil Perl, head of school at Kohelet Yeshiva High School and chief academic officer of the Kohelet Foundation, and Miriam Krupka Berger, the dean of faculty and chair of the Tanach department at the Ramaz Upper School, will highlight the annual Challenges in Jewish Education Panel, to be held at the Young Israel of Stamford on Shabbat morning, January 6, 2018.
Rabbi Elisha Paul, the head of school at the Jewish High School of Connecticut, will moderate the panel, which will begin at 11a.m. immediately after services, and run for about an hour.
This year’s topic will focus on the following subject: Making Shabbat a More Positive Experience for Our Children.
“I’m excited that we will once again bring two top-notch Jewish educators to our community to discuss a most important topic,” said Michael Feldstein, who is organizing the event. “Last year we had more than 200 people come out on a Shabbat morning to hear our speakers, and I am hoping we can duplicate the success of prior years. It demonstrates that our community members are interested and concerned about the topic of Jewish education and want to hear what other professionals from other schools have to say on the subject.”
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.
The program is open to the entire community.