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NEXT WEEK: Community Dinner with Shabbat Scholar Dr. Aaron Koller

02/24/2020 01:44:00 PM


Next week, on Shabbat Tetzaveh (Zachor), March 6-7, we will welcome as our Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Aaron Koller, professor of Near Eastern studies and chair of the Beren Department of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University.

Please join us on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner, and over Shabbat for a series of presentations and discussions on a variety of Purim-related topics including unique themes in the Book of Esther and Purim's connection to Passover.

Reservations for the Friday night dinner should be made by Wednesday, March 4th.
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:35 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 7:00 PM (RSVP and payment required)
  • Lecture at 8:30 PM (free – all are welcome)
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 5:40 PM


Speaking Schedule & Topics

"Diaspora & Gender in Esther"
Friday Night, 8:30 PM

"Purim as a Prelude to Passover"
Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM

"A Q & A with Dr. Koller"
Seudah Shelishit, 5:40 PM


  Dr. Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller is professor of Near Eastern studies at Yeshiva University, where he is chair of the Beren Department of Jewish Studies. His last book was Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge University Press), and his next is Unbinding Isaac: The Akedah in Jewish Thought (forthcoming from JPS/University of Nebraska Press in 2020); he is also the author of numerous studies in Semitic philology. Aaron has served as a visiting professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and held research fellowships at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research and the Hartman Institute. He lives in Queens, NY with his wife, Shira Hecht-Koller, and their children.

Fri, September 24 2021 18 Tishrei 5782