The Second Dorson Scholar-in-Residence

Avram MandellOur Scholar-in-Residence for 2018 was Avram Mandell, director and founder of Tzedek America.

On Friday night, Avram spoke on Challenges of Giving Your Time to Heal the World (Community Room, open to the public)

Saturday morning, Avram led Torah Study – Parashat Shemini: The Blessing and the Spiritual Challenge. Then at services, he spoke on Cheshbon HaNefesh (Accounting for Your Soul): What Will You Do with Your Jelly Beans?

He presented a workshop to our teens, Stand Up for What’s Right, on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning before Religious School, he led a workshop with our Religious School staff on Creative Ways to Actively Engage Your Students. Then, following a breakfast sponsored by the Chad Ash Brotherhood, he gave a workshop for males and male-identifying individuals on Manliness in Judaism.

About Our Scholar:

Mandell brings nearly 20 years of experience developing and leading educational programs for Jewish children, teens, and adults. He aspires to create high-impact immersive programs that engage groups in Jewish learning in a fun and relevant way and inspire them to incorporate Jewish values in their everyday lives.

Tzedek America is an organization that teaches 18-20 year-olds leadership, communication, and confidence-building skills — lifelong learning tools that will help them build a successful and purposeful life while they work to make a better world. Programs are designed to give them the opportunity to explore and redefine their Jewish identity, both as an individual and as an American citizen.