Jan 6, 2009 — In an effort to help rabbis understand, anticipate and respond to the needs of congregants, students and friends during the difficult economic climate, the Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) – Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) will present “What the Rabbi Needs to Know about the Current Financial Crisis,” a two-part interactive conference broadcast on the Web.
The Web casts will air for an hour and a half on Tuesday, Jan. 6 and 13, and will address the financial side and the pastoral component respectively. Speakers include members of the YU faculty and administration and other communal leaders.
The financial panel will be moderated by Rabbi Shaul Robinson of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York. Sharing their expertise will be: Avi Lauer, general counsel and vice president for legal affairs of Yeshiva University; Dr. John Malindretos, associate professor of finance at Sy Syms School of Business; Rabbi Yossie Stern, founder and executive director of Bergen County-based Project EZRAH; and Rabbi Hershel Billet of Young Israel of Woodmere in New York.
The pastoral component, which will focus heavily on the psychological ramifications of the crisis, will be moderated by Rabbi Jonathan Schwartz of Congregation Adath Israel in Elizabeth, N.J., who is also a clinical psychologist in private practice. Panelists will be: Dr. David Pelcovitz, the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Professor of Jewish Education at Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration; Dr. Sara Barris, a clinical psychologist in family practice; and Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Congregation Ahavat Torah in Englewood, N.J.
“The program will provide the rabbis with tools to aid those who are suffering in this global crisis,” Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of the Center for Jewish Future, said.
Rabbi Brander added that they are also “reaching out to clergy outside the Orthodox community, since this issue permeates the entire community. The CJF is concerned about the future of our entire people.”
The program will be recorded and participating rabbis will be able to ask questions via e-mail during the program.