YU Presents New Semester of Community Beit Midrash Program

Weekly Course to Feature Drs. David Pelcovitz and Smadar Rosensweig; Begins October 14

Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) will present a new semester of its Community Beit Midrash Program on October 14 at its Israel Henry Beren campus, 215 Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

Dr. David Pelcovitz
Dr. David Pelcovitz

Open to men and women of all ages, the six-week program will feature Dr. David Pelcovitz, the Gwendolyn & Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and Dr. Smadar Rosensweig, clinical assistant professor of Bible at Stern College for Women.

“Yeshiva University strives to both provide our students with a rich and meaningful education as well as make that knowledge available to the broader community and the world at large,” said Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, the David Mitzner Dean of the CJF. “The newest iteration of our Community Beit Midrash Program will accomplish this goal by providing participants with the opportunity to learn from two of the University’s foremost scholars and experience YU’s unique brand of Torah learning firsthand.”

Smadar Rosensweig
Dr. Smadar Rosensweig

Titled Positive Psychology and Jewish Thought, Pelcovitz’s weekly class will explore this new field of psychology through the prism of Jewish thought, focusing on what individuals can do to enhance happiness, gratitude, forgiveness, empathy, mindfulness and meaning.

Rosensweig’s class, Journey Through Tanach: Exploring Haftarot, will examine the origins and development of the Haftarah using early rabbinic, medieval and modern commentaries to chart its inclusion in formal public readings in the synagogue. The sessions will focus specifically on the Haftarot of Noach, Lech Lecha, Vayera, Chayei Sarah, Toledot, and Vayetzei.

“This new program was developed as a direct response to feedback received from lay leaders and members of the Jewish community in an effort to create unique educational opportunities for Jewish men and women across the Tri-State area,” said Rabbi Glasser. “This joint effort with the University’s alumni and regional offices will give participants a spiritually fulfilling and intellectually satisfying experience and will continue to strengthen the ties between Yeshiva University and the greater Jewish community.”

For more information or to register, please visit www.yu.edu/beitmidrash.