ScholarStream with JTS and Zeigler

Or Zarua is pleased to continue to sponsor ScholarStream, an adult education initiative

ScholarStream is a program that four institutions of the Conservative/Masorti Movement — the Rabbinical Assembly, USCJ, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies — have created as a joint initiative to offer high quality adult education opportunities to all those interested in participating.

Starting Feb. 24, 2021, you can learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions. Scroll to bottom for registration links.

Two Program Tracks:

Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) – Jews and Power: From Biblical to Modern Times

Wednesday 8-9 PM

An exploration of the implementation of Jewish power, in the past and in the present. How have Jews rebelled against, accommodated to, and made use of structures of power in varying historical contexts?

  • February 24:  Jack Wertheimer with new research on the nexus of money and power in Jewish philanthropy today
  • March 3: Rabbi Gordon Tucker on allegations of dual loyalty against Jews in power throughout Jewish history.
  • March 10: Amy Kalmanofsky on rebellions in the Bible, both lauded and decried.
  • March 17: Marjorie Lehman on what we can learn from the power wielded by an ancient Jewish queen.

Conservative Yeshivah (CY) – Reimagining Exodus Through Stories, Songs, and Sightseeing

First three sessions on Thursdays 1-2 PM; fourth session on Tuesday 1-2 PM

  • March 4: Ilana Kurshan, “Sorcery and Secret Arts: Magic and Demonology in the Lore of Passover, Then and Now”
  • March 11: Stephen Arnoff, “These Songs of Freedom: Discovering the Rock and Roll Canon for Passover”
  • March 18: Jonty Blackman, “Journeying to and Through the Promised Land: Part I of an In-Depth Tour of Some of Israel’s Most Notable Sites”
  • Tuesday, March 23: Jonty Blackman, “Journeying to and Through the Promised Land: Part II of an In-Depth Tour of Some of Israel’s Most Notable Sites”

If these times do not work for you, these sessions will be recorded. 

There is no fee for OZ members, but you must register in advance.

MEMBERS: Register at the links below and use the code emailed to members Feb. 23 to waive the cost, or email Deborah at for the code.

NON-MEMBERS: Register at the links below; cost is $25 per series.

Click here to register for the JTS Wednesday program.

Click here to register for the CY Thursday/Tuesday program.

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to join the sessions in the confirmation email after they register. The deadline to register for a given session is 11 AM ET on the morning of the session


If you have any questions about ScholarStream or registration, please email Max Arad at