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Briarcliff Rabbi Joins Rabbinic Leadership Initiative At Shalom Hartman

Rabbi Steven Kane
Rabbi Steven Kane Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- The Shalom Hartman Institute announces that Rabbi Steven Kane of Congregation Sons of Israel inn Briarcliff Manor, has been named to the sixth Rabbinic Leadership Initiative.

The three-year intensive fellowship program immerses rabbis in the highest levels of Jewish learning in order to equip them to meet contemporary challenges with increasing intellectual and moral sophistication. 

Throughout the next three years, the 28 rabbis of RLI VI will engage in extensive distance learning through video webinars, hevruta study, small group elective courses, and local projects. The capstones of each year’s activities are a three-week summer residency and a 10-day winter residency at the Institute in Jerusalem. 

The rabbis are chosen through a rigorous, multiyear process of applications, interviews and background research. Their commitment to the program must include time for their studies in Israel and by Distance Learning throughout the year, as well as securing financial support from their communities and/or local Federations. 

Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs, said the Institute has made advancement of rabbinic leadership one of its core missions for more than 30 years. 

“We invest our resources, faculty, and staff in helping rabbis explore the multiple voices within our Jewish tradition that can help them find personal meaning and purpose for their unique rabbinic journeys,” Berkun said. 

The RLI curriculum focuses on the main pillars of the scholarship and mission of the Shalom Hartman Institute: Judaism and Modernity, Religious Pluralism, Jewish and Democratic Israel, Jewish Peoplehood, Judaism and the World. 

“Equipped with a new array of texts, and a values-based methodology for applying traditional text to contemporary challenges, RLI rabbis are able to preach, write, teach, and lead with greater sophistication and depth,” Berkun said. “Fellows share that they feel empowered to take new risks, innovate new program models, institute new creative forms of prayer and ritual, and make Torah learning a more central component of their community.”

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