Beit Midrash | Learning Lab


How do we find healing and strength amidst brokenness? This year long program will explore how the lessons of the past, the wisdom of science, and the richness of Jewish tradition can help us cultivate hope and endurance even in these most difficult of times.

Chevruta learning on the theme of Resilience

Out of the Ruins: Jewish Wisdom on Resilience with Rabbi Avi Strausberg (Hadar)

December-March, four one-hour sessions. Learning in chevruta (in partnership with another person). *Register below.

As a TIC community we are engaging in a four-part study of Resilience in Jewish history. Small Groups will study chevruta style via zoom once a month from December-March (four sessions) to delve into this topic. Together, each group will look to Jewish traditions, focusing on narratives from the Torah as well as the events of Jewish history to mine our texts for wisdom on resilience. We’ll ask: What are the different shapes resilience takes? And, how might we cultivate our own capacity for resilience based on the wisdom of Jewish tradition?

TIC will assist in the creation of small study groups or you can study with a family member or chevruta partner(s) of your choice.

Prior to each session, each participant will receive by email a short video to be viewed prior to your scheduled session and Jewish texts and study questions to engage in with your Chevruta group.  We anticipate that each of the four sessions will be approximately one hour.

Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow.  She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education.  Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus.

*To register please click here and complete the form by Monday, November 23.
Groups will be created by the first week in December.

Beit Midrash Upcoming Learning Sessions

MIND: (Session took place on Sunday October 25)

Staying Power: Lessons from Ancient Judaism on the Art of Resilience (Dr. Steven Weitzman, Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania).

BODY: Sunday, January 24, 10:30 am-12:00 pm 

Resilience: The Importance of the Body in Coping with Trauma
Dr. Danny Brom, Founding Director of Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center 

Dr. Brom will speak about his work with people who have experienced significant trauma and a path to recovery and resilience. Join us for a speaker and bagel brunch (we supply the bagel but brunch is at your house, registration forthcoming) where we will explore the emotional effects of stress and resilience.

Dr. Danny Brom, founding director of Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center, is an internationally renowned expert on trauma and resilience in the face of terror and disaster. As Director of Metiv, he has brought his expertise in trauma to the fields of education, community resilience, health and mental health care to increase the capacity of Israeli society to cope with ongoing existential threats.

Dr. Brom served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is former chair of the Israel Trauma Coalition and served as Director of Research for AMCHA, which provides psychosocial support for first and second generation Holocaust survivors. Internationally, he has provided trauma and resilience training and consulting to professionals and service providers in the wake of terrorism and disaster, including New York after 9/11, Haiti, Turkey, New Orleans, and Mexico. Dr. Brom has been partner to 50 articles published in peer reviewed journals, and has co-authored seven books including Helping Children Cope with Trauma: Individual, family and Community Perspectives (2013), Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery (2009), and The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care. An International Handbook (2005).

SPIRIT: Wednesday, April 21, 8:15-9:30 PM

As individuals encounter life’s inevitable hardships and sorrow, where do we find comfort and healing? Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University.