Scholar in Residence

Engaging with Jewish ideas in relevant ways.
Affirming liberal Jewish values and authenticity.
Creating an inclusive, pluralistic learning space.
Deepening our knowledge of Judaism, while exploring our own beliefs and practices.

I believe that liberal Jews are authentic owners of Jewish sacred texts. That’s why I serve often as a Scholar in Residence for congregations and organizations, leading learners to deepen their connection with Judaism, with each other, and with themselves through engagement with text and tradition.

Here are the 5 things you need to know about my classes:

  1. Our topics are relevant to real Jewish life. Check out the list of topics below!
  2. We engage directly with sacred texts: I don’t lecture. We make meaning together from our ancient sources.
  3. Every class is extensively researched: I pull sources from many perspectives – Rabbinic, Biblical, historical, academic, archaeological, modern. Our discussions reflect the diversity of Jewish tradition.
  4. There can be more than one “right” answer. We create a pluralistic environment where people can discuss and debate ideas.
  5. Format is flexible. Zoom or in-person. Lunch-and-learn, weekly series, scholar-in-residence weekend, or single session.

Session Topics:


Testimonials

My congregation recently invited Rabbi Micah Streiffer to teach an adult education session, and it was great!  He actively engaged our learners in conversation and helped them connect their own beliefs and practices with Jewish texts. Micah is a great teacher who can take more academic subjects and make them accessible. I encourage you to reach out to him if you’re looking for a guest teacher.
Rabbi Joel Simon – Congregation Schaarei Zedek, Tampa, Florida

“Rabbi Streiffer taught an excellent course to our congregation. He was engaging and knowledgeable, was well prepared with interesting and thoughtful texts, and we plan to invite him back to teach again.
Rabbi Stephen Wise – Shaarei-Beth El Congregation, Oakville, Ontario

“Rabbi Micah brings Torah to life with his depth of knowledge, insight & humour.”
Susan Proctor – Charlotte, North Carolina 

Rabbi Micah Streiffer is a master of Zoom talks. He recently gave our congregation a lively, thoughtful and engaging presentation about Judaism and the environment, generating much discussion among our members.
Alan Breznick – Chair of Adult Education, Beth Isaiah, Guelph, Ontario
 
“Rabbi Streiffer, thank you so much for connecting with us online through video conference! We all learned a lot from you today! It was a very good experience for the students.
Prof. Tina Chi – Fu-Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan
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