The Wexner Foundation will hold a series of videoconferences beginning next Monday, June 11, in memory of WGF Alum Rabbi Aaron Panken (Class 8). Each session will start at 12 pm and be taught by a friend of Aaron’s and an alum or faculty member of The Foundation. They will be basing their teaching on an element from one of the courses Aaron developed and taught at HUC-JIR, where he was a student, faculty member, and then President. The original syllabus was called “Twelve Tremendous Texts.”

Our next and final session is with Rabbi David Ellenson, PhD, at noon on August 28th. Click here to “zoom” in to the videoconference. 

To access one or more of the sessions, please click the corresponding title below. They are hyperlinked to the zoom link you need to get into the videoconference:


June 11 – Rabbi Asher Lopatin – Truth-Telling and the Rabbis
June 12 – Rabbi Emily Langowitz – The Individual Opinion and the Majority
June 13 – Dr Joshua Holo – Teyku: The Unresolved (hypothetical?) Argument
June 14 – Dr Shaul Kelner – Appropriate Argument
June 18 – Rabbi Michael Marmur, PhD – Martyrdom: Rabbi Hanina ben Teradion
June 20 – Rabbi Elka Abrahamson – Defining and Defending Leadership
June 21 – Rabbi Danny Nevins – Beauty, Argument and Collegiality
June 26 – Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD – The Talmid Hakham and the Rav
June 27 – Rabbi David Segal – Truth and the Rabbis
June 28 – Dr Dov Weiss – Magic and Miracles vs the Rabbinic Establishment
June 29 – Rabbi Josh Fixler – Many Roles of Rabbinic Leadership
August 28 – Rabbi David Ellenson, PhD  – Torah, Development and Reward

We hope to see you online.

To see the original course syllabus, please click here.