The Israel Rabbinic Program at the Jerusalem campus will open its academic year on October 11, 2010, with a festive Shacharit service led by the faculty, followed by a lecture by Professor Israel Levine on "Archaeology as a revolutionary factor in our understanding of Jewish life in antiquity; Case study: the synagogue." The day will continue with joint text study groups for students and rabbis who mentor student rabbis in the field. Students will then begin their semester's classes, while the mentoring rabbis will participate in an in-service workshop led by Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan and Elchanan Adler, "Active listening in rabbinic mentoring."
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