Where The Rabbinate And Academia Meet

Each year, a group of the world’s leading scholars of Judaic studies and beyond gathers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies to study a shared topic at the forefront of the field of Jewish studies. Their research on Jewish civilization, past and present, has the potential to enhance Jewish life and shape Jewish culture beyond academic borders. While scholars have opened up vast unexplored areas of knowledge, the task of translating this knowledge for the Jewish community is best achieved by rabbis, who are expert in translating relatively complex data and research into increasingly accessible, meaningful and usable wisdom.

LEAP brings together outstanding academics with equally outstanding rabbis. Just as there is now an emergent field of translational medicine, whose goal is to move from the bench side to the bedside, Clal created LEAP to bring what might be called translational Jewish wisdom from the academics to the rabbis, who in turn will bring this wisdom to the communities they serve.

This Year’s Theme:

The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In

As an object of inquiry, the home has not one door but many.

Fellows look into the Jewish home across many different thresholds and look back out from the home into the broader world.


Sample Topics

Inventing Jewish Ritual

Religion at Home in Early Modern Europe: Printed Possibilities

Death and Afterlives in Ancient Israel

This Year’s Fellows

Elyse Winick

Elyse Winick is the Senior Director of Learning and Education at CJP, where her portfolio includes Young Adults, Families with Young Children and Adult Learning.  She previously served as the Jewish Chaplain at Brandeis University and as the Director of KOACH:  The Center for Conservative Judaism on Campus of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Read More

Charles Savenor

Rabbi Charles Savenor works at Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS) as the Director of Congregational Education. Before coming to PAS, he worked for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) as the Director of Kehilla (Congregational) Development for 6 years and at the Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School as the Associate Dean and Director of Admissions.Read More

Barry Dolinger

Originally from NY, Rabbi Barry Dolinger now lives in RI with his wife Naomi Baine and daughter Netzach.  There, he spends his time engaged in different ventures to create meaning and connection in a fundamentally disconnected world.  After earning a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, he earned his J.D. from Fordham Law School and was ordained as a Rabbi by RIETS, YU’s affiliate rabbinical school.  Read More

Dasi Fruchter

Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter is the founder and spiritual leader of the South Philadelphia Shtiebel, a new and inclusive Modern Orthodox community in South Philadelphia. Rabbanit Fruchter also holds the position of Halachic Advisor for Niddah and Women’s Health at Beth Sholom Congregation. Read More

Erin Glazer
Rabbi Erin Glazer is a rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Erin brings a wealth of work experience to her role. Read More

Eric Yanoff

Rabbi Eric Yanoff received his rabbinic ordination and an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City in 2004. While at JTS, Rabbi Yanoff interned at Temple Israel in White Plains, served as a hospital chaplain at Westchester Medical Center, and taught Bible, Talmud, Philosophy, and Drama at the Solomon Schechter High School of New York.Read More

Lisa S. Greene

Rabbi Lisa S. Greene has served North Shore Congregation, Glencoe, IL since 1999. Prior to that, she served Temple Jeremiah for four years.  Rabbi Greene is proud that her work creates small communities amidst the larger congregation as she teaches, creates experiential learning with lay partners, marks sacred time in innovative ways, and empowers people to learn and lead. Read More

Joshua Z. Heller

Rabbi Joshua Z. Heller has served as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Torah since July 2004 and has made it the fastest-growing congregation in the Southeast. He is known for his skills as an inspiring preacher and teacher, his sense of humor (including “high holiday sermon bingo”) and his caring for Jews in need.Read More

Howard J. Goldsmith

As senior rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rabbi Goldsmith takes an intensely personal approach to Jewish leadership. He believes that each of us is on a personal Jewish Journey and that we best actualize our Jewish selves in a warm, supportive, non-judgmental community. As such he continually fosters a breadth and depth of worship experiences, programs, educational opportunities and social action initiatives in partnership with fellow clergy, staff, lay-leadership, congregants, and community members. These allow each member of the congregation to forge a personally meaningful Jewish path.Read More

Leah Sarna
Leah Sarna is the Director of Religious Engagement at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, IL, a leading urban Orthodox congregation. Read More


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