March 2020 -- Adar-Nisan 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 3

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Prepping for Passover

From March 29-31, 2020, Hadar is holding a Learning Intensive program in Westchester,   called Prepping with Purpose--Transformative Torah for your Seder, being held at Temple Israel Center, 280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains.  Open to all Jewish denominations and educational backgrounds, Hadar seeks to empower a generation of Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer and service.


This program will allow participants to spend three days immersed in Torah study in preparation for Pesach. They will connect with the Westchester community and Hadar faculty including Rabbi Shai Held, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Rabbi Avi Killip, and Rabbi Aviva Richman. Activities are geared to adults of all ages who are looking for deep Jewish learning.


Along with lectures and services, the three day initiative starts with Matza baking with Rabbi Ethan Tucker. He is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar and chair in Jewish law. He directs Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. In addition, Rabbi Tucker is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and the winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.


The Prepping for Passover program is sponsored in partnership with Westchester Jewish Council and the Westchester Board of Rabbis. Co-sponsors include Congregation Kol Ami, Community Synagogue of Rye, Bet Torah and Greenburgh Hebrew Center.

Founded in 2006, Hadar’s vision is “to build a core of individuals and communities that live a vision of Torah, Avodah and Hesed, so that this core radiates out to those in the larger Jewish Community.”  They achieve this by holding immersive programs, supporting alumni and communities with a focus on content, “offering a vision of Torah that is uncompromisingly honest, spiritually meaningful and socially responsible. Hadar  works  to build networks and strengthen communities on the ground throughout the U.S. and Israel.”


For more information and to register,  go to