Weekend program to addressmodern Orthodox challenges

Weekend program to addressmodern Orthodox challenges

Dr. Rivka Press Schwartz

Congregation Netivot Shalom of Teaneck will host Rivka Press Schwartz as scholar-in-residence on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6. Dr. Schwartz is the director of general studies at the Frisch School, a Modern Orthodox coed high school in Paramus. She earned a doctorate in the history of science at Princeton University.

On Friday at 7:45 p.m., Dr. Schwartz will talk about possible responses to Rabbi Barry Freundel and the crisis caused by his reported mikvah voyeurism. On Saturday, she will talk about “Privilege, Perspective, and the Modern Orthodox Community,” and in the afternoon she will discuss “Choosing to be Obligated: The Paradox of Observance in the Contemporary World.”

Before coming to Frisch this year, Dr. Schwartz was assistant principal at SAR High School in the Bronx, where she also taught history of science. Before that, she taught history at Yeshiva and Stern colleges.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Abraham and Sheila Schlussel Learning Institute. Congregation Netivot Shalom is at 811 Palisades Ave. in Teaneck. For more information, go to netivotshalomnj.org.

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