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Over 80 participants joined us this week as the preeminent scholars of the Jewish Theological Seminary descended upon CJHS for two days of study with our community during the Isidor and Rose Wagner Institute.
The theme of the Institute was Avadim Hayinu: The Meaning of Servitude, Slavery and Redemption in Jewish Text and Jewish History. Attendees were treated to a variety of learning sessions on topics such as why we recline at the Pesach Seder and how modern human trafficking relates to the Jewish experience of slavery. The CJHS senior class also had the opportunity to learn with JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen while the juniors studied with Professor Benjamin Sommer.
One of the highlights of the Institute was the presentation of the Wagner Institute Essay Contest winners. Junior Hannah Given and Senior Ada Moses were each awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for their winning poems. Mazal Tov!
To read the award winning poems, click on the links below:
Hannah Given’s Poem
Ada Moses’ Poem