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Michael Stern Scholarship Fund

Michael Stern Scholarship Fund

The synagogue is happy to announce the establishment by his family of The Michael Stern Torah Study Scholarship Fund. It is intended to help launch Adas Israel’s young people into their own explorations of the intellectual and spiritual heritage of our people. It is named in memory of one of this synagogue’s own great sages, Michael Stern, who engaged in Torah study for its own sake, advancing to the level of “master teacher,” a designation conferred in 2018 by our senior rabbis. Michael was propelled only by his desire to learn the profound teachings of our tradition and to impart them to various segments of his community. For decades, Michael offered Divrei Torah in the daily minyan, in the traditional egalitarian minyan, and in the Havurah where he served for over 40 years as ba’al Koreh. In this latter capacity, Michael trained over 150 people to chant from the Torah scroll. He also was a leading force in his Adas Israel-based study group now approaching its 50th anniversary. There Michael created numerous curricula, with topics ranging from Jewish mysticism, to personalities of the Talmud, to modern Jewish authors. 

This Fund is intended to assist young adult members of Adas Israel, including those attending high school or college, and is available for any level of learning. Accepted applicants may use money dispensed by the Fund to participate in programs or courses of study “lishma” (for its own sake) at institutions such as the Jewish Study Center, Hadar, Svara, Brandeis Bardin Institute, and others. The fund will be administered by Rabbi Kerrith Solomon and Rabbi Sarah Krinsky.

Please respond to questions below in no more than 500 words. Questions can be sent to Rabbi Kerrith Solomon or Rabbi Sarah Krinsky. The program is commencing immediately. Applications for 2021 will be received and considered on a rolling basis. 

Sat, October 23 2021 17 Cheshvan 5782