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The Alchemy of Rabbi Sacks’ Leadership: To Create Leaders, Empower Students

In a dishonest world, where cynicism is tempting, our Sacks Scholars program was countercultural, reminding us to serve with joy, hope, courage, and wonder
Yonit Schiller via Times of Israel
Yonit Schiller via Times of Israel
Dr. Mijal Bitton is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Rosh Kehilla (communal leader) and co-founder of the Downtown Minyan in New York City. Mijal received a BA from Yeshiva University and earned her doctorate from New York University, where she conducted an ethnographic study of a Syrian Jewish community with a focus on developing the field of contemporary Sephardic studies in America.  She is an alumna of the

Last week, I had the opportunity to be part of a truly unforgettable educational gathering in the heart of Jerusalem, the Sacks Scholars Program. It was an experience that went far beyond anything I could have imagined. It touched my heart and inspired me spiritually in ways I had long stopped expecting.

Since my return, I’ve been slowly adapting to my regular routine without the presence of this remarkable group of individuals. They were not only kind and funny (mostly in what I now assume is a hilarious and charming British way), but they also became friends who embody integrity, sincerity, and avodat Hashem (service of God). As I reflect on the magic of our time together, I’ve been trying to pinpoint what made this gathering so exceptional.

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