Fleetwood Synagogue hosted Miriam Krupka Berger on Saturday night, as part of its annual Charles Sidlow Memorial Lecture series. This year’s program was titled “The Prophet, the Priest, and the Public: An Examination of the Balance of Powers in the Age of Prophecy and What it Means for Us Today.” Ms. Berger, the current chair of the Tanach Department at Ramaz and a teacher there for over a decade, highlighted the differences between a navi and a kohen, elaborating on the navi’s role as a leader and the challenges he faced in translating the words and emotions of G-d.
The Scholar-in-Residence Program is sponsored by Robert Sidlow, Richard Sidlow, and their families, and is dedicated to the memory of their father, Charles Sidlow a”h. The memories of their father’s intellectual curiosity, his passion for learning, and his love of Judaism have inspired them to establish this program as a fitting tribute to his life. Past events have featured a wide variety of presenters, including Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, Rabbi Natan Slifkin, Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, Rabbi Shay Shachter, and Senator Joseph Lieberman.
After the shiur, guests were invited downstairs for a dairy dinner and a chance to learn more about this growing community. Fleetwood Synagogue is a close-knit Orthodox shul located in Mount Vernon, in lower Westchester County between Riverdale and New Rochelle.