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About

ARI delivers college students high-level living through high-level learning, addressing the big questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Bringing together great, young minds from various campuses, ARI infuses Jewish scholarship with spirituality and purpose.

ARI stands for Analyze, Reflect, Inspire, and is an in-depth, four-day program in New York City geared for students with a strong interest in textual learning. ARI is under the auspices of Rabbi Shaul & Tzipah Wertheimer, Chabad on Campus of Queens, and is sponsored in part by Chabad On Campus International.

ARI costs $99, which includes classes, breakfast & lunch.

2018 scholars:

Dr. Binyamin Abrams – Dr. Abrams is an award winning educator and experienced speaker. Early in his career, he was honored to receive the student-nominated, student-voted Templeton Award for Excellence in student advising. More recently, he became one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious Metcalf Prize for Excellence in Teaching – the highest award given at Boston University.  He has published scholarly articles on his work in chemical education, and is known as a passionate innovator amongst his colleagues.  In addition to teaching, he travels extensively to lecture on various topics.

Mr. Aryeh Leib Ecker – Mr. Ecker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has worked in hospitals, schools and clinics. He has a private practice in Queens, and specializes in couples, anxiety, depression and addiction.

Mrs. Sarah Korn – Mrs. Korn is the co-director of Chabad Bowery. Her warm and genuine approach to life, makes everyone feel at home. Whether she is teaching the art of challah making or chasidut, it is filled with a contagious passion. “I love to teach, knowing that I’m imparting wisdom that will actually help my students and enrich their lives. What I love the most though, is the relationships. I have a very large extended family!”

Prof. Yehoshua November – Prof. November is the author of two poetry collections, G-d’s Optimism, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, and Two Worlds Exist, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and The Sun, and has been featured on National Public Radio. November teaches writing at Rutgers University and Touro College.

Rabbi Shais Taub – Rabbi Taub has delivered Torah lectures and classes to audiences on six continents. He writes a popular weekly column in Ami Magazine and is the author of the bestselling book, G-d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction as well as several groundbreaking works on Tanya including: the Tanya Map teaching tool, the Soul Maps curriculum, and the audio series Mapping the Tanya. He currently serves as scholar-in-residence at Chabad of the Five Towns in Cedarhurst, NY. For more of Rabbi Taub’s classes, visit SoulWords.org.

Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer – Rabbi Wertheimer is the founder and Executive Director of Chabad On Campus of Queens. He wrote the monthly Torah column for the Chicago Jewish Star, and has also been published in Huffington Post, Chabad.org, and Moment Magazine. An essay on the Jewish view towards aging will be published in a forthcoming volume of scholarly essays. He brings with him an excitement for sharing Torah with others, especially the teachings of Chassidus.

Mrs. Tzipah Wertheimer – Mrs. Wertheimer is the co-director of Chabad On Campus of Queens. She is passionate about learning and teaching Torah, and brings that energy to her writing. She has been published in Chabad.org and Huffington Post.

Past scholars have included:

Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld – Lincoln Square Synagogue; Manhattan Day School

Rabbi Shmuli Lieberman – Chabad of Hofstra

Mr. Gabe Goldfeder – Alzheimer’s Research

Mrs. Shifra Sharfstein – Chabad of Georgia Tech

Rabbi Levke Kaplan – Monsey Chabad Cheder