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New Education Focus On Old-School Civics | Jewish Week
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What really happened at the original Trefa Banquet | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Sarna – What really happened at the original Trefa Banquet

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Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student recently served on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. The Treifa Banquet didn’t directly lead to the birth of the C movement, and I wish Dr Sarna would have been more clear. What it did do was convince the Orthodox Jews who saw value in unity under Weiss’s “Hebrew Union” (to borrow the name of the college) and strike out on their own. But JTS in the years of its founding was within the Orthodox umbrella, sharing many of the same founders as the OU.

    The C movement later emerges as a leftward breakaway from O, not at this time as a rightward breakaway from R.

    (An important point, as those who do not remember history seem determined to repeat it.)

  2. One can’t understate that even from an early time JTS was certainly different than standard Orthodox. SE pictures of Solomon Schechter talking with other faculty members bareheaded. I doubt you can find that in any Yeshiva. See Mordechai Kaplan who was involved wth JTS for awhile. JTS was never like HUC but OTOH it was never like RIETS or any classical Yeshiva.

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