The Leiman Maisel Family Shabbaton

Wandering and Wondering: Babylon and Beyond
Fri-Sat | Jan 25-26

To kick off our year of “Wandering and Wondering,” our Shabbaton 2019 program will explore the vast landscape of Jewish experience with wandering and landlessness and how it has shaped our cultures, traditions, and individual identities. We will learn from scholar Sir Simon Schama, author Dara Horn, and New York Times columnist Bari Weiss as we consider our past, present, and future.


Sir Simon Schama CBE is a Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature and Contributing Editor at the Financial Times. His latest book, Belonging, volume 2 of The Story of the Jews, was short-listed for the Baillie-Gifford Prize and was among The Economist’s Best Books of 2017.

Bari Weiss is a writer and editor for The New York Times opinion section, writing about culture and politics. She was also senior editor at Tablet, the online magazine of Jewish news, politics and culture, where she edited the site’s political and news coverage. Bari is also the winner of the Reason Foundation’s 2018 Bastiat Prize.She is a graduate of Columbia University and a proud Pittsburgh native.

Dara Horn is an American novelist and scholar of Yiddish and Hebrew literature. In 2007, a year after completing her PhD, she was chosen by Granta magazine as one of 20 “Best Young American Novelists.” She is the author of five novels, including two National Jewish Book Award winners. Her most recent book, Eternal Life, is a 2018 New York Times Notable book. Her work appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. She has taught at Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College.



Fri | Jan 25
5:30 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat | PAS@87th - Please note the earlier service time
6:45 pm | Sir Simon Schama: The Story of the Jews | PAS@87th
8:00 pm | Oneg Shabbat Reception | PAS@90th

Please note: While registration for our Oneg Shabbat reception is now closed, we invite you to join us at our other Shabbaton programming.

Sat | Jan 26
9:00 am | Shaharit & Parashat HaShavua | PAS@89th
9:45 am | Shabbat Morning Services | PAS@87th
11:45 am | Bari Weiss: The Unslayable Dragon: Antisemitism Then and Now | PAS@87th
12:15 pm | Kiddush | Darlington Hall
12:45 pm | Minha | PAS@90th, Library
1:15 pm | Dara Horn: Founding Legends of Diaspora Communities | PAS@87th
2:00 pm | Panel Discussion: Dara Horn and Bari Weiss
Following the 2:00 pm Panel | Teen Follow-up with Rabbi Charlie Savenor and Niki Fleishman | RSVP to for location
Following the 2:00 pm Panel | 20s & 30s Gathering with Rabbi Witkovsky | RSVP to for location
5:00 pm | YFE Havdalah | PAS@90th | Separate Registration Required

If you have questions about this event, please contact Mara Bernstein at or 212-369-2600, x146.