Scholar in Residence Weekend 2024

Men’s Club’s Annual Scholar in Residence

Men’s Club is proud to sponsor Temple Etz Chaim’s 24th Annual Scholar in Residence Weekend Event, featuring our 2024 Guest Speaker, Shira Telushkin.

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 7, 2024
Click here for the Weekend’s Schedule of Events.

Click here to be a Scholar in Residence Sponsor now!

Shira Telushkin is a religion writer and reporter living in Brooklyn. Her articles chronicle the human search for meaning, addressing everything from Kosher slaughterers to Mormon missionaries, Taylor Swift fans, Torah scroll artists and more. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Teen Vogue, Wired and many other problibcation.

Shira writes for the Jewish press. For three years, she produced “Unorthodox,” the podcast of Tablet Magazine, and she has written Jewish advice columns for Tablet and The Forward. Shira teaches Religion Reporting at The City University of New York and holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University, and MDiv from The Harvard Divinity School.

Shira will be engaging with TEC’s community on the below topics:

What does it mean to be a Jew in Modernity: A literary journey into modern Judaism through the lens of stories and fun literary texts from Jewish history

  • Judge or Community Organizer? Stories of American rabbis and the changing demands and demographics of Jewish leadership in the 20th century
  • The value of holiness in a world of need: when sainthood seems selfish, and how to justify self-pursuit when others need you
  • Demons and Magic: Bringing the Enchanted World of Jewish Spirits into a Disenchanted Age
  • Bintel Briefs: Six stories from Jewish advice columns in the 1920s, and what they teach us about social justice, doubt and faith, parents and children, intermarriage, and friendship today (Or: 1920s Jews — They’re just like us! How Jewish advice columns from a decade of unionizing, losing faith, and braving the modern world can help us understand ourselves)
  • The New Jewish Wedding: the evolution of an ancient ritual (in the context of ritual history in general and how to bring modern meaning into life’s moments, big and small) 

Your continued commitment and generosity allow us to bring this informative and thought-provoking Scholar-in-Residence programing to our temple community. We once again ask and humbly appreciate your becoming a 2024 Scholar-in-Residence Program Sponsor at the Scholar Benefactor, Family of Scholarship, or Friends of SIR Levels.

To become a Program Sponsor at any level, please visit the TEC website (Click Here), call the TEC office or complete the sponsorship form below and return it in the enclosed envelope.

  • Friends of SIR ($36, or other amount): Your contribution will help ensure a legacy of meaningful Scholar-in-Residence programming into the future here at Temple Etz Chaim and enable the entire congregation to enjoy the full weekend of events. All sponsors will be recognized in the program booklet and ETZETERA.
  • Family of Scholarship ($136): The above plus invitations for you and a Guest to an exclusive Friday evening Shabbat dinner with Shira Telushkin, the Saturday evening event, and our Sunday brunch. 
  • Scholar Benefactors ($300+): Additional benefits include an invitation for you and a guest to dine at Shira table at the Friday evening Shabbat dinner and help defer costs to enable the entire congregation to enjoy the entire weekend of events. 

TEC Men’s Club thanks you for your continued support and participation in our activities. 

Please contact us at 805-497-6891 or at if you have any questions or suggestions. All Sponsorships must arrive in the TEC Office by Friday, March 22, 2024 for inclusion in the program booklet and to finalize our headcount for Shabbat Dinner on Friday, April 5.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you April 5th-7th, 2024 at our SIR weekend of learning events. 


Irwin Barney, TEC President

Mark Zucherman, TEC Men’s Club Chair