Yavneh typically offers a Scholar-in-Residence weekend twice per year, in the Fall and the Spring. Past scholars have included:
- Rabbi Fern Feldman and Dr. Karen Barad provided an extraordinary opportunity to learn with a rabbi and a particle physicist. From their different, yet overlapping, perspectives, they shed a new light on creation and Jewish teaching. Drawing on texts from Torah, kabbalah, and quantum physics, they helped the Yavneh community learn how our own actions and intentions participate directly in the ongoing life of the universe. (Read more here.)
- Dr. Eugene Pogany, author of "In My Brother's Image: Twin Brothers Separated by Faith after the Holocaust", the extraordinary true story of Pogany’s father and uncle, identical twins born in Hungary to Jewish parents who chose to convert their family to Catholicism. As WW II unraveled their family, one brother was interned in a Nazi concentration camp, renounced Christianity and returned to Judaism, while the other, having become a Catholic priest, found shelter during the war in an Italian monastery.
- NCSU Professor Emeritus Joe Gomez speaking on "Art & Politics: How The Third Reich Tried to Silence the Music". Dr. Gomez led us in an exploration of the role music played in the Third Reich, Nazi attempts to use jazz music for propaganda purposes, and the Nazi regime’s attempted manipulation of composers and musicians, among other topics.