BeisCamp, Eshel’s traveling LGBT Beit Midrash, hosts religious educators, scholars and rabbis to engage in the challenges of contemporary life and tradition.


Keeping the Law Just: The Living Tensions of

Tzedek and Mishpat

Tzedek and Misphat appear hundreds of times in the Tanach. They define God’s will and convey the very purpose of Abraham’s election by God. As distinct terms they mark an integration of law and compassion that is a key element of Eshel’s mission. In different ways, each lecture in this series will address the rich tensions between rules and reasons, between just process and fair outcomes and between social order and lovingkindness.

BeisCamp Presents:

Shuli Taubes!

Shuli Taubes serves as a faculty member at SAR High School in Riverdale, New York, where she teaches Tanakh, Jewish Identity, and chairs the Jewish Philosophy department.  She received her Masters in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and her BA in history from Barnard College.  She has also developed a curriculum for educating Modern Orthodox high school students in comparative religion and is a Community Scholar at the Young Israel of North Riverdale where she gives shiurim and serves in a pastoral role.

Shuli Taubes

February 25, 7:30-9 pm

Justice Before There Was Law: Tzedek and Mishpat in the Book of Genesis

Shuli Taubes

JCC Manhattan, 76th and Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY



Abraham is called “to keep the way of the Lord, by performing tzedek and mishpat.” But what can the way of the Lord as “righteousness and justice” mean, before “The Law” is given at Sinai? Who or what determined what was right and what was just? Is there an original “righteousness” or “justice” with which any future law must accord? We will explore the meaning and implications of these well-known, but complex terms in the book of Genesis, as they relate to Biblical narrative, legal interpretation, and Jewish identity.



Avi OrlowNovember 18, 7:30-9 pm

Steam it here:

Jumping into Justice: Between the Known and Unknown

Avi Orlow

The Carlebach Shul, 305 W 79th St, New York, NY




Rabbi KatzDecember 9, 7:30-9 pm

New Frontiers: Halakha Encounters Homosexuality and the Homosexual Person

Ysoscher Katz

Luria School, 238 St Marks Av, Brooklyn, NY



January 27, 7:30-9 pm

Body and Justice: Where Limitation and Perfection Meet

Aviva Richman

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, 54 Nagle Ave, New York, NY

Teacher Bios

Rabbi Avi Orlow serves as the Director of Jewish Education at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. He has held numerous positions as a camp educator and a Hillel Rabbi and spent an unforgettable stint running youth programming in Minsk, Belarus. Avi has a BA in religious studies from Columbia University and was ordained in the charter class of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the open Orthodox rabbinical school. Avi lives in White Plains with his wife, Cantor Adina Frydman, and their children, Yadid, Yishama, Emunah, and Libi.  He blogs religiously at ‪


Rabbi Ysoscher Katz is the the Chair of the Department of Talmud at Yeshiva  Chovevei  Torah and the Director of the Lindenbaum Cneter for Halakhic Studies. Rabbi Katz received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Yechezkel Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer.  He studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beit Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years.  A graduate of the HaSha’ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and SAR High School.  He was a leading teacher of a daf yomi class in Boro Park for over eight years.


Aviva Richman studied at the Pardes Kollel in Jerusalem and at the Drisha Scholars Circle in New York City.  She currently teaches Talmud at Mechon Hadar is pursuing a PhD in Talmud at NYU as a Wexner fellow, focusing on gender and sexuality in the Talmud.