Chabad on Campus unveils scholar-in-residence program; semester-long series looks at tzedakah

Joey Rosenfeld has joined Chabad on Campus as its inaugural Scholar-In-Residence at the Beit Midrash program. 

Rosenfeld will lead the Semester Intensive, a series of classes on an important aspect of Jewish monetary ethics, tzedakah. Rosenfeld will lead students in examining the philosophical, ethical, mystical and practical concepts upon which the notion of tzedakah is built.

Each week will feature text-based reading in Hebrew and English, student discussion, and a class by Rosenfeld. The curriculum is designed so that each class can be consumed independently of the others, though, the sum of the parts should equal to a comprehensive understanding of Jewish philanthropy.

According to Rabbi Hershey Novack, director of Chabad on Campus and senior campus rabbi, “Reb Joey offers a wealth of knowledge coupled with the ability to explain complicated subjects, without dumbing them down. We are lucky to be able to recruit a scholar of Reb Joey’s caliber” (Reb is an honorific title, often used for a teacher).


Rosenfeld has significant Jewish study experience in various Yeshivot, such as Ohr Yerushalayim, Heichal Yisrael in Queens, Lander College Beis Medrash L’Talmud, and has a master’s degree in social work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York. He recently moved to St. Louis with his wife and two children.

The part-time position was funded by a Maor Family Foundation grant. For more information on Chabad on Campus, visit