Rabbi David Ellenson to teach on "Diverse Perspectives on Jewish Legal Texts" at the JCC of Manhattan on February 3

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Diverse Perspectives on Jewish Legal Texts

Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Rabbi Saul J. Berman, director of Edah, will discuss their diverse perspectives on the significance of a set of Jewish legal texts. At each session, they will present and analyze a specific rabbinic responsum (judicial decision) dealing with a current issue. They will reflect together on texts related to conversion, the relationship between Jews and Christians, and education. The discussion will range from investigation of the historical background and philosophical premises of the responsa, to their place in legal history and their spiritual and communal implications.


3 Tuesdays 
Jan 13, Feb 3 & Mar 2 
8 - 9:30 pm $60 members/$75 nonmembers 
RABBI/JLSW4 
Location: The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. (Program room assignments will be available at the JCC Customer Service Desk, in the lobby of the Samuel Priest Rose Building 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu