Rabbi Lawrence Kushner Presents Nussbaum Lecture on Kabbalah

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Real Kabbalah, Junk Kabbalah & Why I Need to Know the Difference 

(Los Angeles, CA) On Sunday morning, March 18, 2007, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and Temple Israel of Hollywood will co-sponsor the 31st annual Nussbaum Lecture at Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. The guest lecturer and Nussbaum scholar will be Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Adjunct Professor and Lecturer on commentaries at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. Rabbi Kushner's new book, Kabbalah: A Love Story, explores the major themes, and types of Kabbalah, in the Jewish mystical tradition. A popular subject today, especially in the city of Los Angeles, Kabbalah is often misunderstood, and misrepresented. Rabbi Kushner seeks to shed some light on the topic. 

The breakfast will begin at 9:30 am, with the lecture commencing promptly at 10:00 am, after an introduction by Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Dean of the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR, and welcoming remarks by Rabbi John Rosove, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood. 

Rabbi Kushner is widely regarded as one of the most creative religious writers in America and is highly sought after as a lecturer and teacher. Through his lectures, articles and 15 books (translated into six languages), he has helped shape the present agenda for personal and institutional spiritual renewal. As the Scholar-in-Residence at the Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, Rabbi Kushner devotes his full energies to teaching and writing. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Jewish Spirituality at the Graduate Theological University in Berkeley. Previously, he was Rabbi-in-Residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/New York, where he taught spirituality and mysticism and mentored rabbinical students. He is presently an adjunct member of the HUC-JIR faculty. Rabbi Kushner served for 28 years as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. 

The annual Nussbaum Lecture was established in 1976 by friends of Rabbi Max Nussbaum and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in cooperation with Temple Israel of Hollywood. Rabbi Nussbaum, theologian, scholar, activist, Zionist was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and served Temple Israel of Hollywood from 1942-1974. Through the Nussbaum Lecture, world-renowned Jewish scholars have been invited each year to spend time in study and teaching at Temple Israel of Hollywood. 


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