Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, will speak about "Jewish Obligations to Our Own Community and to the Larger World: The Wisdom of Jewish Sources" at the Lunchtime Scholar Series on Wednesday, May 30th. The lecture is sponsored by HUC-JIR and will take place at Mayerson Hall on the HUC-JIR campus, 3101 Clifton Avenue in Cincinnati, at 12:30 p.m.(concluding at 1:30 p.m.).
At the heart of Jewish religious tradition, there is the recognition that the Jewish community addresses both its own needs and the needs of the larger world. This dual mandate is reflected in a variety of classical Jewish sources, and this lecture will present and analyze these diverse texts so as to reflect upon the contemporary Jewish obligations towards both fellow Jews and all humanity.
A distinguished rabbi, scholar, and leader of the Reform Movement, Rabbi Ellenson, holds the Gus Waterman Herrman Presidential Chair and is the I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought. Recently named one of Newsweek's 50 most influential rabbis, Ellenson is internationally recognized for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981 and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1977. He is a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and a Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ellenson's extensive publications include Tradition in Transition: Orthodoxy, Halakhah and the Boundaries of Modern Jewish History (1989), Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer and the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy (1990) (nominated for the National Jewish Book Council's award for outstanding book in Jewish History, 1990), Between Tradition and Culture: The Dialectics of Jewish Religion and Identity in the Modern World (1994), and After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity (2004), a compilation of essays on Jewish values and identity, the challenge of emancipation, denominational responses, modern responsa, and contemporary works of legal and liturgical creativity
The Department of Outreach Education at HUC-JIR coordinates the Lunchtime Scholar Series, which aims to stimulate discussions with local and national scholars. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Dessert, coffee, and tea are provided. The Lecture on May 30 is free of charge and open to the public. Please reserve ahead by contacting the Department of Outreach Education at (513) 487-3053. Free parking is available and Mayerson Hall is handicapped accessible.