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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rabbi Lewis M. Barth, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Midrash and Related Literature, will be the Scholar in Residence at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester on April 8-10, 2011. The weekend will be devoted to the overall theme of how Ancient Rabbinic Judaism deals with some of the great problems and concerns of our contemporary world: baseless hatred, extreme language and slander in the public arena, corruption that undermines a healthy society, and finally the need for forgiveness and understanding.



Dr. Michael Chernick, Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice, spoke on the topic, "The Beginnings of the Rabbinic Seder: Study vs. Action and the Uses of Memory in the Celebration of Passover," on March 31, 2011. Chernick received notification of the acceptance of his paper titled "Shabbat Shalom: The Sabbath and Its Connection to Peace," which will be presented at the November 2011 meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Francisco.




Dr. Michael J. Cook, Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies, will serve as Scholar-in-Residence at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Bridgewater NJ, Sunday, April 10, 2011. He will be the keynoter of the Clergy Institute on the history of Easter season Passion dramas from the 17th Century through the modern day, to be held at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough, NJ, on April 11, 2011.





Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D., Steinberg Emeritus Professor of Human Relations, presented the keynote address at the annual conference of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation on "Stories of Living: Shattering Stereotypes of Aging." He spoke on the Healer as Aged Person. Rabbi Cutter also conducted a series of workshops.






Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies, will give a lecture at the University of New Mexico on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, on "Images of Muhammad in medieval Jewish and Christian literatures: the problematic of a 'New' prophet." Click here for further information.  Rabbi Firestone will participate in an international symposium, “Legal Scholar - Preacher - Spiritual Adviser: Changing Roles of Rabbis, Pastors, and Priests” in Regensburg, Germany on September 19-22, 2011.  Click here for further information.




Dr. Leah Hochman, Director, Louchheim School for Judaic Studies, and Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought, will be the Scholar in Residence during Temple Sinai of Las Vegas's annual retreat to Zion National Park on April 29-May 1, 2011. Dr. Hochman will be teaching and learning on "Telling Our Stories: Jewish Stories About Ourselves and Others," "The Beauty in Judaism, Aesthetics, Nature and Religion," and "It's Not Easy Being Green: Nature, Jewish Ethics, the Beautiful and You."


Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, will participate in an international symposium, "Legal Scholar - Preacher - Spiritual Adviser: Changing Roles of Rabbis, Pastors, and Priests" in Regensburg, Germany on September 19-22, 2011. Click here for further information.






Dr. David Mendelsson, Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at the Jack H. Skirball Campus at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles and Director of Israel Studies at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, presented "Bringing Israel to You" on March 4, 2011 at University Synagogue in Los Angeles. In light of the current turmoil in Egypt and around the Middle East, Dr. Mendelsson provided an inside view of what all of this means for the people and State of Israel.





Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service, will present "Unpacking the Middle East: A Geo-Political Analysis of the Region and United States Interests" on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Isaac Mayer Wise Temple in Cincinnati, OH. Click here for further information. 






Rabbi Gary Zola, Ph.D., Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Professor of the American Jewish Experience, will serve as the Bernice and Seymour Nordenberg Scholar-In-Residence at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, IL, on April 29-May 1, 2011. The weekend will also mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the congregation.

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