Panel Discussion at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem in Celebration of “Dynamic Judaism [Yahadut Dynamit]”

Friday, April 15, 2011

In celebration of “Dynamic Judaism [Yahadut Dynamit],” an anthology of the work of Mordecai Kaplan, a stimulating panel discussion was held at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem on April 4, 2011.  Edited by Mel Scult and Emanuel S. Goldsmith, this anthology makes Kaplan’s work and thought available in Israel in a new and inviting format.  Sponsored by HUC-JIR and the Kaplan Center of Mevakshe Derech, the celebration was held in the Abramov Library at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. The panel was chaired by Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, Director, Israel Rabbinic Program, and introduced by Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. Mel Scult spoke in English on “The Threat of Kaplan’s Pragmatism,” Dr. Yehoyada Amir, Associate Professor of Jewish Thought, spoke in Hebrew on “Kaplan’s God- Theology and Mitzvot,” and Professor Yossi Turner of the Schechter Institute spoke in Hebrew on “Kaplan’s Concept of Zion and the Diaspora.”


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