Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, one of America’s great Reform Jewish thinkers, will speak Friday, January 27, 2012, at Temple Israel of Hollywood on the topic, “Founders, Baby Boomers, and Beyond: The American Jewish Project of Our Time.”
The event is co-sponsored by Temple Israel and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where Rabbi Hoffman is the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. He is appearing locally as the Rabbi Max and Ruth Nussbaum Scholar.
Rabbi Hoffman is a prolific author and editor of 33 works on liturgy, ritual, theology, and synagogue leadership. Among them is the 2007 National Jewish Book Award-winning My People’s Prayer Book, a 10-volume edition of the Siddur with modern commentaries. Others include Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life and The Art of Public Prayer, which is used broadly by churches and synagogues as a guide to liturgical revival. His most recent books include All These Vows: Kol Nidre.
His articles include contributions to various encyclopedias and journals, such as The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion, The Oxford Dictionary of Religion, and The Encyclopedia of Judaism. He syndicates a regular column which appears, among other places, in The Jewish Week, The Jewish Times and The Philadelphia Jewish Exponent.
In 1994, Rabbi Hoffman co-founded Synagogue 3000 (originally Synagogue 2000), a trans-denominational project to envision and implement the ideal synagogue as the moral and spiritual center for the 21st century.
The Nussbaum lecture was established in 1976 to honor Rabbi Nussbaum, a theologian, scholar, activist, and Zionist leader who served Temple Israel of Hollywood from 1942 to 1974. His wife remained a vital part of the community until her death in 2010.
What: Rabbi Max and Ruth Nussbaum Scholar: Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, speaking on “Founders, Baby Boomers, and Beyond: The American Jewish Project for our Time”
Where: Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
When: January 27, 2012, Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m., dinner and lecture at 7:45 pm
RSVP for dinner required at Natalie@tioh.orgor (323) 876-8330 ext. 1000
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