Rabbi Ellenson to Lecture on "Jewish Obligations to Our Own Community and to the Larger World: The Wisdom of Jewish Source" at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati -- May 30th at 12:30 p.m.
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.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation’s oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR’s scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement’s congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR’s campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish history, identity, art, and archaeology, and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.