To Everything There is a Season
An Evening of Study and Discussion with
Dr. Leonard S. Kravitz, Professor of Midrash and Homiletics, HUC-JIR/NY
Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 7:00 PM
Admission is Free. No registration is required.
Photo ID required for entrance.
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th street (Between Broadway and Mercer)
New York City
When H. L. Mencken said, “The older I grow the more I distrust
the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom,” he must have
been studying the Book of Ecclesiastes, which presents and examines
the parable of old age that states with aging comes awe-inspiring
wisdom. Join Dr. Leonard S. Kravitz, Professor of Midrash and Homiletics,
at HUC-JIR at NY, and Kerry M. Olitzky, Executive Director of Jewish
Outreach Institute, in study and discussion of the wisdom literature
of the Book of Ecclesiastes: Chapter 12, providing new perspectives
on life and aging as drawn from their new book, Kohelet: A Modern
Commentary On Ecclesiastes (UAHC Press). The authors will talk about
their perspectives on the relationship between wisdom and aging.
Dr. Kravitz is a rabbi and Professor of Midrash and Homiletics
at HUC/JIR, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from
John Carroll University and was ordained by the Cincinnati School
of HUC-JIR where he received the degrees of Master of Hebrew Letters
and Doctor of Philosophy. He teaches Medieval Jewish Philosophy
and Midrash and specializes in Maimonidean studies.
Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky is the Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach
Institute, the only national independent organization dedicated
to bringing Judaism to interfaith families and the unaffiliated.
Dr. Olitzky is also a Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate
School and University Center, CUNY. He was ordained a rabbi at HUC-JIR,
where he served on the faculty and administration for 15 years.
This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition The
Art of Aging, on view through June 25, 2004. Aging is a process
that begins with birth—it is a lifelong journey affecting
the dynamics of human relationships, creativity, memory, continuity,
and growth. Jewish text sources are full of references to values
affecting the dynamics of human relationships, creativity, memory,
continuity, and growth. Jewish text sources are full of references
to values intrinsic to the aging process, from the respect attendant
to one’s elders, honor for one’s parents, forty as the
age of understanding, fifty as the age of counsel, the celebration
of wisdom at age sixty, the celebration of strength at the age of
eighty, and intergenerational and familial responsibilities. Through
painting, sculpture, photography, installation, mixed media, and
video, contemporary artists from Israel and North America reflect
on the diverse aspects of aging, including creativity and vitality,
memory, anxiety, wisdom, physical change, loss, intergenerational
interaction, responsibility, and optimism.
For further information, please call Amy Lehr at 212-824-2293 or