Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D.

December 9, 2016 Boston Free

Join us at Temple Israel’s annual Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D.Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., is President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), North America’s first Jewish seminary, with campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York.

Friday, December 9

6:00 p.m. Qabbalat Shabbat  – Embracing, Distancing, Adapting, and Refining: Reform Judaism’s Relationship with Jewish Tradition. With a look at texts and ideas that have developed within Reform Judaism, we will explore various approaches Reform Judaism has taken to managing its relationship with tradition and balancing the need for observance and innovation to meet the challenges of the modern world. A festive oneg to follow.

Saturday, December 10
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Shabbat Morning Torah Study
True Lies – Truth, Gossip, and the American Jewish Way. We will examine real-life situations that explore the definitions of gossip and other harmful modes of speech defined in Jewish law, and reflect on the way the spoken word, even when speaking the truth, may be used for good or evil.

4:00 p.m. Havdalah, Wine & Cheese
Illuminating Hanukkah – An Exploration of how Jewish Holidays Grow and Change. The holiday of Hanukkah appears always to have been the way it is now – a light-filled celebration bedecked with menorahs, latkes, dreidls, and gifts. Through the study of Jewish text, we will trace the course of just how this holiday came to be and will bring deeper insight into how Judaism changes and grows through the generations.

In 1979, Maxwell and Bobbie Burstein endowed an annual Scholar in Residence program to broaden Temple Israel’s educational program, recognizing the importance of knowledge to the continuity of the Jewish people. The lecture series brings outstanding Jewish scholarship to Temple Israel and the Greater Boston Jewish community.

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Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Israel
477 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

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