Shavuot Guest Speaker Rabbi David Ellenson

Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm

What is the role of Judaism in America?  How has America influenced Judaism?  What were the big ideas and major changes in the last 80 years?  How did the Holocaust influence American Judaism?  What are some of the most creative trends in American Jewish thought? 

Drawing on his recently-published book American Jewish Thought Since 1934, co-edited with Michael Marmur, Rabbi David Ellenson will engage our community in a virtual discussion about some of these questions.  On erev Shavuot, Thursday, May 28 at 7:00 pm, Rabbi Ellenson will teach, followed by a virtual joint festival service for Temple Beth El and Sinai Temple. 
We will join together for more virtual learning with Rabbi Ellenson on June 2, 9, and 16 at 7:00 pm.  His book, American Jewish Thought Since 1934, will be the text for the class.  If you would like to purchase a copy of the book at a discounted price of $18, please send a text message to Susan Goldman at 413-250-7348.  Checks should be made out to Temple Beth El.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is internationally known for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history.  He has held a variety of top academic positions and  written extensively on the relationship between religion and state in Israel, the history of modern Jewish religious movements, and American Jewish life.   

Rabbis Jacobson, Katz, Master and Shapiro have all studied with Rabbi Ellenson.  All four believe that Rabbi Ellenson was one of their best teachers.   He is a natural communicator and can talk about any topic in a way that is accessible and interesting.  You won't want to miss this opportunity!  For the Zoom link, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This program is made possible by support from the following generous donors:  Marc & Susan Goldman, Susan &Bill Firestone, and the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. 

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