Nov 10, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Ziony Zevit, Distinguished Professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at American Jewish University
Location: Agudas Achim Congregation; Alexandria, VA
The idea of "the Fall" of humanity from divine grace as a result of original sin is deeply ingrained in both Jewish...
Nov 3, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Judith Hauptman, The E. Billi Ivry
Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological
Location: Temple Shalom; Chevy Chase, MD
For years, scholars and laypeople alike have asserted that women in the talmudic period were relegated to housework and did not study Torah. New research...
Oct 27, 2011
Speaker: Dr. Hasia Diner, Paul and Sylvia Steinberg
Professor of American Jewish History at New York
Location: JCC of Greater Washington; Rockville, MD
From the idea that the eighteenth century constituted a "sephardi era" in American Jewish history through the decades following World War II in which...
Jun 27, 2011
Speaker: Rabbi Avi Weiss, founder and
president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern and Open Orthodox
Rabbinical School in New York
Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue; Washington, DC
Rabbi Avi Weiss, one of Newsweek’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis in America,” discusses his philosophy on an Orthodoxy that is...
May 17, 2011
Speaker: Prof. Jenna Weissman Joselit,
Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of
History at The George Washington University
Location: Beth Sholom Congregation & Talmud Torah; Potomac, MD
This age-old compilation of dos and don'ts has become an American article of faith and, in some quarters, even...