Scholar in Residence Leah Hochman

Friday, May 19 – Saturday, May 20

Theology: Finding Your God

Friday, May 19 at 7:30 PM

Shabbat Dinner & Presentation Following Services

Dr. Hochman kicks off our Scholar-in-Residence weekend with a delicious Shabbat dinner…and a thought-provoking talk on the changing face of Jewish theology. She will help us define what “theology” means, investigate its meaning across the sweep of history and geography, explore our personal ideas about Jews, and discuss how our perspectives as Jews and as Americans may inform those ideas.

$12 per person for Shabbat Dinner


Jews in the “New” Europe: Rebirth and Renewal

Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 AM

Shabbat Lunch & Learn

Did you know that there are more non-profits run by Jews in Europe than anywhere else in the world? European Jewry is enjoying a surprisingly vibrant revival. From West to East, Jewish culture and Jewish life have blossomed in new and unexpected ways. But why is it surprising or unexpected? Our assumptions over the last 60 years – that there is only a shadow of what had been there before WWII – have run up against the demographic shift sparked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Let’s explore some of the multiethnic identities of European Jewry.

$10 per person for Kiddush luncheon


Let’s Eat Already! Jews and Food

Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 PM

Havdalah & Make-Your-Own Egg Cream Bar

This talk investigates the culture, history and meaning of food and the assumptions that Jews have about what it is that constitutes Jewish food. Understanding Jewish foodways—the cultural, religious, social, economic and political practices related to food consumption and production—helps us unpack and uncover a lot about the meaning of what we eat, our choices about food, and how food operates and performs in Judaism and Jewish culture. Food choices reveal the values and judgments we have about who belongs, how we share sustenance, the narratives we choose to protect and convey.

$5 per person for make-your-own egg cream bar


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