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Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

Turbulent Times:
Jewish Life In the Contemporary World

A Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

A Lifelong Learning Experience sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel, Allentown
in cooperation with Congregation Bnai Shalom, Easton

Sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel Lifelong Learning Committee and Congregation Bnai Shalom. This series is underwritten by the Ray and Bonnie Singer Community Lecture Fund

Dates: March 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2023

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin has a national and international reputation as one of America’s most quoted rabbis and thought leaders. His words have been cited in The New York Times, The New Republic, and USA Today. He has appeared on many television and radio programs, and has spoken in more than a hundred communities, including in Israel, Great Britain, Cuba, and Poland. His colleagues describe him as “intellectually fearless;” “an activist for Jewish ideas;” “a public intellectual of the pulpit.”

Rabbi Salkin’s books have been published by Jewish Lights Publishing and the Jewish Publication Society. His books have dealt with such subjects as the spirituality of career, masculinity, Israel, righteous gentiles, and Jewish history. Several of his books have won national awards. 

Rabbi Salkin has been responsible for the spiritual revival of bar and bat mitzvah in America – largely through his first book, Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim The Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah (Jewish Lights Publishing. His  book, The JPS Bnai Mitzvah Torah Commentary, is the first in-depth introduction to Torah and prophets for young people and their families. 

Rabbi Salkin’s blog, “Martini Judaism – for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” won the 2015 Religion Communicators Council (RCC) Wilbur Award for Faith-based Blogs. His essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Forward, JTA, Tablet, Moment, The Jewish Week and Readers Digest. 

A native of New York, Rabbi Salkin was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1981. He was one of the first Jews to earn the Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1991. Rabbi Salkin has served on the boards of many national and local Jewish organizations, and has been an activist for Israel and Zionism.

 Rabbi Salkin serves as the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel of West Palm Beach. He was the prestigious Chautauqua Society scholar in June of 2020.


 

Scholar in Residence Weekend  Schedule

All events are free and open to the public.


Sermon topic: "Is There a Hyphen in Antisemitism?"

Rabbi Salkin will be the guest speaker at Friday evening services. His Antisemitism is alive and well in many places. What is it about the Jews – and Judaism – that arouses so many strong feelings? How does antisemitism present itself – in subtle and unsubtle ways?

  • Date: Friday Evening, March 3rd, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM 
  • Where: Live at Congregation Keneseth Israel and on Zoom

Study Session: "How Jews Get ‘Woke:" A Master Class in Talmud

Never studied Talmud before? This is a snap – especially because it’s in English, and it’s about how to seek social justice in our communities. Fun, funny, and inspirational. 

The class is followed by a Kiddush Luncheon.

  • Date: Shabbat Morning, March 4th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Where: Live at Congregation Bnai Shalom, Easton
  • RSVP by March 1st by contacting the Bnai Shalom Office at 610.258.5343.

Havdalah Service & Light Supper followed by a lecture/discussion: "Judaism Beyond Slogans"

American Jews use a lot of buzz words to describe their social justice commitments – Tikkun Olam, God’s image, loving the stranger. What do those terms really mean? Do they really imply that there is only one point of view on those issues? A controversial talk/ discussion, with a healthy dose of nuance.


Live Brunch and Lecture/Discussion "The Z Word: Israel Without Apology"

What is it about Israel and Zionism that is so troublesome, to so many people? Israel was supposed to be the great Jewish unifier. Why is it the source of so much discord within the American Jewish community? A candid conversation about the many narratives that comprise the Israel conversation today.

Wed, February 1 2023 10 Shevat 5783