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Scholar in Residence 2024: Lewis R. Gordon


Exploring Jewish Identity in Turbulent Times

Sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel Lifelong Learning 
in cooperation with Congregation Brith Shalom
with the support of the Ray and Bonnie Singer Community Education and Lecture Fund

With Professor Lewis Gordon 2024 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend March 15th - 17th, 2024
Lewis R. Gordon is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, political thinker, educator, and musician who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He also serves as the President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies. He founded the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies at Temple University, the only such research center in the world. Professor Gordon has written 18 books and over 400 articles.

Registration for all events is required.


Schedule of Events

  • Topic: What Do We Mean When We Say "Jew" or "Jewish"?
  • Date: Friday, March 15th, 2024
  • Time: 7:30 PM

Shabbat service at Keneseth Israel followed by an oneg and lecture.

What (often false) assumptions do we make about what it means to be Jewish and what are the ethical implications of these fallacies?

  • Topic: Jewish History Through an Authentically Diverse Jewish Lens
  • Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2024
  • Time: 11:45 AM

Kiddush Luncheon at Brith Shalom followed by a study session

What is missing from how many of us think about what "happened" in Jewish history?

  • Topic: Unpacking Ashkenormativity or What IS Jewish Really?
  • Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2024
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Havdalah and dessert at Keneseth Israel followed by a lecture/discussion.

What values and ideas are inherently Jewish and, therefore, authentically unify the Jewish experience over time and place? How can we use these ideas to build a deeper, more authentic sense of peoplehood?

  • Topic: Creating a vision for 21st century Jewish pluralism
  • Date: Sunday, March 17th, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM

Brunch and learn at Keneseth Israel

Lunch and learn for Teens

This is an opportunity for teens to explore tools for identity building and for defining their Jewish paths.


Sat, March 2 2024 22 Adar I 5784