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[Boston] Secular Jewish Renewal in Israel: Inspiration for American Jewry

Tuesday 18 March 2014, 07:30pm - 09:00pm

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Join us for a conversation between Dov Elbaum and Dr. Arthur Green.  They will discuss themes explored in Dov’s latest book, Into the Fullness of the Void: A Spiritual Autobiography, which courageously weaves together Kabbalah, personal introspection, and Torah commentary in ways new and surprising, particularly to American Jewish audiences.  They will also explore Dov’s departure from Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, compare and contrast Israel’s secular Jewish renaissance with American Jewish life, and discuss how religion and state issues affect Judaism in both countries.  His book will be available for purchase by Brookline Booksmith.  

Co-sponsored by TBZ’s Israel Committee and Nishmat Hayyim at TBZ

DOV ELBAUM was born to an ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem family in 1970. Until the age of 17, Dov was immersed in the ultra-Orthodox life of Jerusalem and the cloistered yeshiva studies of that community. During his army service, he left the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle and ever since, Dov has engaged passionately in language and literature, art and philosophy, engaging core questions of Jewish thought and Israeli life as a journalist, television host and interviewer, academic researcher, novelist, lecturer, editor-in-chief and leading voice in Israeli culture. Dov has recently served as editor-in-chief of Yediot Publishing, and currently hosts the popular Israeli TV show "Mekablim Shabbat." Dov is the director of BINA's Center for Jewish Thought, the content director of BINA's "We Declare" project, and a founder of BINA's Secular Yeshiva.  BINA is the leading organization at the intersection of Jewish Pluralism & Social Action in Israel. BINA strives to strengthen Israel as a democratic pluralistic society, by emphasizing Judaism as a culture and Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). BINA runs educational, cultural, and community activism/volunteer programs for thousands of Israeli and international Jews in Israel each year, especially through its Secular Yeshiva campuses in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem.

DR. ARTHUR GREEN was the founding dean and is currently rector of the Rabbinical School and the Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought. He is both a historian of Jewish religion and a theologian; his work seeks to form a bridge between these two distinct fields of endeavor.  Educated at Brandeis University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received rabbinic ordination, Dr. Green studied with such important teachers as Alexander Altmann, Nahum N. Glatzer, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, of blessed memory. He has taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and theology to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (where he served as both Dean and President), Brandeis, and now at Hebrew College. He has taught and lectured widely throughout the Jewish community of North America as well as in Israel, where he visits frequently. He was the founder of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1968 and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish Renewal movement.

The NEW ISRAEL FUND (NIF) is the leading organization advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis. We believe that Israel can live up to its founders’ vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, without regard to religion, race, gender or national identity.

Location : Temple Beth Zion: 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
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