B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Shishi, 26 Av 5777

UALBANY VISITING SCHOLAR RABBI DAVID GORDIS TO LEAD “SYNAGOGUE SCHOLARS” TALK ON DEATH AND DYING

on Sunday, 19 March 2017.

Rabbi David GordisB’nai Sholom Reform Congregation continues its popular “Synagogue Scholars” series with a talk by Rabbi David Gordis, senior visiting scholar at the University at Albany, on anticipating death and dying.

Gordis will present his talk, “Anticipating the Inevitable: Thoughts on Death and Dying,” immediately following the congregation’s Friday, April 21, Shabbat service.  The service and program, open to all who wish to worship and learn, begin at 8 p.m.  B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.

Gordis was appointed tohis position at UAlbany in 2009.  His career has embraced the academic world and Jewish public service.  He joined the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary while still a student at the rabbinical school, teaching both Bible and Talmud at the Teachers’ Institute-Seminary College, where he also served as dean of students.  In 1972, he was named vice president of the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), and in 1984 became executive vice president of the American Jewish Committee.  In 1988, Gordis founded the Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies, now the National Center for Jewish Policy Studies, which he has directed since its founding.  He was named president of Hebrew College in Boston in 1993, where he established the first trans-denominational accredited rabbinical school in the world and a range of other programs including the Me’ah adult learning program and the Interreligious Center on Public Life.  Gordis retired from the presidency in 2008.

Gordis’ publications cover a range of topics including rabbinics and areas of Jewish community concern, such as intermarriage, school vouchers, the synagogue, denominationalism and Jewish secularism.  In addition to his teaching at the Jewish Theological Seminary and at the University of Judaism, he has taught at Brandeis University, Vassar College, UCLA Law School and UAlbany.

Gordis was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1964 after receiving his undergraduate degree at Columbia College.  He also holds a doctorate in Talmud from the Seminary and a master of arts in history from Columbia.

Begun in 2004, the “Synagogue Scholars” series spotlights individuals in the Capital Region Jewish community who are recognized scholars in their fields.

For more information about the “Synagogue Scholars” series, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office at office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us or phone 518-482-5283.
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Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region.  Nearly 130 diverse households from eight counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom.  For information about B’nai Sholom and the benefits of belonging, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org  or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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