SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE WEEKEND WITH RABBI ELIJAH SCHOCHET
Rabbi Elijah Schochet will be Scholar in Residence, October 23-24, 2015 at Congregation Bet Shalom. He will speak on “The Value of a Human Life.” The talks are free and open to the public.
Rabbi Elijah Schochet has been called “ . . .one of the most intellectually honest—and consistently interesting—Jewish thinker/writers in America today” by Dennis Prager. He has been called “the Rabbi's Rabbi” by other rabbis across the United States, and across the religious spectrum (Reform, Renewal. Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox). Rabbi Schochet has trained rabbinic students for more than 40 years.
Rabbi Schochet is author of seven books on Jewish thought and on the lives of great Jewish figures. His works deal with the questions, “What is the value of a human life,” and “What is the value of a Jewish life?”
RABBI ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL, THE GREATEST JEWISH THINKER OF THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY
A SERIES OF CLASSES AT CONGREGATION BET SHALOM
Led by Lynn Saul, all classes meet the second Wednesday evening of the month from 7.00—8.30 pm at Congregation Bet Shalom, 3881 East River Road, Tucson. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. For more information, email Lynn at email@example.com.
October 14, 2015—A sweet introduction to Heschel: “Every Word Has Power” video of Heschel’s early poetry set to music and sung by Basya Schecter, of “Pharoah’s Daughter,” including interviews with Susannah Heschel, Peter Geffen, Shai Held and Edward Kaplan.
November 11, 2015—Heschel speaks for himself: video, 1973 interview of Heschel by Carl Stern on NBC “Eternal Light” program.
December 9, 2015—“The Sabbath,” the most beautiful book ever on Judaism. (Yes, this is the fourth night of Chanukah; gelt will be distributed!)
January 13, 2016—“God in Search of Man,” Heschel’s book on his radical concept of God.
February 10, 2016—“The Prophets,” Heschel’s first book—his revision and translation of his dissertation—examines who the Hebrew prophets were in relation to God.
March 9, 2016—“Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity,” his daughter Susannah Heschel’s collection of his essays on social justice.
April 13, 2016—“The Heavenly Torah,” Heschel’s masterpiece, analyzing the Talmudic opposition of Rabbi Ishmael and Rabbi Akiva in their interpretations of God’s relationship to the Jewish people.
Short excerpts from each book for discussion at the December-April classes will be available. Class participants are encouraged to get some of the books and read them more fully before class. A complete bibliography will be distributed at the first class and will be available by email and at subsequent classes. No previous knowledge or experience necessary!
ALL-TUCSON DINNER AT CBS FOR VISITING SENIOR ISRAELI FIRST RESPONDERS
October 22, 2015 at 5.30 pm at Congregation Bet Shalom. $30 a person.
Register at www.cbsaz.org or call CBS at 520.577.1171. Adults only.
The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation (GTFF), in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Weintraub Israel Center and the Jewish Community Foundation, will host a 10-day visit to Tucson for four senior representatives from Israeli emergency response agencies, October 18-29, 2015. This visit is a coordinated follow-up to the 2013 visit to Israel by seven Tucson area firefighters that studied Israeli best practices in response to mass casualty and terrorism events. That visit resulted in significant changes in multi-agency terrorism awareness and training, regional cooperation in training and response procedures, as well as emergency medical response triage protocols.