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Scholar-in-Residence Friday: Rabbi Elliot Dorff

Scholar-in-Residence Friday: Rabbi Elliot Dorff

Date: Friday, May 05, 2017

Time: 6:15 pm

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Shabbat Dinner, Social Event, Speaker, Worship Service
  • Audience: All
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Required
  • Topic: Israel, Jewish Heritage, Jewish Philosophy, Just for Fun, Prayer, Shabbat, Speaker

In Honor of Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer and His 28 Years at B’nai Israel

Community, Law, and Ethics: Defining Judaism for the Next Generation

To honor Rabbi Schnitzer and his lifelong commitment to strengthening Jewish community at all levels, we are excited to invite one of American Judaism’s most distinguished thinkers and scholars.  Rabbi Elliot Dorff will explore how issues of law, ethics, and community present themselves in a Jewish community that is very much in transition.  How do our ancient traditions speak to a new generation, and how might they need to change?

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D., is Rector and Sol & Anne Dorff Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy at American Jewish University. He is also Visiting Professor at the UCLA School of Law. Rabbi Dorff was awarded the Journal of Law and Religion’s Lifetime Achievement Award and holds three honorary doctoral degrees.

Rabbi Dorff is Chair of the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and served on the editorial committee
of Etz Hayim Humash, use in our synagogue services. In 1999 and 2000, Rabbi Dorff was part of the Surgeon General’s commission
to draft a Call to Action for Responsible Sexual Behavior; and from 2000 to 2002 he served on a comission charged with reviewing
federal guidelines for human subjects in research projects. Rabbi Dorff is also a member of an advisory committee for the Smithsonian
Museum of Natural History.

Friday, May 5
6:15 p.m. Shabbat Service
7:00 p.m. Shabbat dinner (advance registration required)
8:15 p.m. Presentation – Does Jewish Law Still Matter?
What is a theory of law? How do the theories of Jewish law within the Conservative movement differ from Orthodox and Reform? What does law even mean in our free, open, individualist society?

Special thanks to the Dollye and I. Wolford Berman Educational Initiative Grant for making this program possible.

Click here for the Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat schedule.

Click here to download the Shabbat Dinner reservation form.



Organized by: Allia Noel

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