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SundaySun, 31 JanJanuary, 2021

L.I.F.E. Lecture - Judaism & Islam: Bridging the Great Divide with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Sunday, Jan 31st 7:30p to 9:00pNo two religions are closer than Judaism and Islam, yet ironically, no two religions are further apart. Using history, culture, and theology as his guide, Ambassador Ahmed reflects on the challenges and opportunities for building bridges between the Muslim and Jewish communities. He will also offer strategies for traversing the political divide in world affairs.


SundaySun, 7 FebFebruary, 2021

Being Heumann with Judy Heumann

Sunday, Feb 7th 10:30a to 12:00pJudith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a “fire hazard” at the age of five. Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination. Cosponsored by the LIFE Lecture Series.


SundaySun, 21 FebFebruary, 2021

L.I.F.E. Lecture - How Judaism Became an American Religion with Steven Weisman

Sunday, Feb 21st 7:30p to 8:30pFrom their first arrival on American shores in 1654, Jews embarked on a journey that reinvented many of their basic practices, beliefs and doctrines. The result over time was a distinctly American Judaism, driven by practical necessities of assimilating, an embrace of Enlightenment beliefs not compatible with a literal view of the Bible and the Talmud, and finally a desire to establish themselves as full-fledged Americans equal to adherents of other religions. The story of this evolution is one of conflict, continuity, adaptation and disputes—and of a parade of brilliant, brave and charismatic personalities.


SundaySun, 14 MarMarch, 2021

L.I.F.E. LECTURE - Biblical and Modern Perspectives on the Haggadah with Marc Brettler

Sunday, Mar 14th 10:30a to 11:30aThe Haggadah and the seder are rabbinic innovations, based on a biblical festival that remains most relevant in modern times. How did the Haggadah develop? What biblical elements does it contain, and how are the multiple different biblical views of Passover made to fit together by the rabbis? And what relevance do these ancient texts—the Bible and the Haggadah—have for us today as we approach Passover?


TuesdayTue, 27 AprApril, 2021

L.I.F.E. LECTURE - The Jews, and the Secrets, Behind Superman and Batman with Marc Nobleman

Tuesday, Apr 27th 7:00p to 8:00pAuthor Marc Tyler Nobleman reveals secrets he uncovered and mysteries he solved while researching his books Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, one of which made more ways than one.


SundaySun, 2 MayMay, 2021

L.I.F.E LECTURE - JTS Evening of Learning: Racial Justice and Jewish Values

Sunday, May 2nd 6:30p to 8:30pTopics will include racism and reparations, an exploration of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s teachings on racial justice, and race and reproductive justice.



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Wed, January 20 2021 7 Shevat 5781