Rebell Memorial Scholar-in-Residence
Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center (TIJCC) in Ridgewood will host Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. as its Adele Rebell Memorial Scholar-in-Residence on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016. Waxman is the president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities; she will lead a weekend centered on the theme of “Reconstructionist Judaism in the Age of Invitation,” a time when identities are multifaceted and freely chosen.
- Friday, May 6 – Waxman will address congregants during a joint evening service, which begins at 8:00 p.m., on the topic, “From 20th to 21st Century American Judaism: Embracing the Age of Invitation.” She will explore new understandings of Jewish peoplehood as Reconstructionist Jews as well as American Jews, and examine the emergence of post-ethnicity that is defining the early 21st century.
- A community dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $18 per person; RSVP deadline is Wednesday, April 27. Contact the synagogue office to make reservation or for payment information at (201) 444-9320 or email@example.com
- Saturday, May 7 – A Shabbat text study at 9:00 a.m. titled, “On the Road to Yavneh,” will look at the dramatic events leading to the establishment of the first rabbinic academy at Yavneh. Waxman will discuss the challenges and opportunities that are present in volatile times, and the evolution of the Reconstructionist seminary’s curriculum. TIJCC’s two congregations will continue with their respective Shabbat morning services.
- Kiddush lunch and teaching about “Beyond Boundaries in the Age of Invitation” at approximately 12:00 p.m. Waxman’s teaching will examine those boundaries that remain relevant in our open, inviting society, which ones we may choose to look beyond, and how to sustain relevant, substantive Jewish living. The lunch-and-learn session is free and open to all.