Judith Scolnic Memorial Lecture – Did Democratic Ideals Begin in Early Israel?

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October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Did Democratic Ideals Begin in Early Israel?

The Scolnic Adult Institute Committee is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic, on Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the Swoff Chapel, and also livestreamed.

The lecture is being held in memory of Judith Scolnic z”l, who passed away in January 2022. Judith Scolnic was the wife of Beth El’s first rabbi, Samuel Scolnic z”l, for whom the Adult Institute is named, and was the mother of our lecturer.

Our lecturer, Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic, has been the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden, Connecticut since 1983. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the Bible, feminism, liturgy, Jewish education, the relationship between religion and the media, and the future of Conservative Judaism.

From Rabbi Scolnic:

“Democracy is at such risk in America today that we should search our sacred texts for guidance. What does Judaism tell us about democracy? Many of our most precious ideals can be found in the core values of early Israelite society. Texts reflecting Israelite values from over three thousand years ago are as important today as ever, and should be seen as basic to our Judaism.”

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October 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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