Beyond the Afikomen: A JTS Minicourse in Boston

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

March 5, 2010, Chestnut Hill, MA

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), in cooperation with Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Temple Emanuel, and Temple Emunah, will present “Beyond the Afikomen: What Else Has Been Hiding in Your Passover Seder?” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, and Thursday, March 18, at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill.

“Beyond the Afikomen” is a special minicourse designed to find new answers to old questions in the Passover Haggadah. Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky will lead the March 11 session and Rabbi David Hoffman will lead the March 18 session.

akDr. Kalmanofsky received her PhD from JTS in 2005, and an MHL and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1995. She is an assistant professor of Bible at JTS, teaching courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible. Her articles “Israel’s Baby: The Horror of Childbirth in the Biblical Prophets” and “The Monstrous Feminine in the Book of Jeremiah” appeared in Biblical Interpretation and Lectio Difficilior. Currently, she is working on a book entitled Sister to Sister: The Literary Representation of Sisters in the Hebrew Bible.

dhRabbi Hoffman is a lecturer in the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics and scholar-in-residence in the Development Department at JTS. Rabbi Hoffman is currently completing his PhD in Talmud, writing on notions of honor and anger in rabbinic literature. His research also explores the development of early Rabbinic Judaism in the first centuries after the year zero. Rabbi Hoffman is a dynamic and engaging teacher. He has taught widely in synagogues across North America and at institutions such as the 92nd Street Y, Me’ah Program and Graduate Institute, Skirball Center at Temple Emmanuel, and Limmud England.

The cost for both sessions is $50 per person.

To RSVP, please contact Eric Freiman-Polli (Temple Emanuel); Linna Ettinger (Temple Emunah); or Larry Chafetz (Congergation Mishkan Tefila).

For more information, please contact Joan Goodman, Northeast regional director, JTS at (212) 678-8861.