JTS Scholar to Speak at Great Lakes Kollot Program

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February 4, 2010, Columbus, OH

dhRabbi David Hoffman, a lecturer in the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics and scholar-in-residence in the Development Department of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will facilitate a Kollot Series program entitled “The Holy Rebellion: The Thought of the Hasidic Master Reb Simcha Bun” on Wednesday, February 24, at Congregation Tiferith Israel, 1354 E. Broad Street, Columbus.

KOLLOT is an innovative program of adult Jewish learning developed by JTS. The Hebrew word for voices, kollot describes JTS's unique approach to Jewish learning: reverence for sacred text, openness to rigorous inquiry, celebration of the contributions of modern scholarship, and harmonious appreciation for the diverse and creative approaches to Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Hoffman is a dynamic and engaging teacher and has taught widely in synagogues across North America; institutions such as the 92nd St Y, the Meah Program and Graduate Institute, the Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-El, and Limmud-England; and as a core faculty member for the Rabbinic Training Institute.

Rabbi Hoffman was ordained by JTS, where he was a Wexner Fellow. Chancellor Arnold Eisen recently appointed Rabbi Hoffman to serve on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly. Presently, he is completing his PhD in Talmud, writing on notions of honor and anger in rabbinic literature.

Dinner before the program is offered for $18 with prepaid reservations. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., following evening minyan, and study will begin at 7:15 p.m. There is no charge for the program which will be followed by a dessert reception.

Reservations are can be made by calling Tifereth Israel at (614) 253-8523. For more information or to make reservations, contact Michele Siegal, assistant director, JTS Great Lakes Region, at 248-258-0055 or email misiegal@jtsa.edu.