“Choosing Judaism in an Age of Choice” Focus of JTS Adult Education Series

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

December 29, 2009, Philadelphia, PA

dhA three-part adult education series sponsored by the KOLLOT Program of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will focus on the topic Choosing Judaism in an Age of Choice.

The program is designed for the young leadership of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park; Beth Sholom Congregation, Elkins Park; Temple Sinai, Dresher; and Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell. The series will kick off with “The Birth of Human Responsibility” on Monday, January 25, 2010. Subsequent sessions include “Cultivating a Life of Joy” and “The Blessings of Assimilation.” The sessions will meet at private residences in Rydal, Blue Bell, and Dresher. Lauren and Jeff Gladstone, Beth and Brian Rosenthal, and Amy and Mitchell Russell are the program chairs for this series.

The series will be facilitated by Rabbi David Hoffman, scholar-in-residence in the Development Department of JTS and a lecturer in the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics.

Rabbi Hoffman is 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 was recently appointed by Chancellor Arnold Eisen to serve on the Committee of Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly.

A dynamic and engaging teacher, Rabbi Hoffman has taught widely in synagogues across North America, and for institutions including the 92nd Street Y, the Me’ah Program and Graduate Institute, the Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-El, and Limmud-England. Rabbi Hoffman was ordained at JTS, where he was a Wexner Fellow.

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.

Further information is available by contacting Barbara Rosenau, JTS assistant director of the Mid-Atlantic Region, at (215) 376–0474 or barosenau@jtsa.edu.