July 5: “The Second Commandment and the Myth of the Artless Jew”
July 12: “The Stunning Emergence of a New Jewish Art in the Third Century CE”
July 19: “Why Is a Greek God Depicted on Synagogue Mosaic Floors? The Flourishing of Jewish Art Under Christian Rule”
The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; reservations are required for each session. To register, click www.jtsa.edu/LevineLectureSeries, or for additional information, contact Jeanette Bland at (212) 678-8902 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.
Dr. Lee I. Levine received his ordination at JTS in 1965 and his doctorate at Columbia University. He is an erstwhile member of the JTS faculty, professor emeritus in Jewish History and Archaeology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the author of numerous works, including The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years (Yale University Press, 2000) and the forthcoming Visual Judaism in Late Antiquity: Historical Contexts of Jewish Art. Rabbi Levine has served as a visiting professor at JTS, Harvard, and Yale, and lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Israel. In Israel, he was a founding member of the French Hill Ramot Zion Masorti synagogue, active in initiating TALI schools, and instrumental in the introduction of Jerusalem’s Seminary of Judaic Studies (now the Schechter Institute) for the training of Masorti/Conservative rabbis and educators. He has served as the director of the Foundation for the Masorti Movement; dean, president, and rector of the Schechter Institute (while he was vice chancellor of Israel Affairs at JTS); and chairman of the board of the Schechter Rabbinical School. He is currently chairman of the board at the Hannaton Educational Center.
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