JTS Scholar to Discuss Jewish Reflections on the First 100 Days of the New Administration

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January 7, 2009, Cleveland, OH

The first 100 days of any new presidential administration are usually considered a harbinger of future success or failure. The first three months of Barack Obama’s administration faces the most intense scrutiny in Presidential history.

“Hope and Fear: Jewish Reflections on the First 100 Days of the New Administration” will be the focus of a discussion with Rabbi David Hoffman, scholar-in-residence at The Jewish Theological Seminary, at two locations in Cleveland.

The first discussion will take place on the evening of the inaugural, January 20, at 7:30 p.m., at a private residence in Cleveland. The second program, a Lunch and Learn, will be held at noon on Wednesday, January 21, at the office of Jeffrey Zimon of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, 200 Public Square, Suite 2300. There will be a $5 charge for a kosher lunch. Reservations are requested for both programs.

A dynamic and engaging teacher who has taught widely in synagogues and Jewish institutions across North America, Rabbi Hoffman was ordained by JTS, where he was a Wexner Fellow. He is also a lecturer in JTS’s Department of Talmud and Rabbinics, and is completing his PhD in Talmud, writing on notions of honor and anger in rabbinic literature. Rabbi Hoffman was recently appointed by JTS Chancellor Arnold Eisen to serve on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the halakhic (Jewish legal) authority for the Conservative Movement.

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