JTS Scholar to Discuss "What Does God Think About Google, Yahoo, and MySpace?"

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October 28, 2008, East Northport, NY

Rabbi David Hoffman, scholar-in-residence at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “What Does God Think About Google: Yahoo, MySpace and the Shulchan Aruch” at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, at the East Northport Jewish Center, 328 Elwood Road.

The program is the first in a three-part series of Hereld Institute of Western Suffolk lectures sponsored by the JTS Long Island Regional Office. The series will continue with “The Mitzvah of Going Green” on January 27, 2009, and “Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul: A Holistic Approach to Jewish Spirituality” on March 18, 2009. JTS gratefully acknowledges the Hereld Family Foundation for its support.

Rabbi Hoffman, who is also a lecturer in JTS’s Department of Talmud and Rabbinics, is completing his PhD in Talmud, writing on notions of honor and anger in rabbinic literature. He was recently appointed by 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.

A dynamic and engaging teacher who has taught widely in synagogues and Jewish institutions across North America, Rabbi Hoffman served many years as the director of the Eisenfeld-Duker Beit Midrash at JTS and as religious and academic adviser to the Mekhinah (preparatory) program of The Rabbinical School. He recently completed service as rabbi-in-residence of Sha’arei Kodesh, a newly formed egalitarian synagogue in Boca Raton, Florida. Rabbi Hoffman was ordained by JTS, where he was a Wexner Fellow.

Open to the community at no charge, reservations are required by contacting Bonnie Epstein or Gwynne Wicks at (516) 496-9525.