Join Us for Shabbat Kallah with Rabbi David Ellenson!


Friday and Saturday, February 28-29, 2020

Rabbi Ellenson’s contributions to Reform Judaism are extensive. He is Chancellor-Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he served as president from 2001-2013. He is director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. A scholar of modern Jewish thought and history, Rabbi Ellenson is recognized for his writings, having authored or edited seven books and hundreds of articles and reviews.

Rabbi Ellenson will be introduced to the congregation during our Friday 7pm Shabbat service.

Saturday 10:30am-12pm: Rabbi Ellenson will focus on “Sources of Jewish Spirituality Then and Now: Parashat Terumah and American Jewish Writings on Spirituality Today,” addressing the week’s Torah portion and other sources.

12noon: break for lunch

Saturday 1:15pm-2:45pm: Rabbi Ellenson will address the subject “Peoplehood”, as we consider what it means to be a Jewish people. What do we have in common, as Jews, across the world? Where might the future of Judaism lie?

2:45pm: break for coffee

Saturday 3:00pm-4:30pm: Rabbi Ellenson’s topic will be “Jews, Israel, and Power: Conflicting American Jewish Positions.” This session will explore differing opinions regarding Zionism, as well as the historical concept of a Jewish state.

The Shabbat Kallah program is made possible by a generous bequest of MRT Past President Robert Rosin.

A contribution of $15 is requested from attendees who are not members of MRT. We are pleased that you are attending and would like to continue to offer enriching programs.

Contributions from MRT members are appreciated, to help us continue to provide engaging Adult Education programs.

10 AM Saturday coffee and bagels, then afternoon lunch, are included for all.