Artwork feature is excerpted from PACE OF TIME, by Yaacov Agam Israel; 1970; Polymorph: serigraph on folded board. From the Temple Museum collection on exhibit at The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Saturday Morning, May 18

THE SILVER SCHOLAR SYMPOSIUM

OUR FUTURE: INFORMED PRESENTATIONS. CONGREGATIONAL CONVERSATIONS.

(This program is free. Space is limited. Babysitting available but requires an RSVP. Participants will select one session. Advance Registration is required.)

OPENING SESSIONS – 9:30 AM

Being Jewish Today

Rabbi Steven Fox

Rabbi Samuel Joseph

Rabbi Jennifer Lader

Rabbi Julie S. Schwartz

Rabbi Roger Klein, Moderator

 

What is our mission as Jews in the world today? What does it mean to live a Jewish life? What should it mean? What beliefs, skills, and attributes are needed to be Jewish today? What degree of Hebrew fluency is necessary? Is God optional? Is institutional affiliation vital? How should we model Jewish education for our children, our teens, and us as adults? And how do we square being the Chosen People with being part of humanity? Is it an opportunity; a responsibility; a burden?

Warm and Welcoming?

Imam Ismaél Chartier

Rabbi David Ellenson

Reverend Mitra Jafarzadeh

Rabbi Michael Marmur

Rabbi Sally Priesand

Cantor Kathy Sebo, Moderator  

What is our responsibility to the congregation and to each person in it? In a warm and welcoming congregation where every person matters, is there a role for distinctions among interfaith, multi-cultural, LGBTQ, racial, and ethnic minorities, and other congregants? In understanding who is a Jew? Who decides who is a Jew? Based on what factors? How does the Reform perspective on these issues differ from or align with other Jewish perspectives, perspectives in Israel, and American and world perspectives?

Our Relationship with Israel

Rabbi Meir Azari

Rabbi Naamah Kelman

Rabbi Uri Regev

Rabbi Anna Levin Rosen

Rabbi Richard Block, Senior Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Stacy Schlein, Moderator

How does the miracle of Israel embody our Jewish values and aspirations? Are there ways in which it does not? Is that a fair and reasonable question for us to ask? How can we – Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver’s congregation – foster appreciation for Israel while creating safe settings for discussions among people with strong differences of opinion? How do we educate our youth and ourselves to wrestle with these questions with confidence? And as the Jewish population in Israel grows to exceed the Jewish population in the diaspora, what changes in our relationship with Israel emerge?

CLOSING SESSION – 10:45 AM

(All participants)

LIGHT LUNCH BUFFET – 11:45 AM

(Optional)