Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph. D., will be Congregation Shaare Emeth’s next Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence from Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11. Over the course of the weekend she will lead a number of exciting, educational and justice-oriented events. All of these events are free and open to the public:
Friday, February 9, 6 p.m. Tzedek Shabbat
Standing Idly by is Not an Option: Creating “American Values, Religious Voices”
How did the 2016 election lead to the creation of a campaign that sent 100 letters from scholars of religion to our elected officials in Washington for the first 100 days of the Trump administration?
Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. Torah Study
Ten Years Later: Why a Women’s Torah Commentary Still Matters
The weekly Torah portion, “Parashat Mishpatim,” contains a collection of laws addressing a range of criminal and civil matters. Many of these laws remain relevant to us today. We will study the parashah through the lens of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary as we mark the tenth anniversary of this award-winning publication.
Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. Beit Tzedek Café: A Social Justice Poetry Slam Coffeehouse
Join us for an evening of poetry and song as Rabbi Andrea Weiss, along with local poets and musicians, help us explore the power of words and song to bring about justice. Fine coffees, teas, wine and desserts provided.
Sunday, February 11, 10 a.m.
“For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt”: Biblical Values and American Voices
The Torah repeatedly demands that our experience in Egypt shape how we treat the vulnerable in our midst. This is one of many biblical teachings highlighted in “American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” Join us as we examine in-depth how scholars from different faiths drew upon this biblical teaching.
Rabbi Andrea Weiss is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and was recently appointed as the incoming Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. She served as campaign coordinator for “American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” and as associate editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). She is also the author of numerous books and articles on biblical poetry, metaphor and other topics.
This scholar-in-residence weekend is made possible through the Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch, and their families for their continuous generous support for the scholar-in-residence weekend.