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Rabbinic Power In Past and Modern Times – A Conversation With Brother Rabbis Amichai and Benny Lau

Sunday, April 22 | 7:00-8:30PM | BJ Community House 

BJ and The Midrasha in Manhattan invite you to join brothers and rabbis Amichai and Benny Lau, of New York City and Jerusalem respectively, who will sit together to speak about rabbinic power, its role in the past, and in modern times. They will each speak to their unique working experiences and to their belonging to a longstanding rabbinic dynasty.

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Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau is one of the most well-known and charismatic figures in Israeli society today. Since 2001, Rabbi Lau has served as senior rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem, one of Israel’s most progressive modern Orthodox institutions. Rabbi Lau also had his own weekly television series on Israel’s Channel One. An outspoken advocate for modernizing the Israeli rabbinate, Lau has been a pioneer in encouraging progress in many areas of Jewish life including, women’s participation, marriage, and conversion. In 2005, Rabbi Lau in collaboration with “Ma’aglei Tzedek”–a social justice NGO–founded the Beit Midrash for Social Justice at Beit Morasha. A noted author, he has published scores of books and research articles on Jewish heritage. His prolific writings focus on Jewish philosophy, issues of Halakhah and society, and the connection between Biblical, Mishnaic, and Talmudic sources and contemporary social and political realities. Currently, he leads the team behind 929, an Israeli social initiative aimed at creating discourse among all sectors of society based on the revival and relevance of the 929 chapters of the Bible.

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service; a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network; a consultant to the Reboot Network; and a member of the URJ Faculty Team and the Advisory Council of ORAM—an LGBT focused organization for refugees, asylum, and migration. He was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel (2008-2009) and serves on the advisory committee of Faith House Manhattan.