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The Future of Faith and Religious Community: What New Torah will Arrive?
May 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Each year we receive Torah anew on Shavuot. For our Tikkun Leil Shavuot, join us for Arvit, followed by a conversation with Reverend Dr. Serene Jones and Rabbi Dr. Shaul Maggid, together with Rabbis Roly Matalon and Felicia Sol, in an evening of learning, future imagining, and waiting for the arrival of a renewed Torah.
A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of several books including Trauma and Grace and, most recently, her memoir Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. Jones, a popular public speaker, is sought by the media to comment on major issues impacting society because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women’s studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics.
Rabbi Dr. Shaul Magid is the Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Before that he was the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Professor of Modern Judaism at Indiana University/Bloomington, the Elaine Ravitch Associate Professor of Jewish Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Anna Smith Fine Assistant Professor of Judaism at Rice University. His work spans the scope of Jewish thought, specializing in Kabbalah, Hasidism, Modern Jewish thought, American Jewish thought and culture, Zionism, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.