Congregation B'nai Israel

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Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat

March 3, 2017 - 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm


Dr. Alyssa Gray, Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics; Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, joins us as our Scholar-In-Residence. We hope you can join us!

5:30 p.m. Oneg

6:00 p.m. Service

7:15 p.m. Dinner (cost is $20/person, RSVP to Chris)

8:15 p.m. Dr. Gray’s discussion on Dissent, Dispute, and Disruption: The Free Mind and Mouth in Jewish Legal Sources

Dr. Gray will speak at Saturday 8:00 a.m. services, and teach the weekly portion at Torah study. Dr. Gray is a highly esteemed scholar and engaging teacher who was Rabbi Schultz’s rabbinic thesis advisor.

Dr. Gray’s current research interests are Talmud criticism (with a special focus on comparative study of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds), wealth, poverty, and charity in classical and medieval rabbinic literature, and the application of new theoretical perspectives on law, literature, and history to the reading of medieval Jewish legal literature.

She has been a visiting professor at Yale University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has also lectured in a variety of other academic and nonacademic settings, including Hebrew University, the University of Chicago, Florida Atlantic University, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Freehof Institute for Progressive Halakhah, Limmud UK, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Masorti movement in Latin America, and the Union for Reform Judaism. Dr. Gray is a founding member of the HUC-JIR Faculty Council and served on the HUC-JIR Board of Governors from 2009-2012 as the elected Faculty Governor. She currently serves as Chair of the New York Faculty. Dr. Gray is also active in the profession, having completed in 2015 two terms as co-chair of the History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism section of the Society for Biblical Literature and currently serving as a member of the Program Committee of the Association for Jewish Studies. She also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Jewish Ethics and HUC Press.



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