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JTS Student Ambassador Weekend with Ariel Dunat

Friday, April 5, 2024 26 Adar II 5784

7:30 PM - 12:00 PM 1 day after

 KI is excited to welcome JTS Rabbinical Student Ariel Ya'akov Dunat for a weekend of learning! There is something Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we hope you will join us for any/all of these sessions. All sessions are open to the community, some require RSVP (details below).










Friday night

After musical shirei shabbat services there will be dinner and a talk by Ariel. Dinner requires an RSVP (click here). Talk will start around 7:45pm. The Talk is titled: Torah and Theology: How we can find meaning in the Torah and our world

Using the text of the Torah, how can we understand theology, both historic and contemporary? By looking at a specific account, we will develop an understanding of classic rabbinic theology as well as explore modern views. This class aims to serve as a starting point for thinking more deeply about our beliefs and traditions; no background knowledge necessary.

Shabbat Morning 

Ariel will give a d'var Torah on the weeks parsha, combining their unique experiences with the Torah portion.

Sunday Morning 10:30-12: Trans Halakha: How queer theory and the transgender experience are revolutionizing halakha.  Free, RSVP required (RSVP here)

Throughout its history, halakha has been approached through the lens of specific theories. In our times, we have seen the unique effects of feminist theory on halakha, offering its own unique insight and understanding to the halakhic process. So too, does queer theory offer a new lens. This class will look at the question of conversion, circumcision, and transness, showing how this lens can offer insight in unforeseen areas.


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