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JTS in the Berkshires

Upcoming Sessions

1. Friday, August 9, 2024 5 Av 5784

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

2. Friday, August 23, 2024 19 Av 5784

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Past Sessions
Friday, July 12, 2024 6 Tammuz 5784 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

 

Join JTS scholars in Lenox, Massachusetts, for inspiring learning that illuminates the Jewish past and shapes the Jewish future. With Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Dr. Sarah Wolf, and Dr. Yitz Landes. Put on in partnershipt with JTS and in cooperation with The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

Three Sessions 
Fridays, July 12, August 9, and August 23, 2024 
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

Shakespeare & Company 
Elayne P. Bernstein Theater 
70 Kemble Street 
Lenox, Massachusetts 

Tickets: $15 per session, advanced registration strongly encouraged. To register, click here

 

SESSION I- Friday, July 12, 2024: 

NINE MONTHS LATER: NEW FRAMEWORKS FOR CONFRONTING CONTEMPORARY ANTISEMITISM 
With Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Chancellor and Irving Lehrman Research Professor of American Jewish History, JTS 
 

Drawing on the conversation that emerged from JTS’s Antisemitism and Allyship convening, Chancellor Schwartz will reflect on the recent spike in antisemitism globally, how we got to this moment, and how we move forward.  Her discussion will weave together insights gleaned from the long history of antisemitism and interrogate of the idea of American exceptionalism. 

SESSION II- Friday, August 9, 2024: 

LIVING WITH UNCERTAINTY: TRUTH AND DOUBT IN RABBINIC LITERATURE 

With Dr. Sarah Wolf, Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS 

How do we recognize the truth when we see it? And what do we do when the certainty we desire simply isn’t possible? This talk will explore how the rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud grappled with these timeless problems, and what their wisdom can offer us today.

SESSION III-Friday, August 23, 2024: 

WHAT IF THE TORAH IS FORGOTTEN? ON THE HISTORY OF AN IDEA AND THE LEGACY OF THE RABBIS 

With Dr. Yitz Landes, Assistant Professor of Rabbinic Literatures and Cultures, JTS 

The concept of Torah is surely one of the most central ideas in Judaism. And yet, how exactly has this concept been defined over the course of Jewish history? By looking closely at how the rabbis of antiquity defined Torah and attended to its preservation, we will be able to better reflect on the meaning of Torah and the Jewish tradition in contemporary times. We will also think about how, on a personal level, we decide what to preserve and pass on to the next generation. 

To register for any and all of these talks, click here

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