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A New Scholar in Residence Program in October will be hosted by Max Edwards!

 

ABOUT EDWARDS:

Max Edwards is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Before beginning rabbinic studies, Max received a Bachelor's degree in Classics and Religious Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where he focused on Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible. He also spent a year studying Jewish texts at Yeshivat Hadar, an egalitarian yeshiva in Manhattan. In addition to text study, Max has also spent time in a number of Yiddish language programs, including the YIVO Uriel Weinreich Summer Program, Yiddish Farm, and the Vilnius Yiddish Institute. Max has spoken and taught around the country at academic conferences and in communal organizations, leading language workshops and text-studies for groups of all ages. He currently teaches Yiddish at the Boston Workmen's Circle and is the rabbinic intern at Temple Beth Israel in Winsted, CT.

ON THE AGENDA:

FRIDAY

Evening of October 27

INHERITING A TRADITION

 

This d’var torah will focus on tensions in the history of Yiddish surrounding cultural inheritance and lines of transmission. We will explore material from this week’s parashah, lech l’cha, primarily focusing on the intersection of Abraham and Sarah’s barrenness and their need for a familial heir. This presentation will be part of our Shabbat Evening Services in the sanctuary.

 

October 27

7:30PM - 9:00PM

Sanctuary

SATURDAY

Day of October 28

TO SEEK OR TO STUDY: Is there a "Jewish" Approach to Learning Texts?

 

In this session, we will focus on the question of what it means to learn “Jewishly,” and how such learning may be in partnership with the world outside of the study hall. We will be looking at a number of traditional Jewish sources as well as pieces of Yiddish poetry which lean heavily on rabbinic themes. Refreshments at 9:00AM, presentation at 9:30AM, with a brief Shabbat morning service to follow.

 

October 28

9:00AM / 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Social Hall

SATURDAY

Evening of October 28

HANDSPUN SUPPLICATION: Yiddish tkhines and a Tradition of Personal Prayer

 

In this session, we will explore the place of personal prayer within the Jewish canon through the lens of tkhines, a genre of personal Yiddish supplications written primarily by and for women beginning in the 17th Century. A spirited tkhine-based havdalah ceremony is included in this session. Refreshments at 7:00PM, followed by this program and havadalah service at 7:30PM.

 

October 28

7:00PM / 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Social Hall

SUNDAY

Morning of October 29

OUT WITH THE SHMALTZ AND IN WITH THE SHPRAKH: A Yiddish Language Workshop

 

Dust off your vocabulary as we learn Yiddish greetings, phrases, a few curses, a song, and other words and phrases to get one through a formal Yiddish introduction. All levels of familiarity are welcome!

 

October 29

9:30AM - 11:00AM

Sanctuary

Sun, October 22 2017 2 Cheshvan 5778