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Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST

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Congregation Agudat Achim 
2117 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12309

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Jack Mintzer 
Congregation Agudat Achim 

Scholar in Residence Weekend 

Congregation Agudat Achim's Adult Education Committee Presents:

A Scholar in Residence Weekend with Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Arnold Eisen

 December  17-19, 2021

The focus of the Scholar in Residence weekend will be “Renewing Our Relationship to Israel”.  The Jewish people consist of roughly 15-16 million in a world of 7 billion, so cooperation and understanding between the world's two largest Jewish communities (American and Israeli) should be a priority for all who care about the Jewish future.  How can we reverse the tendency to drift apart?  What do we need to know about Jews and Judaism in Israel, past, present and future?  What do they need to know about us?  Most importantly, what can you and I do in the coming years to bring the two communities closer together?

Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world's foremost authorities on American and Israeli  Judaism, is chancellor emeritus of The Jewish Theological Seminary and professor of Jewish Thought. Professor Eisen became chancellor in 2007 and stepped down in spring 2020 to return to teaching and scholarship as a full-time member of the JTS faculty. During his tenure as chancellor, he transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for North American Jewry, with a focus on graduating highly skilled, innovative leaders who bring Judaism alive in ways that speak authentically to Jews at a time of rapid and far-reaching change. Professor Eisen is the author, among other works, of Galut: Modern Jewish Reflection on Homelessness and Homecoming, and Rethinking Modern Judaism: Ritual, Commandment, Community, and co-author of The Jew Within.

Schedule for the weekend:

Renewing Our Relationship to Israel

Dec. 17, Friday Evening 

5:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv

6:15 PM Dinner & Oneg following lecture (Reservation required)    

7:15 PM Lecture: You, Me, and Israel in 2022 and Beyond

Dec. 18, Saturday

9:15 AM Shabbat Morning Service

12:00 PM Luncheon after Service

1:00 PM Lecture: Zionism Then and Now

7:15 PM Havdalah

7:30 PM Lecture: Engagement: Apart and A Part

8:30 PM Post-lecture Reception (Reservation Required)     

Dec. 19, Sunday Morning

8:30 AM Sunday Morning Service

9:30 AM Men’s Club breakfast (Reservation required)        

10:30 AM lecture: Imagining a Way Forward

 Option to have all meals to go

Sponsorships available:

      Sponsor: $72, includes all of the above events, meals, and name listed in the program.

     Benefactor:  $90, includes all of the above events, meals, name listed in the program, and a private reception with Dr. Eisen. 


COVID protocols in place: Masks must be worn at all times when in the building except when eating. Masks required when not sitting at your table eating. Proof of vaccination is required for dinne


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