Scholar Series

Community Dinner with Baskin Scholar, Dr. James Loeffler
Monday, November 5 | 6 PM
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Jews, Israel, and Human Rights: The Forgotten History
Led by Baskin Scholar, Dr. James Loeffler
Monday, November 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of both the birth of the State of Israel and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet today, Zionism and human rights often appear as polar opposites in debates about global justice. Loeffler will share a surprising account of the origins of modern human rights and a crucial perspective on the heated political controversies of the present.

James Loeffler is Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia. This program is made possible through the AJS Distinguished Lectureship Program.

Judaism and Masculinity
Led by Eric B. Meyers Featured Scholar, Rabbi Jeff Salkin
Monday, January 28, 2019 | 7 PM

The world is filled with so many confusing messages about what it means to be masculine. What does Judaism have to say? How can our tradition heal and re-affirm men’s lives and

The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism
Monday, February 4, 2019 | 7 PM

Anti-Semitism is alive and well in many places. What is it about the Jews and Judaism that arouses so many strong feelings? With a special focus on anti-Semitism on college campuses, this is a must-attend event for teens and anyone who cares about them!

How Leonard Cohen taught Judaism to the World
Monday, February 11, 2019 | 7 PM

The music of Leonard Cohen is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. How does his life and work bear testimony to Judaism and what Jews can say to the world today?

Rabbi Jeff Salkin, senior rabbi of Temple Solel, Hollywood, FL, is the author of ten books, including Putting God on the Guest List and a popular blog titled, “Martini Judaism: For Those Who Want To Be Shaken And Stirred.”

Sacred Texts: The Torah, New
Testament, and the Qur’an.
Monday, March 4, 2019 | 7 PM

We are excited to welcome leading scholars to participate in this panel discussion on the texts that are sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Rabbi KnobelRabbi Peter S. Knobel served as Interim Rabbi at Temple Judea in 2013-2014. Rabbi Knobel served as the spiritual leader of Beth Emet the Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL beginning in 1980 and is still an active teacher and worshiper in that community.




Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra is the Imam and Director of Religious Services at Islamic Center of Greater Miami in Miami Gardens, Florida. He serves as a Muslim Chaplain at University of Miami and he is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UM. Dr. Samra regularly participates in multi-faith forums, not just to raise awareness about Islam to other faiths, but also to build bridges among the clergies and social organizations in the community.





Dr. Steven J. Kraftchick is the Chair of New Testament Course of Study in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. As he Presidential Fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, he is currently working on a project that explores the intersection of theology and technology.