JEWISH LIFE SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WINTER TO FEATURE
DR. ROBERT HARRIS, RYAN MURRAY AND GERARD EDERY
Bridgewater, NJ –Jewish LIFE (Learning is for everyone), a community-wide Jewish adult education program serving residents of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties, is featuring a variety of special events this coming Winter. Guest speakers include Dr. Robert Harris, Ryan Murray and Gerard Edery. All programs are open to the entire community.
Dr. Robert Harris, associate professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will present “Jews and Christian Read Scripture,” Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m. Dr. Harris will be examining the commonalities as well as the differences between Jews and Christians in medieval biblical study; the relationships and mutual influences that rabbis and churchmen had on one another (particularly in northern France) and, in particular, the polemics through which they typically interacted. The program will be hosted by the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC in Bridgewater. The event fee is $8/person in advance and $10/person.
On Thursday, February 27, at 7 p.m. the JCC in Bridgewater will be hosting guest speaker Ryan Murray, who will discuss, “Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: An Ongoing Threat.” Many incidents of anti-Semitism receive limited media attention, and yet it is only through recognition and education that the threat of anti-Semitism can effectively be countered. Mr. Murray teaches a widely popular course titled “Holocaust & Genocide” at Watching Hills Regional High School in Warren, NJ. In 2012, Mr. Murray was awarded the Jack Zaifman Humanitarian Award for his work in Holocaust education. The event fee is $8/person in advance and $10/person at the door.
Master guitarist, singer and storyteller Gerard Edery will be the guest speaker at a Jewish LIFE program titled, “A Taste of Jewish Spain,” on Saturday March 29 at 6 p.m. Dinner, consisting of the rich cultural and culinary traditions of Jewish Spain, will be served. Hosted at Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough, the program/dinner fee is $18/person.
Participating Jewish LIFE agencies and synagogues include: Chabad of Greater Somerset County; Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Somerset County, Chabad of Hunterdon County; Flemington Jewish Community Center; Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Belle Mead; Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties; Knesseth Israel, Bound Brook; Or Chadash, the Reform Temple of Hunterdon County, Flemington; Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC), Bridgewater; Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey; Temple Beth-El, Hillsborough; Temple Beth El, Somerset; Temple Har Shalom, Warren; and Temple Sholom, Bridgewater.
The Jewish LIFE 2013-2014 program guide — including details and fees for special events, films and course offerings taught by area Rabbis at participating Jewish LIFE synagogues — is available at the JCC, Bridgewater. The program guide is posted on the JCC website: www.ssbjcc.org. To register for programs, to become a Jewish LIFE Patron or Benefactor, and for further information, please contact the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center at 908-725-6994 x201; LFriedman@ssbjcc.org.