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Reform Judaism: A Life of Meaning

Thu January 30, 2020 - Sun February 2, 2020

In a time such as this, how can religion ground us authentically?

A Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with
Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, Ph.D.
Thursday-Sunday, January 30-February 2, 2020

Reflections on the past as we prepare for the future of Reform Judaism in 21st century America.

Thursday, January 30 (12-1:00 pm)
Rashi Study on Genesis, 220 S. 6th St., Suite 1800 Downtown Minneapolis (USBank Building)
Jacob as Harbinger of Reform Judaism

Shabbat, January 31 (Friday 7:30 pm)
Reform Judaism: A Life of Meaning
How has Reform Judaism changed to speak to our time?

Shabbat, February 1 (Saturday, Noon Lunch & Learn)
American Religion in the New Millennium
Living in the context of Americans’ four views of God based on this Pew Study.

Saturday, February 1 (5-6:30 pm)
For Adults in their 20s and 30s:
Havdalah, Nosh, and Conversation: What Makes ­Reform Judaism ‘Reform’ Anymore? (Asking for a friend)
In a time of rising antisemitism, a conversation about how we talk about and practice our Judaism.

Sunday, February 2 (10-11:30 am)
What Makes Reform Judaism ‘Reform’ and not ‘Conservative’?
And how do we make informed, Jewish decisions?
We will look at slides of synagogue architecture since 1900 as a jumping off point for discussing changing patterns of belief and behavior.

Dana Evan Kaplan is a rabbi, scholar, writer, speaker, and organizational consultant. He is currently the Rabbi of Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley in Sun City, Arizona. Previously he has served congregations in Alabama, Jamaica, and South Africa. Rabbi Kaplan is the author and editor of several books, including most recently A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path. It is a collection of short, entertaining articles by a broad range of the most important Reform rabbinic thinkers active today. The book provides a range of perspectives on modern Judaism, describing theological and practical ways to find purpose in life, both as individuals and as a community.

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Thu January 30, 2020
Sun February 2, 2020
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