Shir Shalom to Host Scholar-in-Residence
Woodstock — Congregation Shir Shalom will host Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman as scholar-in-residence next weekend.
Hoffman will present Judaism Beyond Grandma: Jewish Identity and the Modern American Condition, a free program that will include his insights on the value of Judaism in everyday life.
“Everyone is invited to participate in this extraordinary opportunity to study with a charismatic national leader and visionary of the Reform movement,” Shir Shalom said in a recent news release.
“His engaging style and wonderful sense of humor lighten serious topics that probe how we can find meaning in our lives today.”
The free event will open at 6 p.m. with a discussion led by Hoffman on the topic of Builders, Baby-Boomers and Beyond: Looking for the American Jewish Identity, followed at 7 p.m. by Shabbat services and Oneg Shabbat. Saturday’s activities include Authentic Jewish Spirituality: Even for Skeptics Who Think There Isn’t Any at 11 a.m., and Judaism for the Next Generation: What’s Left of Judaism When All the Givens Fail? at 1:30 p.m.
It will close with a ”Brunch and Learn” session with Hoffman on Sunday at 10 a.m. The topic will be Envisioning a Synagogue of Meaning: Shir Shalom 2030.
Hoffman is a world-renowned liturgist, award-winning author and co-founder of Synagogue 2000/3000. He has written or edited 40 books, including Art of Public Prayer and Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life, which are widely used by churches and synagogues.
For more information, go to www.shirshalomvt.org, or call 802-457-4840.
— Staff report