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Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

Friday night: Romemu, 165 W. 105th Street, New York, NY 10025

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Spirituality and Theology [clear filter]
Sunday, February 17


In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism
Religion can be both inspiring and distressing, and many critiques of it are simultaneously compelling and dubious. We will examine atheist arguments with a modern eye taking a refreshing look at the most fundamental questions of religion and faith. Using my most recent book, In Good Faith, as a guide, we will explore common atheist critiques of the Bible and religion incorporating Jewish, Christian, and Muslim voices.

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Scott Shay

Scott A. Shay, co-founder and Chairman of New York's Signature Bank, is a provocative commentator on financial issues and successful businessman, spanning Wall Street, private equity, venture capital and banking. Inspired by a lifelong pursuit of religion and its worldly impact, he... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 8 (5th Floor)


Post-Patriarchal Strategic Planning: A Kabbalistic Model
Fresh from Madison Avenue with many a Hasidic twist, we'll learn practical ways for revamping your next brainstorming or planning sessions using tactics based on a Kabbalistic model that could revolutionize the way we work. Get ready for hands-on exercises and embodied activities. Learn how to communicate, collaborate on and co-create projects that succeed collectively.

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Rishe Groner

Rishe Groner was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia in the Chabad-Hasidic tradition. Now a first-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, her career has involved Jewish, arts, and corporate circles as strategist, event producer, marketing director... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 5 (5th Floor)


Why Do We Find Prayer so Hard?
This session will focus on why so many modern Jews find prayer so difficult. We'll talk about attitudes towards prayer among thinkers including Rambam and Heschel, and we will contrast assumptions about what makes for a genuine and meaningful prayer in Jewish tradition and in American culture. Along the way, we will touch on Thomas Aquinas, Quakerism, Thomas Merton and yoga, and the light they shed on traditional Jewish conceptions of prayer.

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Benjamin Sommer

Benjamin D. Sommer is professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. His most recent book, Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition, received the prestigious Goldstein‐Goren Prize in Jewish Thought from Ben Gurion University for the years 2014‐2016... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 8 (5th Floor)