ALBANY –Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob (CBAJ) will host Rabbi Dr. Abraham Unger, as its fall scholar-in-residence on Shabbat Vayeira, Oct. 27 at the synagogue, 380 Whitehall Rd., Albany. Unger’s Shabbat morning lecture will be, “Judaism and the Global City: Life in an Imagined Halakhic State.” The community is welcome to attend.
Unger is associate professor and director of urban programs in the department of government and politics at Wagner College, Staten Island, where he also serves as campus rabbi. He is also the rabbi of Congregation Ohav Zedek in Bayonne, N.J.
Unger’s researchs Jewish thought and urban policy. His upcoming book is entitled, A Jewish Public Theology: God and the Global City. In addition to his roles as rabbi and professor, he is senior research fellow at the Carey Institute of Government Reform and has been a member of the Staten Island Borough President’s Strategic Policy Advisory Committee. Unger consults on urban economic development projects and is a founding co-chairman of Faith and Public Policy, an interfaith policy think tank.
Following services, Unger and Rabbi Roy Feldman, the congregation’s spiritual leader, will engage in an informal conversation.
A Shabbat oneg kiddush will follow.