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UAlbany Visiting Scholar Rabbi David Gordis to lead “Synagogue Scholars” talk on death, dying

Rabbi David Gordis

ALBANY–B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation continues its  “Synagogue Scholars” series with a talk by Rabbi David Gordis, senior visiting scholar at the University at Albany, on death and dying.

Gordis will present, “Anticipating the Inevitable: Thoughts on Death and Dying,” immediately following the congregation’s Friday, April 21, Shabbat service. The service and program, open to all, begin at 8 p.m.  B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Rd., Albany.

Gordis was appointed to his position at UAlbany in 2009. His career has embraced the academic world and Jewish public service. He joined the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary while still a student at the rabbinical school, teaching both Bible and Talmud at the Teachers’ Institute-Seminary College, where he also served as dean of students. In 1972, he was named vice president of the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University), and in 1984 became executive vice president of the American Jewish Committee. In 1988, Gordis founded the Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies, now the National Center for Jewish Policy Studies, which he has directed since its founding. He was named president of Hebrew College in Boston in 1993, where he established the first trans-denominational accredited rabbinical school in the world and a range of other programs including the Me’ah adult learning program and the Interreligious Center on Public Life. Gordis retired from the presidency in 2008.

Gordis’ publications cover a range of topics including rabbinics and areas of Jewish community concern, such as intermarriage, school vouchers, the synagogue, denominationalism and Jewish secularism.  In addition to his teaching at the Jewish Theological Seminary and at the University of Judaism, he has taught at Brandeis University, Vassar College, UCLA Law School and UAlbany.

Gordis was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1964 after receiving his undergraduate degree at Columbia College.  He also holds a doctorate in Talmud from the Seminary and a master’s degree in history from Columbia.

Begun in 2004, the “Synagogue Scholars” series spotlights individuals in the Capital Region Jewish community who are recognized scholars in their fields.

Information about the “Synagogue Scholars” series, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office at office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us or phone 518-482-5283.


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