ALBANY– Rabbi Norman Mendel will lead eight free weekly conversations this fall on “From Our Genesis Through Our Exodus & Beyond . . . Where Are We Wandering Now?” as part of Congregation Beth Emeth’s Lunch and Learn series. The first session will be held from noon – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the synagogue, 100 Academy Rd., Albany. Other Lunch and Learn sessions will be Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 28 and Dec. 12 and 19.
The Lunch and Learn series will examine how the texts of Torah can inform and direct understanding and response to technology and the cult of the instant in the modern age. According to organizers, Mendel will address the question: Are we to wander while a new generation is born, or are we to chart our destiny using our past as a moral map for our future?
Mendel is affiliated with Temple Beth El in Glens Falls and has been a rabbi lecturer for several adult education programs at Beth Emeth over the past few years. Previously, he served as a rabbi at a number of synagogues in the United States and South Africa, most recently at Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He has teaching experience at the university level and has served on several national boards, many related to health care.
Participants do not have to attend every session. Those attending are asked to bring their lunch; the congregation will supply the coffee, tea and dessert. The program is free and open to the community. Debbie Sokoler at 518-436-9761, ext. 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org has details.