Concerns of Rising anti-Semitism

Concerns of Rising anti-SemitismWhile we are all focused on the horrendous tragedy that took place in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue and on the anti-Semitic motivations of the murderer, there is an amazing side to this sad event that needs to be pointed out. The support that the Jewish community has received from virtually the entire American population, its government and institutional structures, and even its sports teams, says a lot about the character of the country in which we live. This is true despite some of the terrible rhetoric being used in the discussion of immigration, both legal and illegal. The reality is that support for anti-Semitic violence no doubt lurks in some corners of the dark Internet and in some white supremacist cells, but the neighbors with whom we live truly support and want to protect the Jewish people. All over America memorial services and solidarity programs are being held, in synagogues with non-Jews in attendance, in churches, in government, and in schools. The simple fact is that this Jewish tragedy has touched the entire nation.

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Sects and the City

The Jewish Communities of Qumran and Alexandria

Sects and the CityCo-sponsored by Drisha, The Jewish Publication Society and Sixth Street Community Synagogue
November 29th, 7:00 PM
Sixth Street Community Synagogue
325 East Sixth Street

$10/students free of charge.

Please join us for an evening to celebrate the publication of Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich’s new book, Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2018).

Talks will be given by Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich (Drisha Faculty member and Crown-Ryan Chair of Judies Studies at Catholic Theological Union) and Dr. Lawrence Schiffman (Judge Abraham Lieberman Professorship in Hebrew & Judaic Studies at New York University).

We will explore the Jewish literature and communities of Alexandria and the Dead Sea Scrolls in Greek and Roman times, as Jews navigated as a minority through worlds dominated by powerful cultures.

Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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A reflection on the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Significance of the Dead Sea ScrollsWhat better time to reflect on the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls than now, soon after celebrating their 70th anniversary? This corpus of ancient manuscripts has awakened immense interest, spawned an entire new field of scholarship, and reshaped our understanding of biblical studies, the history of Judaism and the background of Christianity. The scrolls have been at the center of their share of intrigue, legal action and even humor. Exhibits such as that taking place right now in Denver, under the auspices of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), are more than ample evidence of the tremendous interest in the scrolls. But how many people can actually explain what the scrolls are and what they should mean to us?

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