Mysticism & neo-Chasidic scholar keynotes Ryterband Symposium

Dr. Arthur Green, founding dean of the non-denominational rabbinical program at Hebrew College in Boston, will deliver two lectures as the keynote speaker for the 41st Annual Ryterband Symposium in Judaic Studies, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the University of Dayton.

Green will present Excavating Chasidic Texts at 4 p.m. in the Philips Humanities Center’s Sears Recital Hall. At 7:30 p.m., he’ll deliver the lecture, Re-envisioning Jewish Theology and Judaism, in Kennedy Union’s Torch Lounge. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

“Art Green has been one of the icons of American Jewry since the ‘60s, when he was one of the founders of the Somerville Havurah, which trailblazed a new path in Jewish communal prayer services,” said Dr. Mark Verman, Zusman Prof. of Judaic Studies at Wright State University. Verman coordinates the annual Ryterband Symposium for United Theological Seminary, University of Dayton, and Wright State.

“His writings on Rav Nachman of Bratslav and other chasidic writers have been enormously influential, as have his various administrative roles,” Verman added, also noting Green’s tenure as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and his current position as rector of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School and professor of Jewish philosophy and religion at Hebrew College.

For more information, contact Verman at 775-2461.

To read the complete September 2019 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.

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