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Rozelle & Robert I. Kahn Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Andrea Weiss

Friday, September 13, 2019 13 Elul 5779

All Day for 2 Days

Congregation Emanu El is excited to reinstitute the Rozelle & Robert I. Kahn Scholar-in-Residence program this year and host a weekend of lectures presented by a Reform scholar, Dr. Andrea Weiss

Dr. Weiss is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and she served as Associate Professor of Bible at the New York campus. She was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York and received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

On Friday night, during our 6:00 p.m. Shabbat worship, Dr. Weiss will deliver the D’var Torah entitled, Bitter to Sweet: Biblical Texts of Transformation. Midway through the month of Elul, just weeks before Rosh Hashanah and the start of the Yamim Noraim/Days of Awe, she will share several less familiar biblical texts offer valuable teachings about the remarkable human capacity for transformation and renewal. An Oneg will follow services.

On Saturday morning, following breakfast at 8:45 a.m., Dr. Weiss will present Comfort, Comfort My People: Maternal Metaphors for God in the Oshman Multi-Purpose Room. The week’s haftarah portion refers repeatedly to comforting the people Israel during a time of exile and trauma. Join Dr. Weiss as we explore how the prophet Isaiah uses maternal metaphors of God to fulfill this mission and discuss the implications of these images for us as contemporary readers.

A Saturday late afternoon program with light bites will begin at 5:00 p.m. with Havdalah prior to Dr. Weiss’ presentation entitled Sarah’s Hidden Voice: Why A Women’s Torah Commentary Still Matters. Eleven years after its publication in 2008, The Torah: A Women’s Commentary continues to enhance Torah study for women and men alike. The associate editor of the commentary, Dr. Weiss will tell how the book came about and show why a women’s Torah commentary matters today more than ever.

Lastly, on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., enjoy breakfast at 9:30 a.m. before the 10:00 a.m. program, Speaking Religious Truth to Political Power: Pre-election Lessons from “American Values, Religious Voices.” As we approach another presidential election, what can we learn from the nonpartisan project, American Values Religious Voices? The multi-faith letters to our leaders in Washington offer wisdom and inspiration drawn from a range of sacred texts, providing an antidote to the acrimony and discord that pervade politics today. The book American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters is Dr. Weiss’ work which brought together scholars from a diverse range of religious traditions to articulate core American values that have grounded our nation in the past and should guide us forward at this time of transition.

Please help us plan accordingly by RSVPing for the Saturday and/or Sunday breakfasts below or by calling 713.529.5771. For more information, contact Jason Plotkin at 713.535.6414 or

This program is chaired by Al & Eddie Kahn and funded through the Rozelle & Robert I. Kahn Lectureship Fund.


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