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The Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l) Genesis Forum

 

CJP recognizes the challenges to community and connection posed by the new coronavirus (COVID-19). While the situation requires restricting in-person gatherings as a matter of health and safety, we are pleased to continue to offer Genesis Forum lectures by webinar

As always, sessions will be recorded and available online. When the risks of public gatherings have passed, we’ll return to in-person classes. Meanwhile, we’ll put technology to good use. Keep reading for information on the upcoming Genesis Forum sessions. Stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Downtown West Cambridge

 


 

Downtown

 

Jewish Visions of an Ideal Society: Messianism, Utopianism and Self-Perfection

 

All sessions meet on Wednesdays, 12:00–1:15 p.m. online.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

We live in tumultuous times. In past generations, Jews have dealt with chaos by dreaming of a better future. In this year’s Genesis Forum Downtown, our sessions will look at models of idyllic dreaming from the Jewish past as a way to build our own dreams for the Jewish present.

Register online, email learnon@cjp.org, or call 617-457-8789.

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS

Access audio and materials from previous classes here.

February 26
Radical Hope: Prophetic Visions of Resurrection and their Rabbinic Legacy
with Rabbi Dr. Benjamin Samuels

March 25
Jewish Visions of an Ideal Society: An Exploration of Philip Roth’s “Conversion of the Jews”
with Dr. Abigail Gillman

Friday, May 1 (date changed from April 29)
A Day in Degania: Building a Secular Utopia in Israel's First Kibbutz
with Dr. Shayna Weiss

May 27
The World to Come — Now? Messianism and Modern Jewish Politics
with Professor Yehudah Mirsky

June 24
“Ani Ma’amin — I Believe with Perfect Faith in the Coming of the Messiah”:
Contemporary Jewish Views of Perfecting the World and the Arrival of a New Age
with Rabbi Benjamin Samuels and Rabbi Elyse Winick

Register

West

 

Being Jewish in America in 2020

 

All sessions meet on Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. online.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Register online, contact Jacob at jacobk@cjp.org or 617-457-8850.

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS

Access audio and materials from previous classes here.

March 5 
It’s About Time! Being a Timely and Timeless Jew in 2020 America
with Rabbi Benjamin J. Samuels

March 19
Persistence, Hope, and Pride: Reflections on LGBTQ Rights in a Time of Peril and Possibility
with Idit Klein

March 26
A Camping We Will Go’: The American Jewish Love Affair with Summer Camp
with Dr. Jonathan Krasner

March 31
Gender and the American Jewish Experience
with Judith Rosenbaum

Register

Cambridge

 

Civil Discourse

 

All sessions meet on Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. online.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Register online, contact Jacob at jacobk@cjp.org or 617-457-8850.

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS

Access audio and materials from previous classes here.

May 5 
Creating Community Across Difference: Rabbinic Views on Civil Discourse
with Dr. Jane Kanarek

May 12
The Ethical Imperative for Civil Discourse
with Rabbi Lila Kagedan

May 19
Civil Discourse in the Public Square: Should Jews Withdraw or Engage?
with Dr. Jon Levisohn

Register

Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l)

הרב שמואל בן שלמה ופרימט זצ"ל

Rabbi Samuel Chiel (zt”l) was CJP’s Scholar-in-Residence for many years and was instrumental in founding the Genesis Forum.

Rabbi Chiel left us with a glorious legacy of communal service and teaching. At the beginning of his rabbinical career, he also proudly served his country as a Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces. He went on to become the beloved spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel of Newton for 27 years. 

He never stopped learning and teaching, and was involved in the training of young rabbis and the continuing education of mid-career rabbis through the Rabbinic Institute at Hebrew College, as well as serving as the Jewish Scholar for New Directions in Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, an interfaith program co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and the Archdiocese of Greater Boston.

Rabbi Chiel was renowned for his unique combination of erudition, insight, empathy, and warmth. He was a master speaker and teacher of Torah, as well as a great believer in and advocate for the elevating and healing powers of spiritual practice. Through our study, we hope to memorialize Rabbi Chiel for eternal blessing.