Cleveland Synagogue to Welcome JTS Scholar

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

May 19, 2009, Cleveland, OH

The Park Synagogue will welcome Dr. Barry W. Holtz, dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and the Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), as scholar-in-residence on May 23.

Dr. Barry HoltzDr. Holtz will discuss "The New Moon of Torah: Entering the Season of Shavu'ot" during Shabbat morning services, which will be followed by a lunch and learn where he will speak on "Danger and Domesticity: Rabbinic Texts About the Conflict Between Home and Study."

Dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS, Dr. Holtz leads courses in teaching classical texts, professional development for teachers, philosophy of Jewish education, and current issues confronting Jewish education. He is the editor of numerous publications in the field of Jewish education, including Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts (Simon & Schuster), a guide to reading, understanding, and appreciating great Jewish books. A Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Back to the Sources is widely used as a textbook for university and adult-education courses. An award-winning author, he has written Finding Our Way: Jewish Texts and the Lives We Lead Today (Schocken Books) and The Schocken Guide to Jewish Books, another Book-of-the-Month Club selection. His most recent book, Textual Knowledge: Teaching the Bible in Theory and in Practice (JTS Press), received the 2004 National Jewish Book Award for education.

Dr. Holtz served for twelve years as codirector of JTS's Melton Research Center for Jewish Education, where he supervised the writing and publication of several volumes of the Melton Graded Curriculum materials for Jewish schools across North America.

The Park Synagogue is located at 3300 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights. There is a $10 charge for the lunch and reservations are required by calling the synagogue at (216) 371-2244. For more information about JTS and programs in the Cleveland area, contact Michele Siegal, assistant director of the JTS Great Lakes Region, at (248) 258-0055.