Davidson School Dean to Serve as Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Beth Shalom

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January 13, 2010, New York, NY

bhDr. Barry 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) will serve as the Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence from Friday, January 29, through Sunday, January 31, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 14200 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park.

Dr. Holtz has written and edited numerous publications in the field of Jewish education. In 1984, he edited Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts (Simon and Schuster), a guide to reading, understanding, and appreciating great Jewish books. A Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Back to the Sources has been widely used as a textbook for university and adult-education courses. He is the author of Finding Our Way: Jewish Texts and the Lives We Lead Today (Schocken Books, 1990) and The Schocken Guide to Jewish Books (1992), another Book-of-the-Month Club selection. His first book (written with Arthur Green), Your Word Is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer, has been reprinted in a revised edition by Jewish Lights Press. Dr. Holtz's most recent book, Textual Knowledge: Teaching the Bible in Theory and in Practice, was published by JTS Press in 2003. It received the National Jewish Book Award in Education in 2004.

The schedule of events and lectures for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, January 29—Wornall Campus
6:00 p.m.: Services
7:00 p.m.: Shabbat dinner
8:15 p.m.: “Why Read the Jewish Classics?”

Saturday, January 30—Wornall Campus
9:30 a.m.: Services, “The Song at the Sea and the Image of God”
Noon: Complimentary Kiddush luncheon
12:30 p.m.: “Conflict and Community: The View From Jewish Sources”

Sunday, January 31—Lamar Campus
8:30 a.m.: Shaharit Services
9:10 a.m.: Breakfast Club
9:45 a.m.: “Tales of Rabbis: A Story About Jewish Learning From Talmudic Times”
10:30 a.m.: “Texts About Teaching: What We Can Learn About Jewish Learning From Classic Jewish Sources”

All lectures are free and open to the public. There is a small fee for the meals. RSVP is required for all meals, including Shabbat dinner, Shabbat Kiddush lunch, and the Sunday breakfast, by January 15. For further information, contact Jill Goldstein of Congregation Beth Shalom at (913) 647-7281 or jgoldstein@bethshalomkc.org.