Temple Sholom to Host Community-Wide Lecture

JTS Scholar to Discuss “Jewish Eating and Identity"

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

November 19, 2008, Greenwich, CT

Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss “Jewish Eating and Jewish Identity,” the subject of his latest book, at a community-wide lecture sponsored by Temple Sholom and JTS. A program of the JTS Lecture Series in Greenwich, the event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue.

In his scholarship, Dr. Kraemer is particularly interested in literary analysis of rabbinic literature, rabbinic ritual, and the social and religious history of Jews in late antiquity. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals, ranging from the popular to the academic. He is the author of several books, including The Mind of the Talmud: An Intellectual History of the Babylonian Talmud (Oxford, 1990), Reading the Rabbis: The Talmud as Literature (Oxford, 1996), and The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism (Routledge, 2000). He is also the editor of a volume on the history of the Jewish family titled The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory (Oxford, 1989).

Dr. Kraemer has been involved in Jewish adult education for many years. He has lectured widely for such programs as CLAL, the Skirball Center, and Me'ah. He also served as a consultant for the Jewish Museum's permanent exhibition. Dr. Kraemer received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and his master's degree and doctorate from JTS. In addition, he spent a year studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The evening will conclude with a dessert reception. Admission is free; reservations are requested. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Joan Goodman, director of JTS’s Northeast Region, at (212) 678-8861.