West Suffolk Hereld Institute Lecture Series to Conclude with Discussion on “Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul: A Holistic Approach to Jewish Spirituality”

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March 3, 2009, Melville, NY

Rabbi David Hoffman, scholar-in-residence at The Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss "Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul: A Holistic Approach to Jewish Spirituality" at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the South Huntington Jewish Center, 2600 New York Avenue, Melville.

The program concludes the 2009 JTS Western Suffolk Lecture Series. JTS gratefully acknowledges the Hereld Family Foundation for its support.

Rabbi Hoffman, who is also a lecturer in JTS's Department of Talmud and Rabbinics, is completing his PhD in Talmud, writing on notions of honor and anger in rabbinic literature. He was recently appointed by Chancellor Arnold Eisen to serve on the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the halakhic (Jewish legal) authority for the Conservative Movement.

A dynamic and engaging teacher who has taught widely in synagogues and Jewish institutions across North America, Rabbi Hoffman served many years as the director of the Eisenfeld-Duker Beit Midrash at JTS and as religious and academic adviser to the Mekhinah (preparatory) program of The Rabbinical School. He recently completed service as rabbi-in-residence of Sha'arei Kodesh, a newly formed egalitarian synagogue in Boca Raton, Florida. Rabbi Hoffman was ordained by JTS, where he was a Wexner Fellow.

Open to the community at no charge, but reservations are required. For reservations, please contact Gwynne Wicks at (516) 496-9525.