JTS Evening of Learning: Relating to the Other in Jewish Texts and with Jewish Values

Date: May 07, 2017 - May 07, 2017

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: Greater Washington, DC

Category: JTS in Your Community

Relating to the Other


Join JTS scholars as they explore Jewish attitudes toward members of different faiths as well as the marginalized within our own communities. Enjoy university-level instruction and stimulating discussions in sessions that ask: How has the Jewish experience of marginalization informed the way in which we relate to other marginalized populations? What is our obligation to those we perceive as different? How have Jews challenged the norms of the community from within?  

A celebration of adult Jewish learning featuring JTS’s renowned faculty: 

May 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland

Session Topics

  • Opening Keynote: “As If the Jews Had No Lord:” Reflections on the Political and Theological Security of the Jewish People”
    Dr. Benjamin Gampel

Study Sessions

  • Facing the Other: Moral Dilemmas in Israeli Literature
    Dr. Barbara Mann
  • From the Outside In: How a History of Marginalization Affects Jewish Responses to Marginal Populations Today
    Rabbi Daniel Nevins
  • Isaiah’s Vision of Religious Universalism and Particularism
    Dr. Benjamin Sommer
  • Maimonides, the Messiah, Jesus, and Muhammad
    Dr. Benjamin Gampel
  • Closing Session: Between Hospitality and Hostility: Jewish Responses to the Global Refugee Crisis
    Rabbi Daniel Nevins


For more information, please contact Tani Schwartz-Herman at (212) 678-8996 or tanischwartz@jtsa.edu


Program Schedule

5:00–6:00 p.m.  Welcome and Keynote Address over Dinner                      
6:10–7:10 p.m.  Study Session I 
7:20–8:20 p.m.  Study Session II               
8:30–9:00 p.m.  Closing Session                                 

Program Partners (in formation):

Adas Israel Congregation
Agudas Achim Congregation
Beth Sholom Congregation
B’nai Israel Congregation
B’nai Shalom of Olney
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
Congregation Beth Emeth
Congregation B’nai Tzedek
Congregation Kol Shalom
Congregation Olam Tikvah
Congregation Sha’are Shalom
The Foundation for Jewish Studies
Kehilat Shalom
Kol Shalom
Shaare Tefila Congregation
Shaare Torah
Tifereth Israel Congregation