60th Anniversary Shabbat - Change of Speaker
Beth Tzedec
Oct 22nd 2015

A 60th Anniversary Shabbat Update

Dear Friends:

During the past 60 amazing years, Beth Tzedec has provided outstanding programs and services to our community. From time to time, we have faced challenges, yet each time we have turned the challenge into an opportunity.

Late Wednesday night, we received word that our guest speaker, Rabbi Donniel Hartman, had fallen ill and had to immediately return to Israel. Rabbi Hartman deeply regrets that he is unable to celebrate with us and we wish him a refuah sheleimah. We pray that he will be back to full strength very soon. 

In his place, we are fortunate to have made arrangements for the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, to be our guest scholar. By way of brief introduction, Dr. Kurtzer is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, new thinking on how contemporary Jews can and should relate to our past while living profoundly in the present. A fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, he writes and teaches on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges.

We know you will join with us in welcoming Dr. Kurtzer for our celebratory Friday night davening, Shabbat dinner and the Shabbat morning pulpit address. We are confident that his visit and remarks to the Beth Tzedec family will be stimulating.

We invite you to access articles written by Dr. Kurtzer (and other members of the Hartman team) by visiting the Hartman Institute website

Marvin Miller and Paul Rothstein
Co-Chairs, 60th Anniversary Celebrations Committee

Allan Kanee and Gary Elman
Co-Chairs, Adult Education Committee