Scholar-in-Residence Weekend 2018

The Scholar-in-Residence Program, brought to the Etz Chaim community through the generous support of the Ramie A. Tritt Family Foundation, brings internationally-renowned scholars to the Etz Chaim community. This year, we are fortunate to have Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer as our

Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer is a fourth generation rabbi ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1964, where he also received a Master’s degree in Hebrew Literature. He served as the associate rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Buenos Aires from 1964-1966. Since he arrived at Neve Shalom in Metuchen, NJ in 1970, his adult education classes, participatory services and relationship to the youth have been commended for their excellence and received regional and national recognition. Rabbi Zelizer is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Neve Shalom and currently writes widely in regional publications about religion and popular culture, and also teaches adult classes in various synagogues in the New York Metropolitan area.

Friday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4, 2018 

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Theme: Violence in Religion - Why? What can we do about it?

Friday, February 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat service, followed by dinner ($20 per person)

Scholar Presentation - “Violent Sacred Texts - Why are they part of the three Abrahamic Religions?” 

dessert reception to follow

Saturday, February 3, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Shabbat Services and Scholar Presentation - “King and Heschel: Beyond the Photographs: My Memories and Their Shared Legacy” - 

Kiddush lunch followed by Scholar Presentation - “Violence in Religion: How do Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Reform the Violence?”

Sunday, February 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Scholar Presentation - “Violence in Religion: What Can We Do About It?”


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Congregation Etz Chaim is a progressive, egalitarian Conservative synagogue that provides meaningful Jewish experiences in a welcoming, engaging environment.  We offer:


Inspiring religious services
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A caring community that supports each other through both joyful and challenging life cycle events
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