How did some of America's leading rabbis handle pivotal world events from the pulpit? What did they tell their congregants about topics such as the rise of Adolf Hitler, the outbreak of World War II, and the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s?
Please join us on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. when Dr. Gary P. Zola,
our Scholar-in-Residence, introduces some of Judaism's most remarkable rabbinical leaders through a series of vocal recordings and slides. His talk on “Great Voices, Civil Rights, and Jews in the American South” will offer a rare opportunity to hear recordings from the American Jewish Archives historical collection.
The next evening on Friday, March 1, Dr. Zola will examine "Sabbath and Jewish Survival: A Documentary Look at Reform Judaism's Struggle to Preserve the Sabbath." He'll explore the Sunday Sabbath, the Friday night service, the Oneg Shabbat, and other programmatic innovations. His talk follows an abbreviated worship service at 7 p.m. led by Rabbi Lenny with musicians Ronnie & Norm Greenberg.
Dr. Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
and Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History
at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation for its support.