Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat Service with Rabbi Dr. Gary Zola

23 Feb @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Share the warmth of Jewish community with our Temple family in person or on YouTube from your home! Please join us for Shabbat worship on Friday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m., led by Rabbi Meir Bargeron. We will welcome Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director Emeritus of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati. 

He will speak on “The Future of Our Past: The Meaning of our 175th Anniversary.” Join us in person or on YouTube. An Oneg Shabbat follows the service.

As Congregation Achduth Vesholom celebrates 175 years of continuous existence, Dr. Zola will help us to reflect on the historical lessons we derive from the congregation’s remarkable longevity and durability. What traits and impulses have our predecessors bequeathed to us, and how will these characteristics strengthen us as we confront the daunting and worrisome challenges we face in our own day and age? Dr. Zola will offer us an inspiring message in response to these important questions.

Dr. Zola also joins us on Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. Find out more

Dr. Gary Phillip Zola served as the executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) from 1998 through June of 2023.  Currently, Dr. Zola maintains his faculty status as the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

He has been honored with national appointments, including being selected by President Biden in 2023 as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Notably, in April 2011, President Obama appointed Dr. Zola to the Commission on the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, marking a historic moment as the first faculty member of Hebrew Union College to receive such recognition from a U.S. president. Further, in 2006, Dr. Zola achieved groundbreaking milestones by becoming the inaugural American Jewish historian and the first American rabbi appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation and our 175th Anniversary sponsors for their support of Dr. Zola’s visit.

We warmly welcome guests to join us.