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Breakfast served immediately following 9 am Mass at St. Jude Hall
Presentations begin at 10am until 11am
How Does A 3000 Year-Old Religion Like Judaism Function in a 21st Century World?
Judaism is “the voice of hope in an age of fear, the countervoice in the conversation of humankind.” Faced with such a task, the natural human instinct may be to shirk responsibility and imitate Jonah’s ill-fated flight from duty! But Judaism has survived because it has been historically adaptive. From the patriarchs through the judges and kings to the prophets, Jews have adapted to the necessities of mostly negative external forces. In light of the events of this century, how does this ancient faith find expression today in the rhythms of Jewish personal and communal life.
Presented by Rabbi David Rosen, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Yeshuran. A 1973 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1980; continued his rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is past president of the Houston Rabbinical Association and the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis. Rabbi Rosen, chosen by President George W. Bush, represented the Jewish community at the National Day of Prayer in 2005. He is also past co-chair of the Anti-Defamation League’s Coalition for Mutual Respect.