Where Jews and Judaism intersect can be confusing, said Rabbi Alexis Berk of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans. “Not all Jews have the same beliefs isn't that funny for a religion?” she asked a roomful of students on Thursday (Nov. 5) during her talk, part of the Tulane Jewish Studies Program's Colloquium and Film Series.
Rabbi Alexis Berk of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans spoke on “Where Jews and Judaism Meet: A Confusing Crossroads” as part of the Jewish Studies Program Colloquium and Film Series. (Photo by Scott Saltzman)
Speaking on “Where Jews and Judaism Meet: A Confusing Crossroads,” Berk said, “It can be a challenge to explain those Jews and their beliefs. I believe there are three places where Jews and Judaism can meet, and they may overlap: belief/practice, birth and belonging.”
The series continues on Thursday (Nov. 12) when Rabbi Ilan Fuchs, Schusterman Visiting Professor, will speak on “Women and Halachah” at 4 p.m. in the McKeever Room of the Lavin-Bernick Center.
Fuchs is an expert in secular and religious law at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He has taught about Israeli constitutional law, legal theory, legal writing, Jewish law, Jewish family law and the history of Chasidism.
Other events this semester in the series are:
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact professor Brian Horowitz, director of Jewish Studies, at 504-862-3075.