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Levinas and Radical Responsibility: What Could Jewish Community Model for Humanity?

Pardes’ Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield will join us for shabbat meals and classes on November 15 and November 16. Rabbi Hirschfield will be teaching two sessions. A shabbat dinner session: The Conflict Between Truth and Peace: What Do We Do When We are Committed to Two Values That are Sometimes Irreconcilable? (6:30pm on November 15), and a shabbat lunch session Levinas and Radical Responsibility: What Could Jewish Community Model for Humanity? (1pm on November 16). Childcare will be available for both sessions.

We ask that attendees make a donation to cover the food costs for this event. The suggested donation is $15 for an individual, $36 maximum for a family, Please make this tax deductible donation to the Kulam Philanthropic Fund at the United Jewish Federation’s Community Foundation. MAKE SURE that you DESIGNATE the “Kulam Fund.” You can pay by credit card by following this link: https://jfedpgh.org/donate/foundation.

If you prefer to send a check, you can mail it directly to the Jewish Community Foundation (2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh 15219). Please make checks out to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, with Kulam Fund in the memo.

Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought at Pardes. In addition, Zvi is a faculty member of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and has been training and mentoring Jewish Educators for over ten years in Tefilah in educational settings, critical issues in modern Jewish thought, and Israel education. Zvi holds a B.A. in History from Columbia University and did graduate work at Harvard University in Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and has rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He was the director of Judaica at the JCC of Cleveland and an instructor at the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies for many years. He also serves as a curriculum writer and is involved in staff training for the Nesiya Institute. His wife, Dina, is a faculty member of the Hebrew University School of Public Health, and they have four children.

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, located in Jerusalem, brings together people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts and current Jewish issues in an open, warm, and challenging learning environment.

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Kulam Shabbaton with Pardes’ Rabbi Zvi Hirshfield

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


JCC Squirrel Hill (Levinson Hall)
5738 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 United States
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(412) 521-8010


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