William Jewell will conclude this year's four-part Smith Lectures in Contemporary Jewish Life and Thought on March 10 and April 7. The lectures are free and open to the community.
In its second year, the series is provided by the family of Edward and Beth Smith through the Jewish Community Foundation of Kansas City. Rabbi Neal Schuster presents the lectures at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings in the Gill Family Meeting Room of Yates-Gill College Union (Rooms 221-222). Receptions begin at 5 p.m. The remaining presentations include:
- Sunday, March 10, 2013: “You Shall be Holy!” from Leviticus 19, the center of the Torah and the heart of the Holiness Code. No narrative tale. No drama, deceit or redemption. Yet, Leviticus 19 still manages to be one of the most powerful and sublime passages in the entire Torah as it offers up surprising answers to the essential question of what it means to be holy.
- Sunday, April 7, 2013: “An Eternal Hatred?” On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Rabbi Schuster will explore the meanings, reasons and origins of anti-Semitism; asking whether or not it is a unique hatred, why it has been so persistent and vicious, and what can we learn about ourselves and society by understanding this phenomenon.
Rabbi Schuster holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, as well as an M.A. in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR. Since 2009, he has served as the rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator at the Hillel chapter at the University of Kansas, where he is also a member of the faculty in the university’s Jewish Studies Program.