The Smith Lectures in Contemporary Jewish Life and Thought will be offered as an extension of the academic offerings at William Jewell College for the 2013-2014 academic year. Leading the Smith Lectures throughout the year will be Rabbi Neal Schuster of Overland Park, Kan. The fall lecture schedule includes:
- Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013: Rabbi Schuster will address the question, “How do we live?” and explore and expand on the Jewish perspective on ethics.
- Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013: Rabbi Schuster will address the role and importance of ritual in general and specifically in Jewish life and faith.
The lecture series continues in the spring semester as Rabbi Schuster addresses the topic “Jewish Origins of Christianity.” The spring lectures are scheduled for: Feb. 2, March 2 and March 30, 2014.
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.
In their third year, the lectures are provided by the family of Edward and Beth Smith through the Jewish Community Foundation of Kansas City. All lectures will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the campus of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., in Yates-Gill College Union (Rooms 221-222). The free lectures are open to the public.