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Sophie & Jack Edwards Scholar-in-Residence: Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

Friday, March 8, 2024 28 Adar I 5784

All Day for 2 Days

Mesmerizing, gifted, engaging – a scholar who makes Talmud study relevant, human, and fun – are some of the words used to describe Rabbi Amy Scheinerman. We are excited to welcome her as our 2024 Sophie and Jack Edwards Scholar-in-Residence.

About Rabbi Amy Scheinerman:
Currently the hospice rabbi in Howard County, Maryland, she serves on the Responsa Committee of the CCAR and editor of the Torah Commentary column of the CCAR newsletter. She has served as rabbi for Conservative, Reform, and unaffiliated congregations, and has published numerous books and articles.

A graduate of Brown University, she studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem as well as Princeton Theological Seminary. She was ordained at HUC-JIR in New York, where she also received a Doctor of Divinity in 2009.

Scholar-in-Residence Programs:

Introduction & D'var Torah at Shabbat Services | Sanctuary
Friday, March 8
Meet Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and hear her d'var Torah as part of our Shabbat services. We also will enjoy music from the Congregational Choir.

Who Learns from Whom?
Saturday Morning, March 9
Torah tells us that God walked through the Garden of Eden and parted the Reed Sea with a “strong hand and an
outstretched arm.” Our Rabbis talk about God’s prayers, anger, and jealousy. Is God our role model? Or are we God’s? What happens when God learns from human role models? What does that say about the nature of God and about the nature of humanity? We will explore together some remarkable and radical texts that raise eternal questions about the struggle to be human in a less than humane world.

Getting Relationships Right: Ancient Advice for Modern Living
Saturday Night, March 9
It’s not a kumbaya world. Our lives are a complex tapestry of relationships. The terrain can be treacherous, and there are no easy formulas. We will immerse ourselves in Talmudic sources (in English translation) offering surprising insights and remarkable wisdom for improving our relationships – with community, colleagues, neighbors, friends, family, God, and let us not forget ourselves – the foundation of so much of our happiness.

Gender, Sex, & Sexuality: the Good, the Bad, the Funny, & the Funnier
Sunday Morning, March 10 
What does our tradition say about sex, gender, and sexuality? The Torah — never shy about difficult topics — lays the
groundwork for a Jewish view. Our Sages — absolutely not shy about such topics — further the discussion in directions
that may surprise, delight, and shock you. Find out what the Talmud really says.

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