Our Passover guests enjoy the rare opportunity to spend time learning and exploring Jewish life, culture, texts and history with a diverse mix of distinguished scholars, leaders and thinkers. We are in the process of confirming our 2013 faculty, which will include:
Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He served as a congregational rabbi in Southern California for 10 years.
Rabbi Artson is the author of seven books and more than 180 published articles. A sought-after speaker, he is the 2006 recipient of the Red Yarmulke Humanitarian Award. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Rabbi Artson was an intern for United States Senator Alan Cranston and United States Representative John Burton. Read his extensive biography at www.bradartson.com.
Rabbi Harold Kushner is Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in the Boston suburb of Natick, Mass., after serving that congregation for 24 years. He is best known as the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, an international best seller first published in 1981. The book has been translated into 14 languages and was selected by members of the Book of the Month Club as one of the 10 most influential books of recent years. One critic has called it the most important book of popular theology ever written in America.
Additionally, Rabbi Kushner has written dozens of other popular books including When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough, which was awarded the Christopher Medal for its contribution to the exaltation of the human spirit. He has also written six other New York Times best-sellers, including a meditation on the 23rd Psalm, The Lord is My Shepherd, and most recently Overcoming Life’s Disappointments. With novelist Chaim Potok, he is co-author of the new Conservative commentary on the Torah, Etz Hayim, which has been enthusiastically received by hundreds of congregations since its publication in the fall of 2001. Rabbi Kushner was recognized as one of 50 people who have made the world a better place in the last 50 years.
Rabbi Noam Marans is the Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations for the American Jewish Committee, where he leads interreligious and intergroup relations efforts, strengthening current ties and building new ones with an expanding list of faith and ethnic groups. Rabbi Marans led AJC’s constructive engagement with the directors of the controversial Oberammergau Passion Play, a dialogue that resulted in significant changes to the production that mitigated historic anti-Jewish elements. Marans traveled several times to Oberammergau, Germany, joining the Archbishop Timothy Dolan in viewing the play during his last visit. Prior to joining the AJC staff in 2001, he served for 16 years as rabbi of Temple Israel in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he established interfaith dialogue and education programs that have become models for other communities. He joins us with his wife, Rabbi Amy Roth, who serves as Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, and their children.