11 2015

Synaplex Shabbat and Family Night Guest Speker Rabbi David Teutsch

5:45PM - 9:15PM  

University Synagogue 3400 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 553-3535 (Phone)
(949) 553-4034 (Fax)

5:45 PM Tot Shabbat
6:15 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Hanukkah Shabbat Alive Services.
8:15 PM Speaker: Former RRC President, Rabbi David Teutsch on “Words Create Worlds: Jewish Ethics of Speech”

Rabbi David Teutsch is Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and the Louis & Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as President. Rabbi Teutsch will discuss how Jewish tradition recognizes the extraordinary power of language. Our words have the power to create and destroy, so Jewish thought devotes considerable attention to the ethics of truth-telling, gossip, promises and other forms of language. How should we wield our words for our own good and that of others? Rabbi Teutsch’s recent work, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living won the Kraft Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice and he was Editor-in-Chief for the Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayerbook series. Rabbi Teutsch is a past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics. A renowned lecturer, consultant and trainer, he has previously served as Executive Director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot, as Program Director of CLAL and as a congregational rabbi. An honors graduate of Harvard University ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton School, where his dissertation dealt with organizational ethics. He has received honorary degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.