In the Community
The University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies presents Christine Hayes, Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale, speaking on We're No Angels: Perfectionism in Rabbinic Judaism, Thursday, September 18, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at Beth El Synagogue. What is the perfection to which humans should aspire? Beginning with the Talmudic phrase "The Torah was not given to Ministering Angels" this lecture explores radically diverse ancient Jewish conceptions of the nature of human perfection and whether or not humans can be, or should aspire to be, like angels. Christine Hayes is a specialist in Talmudic-Midrashic studies, offering courses on the literature and history of the biblical and Talmudic periods. She is the author of three scholarly books, one the recipient of the 1997 Salo Baron prize, and one a 2003 National Jewish Book Award finalist. The program is free and open to the community.
The 14th annual Twin Cities Jewish Community Conference on Mental Health will be at Temple Israel, . More details later, but you should know about a special invitation to orchestral musicians of all abilities whose lives have been affected by mental illness (either their own or someone they know). Maestro Ronald Braunstein, whose own life was transformed by bipolar disorder, will conduct a rehearsal and brief performance during the conference. Auditions are not required, but advance registration is, due to limited space. Musicians of all ability levels are welcome. For more information, or to express interest, contact Laurie Kramer, firstname.lastname@example.org, by . Requests to participate will be accepted in the order received.