The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture Series hosted by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will be online this year and address the topic of “Judaism and Civil Society.” The four lectures will be held on successive Tuesday afternoons, beginning Nov. 24; the times of the lectures vary.
HUC-JIR cites the Enlightenment concept of Wissenschaft – “the scientific approach to understanding our history and our world” – as the foundation of their approach to Jewish teachings. The lectures examine topics including “race and identity, the presidential election, the Supreme Court, immigration, and the pandemic” through social scientific methodology and a Jewish lens.
The first two lectures are presented by HUC faculty or emeriti from different campuses: Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC Chancellor Emeritus, and Rabbi Michael Marmur at HUC/Jerusalem on “Thinking Jewish in a Changing America” on Nov. 24 and Dr. Steven Windmueller on “American Jewry: Where Do We Go From Here?” on Dec. 1. The third lecture by Dr. Michael Walzer at Princeton University will be on “Arguing about Immigration” on Dec. 8. The final lecture in the series will be by Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about legal matters and the Supreme Court for several online venues, on “The Supreme Court in Transition” on Dec. 15.