Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture
The Brown-Lyons Lecture series explores the many facets of Jewish history, culture and faith and how these shape, are shaped by and intersect with other world traditions, faiths and peoples.
34th Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture: Where Justice Dwells: Judaism, Social Justice and the Rabbis of T'ruah
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, speaks about the mission, accomplishments and ongoing efforts of her organization, which mobilizes rabbis, cantors and other concerned American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A public reception will follow.
Jack D. Spiro, D.H.L., Ed.D, has long enlightened audiences and fueled community dialogue with his thought-provoking lectures on some of the most important topics in the Jewish culture and faith. This year, he will consult the wisdom of Abraham, Job and philosopher Baruch Spinoza to reflect upon the timeless problem of evil.
In the "catalog" of Jewish beliefs, the concepts of resurrection and immortality may be the least credible to the contemporary mind. But still there are those who accept them not only as acts of faith but as rational prospects. No one has proved or disproved life beyond death. But the idea persists, and the general conviction that death is not the end endures. One thing seems sure: The hope of eternal life crystallizes the teaching of Judaism about the divine worth and character of human personality.
Dr. Jack D. Spiro's final Brown-Lyons lecture will be devoted to exploring the world of Judaism (and the world itself) through the lens of the Hebrew prophets—the enduring values they espoused, especially the commitment of their lives, in word and deed, to the inseparable bond between justice and compassion. The Hebrew prophets are the supreme teachers of values the Jewish people ever created and among the greatest our world has ever known. What made them so extraordinary? What does their message mean for us today? Let us count the ways as their message lives on...
32nd Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture: "Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition" by Marni Davis
Marni Davis, associate professor of history at Georgia State University, presents her book Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition. The book discusses the involvement of Jews in the trafficking of alcohol during Prohibition and how this involvement enflamed anti-Semitism and brought to the surface tensions within the Jewish community over Jewish identity and the interest in full integration into American culture. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A public reception will follow.
Jonathan D. Sarna, Ph.D., university professor, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish History, and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, presents his book Lincoln and the Jews: A History. The book details a new aspect of Abraham Lincoln's remarkable relationship with American Jews that impacted both his path to the presidency and his policy decisions as president. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A public reception will follow.