Exploring Judaism’s Wisdom: Personal, Communal, Universal



Friday, March 25
5:30 p.m. – Oneg Shabbat (REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED)

6:15 p.m. – Shabbat Service (will livestream to our YouTube page) (WALK-INS WELCOME)
“How to See the Invisible Right before our Eyes: A Mystical approach to Ethics”

In this sermon, we will learn about how Jewish ethics goes beyond the surface level. In this inspiring talk, we’ll leave with a deeper sense of wonder and longing to bring repair!
Saturday, March 26

12:00 p.m. – Lunch and Torah Study (REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED)
“Judaism as a Call to Social Action: Developing our Unique Moral Voice”
When does social justice begin in the Jewish tradition? What are some of the core Jewish texts and values that inspire and mandate social responsibility and protest? Join Rabbi Shmuly to explore various Jewish texts, our contemporary issues, and learn about the direction of the movement. Further, we’ll look at the relationship between our inner lives and our outer lives.
4:00 p.m. – Se’udah Shlishit (Third Meal) (REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED)
“Reform Judaism & Orthodox Judaism: Challenges & Opportunities”
In this highly interactive and participatory session, we’ll explore the boundaries of truth, the parameters of peoplehood, and approaches to inclusive and exclusive religious politics. Join the conversation about how we can be different but still be one people.
7:00 p.m. – Havdalah Interfaith Program (will livestream to our YouTube page) (WALK-INS WELCOME)
“Truth vs. Peace: How can we be fervently particularistic and yet fervently universalistic and pluralistic?”
In this session, we’ll learn about how we balance our commitments to truth (emet) and peace (shalom). Oftentimes they are in sync with one another, but what to do when they oppose.

About our Scholar-in-Residence

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, Founder & CEO of Shamayim: Jewish Animal Advocacy, and Founder & President of YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network.

Rabbi Yanklowitz’s writings have appeared in outlets as diverse as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Atlantic among many other secular and religious publications. Rabbi Yanklowitz is a sought-after educator, social justice activist, and motivational speaker as well as the author of seventeen books on Jewish spirituality, social justice, and ethics.

As a global social justice activist and educator, Rabbi Yanklowitz has volunteered, staffed trips, and taught across the world, including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, England, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa, and Haiti. Rabbi Dr. Yanklowitz has also served as a rabbinic representative, facilitator, and speaker at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos. Rabbi Shmuly’s religious journey was filmed in the Independent Lens/PBS documentary “The Calling.”

Rabbi Shmuly earned a masters degree from Harvard University in Leadership and Psychology, another masters from Yeshiva University in Jewish Philosophy, and a doctorate from Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology. He obtained rabbinical ordination from the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and two additional, private ordinations in Israel. He has twice been named one of America’s Top Rabbis by Newsweek. In 2016, The Forward named Rabbi Shmuly one of The Most Inspiring Rabbis in America. In 2016, the Forward named Rav Shmuly one of the 50 most influential Jews. In the same year, Yanklowitz was selected for the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in Cross-Cultural Leadership and Innovative Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge.

Rabbi Shmuly, his wife Shoshana, and their four children live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are also foster parents.