[Archived from March 20, 2009]
The Louisville Jewish community had the opportunity to come together March 14-16 to learn from Goldstein/Leibson Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Joel M. Hoffman. In a series of fast-paced lectures, laced with humorous anecdotes, Hoffman addressed “Golden Calves, Red Cows and Other Ways We Prepare for Passover,” “The Bible Doesn’t Say That,” “Minyan, Medinat Yisrael and Me” and “The Dead Sea Scrolls.”
Two of the lectures were delivered at the Jewish Community Center and two at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.
Dr. Hoffman is a much sought after speaker who lectures around the world on both popular and scholarly topics spanning history, Hebrew, prayer and Jewish continuity. He was also the 2007 Goldstein/Leibson lecturer.
Dr. Hoffman has taught at Brandeis University and the Academy for Jewish Religion, and currently serves on the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He also consults on day school and supplemental Hebrew programs and presents at dozens of congregations and community events throughout the year.
The program, now in its 11th year, was begun by Nicole and David Goldstein and Phyllis and David Leibson, and is supported by endowments they created. The lectures at the JCC were sponsored by the Center with support from the Jewish Community Federation’s Foundation for Planned Giving. Lectures at Adath Jeshurun were sponsored by the Rabbi Simcha Kling Education Fund and the Rabbi Robert B. Slosberg Minyan Fund.