30th Anniversary Celebration - Erev Shabbat Dinner & Study

Join us for Shabbat dinner followed by study with Rabbi Gordon Tucker. For BAS Members.

7:15 Dinner – Adults $36, Under-14 $18, Under-4 Free – Registration required

8:30 "Pirkei Avot: Birth Certificate of Rabbinic Judaism" – Study with Rabbi Gordon Tucker 

Pirkei Avot is one of our prime sources for understanding the formative period of what became Rabbinic Judaism. It responded to the need for new bases of authority, the needs of a growing Diaspora, and the new windows opened by the Hellenistic world. The vision of Avot is not of a people of the book. It is rather of a people involved in developing and refining the essence of its faith and culture, while not ignoring its past. Rabbi Gordon Tucker will lead us in an exploration of what this meant for Judaism's evolution, and what it means for us today.

Gordon Tucker was the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains from 1994 to 2018. He holds the A.B. degree from Harvard College, the Ph.D. from Princeton University, and Rabbinic Ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary. He was also Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary from 1979 to 1994, and has been on the adjunct faculty many times since.  From 1984 to 1992 he was the Dean of the Rabbinical School, and oversaw the rabbinic training of hundreds of rabbis.  He was a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards from 1982 to 2007.

In 1979-80, he was a White House Fellow, and served as assistant and chief speechwriter to U.S. Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti.  He is the author of scores of articles on Jewish theology and law, and published Heavenly Torah, a translation of and commentary on Abraham Joshua Heschel’s three-volume work on Rabbinic Theology.  An anthology of his writings was published in 2014, under the title Torah for its Intended Purpose.  Most recently, his new commentary on Pirkei Avot was published by The Rabbinical Assembly in 2018. 

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