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Brunch & Shiur with Dr. Erica Brown

May 15 @ 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to gather for brunch and then a shiur with Visiting Scholar Dr. Erica Brown: “Boredom is So Interesting: A Jewish Perspective about Monotony during COVID”.

9:45 – 10:30 AM: *BRUNCH, served in the Social Hall
10:20 – 11:30 AM: *BABYSITTING, in the Playroom (ages 1 – 7 only)
10:30 – 11:30 AM: SHIUR, in the Main Sanctuary
10:30 – 11:30 AM: *GAN SHAVUOT FUN, in the Social Hall (ages 3 – JK) – sign up at asbi.org/event/gan-shavuot


Please register for brunch so we know how much food to provide; if you plan only to attend the shiur, you do not need to register!

Babysitting will also be provided during the shiur, from 10:20 – 11:30 AM. Please register your child(ren) for babysitting below.

DR. ERICA BROWN is the Vice Provost for Values and Leadership at Yeshiva University and the founding director of its Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks/Herenstein Center for Values and Leadership. She previously served as the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. Erica is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible, and spirituality. Erica has a daily podcast, “Take Your Soul to Work.” Her latest book Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Maggid) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

She has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, First Things, and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweeted on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown. She has master’s degrees from the Institute of Education (University of London), Jews’ College (University of London) and Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Baltimore Hebrew University. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She currently serves as a community scholar for Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, NJ.

This event is generously sponsored by Adam & Libby Smoler in memory of Adam’s father, Charles Smoler, a”h.


May 15
9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
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