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Scholar In Residence and Popular Speaking Engagements

“Jamaica Rabbi: My Experiences Among the Jews of Jamaica,” online video conference talk for Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, Houston, Texas, June 4, 2020.


“Rabbi Herbert Weiner’s book 9½ Mystics: How the Reform movement began accepting Kabbalah,” online video conference talk for Thoughtful Thursdays: Exploring the Jewish Landscape of Learning, Temple Beth Tikvah, Wayne, New Jersey, May 21, 2020.

“Reform Judaism: A Life of Meaning”, Mount Zion Scholar In Residence Weekend, Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, Minnesota, January 29 - February 2, 2020.

  • “What Makes Reform Judaism Reform and Not Conservative? And How Do We Make Informed Jewish Decisions?”

  • “Havdalah, Nosh, and Conversation: What Makes Reform Judaism Reform Anymore? (Asking for a Friend)”

  • “American Religion in the New Millennium”

  • “How Has Reform Judaism Changed to Speak to Our Time?” (sermon)

  • “Strengthening the Future” (leadership team seminar)

  • “Jacob as Harbinger of Reform Judaism” (Rashi Study Group)

  • “A Snapshot of American Reform Jewish History” (confirmation group)


“The Process and Ritual of Repentance in Judaism,” St. James Episcopal Church, Fairhope, Alabama, March 14, 2018.


"The Observance of Shabbat in Reform Judaism," Temple Shir Shalom, Detroit, Michigan, March 14, 2015.


"Judaism in America 50 Years into the Future," Faculty Seminar: What Does Reform Judaism Really Stand for? Frankel Jewish Academy, Detroit, Michigan, March 12, 2015.


"The Origins of Reform Judaism in Germany and Central Europe," Lecture for Students, Frankel Jewish Academy, Detroit, Michigan, March 13, 2015.


"Jewish Ritual in Contemporary Film," Public Lecture, Frankel Jewish Academy, Detroit, Michigan, March 12, 2015.


Strategic Planning Talk with El Paso's Jewish Community Leaders, El Paso Jewish Federation, El Paso, Texas, February 8, 2015.


"What's So Funny? The Serious Subject of Jewish Humor," El Paso Jewish Federation, El Paso, Texas, February 7, 2015.


"Collapse of the Religious Middle - 5 Hot Button Issues Facing Reform and Conservative Judaism," El Paso Jewish Federation, El Paso, Texas, February 7, 2015.


"Looking at Jewish Rituals in the Movies," Shabbat Dinner Speech, El Paso Jewish Federation, El Paso, Texas, February 6, 2015.


"Lines that Matter, Lines that Don't: Borders, Boundaries and Why They May Matter So Much in the Coming Years," Border Patrol: What Will be the Boundary of Reform Judaism 75 Years from Now?, 75th Anniversary Lecture, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, April 4-5, 2014.


Annual Harry and Evelyn Silver Scholar in Residence, Old York Road Temple-Beth Am, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 24-26, 2014.

  • "A Rabbi and Mandela: Stories from South Africa"

  • "The Reform Movement Today: How Did We Get to Where We Are?"

  • "Five Key Challenges Facing the Reform Movement in the Coming Years"

  • Panel Discussion on The New Reform Judaism


"Defining Leadership," Union of Jewish Congregations of the Caribbean and Latin America, Guadalajara, Mexico, January 25-29, 2012.


"Life After Life: An Interreligious Exploration," Speakers' Forum, United Theological College of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, September 6, 2011.


"Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal," Beth Am Congregation, Miami, Florida. May 11-12, 2011.


Founders’ Day Program (Annual program with all six area Reform congregations), B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, Albany, New York, March 25-26, 2011.

  • "Judaism in Hollywood: How Contemporary Films Portray Judaic Ceremonial Practice"

  • "Contemporary Reform Judaism: Transformation and Renewal"

  • "Five Hot Button Issues Facing the Reform Movement"

"Contemporary Judaism" and "A Reform Jewish View of the Bible," Andrew College, Cuthbert, Georgia. February 23, 2011.


"The Changing Landscape of American Judaism," Congregation Adat Chaverim, Plano, Texas, October 28, 2010.


"The Development of American Judaism," Temple Rodef Sholom, Waco, Texas, October 27, 2010.


"From One Judaism to Many: The Dynamic Tension of Reform Judaism," Baskin Memorial Lecture, Temple Judea, Coral Gables, Florida, October 13, 2010.


"Radical Responses to Suburban Experiences," Limmud Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 14, 2010.


Scholar in Residence, Temple Beth Abraham, Tarrytown, New York, November 13-15, 2009.  Article in Westchester Jewish Life, page 7.


Emerging Writers panel and Georgia Writers panel, Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta, Georgia September 6, 2009.


"Which Way Should We Move?" Weinstein Weekend, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago, January 25, 2008.


Coalition for Alternatives in Jewish Education, August 5-9, 2007.


Scholar in Residence, Temple Beth-El, Northbrook, Illinois, February 11-13, 2006.


Scholar in Residence, Temple Emanuel, Houston, Texas, February 3-5, 2006.


Levaur Scholar in Residence Weekend, Temple Rodef Sholom, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 11-13, 2005.


Scholar in Residence, Temple Shalom, Wheeling, West Virginia, June 3-5, 2005.


Scholar in Residence, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange, New Jersey, April 8-10, 2005.


Scholar in Residence, Temple Isaiah, Stony Brook, Long Island, New York, March 24-26, 2005.


"Jewish Romance and Marriage in Contemporary Film," Temple Israel, Columbus, Georgia, March 2005.


"Conflicting Visions: Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism," Scholar in Residence, Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa, California, February 11-13, 2005.


“The Future of Reform Judaism,” Scholar in Residence, Temple Judea, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, December, 2004.


Scholar in Residence, Congregation B’nai B’rith, Kingston, Pennsylvania, April 23-25, 2004.


“American Reform Liturgy,” Scholar in Residence, Temple Isaiah, Lexington, Massachusetts, March 12-14, 2004.


“The Dilemmas of Contemporary Reform Judaism,” Schwob Lecture, Temple Israel, Columbus, Georgia, January 25, 2004.


Book Launch for American Reform Judaism: An Introduction, Books-a-Million, Albany, Georgia, August 2, 2003.


Book Launch for American Reform Judaism: An Introduction, Books & Books, Coral Gables, Florida, July 10, 2003.


Scholar in Residence, Congregation Bet Chaim, Casselberry, Florida, May 17-19, 2003.


Scholar in Residence, Salon Foundation Series, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, April 11-13, 2003.


“Platforms and Prayerbooks,” Full day conference workshop with Rabbi Joel Levine, CCAR Conference, Washington, D. C., March 26, 2003.


Samuel L. Hamburger Scholar in Residence program, Temple Emanu-El, Oak Park, Michigan, March 21–23, 2003.


Fred and Elsie Deutsch Scholar in Residence Program, Congregation Shaare Emeth, St. Louis, Missouri, March 7-9, 2003.


"Platforms and Prayerbooks: An Introduction to Contemporary Reform Jewish Thought," MWARR (Midwest Association of Reform Rabbis) Annual Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 26-28, 2003.


“Jews in Cuba,” Presentation for the Rabbinical Assembly Retired Rabbis Association, Saxony Hotel, Miami Beach, January 6, 2003.


Adult Education Retreat at Asilomar, Congregation Shir Hadash, Monterey, California, April 5-7, 2002.

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