8 2015

R' David Radinsky: The Process of Conversion

5:00PM - 7:00PM  

Jewish Studies Center, Arnold Hall 96 Wentworth St.
Charleston, 29424

Contact Mark Swick

*Welcome Back Reception: Sunday, February 8th at 6:15pm (after first class).

The Process of Conversion to Judaism in the Orthodox Tradition (Sunday, 5:00pm)
Rabbi Radinsky will discuss the procedures and challenges facing the conversion process today. Judaism has always been open to converts from the time of Abraham and Sarah. The list of converts includes such great Jewish personalities as Jethro, Moses’ father- in-law; Ruth, King David’s great grandmother; and Rabbi Akiva’s father. Conversion to Judaism was restricted only when the non-Jewish society prohibited their members to convert to Judaism. Thankfully, as free societies have emerged in the last 200 years, conversion to Judaism has become more possible and popular.

The Power of Ritual, Prayer, and Traditions in Caregiving (Monday, 7:00pm)
Judaism values each person at every stage of life. Caregiving requires reevaluation of one’s own life as the caregiver balances the responsibilities to oneself and one’s family and to the person who needs the extra care. Our Jewish tradition serves as a guide for navigating these challenges. Barbara Radinsky, a family therapist, will discuss her personal journey as a caregiver for over twenty years.

Rabbi David J. Radinsky is a graduate of Yeshiva University and is Rabbi Emeritus of Brith Sholom Beth Israel Congregation (BSBI) in Charleston, having served as its senior rabbi for 34 years. Barbara Cooper Radinsky was born and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Stern College for Women and The Citadel, and is Rebbitzin Emerita of BSBI. The Radinskys have retired to Memphis to be close to family, but return each spring to visit with their many admirers.

Sponsor: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program