Scholar in Residence: Professor Jim Diamond

June 3 & 4, 2016

We are happy to invite you to participate in our program as we host Professor Jim Diamond.

He will speak at a Shabbat Dinner, Friday Evening, June 3, 2016, at 7:30 PM, on “A Maimonidean Prescription for Mental Health.”

A Healthy Meal for a Healthy Mind: Indian & Israeli Chicken & Vegetarian Buffet.

Cost $25/adult, $10/child under 12, $75 max/family

Babysitting will be available.

Reservations must be pre-paid to the shul office prior to Tuesday, May 31.


Shabbat Morning, June 4, 2016

“Shavuot and the Celebration of a Second Receiving of the Torah”

Shabbat Afternoon, June 4, 2016, 7:00 PM

“Who is a Jew: Rambam and the Convert”


James Diamond is a Professor and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, a LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law, and was a Lady Davis Fellow at the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

In Religious Studies he holds both MA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto in Medieval Jewish Thought. He was the recipient of two Canadian Jewish Book Awards, in 2003 for Maimonides and the Hermeneutics of Concealment, and in 2008 for Converts, Heretics and Lepers: Maimonides and the Outsider.

He is the Director of the Friedberg Genizah Project for which he directs and coordinates 13 teams worldwide (Princeton, Cambridge, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew University, Yeshivah University) cataloguing, transcribing, translating, digitizing medieval documents discovered in the Cairo Geniza.

Sponsored in commemoration of the first yahrtzeit of Dr. Murray Schechter,z’l

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This Shabbat
Parshat Mishpatim-Shekalim
Mincha: 5:25 p.m.
Candle Lighting: 5:29 p.m.

Shacharis: 9:00 a.m.
Mincha: 5:05 p.m.
Shabbat concludes: 6:31 p.m.
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