Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 pm
A conversation between Rabbi Larry Hoffman and Dr. Diana Butler Bass, moderated by Rabbi Daniel Zemel. How do your religious beliefs help inform the way you think about and respond to this pandemic? What Truths have been uncovered for you since the outbreak of the pandemic? After a war or a catastrophic event like 9/11, we build memorials to the dead and participate in rituals of remembrance in honor of their memories. How can we begin/ or how will we collectively mourn our losses? Our panelists will explore these and other questions.

Dr. Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the  author of several noteworthy books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World —A Spiritual RevolutionChristianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening  and Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. Dr. Butler Bass has spoken at Micah a number of times.  We are delighted to have her with us for this conversation.

Rabbi Larry Hoffman is a well-known and frequent visitor to the Micah community.  He is professor emeritus of liturgy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is known for his liberal religious views. His writing spans many academic fields including the history of Jewish liturgy, issues of liturgical change, Jewish theology and the sociology of American Jewish life.  He has taught and mentored scores of American rabbis including Micah’s current rabbinical team.