Dr. Jay Michaelson to speak at Greenburgh Hebrew Center on April 20th, 7:30 pm

Published: Friday, March 20, 2015 By: Robin Rosenberg

Greenburgh Hebrew Center welcomes noted author, activist and academic, Dr. Jay Michaelson, to speak at the synagogue, located at 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, on Monday, April 20th at 7:30 pm.  Dr. Michaelson will explore distinctive LGBTQ voices and perspectives within Jewish sacred texts and theology.  The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session, and refreshments will be served.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this free event.  As Rabbi Barry A. Kenter said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Michaelson, whose insights are sure to enrich us all and to inspire further LGBTQ outreach. How grateful and proud we are to provide this opportunity to our neighbors and friends.”  Due to space limitations, reservations are recommended to: LGBTQ@g-h-c.org.
 
Dr. Michaelson is the author of six books, including the bestselling “God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality,” and is a contributing editor to The Forward and The Daily Beast.  A leading authority on the U.S. “religious exemptions” movement, Dr. Michaelson is the author of the 2013 report Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign against Civil Rights.  He is the co-director of Quorum: Global LGBT Voices, a series of talks featuring LGBT leaders from the Global South, and the founder of two LGBT community organizations, Nehirim and Eshel.  Dr. Michaelson has been featured in The New York Times and on CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Meet the Press, has twice won the Society for Professional Journalists award for opinion writing, and has been on the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews.  
 
Currently an affiliated faculty member at Chicago Theological Seminary, Dr. Michaelson has held teaching positions at Yale University, Harvard Divinity School, Boston University Law School, Brown University, and at City College of New York.  He holds a Ph.D. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and nondenominational rabbinic ordination.  
 
Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a warm, inclusive, egalitarian, participatory Jewish congregation that welcomes singles and families, including interfaith and non-traditional families.  Hosting Dr. Michaelson furthers our mission to be a vibrant egalitarian Conservative Jewish community, embracing our traditions while actively participating in our changing world.  We are proud to partner with Mosaic of Westchester, a non-profit initiative working for the full integration of LGBTQ Jews in Westchester Jewish Life, in presenting this event as part of the Rivertowns Jewish Consortium’s Third Annual Jewish Cultural Festival.

For more information, contact:
Judith Calder
Vice President, Membership Activities
Greenburgh Hebrew Center
(914) 374-1812