The Silver Memorial Interfaith Lecture presents renowned biblical scholar

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Temple Israel, 1602 E. 2nd Street, Duluth
Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow.

Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about?

Ruth, the Moabite, is an ancestral figure for all three Abrahamic traditions. And yet who is she?  What is the process by which she makes her way into the culture and religious tradition of the Israelites?  In this Silver Interfaith Memorial lecture, co-sponsored by the Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum, Biblical scholar Avivah Zornberg explores the story of Ruth and its implications.


Biblical scholar Avivah ZornbergBorn in London, Avivah Zornberg grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where she studied with her father, a Rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court.  Zornberg holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. For the past thirty years, Zornberg has taught Torah at the top schools in Jerusalem: Matan, Yakar, and Pardes. She also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies.

The Silver Interfaith Memorial Lecture:  Begun in October 1982 by Warren and Judy Silver in honor of Warren's parents, the lectureship trust provides funding that enables Temple Israel to bring notable speakers to Duluth for programs related to the interplay between Judaism and other faith and cultural traditions.

This year’s lecture is co-sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica’s Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum, which promotes respect, understanding, and peace among the diverse spiritual communities of our region through sustained cross-cultural dialogue, shared study, and collaborative projects and events.

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Elyse Carter Vosen
Director, Interreligious Forum
(218) 723-6446  

Alexis Pogorelskin
Director, Silver Memorial Interfaith Lecture
(218) 728-6061

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