The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) has chosen Yaakov Malkin (1926–2019) as the 2021-2022 Humanistic Jewish Role Model. Professor Malkin worked closely with Rabbi Sherwin Wine in the creation and international development of Humanistic Judaism in Israel and N. America. He served as the provost of Tmura (the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism based in Jerusalem) and was an educator, writer, and literary critic. He was also professor emeritus in the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University, where he taught comparative literature, aesthetics, theater, and film criticism, and co-founded the Department for Cinema and Television. He was a founder of the Jewish Center movement in Israel and also founded and directed two Jewish-Arab community centers in Haifa (the first of their kind).
Beth Ami will honor Dr. Malkin as part of their online Havdalah observance on Saturday, January 29, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Havdalah is the end of Shabbat, a time to welcome in and prepare for the new week. But most of all, it is a nice excuse for Humanistic Jews to get together and reflect on interesting issues. Join us to say goodbye to Shabbat with a brief Havdalah candle ceremony, a few songs and, if you like, a BYO dessert.
Hop onto Zoom to learn about and discuss the life of this interesting and influential person. You will receive the link when you click the Meetup page’s “Attend online” button.
You are encouraged to check out this YouTube video of the recent SHJ program honoring Dr. Malkin and featuring his daughter, Rabbi Sivan Maas. Additional information about the award can be found on the SHJ website.
Contact BethAmiRSVP@gmail.com with any questions that you might have.
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