Talks & Lectures

Each year Or Zarua hosts several talks and lectures. In the fall, there is a Tshuva lecture between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the Annual Lucy Dawidowicz lecture celebrating Congregation Or Zarua’s birthday is held at the end of January or beginning of February. Past speakers have included Professors David Roskies, Ruth Wisse, and Sharon Lieberman Mintz. The lecture series is named in memory of Lucy Dawidowicz, noted author and early member of Or Zarua.

Past talks and lectures at Or Zarua include:
Click the links to read more and listen to the talks.

Landmark Books, Places & Moments in Jewish History
with Barry Feldman, Jan-Feb 2021
Jan. 10: Click HERE to view (partial recording) “The Second Great Migration: Moving out of the Lower East Side to Greater New York”; Feb. 7: Click HERE to view “South Carolina is the New Zion: Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, an American Synagogue in Transition”; Feb. 21: Click HERE to view “An-Sky’s Expedition, ‘The Dark Continent’: An Exploration into the Past Folklore of Eastern Europe”

Miraculous Medicine: Vaccinations, Midrash & Jewish Law
Rabbi Scott N. Bolton, January, 2021

The 2021 Annual Lucy S. Dawidowicz Lecture
Featuring Beth Berkowitz, PhD

The Annual Yom Kippur Talk, 2020
Featuring Francine Klagsbrun

Wired for Inspiration: Three Days of High Holy Days at Or Zarua 5781
Rabbi Scott N. Bolton, September, 2020

The 2020 Annual Tshuvah Lecture
Featuring Dr. Daniel Gordis

A Letter to My Grandchildren, 2020
Featuring Dr. Barry Coller

The 2020 Summer Scholar-in-Residence
Featuring Dr. Ronnie Perelis, PhD.

The 2020 Annual Lucy S. Dawidowicz Lecture
Featuring Leora Batnitzky, PhD.

The 2019 Annual Tshuvah Lecture
Featuring Benjamin D. Sommer, PhD.

The 2019 Annual Lucy S. Dawidowicz Lecture
Featuring Christine Hayes, PhD.