Thanks to a new adult education program, you don’t need to go far to learn something new.

How many times has your interest been piqued by a particular speaker or topic on Judaism, only to then be dismayed to learn the lecture was happening in New York, L.A., or even Israel?

Thanks to a generous, multi-year grant from a donor, Wise Temple is now able to bring these types of conversations direct to you, and at no cost.

Introducing Distance-Wise, where all are welcome to attend any one of the below sessions happening at Wise Center, with the evening’s guest speaker joining in remotely via video conference technology. A reception will follow each event, as well as a roundtable discussion on the topic led by a Wise Temple rabbi.

“This is a special opportunity to get a great sense of what’s going on in the Jewish world, and from folks around the country,” says Rabbi Karen Thomashow. “Our speakers may be joining us from hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles away, but each event will feel inviting and intimate.” 

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Sunday February 10, at 10:00am
Dr. Jonathan Sarna
The Twelve Tribes of Isaac: On the Children of Isaac Mayer Wise


Dr. Jonathan Sarna is University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. He is also past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. From 1979-1990, Dr. Sarna taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he rose to become Professor of American Jewish history and Director of the Center for the Study of the American Jewish Experience. Dr. Sarna came back to Brandeis in 1990 to teach American Jewish history in its Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. He now chairs Brandeis' Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He also chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati.

Sunday March 3, at 10:00am
Rabbi Walter Homolka
Progressive Judaism in Germany Today

In his capacity as the chairman of the Union of Progressive Jews in Germany and the rector of the Abraham Geiger College, Rabbi Homolka will survey the current landscape of Reform Judaism in Germany, with many fascinating and important developments to elaborate upon.

Rabbi Homolka is a Full Research Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Jewish Denominations at the University of Potsdam, executive director of its School of Jewish Theology (Europe’s first Jewish divinity school) and rector of the Abraham Geiger College (Europe’s Reform rabbinical seminary). Since 2005 he is a Member of the Executive Board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. In 2017, he was elected chairman of the Union of Progressive Jews in Germany.  He holds several distinctions: among them the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Austrian Order of Merit, the Commander’s Cross of the Berlin Order of Merit and the 1st Class Federal Merit Order of Germany. In 2004 President Jacques Chirac admitted him to the French Legion of Honour. 

Sunday April 7, at 10:00am
Rabbi Andrea Weiss
“American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters”

Dr. Andrea Weiss is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, she served as Associate Professor of Bible at the New York campus. Dr. Weiss was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York and received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ Press, 2008), which won the Jewish Book Council's 2008 Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. She has created and will discuss a highly innovative response to the emerging political landscape known as American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters, which will be published by the University of Cincinnati Press this Fall. 


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Questions? Alex Burte, Membership/Program Manager, 513-793-2556 or aburte@wisetemple.org