Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Rabbi Hoffman, scholar-in-residence, gives lecture series

Friday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 17 — WOODSTOCK — Congregation Shir Shalom in Woodstock will host Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD., a charismatic national leader and visionary of the Reform movement.

The weekend begins on Friday, Aug. 15 at 6 p.m., when Dr. Hoffman will lead a discussion entitled, “Builders, Baby-Boomers and Beyond: Looking for the American Jewish Identity.”

Saturday, Aug. 16, begins with a morning session at 11 a.m., entitled, “Authentic Jewish Spirituality: Even for Skeptics Who Think There Isn’t Any.” An afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m., entitled, “Judaism for the Next Generation: What’s Left of Judaism When All the Givens Fail?”

On Sunday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m., a “Brunch and Learn” will conclude the sessions. The topic will be, “Envisioning a Synagogue of Meaning: Shir Shalom 2030.”

Rabbi Hoffman is a world-renowned liturgist, award-winning author, and co-founder of Synagogue 2000/3000. His sense of humor lightens serious topics that probe how we can find meaning in our lives today.All events are free, and open to the public. For more info visit

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