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Solomon Schechter

Solomon Schechter Symposium with Dara Horn

Monday, March 16

Presented by the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

At the Museum

1:00 -- 5:30 pm   Solomon Schechter's Life and Legacy: American Transformations
7:30 -- 8:30 pm   The Past That Lives within the Present: Schechter’s Time Capsule—And Ours

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Throughout both events, the Museum galleries, Café, and Store will be open.

Solomon Schechter's Life and Legacy: American Transformations

1:00 -- 5:30 pm

The great Solomon Schechter did not just give his name to Jewish day schools—he was a vibrant personality, remarkable scholar and essayist, prime excavator of the Cairo Geniza, and visionary chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. To mark the centenary of his death in 1915 and celebrate his still-powerful legacy, the Katz Center will convene scholars as well as institutional and communal leaders to reflect on his career and its impact on the American Jewish landscape.

This group of speakers includes Arnold M. Eisen (Jewish Theological Seminary of America), Michael A. Meyer (Hebrew Union College), Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University), Steven Weitzman (Katz Center), Beth S. Wenger (University of Pennsylvania) and many other distinguished presenters.

The afternoon symposium will be capped by an evening with award-winning author Dara Horn, author of a novel featuring Schechter as a colorful character in a tale that moves across continents and centuries.

The Past That Lives within the Present: Schechter’s Time Capsule—And Ours
-- 8:30 pm

Dara Horn’s most recent novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, dramatizes Solomon Schechter’s astonishing discovery of a vast medieval archive, and juxtaposes it with today's high-tech ability to save absolutely everything about our lives. In this talk, Horn will discuss history’s rivalry with memory and how the two intertwine in the Jewish imagination, whether in the middle ages, in Schechter’s time, or in our own—and how only storytelling can give the past meaning.

Book signing to follow.

Registration strongly recommended
Tickets available for both the full symposium including the Dara Horn event and for the Dara Horn event only.

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Event type:Books & Writers, Lectures & Discussions