Experience S'lichot: Study, Discussion and Worship | Congregation Beth Am

Experience S'lichot: Study, Discussion and Worship

"The Audacity of Honesty, Humility and Hope" Presented by Dr. Louis Newman

This year's S'lichot program will be presented by Dr. Louis Newman, one of the country's leading scholars on Jewish ethics and author of Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights, 2009). Dr. Newman's presentation is entitled "The Audacity of Honesty, Humility and Hope." Doing genuine teshuvah involves cultivating certain moral and spiritual qualities. We will explore how honesty, humility and hope facilitate teshuvah, and how, in turn, doing teshuvah reinforces these virtues.

Following the program, we'll come together for a short S'lichot service featuring the beautiful music and liturgy of these Days of Awe. This year we'll share a new S'lichot service, from the recently published prayerbook edited by Rabbis Janet and Shelly Marder, Mishkan HaLev: Prayers for S'lichot and the Month of Elul.

Louis Newman is Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research at Stanford University. Prior to joining the staff at Stanford, he served as the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Associate Dean of the College and Director of Advising at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.  

He is the author of An Introduction to Jewish Ethics. He has also co-edited, with Elliot Dorff, two anthologies, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality and Contemporary Jewish Theology. He is co-editor (with Elliot Dorff) of three volumes in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives.

"Dr. Newman teaches us that the past can be transformed, the sinner can be reborn, the God of justice can become the God of forgiveness. In short, he has given us the way of hope.”  —Rabbi Naomi Levy, author of To Begin Again and Talking to God

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