LONGMEADOW – On Sunday, Nov. 11, Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe will be installed as rabbi at Congregation B’nai Torah in Longmeadow.
A brunch will be held starting at 11 a.m. followed by a lecture at noon by guest speaker Rabbi Lawrence Schiffman, Ph.D., a well known and respected author.
Lawrence H. Schiffman is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Director of the Global Institute for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies. He has served as the Chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University.
He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He is a specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in Late Antiquity, the history of Jewish law, and Talmudic literature.
His most recent books are The Courtyards of the House of the Lord: Studies on the Temple Scroll (Brill, 2008) and Qumran and Jerusalem: Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the History of Judaism (Eerdmans Publishing, 2010).
He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Duke University, the University of Toronto, the Johns Hopkins University, the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), among others.
In 2006 he was the recipient of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Scholarship Award.
The cost for the brunch is $36 per person, catered by Meital. There will be no charge for those attending only the lecture. For more information or to make reservations, call the B’nai Torah office at (413) 567-0036.