Day of Jewish Learn­ing takes place Nov. 13

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of Ul­ster County and SUNY Ul­ster will present the re­gion’s third an­nual Day of Jewish Learn­ing on Sun­day, Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Van­der­lyn Hall on the SUNY Ul­ster cam­pus, 491 Cot­tekill Road.

The key­note speaker will be Lex Rofes, co­or­di­na­tor of strate­gic ini­tia­tives of the In­sti­tute for the Next Jewish Fu­ture. He is also the au­thor of the es­say “Anti-Semitism: Op­pos­ing View­points” and a rab­binic stu­dent with ALEPH: Al­liance for Jewish Re­newal. Rofes will give a talk ti­tled “‘We’ and ‘Me’: Iden­tity and Com­mu­nity in Con­tem­po­rary Ju­daism.”

More than a dozen of the area’s spir­i­tual and lay lead­ers will be among the pre­sen­ters. They will in­clude rab­bis Hanoch Hecht of the Rhinebeck Jewish Cen­ter, who will of­fer his unique in­ter­pre­ta­tion of “Has­sidic Tales”; Yael Romer of Con­gre­ga­tion Emanuel in Kingston and Jonathan Kligler from the Wood­stock Jewish Con­gre­ga­tion. They will be joined by Can­tors Bob Co­hen and Robert Michael Es­formes. In ad­di­tion, Rabbi Zoe B. Zak and lay leader Bernard KingSmith will of­fer a ses­sion ti­tled “Jewish ways of mourn­ing and car­ing for the dead (chevra kadisha).”

Ad­di­tional pre­sen­ters will Bob Mess­ing of Wood­stock. He will give a pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “In­ter­pret­ing Bib­li­cal Images on An­cient Coins.” Lawrence Bush, an Ac­cord res­i­dent and ed­i­tor of Jewish Cur­rents Mag­a­zine will give a pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “Like ev­ery­one else, only more so — Ju­daism, Jews, and Uni­ver­sal­ism.” There will also be a Jewish-themed book ex­change, in which peo­ple can bring up to five books each, but no sa­cred texts. Age-ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren are slated as well. For plan­ning pur­poses, pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for the chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

The cost to at­tend is $20 for adults in ad­vance and $25 at the door. The cost for teens and stu-

dents is $15 in ad­vance and $18 at the door. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested and open to peo­ple of all ages. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes a Kosher dairy lunch and snacks.

More de­tails about class top­ics and sched­ules and pre­sen­ter bi­ogra­phies will be avail­able by vis­it­ing For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the of­fice of the Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of Ul­ster County by call­ing (845) 338-8131 or send an email to

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