Torah of Reconciliation: An Opportunity to Study with Rabbi Shelly Lewis

  • April 19, 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Shir Tikvah Library
Shir Tikvah is honored to host Rabbi Shelly Lewis as we study his timely and spiritually resonant work, "Torah of Reconciliation"--a chronicle of Rabbi Lewis’ personal, passionate search for wisdom on peacemaking recorded in Jewish tradition. Beginning after the grief surrounding 9/11, he was determined to locate the pathway described in Jewish texts towards reconciliation.

The afternoon will include a talk about his book. This event is free and open to all who are interested.

Sheldon Lewis was born in Chicago and educated at the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He was a student of Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel and has been active in civil and human rights causes, traveling to the FSU on several occasions on behalf of Soviet Jewry.

He served as a US Army chaplain after ordination and spent a year in Vietnam. He is rabbi emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, which he served for thirty-three years. He was deeply involved in interfaith work to promote pluralism, mutual respect, and common cause; and he has been equally committed to nurturing bonds among the streams of Jewish expression.

He has had an abiding interest in reconciliation efforts in the Middle East as a supporter of the Open House in Ramle, the Al Amal School near Bethlehem, and Rabbis for Human Rights. He is past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis, among other positions in the Jewish and interfaith communities. Heis married to Lorri, and they have been blessed with four sons, three daughters-in-law and, so far, six grandchildren.
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