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Swarsensky Memorial Weekend Featuring Rabbi Mark Sameth

November 12–14, 2021 

We are pleased to announce our 2021 Swarsensky scholar: Rabbi Mark Sameth. Named “one of America’s most inspiring rabbis” by The Forward in 2013, Rabbi Mark Sameth has been lauded both for his interfaith work and for his eye-opening ideas about the dual gender of the name of God. As our 2021 Swarsensky scholar, Rabbi Sameth will take us on a journey across three millennia. We’ll start from the archaeological and written evidence about the ancient Israelite priests and arrive at an exploration of the social justice implications of the dual-gendered name of God. He will challenge us to think about how we might best put this learning to use in the furtherance of tikkun olam.

Click the links below for more information and to register for Zoom events.

Friday, November 12, 7:30 pm • Sanctuary & YouTube
Recording of Swarsensky Memorial Weekend Shabbat
Recording of Rabbi Sameth's Dvar

Saturday, November 13, 9:15 am • Zoom
Recording of Swarsensky Memorial Weekend: Torah Study with Rabbi Mark Sameth

Saturday, November 13, 11:30 am • Zoom
Recording of Swarsensky Memorial Weekend Panel and Discussion: Rabbi Mark Sameth Engages with Other Voices and Perspectives on Gender

Sunday, November 14, 10:30 am–12:00 pm • Zoom 
Recording of Swarsensky Memorial Weekend Keynote: Social Justice Implications of the Dual-Gendered Name of God


The annual Swarsensky Memorial Weekend honors the memory of Rabbi Manfred E. Swarsensky, the rabbi of Temple Beth El from 1940 to 1976.

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