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Hoffberger Scholar Lunch and Learn

Saturday, March 16, 2024 6 Adar II 5784

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Please note: This registration page is for the Lunch and Learn at HSOSC on Saturday March 16 (please also join us for Torah study at 8:30 and morning services at 10).
You can learn more about the special Shabbat at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation on Friday, March 15 here.

"Yamin Usmol Tifrotzi: Confronting Antisemitism on the Right and Left"

Join us for a special Shabbat Lunch and Learn where our scholar-in-residence Professor Shaul Kelner will speak about the challenges facing American Jews today.

HSOSC along with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and Bolton Street Synagogue are excited to bring Professor Shaul Kelner to town as our Hoffberger Scholar-in-Residence.

Kelner will also speak Friday, March 15 at a special Shabbat service and Oneg at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Please mention any allergies or dietary restrictions in the notes. We strive to make this event accesible to everyone. If you need any accommodations, please mention in the notes. 


Shaul Kelner is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in the sociology of American Jews. 

He is the author of A Cold War Exodus, about activism to free Soviet Jews, and Tours That Bind, a study of Birthright Israel. His work has won awards from the Association for Jewish Studies and American Sociological Association. 

Prof. Kelner has been a fellow of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute for Advanced Studies, a visiting scholar at Tel Aviv University, and a fellow of the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. He has served as a board member of the Association for Jewish Studies and the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. He received his Ph.D in 2002 from the CUNY Graduate Center, which he attended as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science recognized him with an Innovative Teaching Award for Creating Engaging In-Person Learning Environments.

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