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Scholar in Residence 2023  Rabbi Irwin Kula

February 17-19, 2023

Friday, February 17 at 6:15 PM
Friday Night Services and Dinner Following

Service at 6:15 PM in person at Brith Shalom and on YouTube
Dinner & Talk at 7:30 PM in person at Brith Shalom.
Dinner cost $18.00 per person. Please RSVP by February 10.
Babysitting Available (registration required)
Beyond the Tribe: Judaism as Path of Human Flourishing
Trends in the American religious landscape show that we are at the beginning of demographic, sociological, and technological transformations that are dramatically altering the ways people create their identities, form communities, and make meaning. Every domain is being affected - newspapers and music, retail and government, taxis and hotels, health and education. What are the implications for the products, services, and delivery systems, the resources, insights and teachings of religion in general and for our Judaism and Jewish community in particular?

Saturday, February 18 at 9:30 AM
Shabbat Morning Services with Kiddush lunch and talk following

Service at 9:30 AM in person at Brith Shalom and on YouTube
Talk following lunch at approximately 1:00 PM in person at Brith Shalom.
Reimagining Jewish Practice: Mitzvot as a Technology of Human Flourishing
Using the lenses of Innovation Theory and Positive Psychology we will explore a new way to understand the purpose of Jewish practice. How does Jewish practice work? What job(s) are Jewish practices actually designed to get done for us? What practices work and don’t work to enhance our life and how do we know? How can we become more active in the design of Jewish practices that are more accessible, usable, and good enough to get the job done: help us flourish.

Sunday, February 19 at 10:15 AM at Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s Yom Limmud at Congregation Beth Israel.
The Shabbat Limmud Scholars are co-sponsored by The Barish Family and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.
Visit the Yom Limmud website for details.
Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

Based on my book, I explore how our most important yearnings and desires - for love, happiness, truth, meaning etc. -work to give our life meaning. Special attention is given to the psycho-spiritual dynamics of our most primal yearnings and how we go about trying to satisfy them.

About Rabbi Kula:


Irwin Kula, a 7th generation rabbi, is a disruptive spiritual innovator. A rogue thinker, author of the award-winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life and President of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, he works with organizations, foundations, universities, and businesses around the world at the intersection of religion, innovation, society, and the science of human flourishing.

A popular commentator in both new and traditional media he is co-founder with Craig Hatkoff and the late Professor Clay Christensen of The Disruptor Foundation whose mission is to advance disruptive innovation theory and its application in societal critical domains.

Wed, February 1 2023 10 Shevat 5783