SUMMIT, NJ - Dr. Gary A. Rendsburg, who holds the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, will lead a talk illustrating and exploring points on the timeline of Jewish history November 2 at 7 p.m.  Each point contributes its own story to the narrative of the Jewish people across time and space. 

The spread of the Jews beyond the land of Israel is well known.  Less familiar is the astounding amount of material illuminating the ever-expanding Diaspora.  The earliest synagogues in Egypt; a Jewish kingdom in Yemen; a Jew named Socrates who donated a marble menorah to the synagogue in Sardis; the Shema written in Greek letters from a Roman province in Austria; the 1000-year-old graves in the cemetery of Mainz, Germany; what Maimonides served his guests at home; Jacob the Jew who sold his land in Oxford for the establishment of Merton College.
According to the web site thegreatcourses.com, Rendsburg earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies from New York University,and taught at Canisius College and Cornell University - the latter for 18 years-before joining the Rutgers faculty in 2004.   The author of six books and more than 120 scholarly articles, Professor Rendsburg takes a special interest in literary approaches to the Bible, the history of the Hebrew language, the history of ancient Israel, and the development of Judaism in the post-biblical period.
 
Congregation Ohr Shalom / Summit Jewish Community Center is located at 67 Kent Place Boulevard.  For information, call the synagogue office at 908 / 273-8130, or visit ohrshalom-sjcc.org.