Religions and Spirituality

Visiting Scholar Leads 'Face to Face - with God and Humanity' Leaning Session at COS-SJCC Feb. 18

Dr. Elie Holzer

SUMMIT, NJ - Professor Rabbi Elie Holzer will conduct two learning sessions related to the Torah Portion on what it means to be “Face to Face -- with God and with Humanity” during Shabbat services at Congregation Ohr Shalom- Summit Jewish Community Center (COS-SJCC) on February 18.

In a world that is increasingly “virtual” and can become faceless, Holzer will discuss how people can relate to the Divine and to one another.

One session will be presented during services which begin at 9:30 a.m., with the other immediately following the Kiddush luncheon after services at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited.

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Rabbi Holzer is a Professor of Education at Bar Ilan University in Israel where he is the Director of the Stern Institute for Studies in Religious Education, and Head of the R. Dr. David Ochs Chair for the Teaching of Jewish Religious Studies.

Drawing on a rich traditional and academic background in Rabbinics and Jewish thought, he is a practice-oriented philosopher of Jewish education. His research integrates text-based Jewish studies, philosophical hermeneutics, pedagogy and ethical-spiritual traditions.

He is the co-founder of Shira Hadasha Congregation -- an egalitarian-minded Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem and the founder of Shma Koleinu: A Beit Midrash for Prayer and Community. He is also the author of A Philosophy of Havruta: Understanding and Teaching the Art of Text Study in Pairs (Academic Studies Press, 2013) which won the 2014 National Jewish Book Award. Most recently, he has published Attuned Learning: Rabbinic Texts on Habits of the Heart in Learning Interactions (Academic Studies Press, 2016).

Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center is located at 67 Kent Place Blvd. in Summit.  For further information, contact 908-273-8130 or visit

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