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Professor Burt Visotzky from the Jewish Theological Seminary is coming to Temple Israel Center in White Plains to present three evening lectures entitled "The Rabbi’s Guide to Christianity: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Christianity but Were Afraid to Ask” on three Thursdays; March 4, 11, and 18 at 7:30 P.M.

These three sessions will cover:
(1) Judaism in the Year One, Earliest Christianity, and the New Testament;
(2) Christianity becomes Gentile: The Fathers of the Church and the formation of Christian Doctrine; and
(3) “And then I told the Pope:” Vatican II and modern Catholic and Protestant attitudes toward Judaism

Burton L. Visotzky is the Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in rabbinic interpretation of scripture and rabbinic narrative, as well as Talmud. His articles and reviews have been published in America, Europe, and Israel. With Bill Moyers, Dr. Visotzky developed ten hours of television for PBS on the book of Genesis, serving as a consultant and an on-screen participant. The series, Genesis: A Living Conversation, premiered in October 1996. Dr. Visotzky was also a consultant to Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks SKG for their 1998 film, Prince of Egypt.

Dr. Visotzky has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, as well as a visiting faculty member at, among others, Union Theological Seminary, Princeton University, and the Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow. Rabbi Visotzky served as the Master Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome in 2007.

Dr. Visotzky received his master's degree in education from Harvard University, and his MA, rabbinic ordination, PhD, and honorary DHL from The Jewish Theological Seminary.

The public is invited to attend and there will be no charge. Learn more here:

Burt Visotzky,
Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies
Jewish Theological Seminary

Lectures to be held at:
Temple Israel Center of White Plains280 Old Mamaroneck Rd.
White Plains, NY 10605

(914) 948-2800 ext. 112

March 4, 11, 18 at 7:30 PM

Journalists, authors and Scarsdale residents Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn will address the community on Tuesday March 2nd as part of the 225th anniversary of the Scarsdale Schools. The event is sponsored by the Interdependence Institute, the Scarsdale Teachers Institute and the Middle and High Schools PTAs. The couple will discuss their recently published book, Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The book chronicles the stories of women who endured poverty, illness and shame –women who were beaten, raped or sold into prostitution –but who ultimately triumph through gaining an education or founding their own businesses. The authors tell us what we can do to help women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East by becoming informed, volunteering and contributing. In their view, the key to economic progress is to improve individual lives and help women, who are “half the sky” to realize their potential.

The authors will speak on Tuesday March 2nd at 7:30 pm in the Scarsdale High School auditorium and their talk will be followed by a question and answer period. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Scarsdale League of Women Voters members and friends enjoyed an evening of good food and good conversation at the home of Janice and Ira Starr on January 30. In 2010, the League plans to continue its long history of studying and taking positions on local issues, and educating citizens to become informed voters. Community members (both women and men) are encouraged to join the League. For more information, visit or contact President Jane Veron (



Frigid temperatures have been welcomed by some – a group of hockey players have been skating outside on the Duck Pond at Sherbrooke and Duck Pond Roads. Though one side of the pond is not frozen, the boys feel that it is safe and are enjoying the ice and their pick-up game. Apparently the pond is quite shallow and while one end is frozen solid, the other remains thawed due to run-off that drains into the pond.  There is no sign prohibiting skating but police warn that skaters do so at their own risk.

Dr. Jacob Appel, a professional bioethicist and a graduate of Scarsdale High School will give a talk entitled “ Terri Schiavo; The Challanges of Contemporary Bioethics” at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club on Sunday February 7th at 3 pm. The lecture is sponsored by the Scarsdale Forum.

Dr. Appel is a frequent contributor to both academic and popular publications and websites. He writes regular columns for the Huffington Post and Opposing Views. He practices medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and has held teaching appointments at Columbia, NYU, Pace and Brown University.

The Scarsdale Forum, a civic club, has been dedicated to improving life in Scarsdale. for 105 years. Scarsdale residents are encouraged to join and participate in the process. For more information, visit or call the forum office at 723-2829.

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