Back to All Events

Robert Alter Scholar in Residence -- two programs: lunch/torah study and evening program -- (lunch reservations must be made in advance)

Please join us for two special programs with renowned scholar Robert Alter, the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and ComparativeLiterature at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Alter has written extensively on modern European, American, and Hebrew literature, but is perhaps best known for his work on literary aspects of the Bible.

12:30–2:30 pm, Catered Lunch and Afternoon Torah Study on Parashat Noach  Following lunch, Professor Alter will lead a Torah study focusing on the two cataclysms framing the parashah: the Flood Story and the Tower of Babel. The discussion will also consider how biblical literature in general addresses the theme of disaster.

There is no cost for lunch. However, you must register for lunch by Monday, October 28, .

Click here to make a reservation

8:00–9:30 pm, Evening Lecture: How to Read Biblical Narrative Professor Alter will provide new insight into often overlooked aspects of biblical narratives, focusing especially on the literary use of repetition in familiar stories. There will be time for questions and answers, and refreshments will be served.

Earlier Event: November 2
Shabbat Services
Later Event: November 8
Family Shabbat and Dinner