Congregation Tifereth Israel will host Rabbi Shai Held, president, dean and chair in Jewish thought at the Hadar Institute, for the synagogue’s 2020 scholar-in-residence weekend from Jan. 24 to 25.

The Hadar Institute in New York City aims to inspire Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing egalitarian communities and to live meaningful lives of Torah, avodah and chesed, according to its website.

According to Tifereth Israel, Held is known internationally for his dynamic and thought-provoking writing and teaching around the question: What roles do love of God, neighbor and stranger play in living a modern Jewish life? The weekend’s theme is “Is Judaism a religion of love?”

Scholar-in-residence events include erev Shabbat services at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24, followed by a congregational Shabbat dinner at 6:45. At the Shabbat dinner, the discussion topic will be “Love your neighbor: What are we really being asked for?” The dinner is $36 per person, and $25 for aleph members (under 30 years old); RSVPs for the dinner are requested to

On Jan. 25, Shabbat morning services begin at 9:30 a.m. with d’var Torah by Held. A kiddush luncheon is at noon, where Held will discuss “The God of Judaism is a God of love: Undoing the pernicious stereotypes.” At 6:45 p.m., a sponsors-only wine and cheese reception will take place, followed by a community Havdalah at 7:30, and dessert reception and keynote address on “Turning suffering into love: Loving the stranger, then and now,” at 7:45.

All events besides the Shabbat dinner and sponsors-only reception are free and open to the community.

Tifereth Israel is at 1354 East Broad St. in Columbus.

For more information, contact Rebecca Haimowitz-King at or 614-928-3287.

The Columbus Jewish News is the media sponsor of the event.

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