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November 4, 2016  RSS feed

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Rabbi, author, educator to serve Nov. 11-13 as Scholar in Residence at Beth Shalom

Rabbi Albert Slomovitz Rabbi Albert Slomovitz Rabbi Albert Slomovitz, an author and formerly the senior chaplain at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, will serve as scholar in residence at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13.

The rabbi, currently an assistant professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will speak at a dinner following Shabbat eve services at 6 p.m. on Nov. 11 on the history of prejudice regarding people of color, the Black Lives Matter group and their anti- Israel stance.

The cost for the dinner is $20 per adult, including vegetarian option, and $10 for children.

On Saturday, Nov. 12 Rabbi Slomovitz will lead a discussion after the kiddush lunch on the largely unknown and underappreciated history of Jewish service in the armed forces.

There will be a Shabbat mincha service at 4:30 p.m., followed by a light meal where the rabbi will discuss a book he is working on about the New Testament Book of Matthew. The evening will end with Havdallah at 6:15 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 13 the rabbi will hold a discussion with religious school students and adults at 10 a.m., followed by brunch. The topic again will be Jews in the military and will include a hands-on project to put together care packages for U.S. service men and women.

Other than Friday night dinner, there is no charge for any of the meals during the weekend.

The rabbi retired from the Navy after 20 years as a chaplain and later was the founding rabbi of Congregation Gesher L’Torah in Alpharetta, GA. He has written two books: America’s Other Clan: The United States Supreme Court and The Fighting Rabbis.

Rabbi Slomovitz holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in American and Ethnic History from Loyola University of Chicago. He teaches American history at Kennesaw State University.

His book America’s Other Clan, published last year, explores “how the Supreme Court shaped civil rights throughout our country’s history,” according to a review on the academic publishing Cognella website.

His first book, The Fighting Rabbis, was published in 1999 and provides history on Jewish military chaplains.

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