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Marc Katz

Marc Katz is the Revson Rabbinical intern at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn and is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Originally from Barrington RI, Marc received a B.A. from Tufts University. At Tufts, he studied Comparative Religion while serving as the captain of his college swim team. Before entering rabbinical school, Marc worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. At Congregation Beth Elohim, Marc runs a weekly introduction to Judaism class, adult Torah study on Shabbat, a monthly “alternative” service, and a host of other Brooklyn Jews activities.

Finding Meaning in Shabbat

A Panel Discussion

Dasee Berkowitz, David Ingber, Marc Katz, Malya Kurzweil Levin, DovBer Pinson, Karina Zilberman

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

As Shabbat begins, so does an exploration of its significance. The diverse observances throughout the Jewish community are a reflection of individuals’ varied meanings of Shabbat. How, as a community, do we respect each others’ Shabbat observances while at the same time exploring a renewed, deeper meaning in our own practices? To explore this and other questions, the panelists will share the rituals and ideas that are most important to them in their observance of Shabbat.

Reform Shabbat Morning Service

Julia Katz, Marc Katz

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

Join us for a musical and participatory service led by a team of rabbinic and cantorial students from Hebrew Union College, including Marc and Julia Katz. We will be using the Reform Movement's siddur (Mishkan Tefillah). The service will include guitar and other instrumentation and a mixture of Hebrew prayers and English poetic readings. All are invited to participate! Note: There will be musical instruments and mixed-gender seating.

Ruth as a Model for Conversion

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

What does it mean to convert to Judaism? How did our three-fold ritual of circumcision, mikveh (ritual bath) immersion, and beit din (rabbinic court) come about? In this course, we will look closely at the book of Ruth and it's midrashim (interpretive stories) and examine how these biblical and rabbinic notions of conversion made their way into later law codes (Shulkan Aruch) and responsa.

Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh BaZeh

Struggling with Jewish Colective Responsibility

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

We like to say "all of Israel is responsible for one another" but what does that really mean? In this course we will take a close look at the biblical and rabbinic roots of this concept and wrestle with the notion of Jewish collective responsibility? Just how tied are we to the greater Jewish world? What does it really mean to be a "guarantor" for our fellow human being?

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