October 12, 2023
Join Temple Beth-El on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m., for the Annual Rabbi Samuel Stahl Lecture with speaker Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz.
He will be discussing the topic, “How to See the Invisible Right Before Our Eyes: A Mystical Approach to Ethics”. We live in deeply polarized times where many rarely talk with others with deeply different perspectives. Each side of each battle is often sure they are right on all points. We turn to ethics for guidance but it may seem surface level. But the responsibilities of Jewish moral leadership are not surface level and a life committed to moral sensitivity is not. Indeed, we must learn to look beyond the surface into a more mystical realm. In this session, we will be inspired to look deeper, within and beyond. We will learn some texts together and listen to moving stories that charge us to find our calling to heal an all-too-broken world. We will see if we can begin to see the unseen.
About Rabbi Yanklowitz
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, Founder & CEO of Shamayim: Jewish Animal Advocacy, and Founder & President of YATOM: The Jewish Foster & Adoption Network.
Rabbi Yanklowitz’s writings have appeared in outlets as diverse as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Atlantic among many other secular and religious publications. Rabbi Yanklowitz is a sought-after educator, social justice activist, and motivational speaker as well as the author of seventeen books on Jewish spirituality, social justice, and ethics.
As a global social justice activist and educator, Rabbi Yanklowitz has volunteered, staffed trips, and taught across the world, including Israel, Ghana, India, France, Thailand, El Salvador, England, Senegal, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa, and Haiti. Rabbi Dr. Yanklowitz has also served as a rabbinic representative, facilitator, and speaker at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and Davos. Rabbi Shmuly’s religious journey was filmed in the Independent Lens/PBS documentary “The Calling.”
Rabbi Shmuly earned a Master’s degree from Harvard University in Leadership and Psychology, another Master’s from Yeshiva University in Jewish Philosophy, and a Doctorate from Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology. He obtained rabbinical ordination from the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and two additional, private ordinations in Israel. He has twice been named one of America’s Top Rabbis by Newsweek. In 2016, The Forward named Rabbi Shmuly one of The Most Inspiring Rabbis in America. In 2016, the Forward named Rav Shmuly one of the 50 most influential Jews. In the same year, Yanklowitz was selected for the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in Cross-Cultural Leadership and Innovative Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge.
Rabbi Shmuly, his wife Shoshana, and their four children live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They are also foster parents.