Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival

Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 at 7:30pm

Virginia Beach, VA 23450

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United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival 2020-2021.

Held in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, a national organization whose sole purpose is the promotion of Jewish books, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival is the annual celebration of Jewish writers, books, and ideas.


7:30pm: Can Robots Be Jewish: Inspirational Rabbis Answer Pressing Questions of Modern Life with editor Amy Schwartz

Join Amy E. Schwartz, editor of Moment Magazine's "Ask the Rabbis" feature, to hear how inspirational rabbis have answered the most pressing questions of modern life.

When Moment Mag­a­zine arrives every oth­er month, loy­al read­ers turn to its long-run­ning ​“Ask the Rab­bis” fea­ture. In this col­umn rab­bis of dif­fer­ent denom­i­na­tions — Inde­pen­dent, Human­ist, Jew­ish Renew­al, Recon­struc­tion­ist, Reform, Con­ser­v­a­tive, Ortho­dox, Sephardic, and Chabad — con­sid­er some of the most provoca­tive ques­tions of the day. Their respons­es span the range of mod­ern Jew­ish thought. Some­times they agree but not often.

In these Solomon-like delib­er­a­tions, the rab­bis answer some of modernity’s press­ing ques­tions: Does Jew­ish anx­i­ety have a the­o­log­i­cal basis? Do sci­ence and Judaism con­flict? Are there things that can­not be for­giv­en? Is Judaism good for women? Is there a Jew­ish way to par­ent? Should we edit our children’s genes? Can a robot be Jew­ish? Does Jew­ish law for­bid racism? Do Jews believe in an after­life? Should there be an eleventh com­mand­ment and if so what should it be?

Amy E. Schwartz, editor of Can Robot's Be Jewish, a longtime editorial writer and op-ed columnist at The Washington Post, is Moment Magazine’s Books and Opinions Editor, as well as editor of the magazine’s popular Ask the Rabbis section. Schwartz, who has also worked at Harper's, The New Republic and The Wilson Quarterly, is president of the multi-denominational Jewish Study Center in Washington, DC. She speaks and runs workshops on topics of Jewish commentary, psalms and literature nationwide.

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