Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., will host its fifth annual Herbert and Alice Needle Scholar in Residence Weekend on April 24-26, showcasing Hasia Diner, PhD.

Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, with a joint appointment in American Studies at New York University (NYU). The theme of the weekend is Coming to America: Immigration and American Jewry. Diner will provide three talks throughout the weekend.

On Friday, April 24 during Shabbat services beginning at 7:30 p.m., Diner will discuss:

How America Made American Jews. On Saturday, April 25, during services which begin at 9:30 a.m., she will address the topic: Jews, Gender and America: Not for Women Only! Services and discussion will be followed by a Kiddush/luncheon open to all.  On Sunday, April 26, 10:30 a.m., Diner will discuss: They Were What They Ate: The Jewish Encounter with America through Food.

All programs are free of charge and open to the community. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the weekend programs.

For further information or to RSVP, contact the synagogue office at 203-268-6940 or email:

The 5th annual Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat Program is sponsored by Beverly and Michael Fein in memory of Herbert and Alice Needle.