Congregation B’nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull will host its fourth annual Herbert and Alice Needle Scholar in Residence Weekend Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, showcasing Rabbi Amy Kalmonofsky, PhD, renowned scholar of Bible and of gender issues in the Bible. The theme is The Risks and Benefits of Belonging to God: The Motif of Sacrifice and its Religious Meaning in the Torah.

Dr. Kalmanofsky will provide three talks throughout the weekend. On Friday, during Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m., Kalmanofsky will discuss: God Said to Abraham: Kill Me a Son, during which she will address the impact of gender on sacrifice.

On Saturday, March 22, during services, she will address the topic: His Mother Said to Him: Your Curse Is Upon Me: Why A Mother Sacrifices a Son. Services and lecture will be followed by a Kiddush/luncheon open to all.

On Saturday evening at 8 p.m., the community is invited for Havdalah, following which Kalmanofsky will discuss how the pattern of sacrifice shapes the narrative of Genesis in which Joseph is sold into slavery in her final talk: A Savage Beast Devoured Him: A Father’s Failed Attempt to Sacrifice His Son.

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 e-mail: info@bnaitorahct.org.