Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson will speak on the subject of “Judaism and the Environment” as part of the Beth Ami Temple Speakers Series on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 pm at Beth Ami Temple in Paradise Valley.
The Director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University will explore how the imperative of responsibility has been translated into a program of Jewish environmental activism, illustrating the Jewish ideal of Tikkun Olam.
“We live in the midst of a human-made ecological crisis that impacts all aspects of life and that will negatively impact the future of humanity on Earth. Judaism has a profound and timely message that addresses our ecological crisis: the world was created by God and humans are responsible for its perpetual care as part of their covenant with God,” says Tirosh-Samuelson.
Tirosh-Samuelson has established herself as a top scholar in contemporary Jewish philosophy. She is also a Regents’ Professor of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. Professor Tirosh-Samuelson was named Regents’ Professor of History in 2017, was a visiting fellow at Oxford, and is the editor in chief of the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers. She works closely with civic organizations, including the Phoenix Symphony and the Desert Botanical Garden.
The public is encouraged to attend this informative and entertaining evening of discussion. A brief Shabbat service will be held before Tirosh-Samuelson speaks followed by a question-and-answer session with the congregation. Light refreshments will follow.