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Evolve Web Conversation: Jewish Sources on the Equal Value of All Human Lives

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 2:00 pm EDT

Based on his Evolve essay, Gam Zu Ve-Gam Zu: Weeping With All Who Grieve, Rabbi Victor Reinstein will discuss the rich Jewish traditions that refuse to elevate the worth of Jewish lives above all others.

There is no charge required to register for an Evolve web conversation. Participants can interact with the speaker, making comments and asking questions. 

About Rabbi Victor Reinstein
Victor Hillel Reinstein is the founding rabbi of Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue in Jamaica Plain, Mass., along with his wife, Mieke, in 2004. It is an egalitarian shtibl committed to traditional Jewish practice, and progressive social and political values. Learning of life in caring for the dead, he is an active member of the Community Ḥevra Ḳadisha of Greater Boston. Committed to interfaith dialogue, he has been particularly involved in building bridges between Jews and Muslims. Engaging Torah as a sourcebook for nonviolence by which to challenge and transform violence in the text and in our lives, he seeks at the core of his work to help fulfill God’s hope for a world of justice and peace.

About Evolve
Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations is an initiative of Reconstructing Judaism. We seek to promote the ongoing evolution of the Jewish community by launching collective, communal conversations about the urgent issues of our day. To that end, Evolve brings multiple voices together to listen to one another’s point of view and to interact respectfully. In an era when it has become ever more difficult to remain open to viewpoints that differ from our own, Evolve cultivates covenantal conversations even when we disagree. In this way, we hope to enhance the ongoing evolution of Jewish civilization.

Learn more on our Evolve website.

Evolve does not endorse every viewpoint presented on its platform. Its goal is to cultivate groundbreaking, constructive, respectful conversations about urgent issues of concern. Evolve makes space for a wide range of viewpoints and seeks to support constructive debate while abiding by the values of tzelem Elohim (regarding and treating all people as created in the divine image), kavod (respect), redifat shalom (pursuing peace) and makhloket leshem shamayim (disagreements for the sake of heaven).

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