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Evolve Web Conversation: What If We Stopped Assuming That the Human Species is the Chosen Species?

Wednesday, August 7, 2024 - 2:00 pm EDT

Rabbi Bob Gluck will discuss his Evolve essay, “Animal Intelligence: Looking Beyond Chosenness and Speciesism for the Sake of the Planet” with Rabbi Jacob Staub. 

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 Bob Gluck
Pianist/composer and writer, Rabbi Bob Gluck is a Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany. He is the author of three books published by University of Chicago Press, most recently “Pat Metheny, Stories Beyond Words” (2024). His twelve recordings include “Early Morning Star” (FMR Records, 2020). Gluck is a former executive director of the RRA and pulpit rabbi. He staffed the Joint Reconstructionist Commission on Homosexuality 1990-92 and edited the Commission’s report and study guide. He also chaired the 1993 Kehillah Mekabelet (Welcoming Communities) Task Force of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot.

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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