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Albert & Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence 2011

The Albert and Liese Eckstein Scholar-in-Residence program is made possible through an endowment established by the late Dr. Albert and Mrs. Liese Eckstein, with additional contributions from the Eckstein family and Friends of Jewish Studies. The program features annual lectures by experts - professors, authors, and others - in the field of Jewish Studies.

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Mel Scult, Brooklyn College Professor Emeritus

"Mordecai M. Kaplan: The Challenge of His Heresy" Professor Scult will explore the radical implications of Mordecai Kaplan’s thought and will discuss the historical significance and relevance of Kaplan’s ideas for American Jewry in the 21st century.

7 p.m. | January 31, 2011 Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center | 122 East Culver Street, Phoenix reception and book signing following lecture

Professor Mel Scult is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Harvard University and holds a doctorate in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He is a premiere scholar on Mordecai Kaplan, and has published several volumes including Dyamic Judaism: The Essential Writings of Mordecai Kaplan; Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century: A Biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan; and Communings of the Spirit: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan. (brief vitae PDF)

Directions and Map

The Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is located east of the Burton Barr Phoenix Public Library. Take 2nd Street south from McDowell.