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Global Day of Jewish Learning

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The MJCC is proud to be a host for the Global day of Jewish Learning, a project of the Aleph Society, which seeks to unite the Jewish people through our shared texts, and community based learning. Be a part of this global phenomenon, which will take place in over 500 communities, in more than 40 countries around the world.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Scholar-in-Residence
Sunday, November 17 • 5:00 pm

Rabbi Telushkin is a spiritual leader and scholar, and the author of 15 books, including Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values. He is also a senior associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; a board member of the Jewish Book Council; and the Rabbi of the Los Angeles-based Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He lives in New York City and lectures regularly throughout the United States.

Rabbi Telushkin’s newly revised book, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal, is an invaluable guide in how choosing the right words can enrich our relationships and give us insight to improve every facet of our lives. “I don’t know anyone whose life would not be blessed by this book.”—Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life. Joseph Telushkin is renowned for his warmth, his erudition, and his richly anecdotal insights, and in Words That Hurt, Words That Heal he focuses these gifts on the words we use in public and in private, revealing their tremendous power to shape relationships. With wit and wide-ranging intelligence, Rabbi Telushkin explains the harm in spreading gossip, rumors, or others’ secrets, and how unfair anger, excessive criticism, or lying undermines true communication. By sensitizing us to subtleties of speech we may never have considered before, he shows us how to turn every exchange into an opportunity.

In this fully revised edition, Joseph Telushkin brings this classic into the modern age. Remarkable for its clarity and practicality, Words That Hurt, Words That Heal illuminates the powerful effects we create by what we say and how we say it.

Event Schedule

3:30 - 4:30pm: Sessions with local Rabbis and Heads of Schools

Rabbi Jonah Keyak / Memphis Jewish Community Center
"Moses: Not A Man of Words"

Rabbi Sarit Horwitz / Beth Sholom Synagogue
"Why Am I Talking? Judaism's Wisdom On Listening"

Rabbi Joel Finkelstein / Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Congregation
"The Silence of Adam"

Daniel Weiss / Head of School, Bornblum Jewish Community School
"Can I Have A Word? The Power of Choosing The Right Word A The Right Time"

Rabbi Menachem Klein / Chabad
"Am I My Brother's Keeper? The Ethics of Social Responsibility"

Rabbi Benjy Owen / Head of School, Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South
"Hurling Words Towards Heaven: Hannah's Prayer"


This Global Day of Jewish Learning program is offered at no charge. Questions? Contact Rabbi Jonah Keyak at jkeyak@jccmemphis.org or (901) 259-9227.

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