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Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Troubling Jewish Texts and How to Understand Them

Hosted By: Jewish Center of the Hamptons

Join Rabbi Joshua Franklin (Jewish Center of the Hamptons) and Rabbi Daniel Geffen (Temple Adas Israel) for a night of learning. They will together explore the texts of our tradition that most people shy away from because they’re troubling, anachronistic, and offensive. We’ll make meaning out of troubling texts as opposed to simply rejecting them.

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Rabbi Joshua Franklin

Rabbi Joshua Franklin joins the Jewish Center of the Hamptons after serving for four years as an Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA. In his career as a rabbi, he has enlivened the Jewish community by reimagining spirituality through creative mediums. Rabbi Franklin brings to the synagogue setting a passion for music, technology, and creative forms of Jewish education. Rabbi Franklin originates from Yonkers, NY, and grew up at Riverdale Temple in the Bronx, where his father was a rabbi. He spent his childhood summers growing up at URJ Eisner Camp, but has returned to serve for several years on the rabbinical faculty at URJ Crane Lake Camp. Before receiving his ordination at Hebrew Union College (HUC-JIR), Rabbi Franklin attended Clark University in Worcester, MA. There he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and majored in History with a concentration in Jewish Studies. He also received a Masters degree from Clark in History. While at HUC-JIR, he served numerous synagogues and Jewish institutions as a student rabbi and rabbinical intern including Beth Ha-Sholom of Williamsport, PA, Rodeph Shalom of Philadelphia, PA, DOROT of New York NY, Temple Sinai of Stamford, CT, and Beth El of Beckley, WV. Rabbi Franklin was the recipient of the Daniel and Bonnie Tisch Fellowship, a three year extracurricular program with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman that explores congregational studies, personal theology, and contemporary religion in North America. In addition to rabbinical ordination at HUC-JIR, he earned Masters Degrees in Hebrew Literature and in Religious Education. In his spare time, Rabbi Franklin enjoys golf, cycling, snowboarding, photography, wine tasting, beer brewing, and cooking with his wife Stephanie Whitehorn. He now resides in East Hampton, NY with his wife Stephanie and daughters Lilah and Amelia.
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Rabbi Daniel N. Geffen

Rabbi Geffen was named Rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in the summer of 2014. He was ordained by The Hebrew Union College­-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York in May, 2014 and holds Masters Degrees in both Hebrew Literature and Jewish Education. During his time at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Geffen earned several awards, including those for Modern Hebrew, Halakhic Literature, Rabbinics and was twice awarded the “Amitz Lev” Prize for Spirit, Character and Strength of Heart. He earned his undergraduate degree in History from The University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was born and raised in New York City, where he attended the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and, later, the Fieldston School. Prior to assuming his position at Temple Adas Israel, Rabbi Geffen served as the Rabbinic Intern for Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, NY and Jewish Home Lifecare of Manhattan. He was also the Schusterman Rabbinic Resident at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City and the Administrative Education Intern at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles. Rabbi Geffen lives in North Haven with his beloved wife Lu (Temple Adas Israel Director of Community Engagement), their daughter Eva, son Emet and their dog Stuart.
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Jewish Center of the Hamptons

Jewish Center of the Hamptons is a post-denominational synagogue serving as the Jewish spiritual and cultural oasis on the East End of Long Island, in Manhattan, and beyond.
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