Rabbi Ethan Tucker, the president and rosh yeshiva at Hadar in New York City, will be this year’s featured speaker at the annual Stamford Chevra Kadisha Dinner, to be held at Temple Beth El on Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. His topic will be “Can Torah and Ethics Truly Be at Odds?”
This year’s dinner will honor the memory of Tamar Gershberg, z”l, and Flossy Fischel, z”l, both of whom passed away this past year and were models of kindness in the Stamford Jewish community.
“The annual Chevra Kadisha dinner is one of the most eagerly awaited community events on the calendar,” said Phyllis Shapiro, who is working on the dinner committee. “It’s especially gratifying this year to honor the memory of Tamar and Flossy, each of whom exhibited their own strength in observing and performing the mitzvah of chesed, which is one of the core values of our Chevra Kadisha. Tamar was the consummate teacher, who transmitted Torah in unique artistic forms, and Flossy was the action warrior, who used her culinary talents to prepare, coordinate, and provide meals for family and friends, as well as organize shiva meals at times of need.
The Chevra Kadisha is very fortunate to be bringing Rabbi Ethan Tucker to the Stamford community. He is one of the most thoughtful and articulate leaders in the Jewish community today, and a sought-out speaker by organizations across the country.
In addition to his duties as president and rosh yeshiva at Hadar, Rabbi Tucker is the chair in Jewish law and also directs Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. Rabbi Tucker serves on the board of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Ramaz School. He is the author, along with Rabbi Micha’el Rosenberg, of “Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law.”
The cost of attending the dinner is $54 a person. Sponsorships are also available at $180, which entitles an individual to two dinner reservations and can be made in honor of a family member or in memory of a loved one.
By Michael G Feldstein