Customs and Liturgy of the Jewish Festival of Purim

News Story: January 28, 2007

Welcomes Guest Lecturer

Rabbi Yvonne Youngberg

Holy Havoc!

The Customs and Liturgy of the Jewish Festival of Purim:
Food, Fashion and Frivolity in a Serious Story of Redemption

Purim celebrates the Jewish victory over Persian oppression as recounted in the Book of Esther.  Rabbi Youngberg will explain how and why this serious story of survival is observed with such free-spirited revelry. Similar in character to the playful nature of the Christian practice of Shrove or Fat Tuesday, she will explore their common themes and spiritual purposes.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
University Commons

Lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Rabbi Yvonne Youngberg is a native of Scarborough, Ontario.  After studying at Trent University and the University of Calgary, Canada, she entered the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in the Graduate and Rabbinical Schools, New York.   While at JTS, she served as the director of the Rabbinical Student Placement Service and as a student rabbi with Congregation Degel Israel in Watertown, New York.  Ordained in 2006, Rabbi Youngberg is currently the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom in Stratford, Connecticut.  She is a former participant in CCJU’s Institute for Seminarians and Rabbinical Students and presently active in the Center’s Colleagues in Dialogue program.

The Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU) is an academic and research division of Sacred Heart University.  Established in 1992, CCJU is a leading international center for Christian-Jewish dialogue through its work to set the agenda for theological scholarship and research among religious leaders and leading scholars in the field of interreligious study and dialogue.  To learn more about the programs and publications by the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, contact Dr. Ann Morrow Heekin at 203-365-4850.