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Scholar-in-Residence Dinner with David Zvi Kalman

Friday, December 15, 2023 3 Tevet 5784

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM150 W. 85th Street (MCS)

Dr. David Zvi Kalman will address the community three times: 

  • Kabbalat Shabbat: The Emerging Torah of Psychoactive Substances
    95% of American Jews live in states where cannabis can be legally purchased. A small but growing number can buy psychedelics, too. As legality has made it more respectable to discuss appropriate use—including ritual use—it is time to create a Jewish framework through which these substances should be considered.
  • Community dinner following KS: AI in Jewish Thought
    Artificial Intelligence promises to radically transform everything from work to medicine to the way we understand what it means to be human. What can Judaism offer this world-changing technology—and how might Judaism be changed in turn?
  • Before Musaf: What is Jewish Futurism?
    Humanity is on the precipice of rapid and unprecedented change, both for good and ill. What will it take for Jewish thought to survive in a world the likes of which has never been seen?

Sponsorship opportunity available.

Deadline to register: Wednesday, December 13 at 9am.

Dr. David Zvi Kalman is a research fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Kogod Research Center. He is a scholar, writer, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology, religion, and art. He is the owner of Print-O-Craft Press, an independent publishing house. He has been widely published in both academic and popular publications. David Zvi holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Toronto. He blogs at the website Jello Menorah and his work can be found at


   Adult Member - $40
   Child Member (under 13) - $20
   Student - $25
   Adult Non-member - $50
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