Community Events


Wednesday, Jan 27th 7:45pm - 8:45pm


Thursday, Jan 28th 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Monday, Feb 8th 7:45pm - 8:45pm


Tuesday, Feb 9th 8:00pm - 9:20pm


Tuesday, Feb 23rd 8:00pm - 9:20pm


Tuesday, Mar 2nd 8:00pm - 9:20pm


Monday, Mar 8th 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Glatzer Memorial Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

Winter of Glatzer Memorial Program 5781

January & February, 2021


This year marks the 43rd year since the inception of the Glatzer Fund at Temple Emunah, an annual event that honors the memories of Anne and Nahum Glatzer, distinguished and active members of Temple Emunah.

In their spirit, we bring eminent Jewish scholars to teach us and study with us. In keeping with the unusual year we are all experiencing, we have chosen a new format with expanded opportunities for learning over multiple weekends, all occurring over Zoom.

We hope you will join this year’s Winter of Glatzer, during which we will highlight the following scholars:


hellner eshed headshot Melila Hellner-Eshed

"Shabbat for a Generation of Slaves: A Poem by the Israeli Poet Zelda" Saturday, January 23 (during Shabbat services)


“The Darkness Before the Dawn” Saturday, January 23, 12:15-1:30 PM

Exploring the Midrash about the depth of the night before the new day breaks. Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed will take on a journey through classical Jewish texts, helping us see liberation as a process that requires going through the heart of darkness in order to arrive at dawn.


“Standing At the Sea on the Verge of the Birth of a Nation” Sunday, January 24, 10:00-11:30 AM

Through texts from the Midrash, Zohar, and contemporary Israeli Poetry, Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed will take us on a journey across the sea that birthed the Jewish people into existence.


Melila Hellner-Eshed is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She has taught for the past 25 years Jewish mysticism and Zohar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and serves on the faculty of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. She has been teaching and working with Jewish communities around the world. Her publications include A River Flows from Eden:The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar (Stanford University Press, 2009) and her new book "Seekers of the Face - The Secrets of the Idra Rabba in the Zohar was published September 2017. English translation, Stanford University Press (forthcoming). Melila is active in the 'Sulha' - a reconciliation project that brings together Israelis and Palestinians.


summit headshot reduced Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Musical Performer & Speaker

Abayudaya: The Music and Culture of the Jews of Uganda Saturday, February 6, 8 PM

The Abayudaya, a community of approximately 2000 people living in villages surrounding Mbale in Eastern Uganda, are practicing Jews. Many members scrupulously follow Jewish ritual, observe the laws of the Sabbath, celebrate Jewish holidays, keep kosher and pray in Hebrew. This community self-converted to Judaism in 1919 and over the past eighty years has moved increasingly mainstream in their Jewish practice.

The story of the Abayudaya challenges stereotypes of race, religion and culture. The Abayudaya have endured adversity in the practice of their Judaism, surviving the persecutions of Idi Amin. They have warm, productive relationships with their Christian and Moslem neighbors. At a time when little positive news comes out of Africa, this is a story of hope and faith.

Since 2000, ethnomusicologist Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit has been working with the Abayudaya. Together with photojournalist Richard Sobol, he is the author of Abayudaya: The Jews of Uganda. Rabbi Summit has also recorded, compiled and annotated a CD for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings entitled Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda. This CD was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for best album in the category of Traditional World Music. This compelling music blends the rhythms and harmonies of Africa with traditional Jewish prayer. In this lecture, he focuses on the Abayudaya’s musical traditions to examine the culture, history and the current situation of this extraordinary Jewish community.


Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph.D. holds the appointment of Research Professor in the Department of Music and in the Judaic Studies program at Tufts University. He is a Senior Consultant to Hillel International and the Director of an Innovation Lab at Hebrew College Rabbinic School. He is the author of Singing God’s Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism (Oxford University Press) and The Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (Oxford University Press). His CD Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was nominated for a GRAMMY award. His CD with video Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was awarded Best World Music CD by the Independent Music Awards. His research and writing focus on music and identity, music and spiritual experience, music and advocacy, and the impact of technology on the transmission of tradition.



Rachel Fish cropped Rachel Fish, Executive Director of the Foundation to Combat anti-Semitism 

Understanding and Navigating Antisemitism in the 21st Century, Saturday, February 20  (during Shabbat Services)


Dr. Rachel Fish is founding Executive Director of the Foundation to Combat anti-Semitism. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, established the foundation to catalyze dynamic new solutions to stop the age-old hatred advanced by those who seek the elimination of Judaism and the Jewish people and the modern movement to destroy the world’s only Jewish State. The foundation focuses on positively impacting attitudes of young people around the world, leveraging social media to deliver educational campaigns and spur action by people of all backgrounds. Fish was most recently Senior Advisor and Resident Scholar of Jewish/Israel Philanthropy at the Paul E. Singer Foundation in New York City. She worked closely with grantees to support them and provided framing around their educational content and programming. She also aided in developing strategy for the Foundation’s Jewish/Israel philanthropy. Fish was also the Executive Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University where she helped train the next generation of academics in the field of Israel Studies. She has taught at Brandeis University, Harvard University, UMASS Amherst and in adult Jewish education programs. In 2015 Fish held the Rohr Visiting Professorship at Harvard University, where she lectured on modern Israel and received the Derek Bok Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She is co-editor, with Ilan Troen, of the book Essential Israel: Essays for the Twenty-First Century.


Thank you for your continued support. Click here to donate to the Winter of Glatzer through Chaverweb. If you prefer to send in your donation, please click here to access the donation form. 

We gratefully acknowledge our dedicated Friends of Glatzer



Professor Nahum Glatzer and Anne Glatzer were long-standing members of Temple Emunah. Anne Glatzer was trained as a teacher and worked with students in Germany and then in the US, where she taught at the prestigious Shady Hill School for approximately 20 years. Until his death, Professor Glatzer was a religious leader at Temple Emunah, leading services and chanting Torah and Haftarah. In the academic world, Professor Glatzer was an internationally renowned scholar and teacher of Judaica. He was a disciple of Franz Rosenzweig and succeeded Martin Buber as the University of Frankfort Chair of Jewish Philosophy and Ethics. Professor Glatzer was a highly respected member of the faculties of Brandeis University and Boston University.