Rabbi David Jaffe, 2017 Scholar-in-Residence


The annual Ellen Diesenhof Scholar-in-Residence program, April 27-29, will feature Rabbi David Jaffe, author of “Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change,” which won the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life. The book is available now at a discounted price of $12 at Beth Evergreen.

Rabbi Jaffe will speak at a potluck lunch, beginning at noon, Thursday, April 27 to the Mussar class. Friday, April 28, beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a free community dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat service with Mostly James Taylor music, and a talk by Rabbi Jaffe about his book. Saturday morning, April 29, Rabbi Jaffe will offer teen programming. All programs are free, and congregants are invited to attend. To RSVP, click here.

Rabbi Jaffe is the founder and principal of the Kirva Institute, which integrates Jewish spiritual wisdom with community building and social change. He teaches the path of Mussar in Boston and nationally with such organizations as The Mussar Institute and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Jaffe’s writing, teaching and organizing explore the intersection of spiritual and moral development, and ethical action in the world. He is the former Director of Social Justice Programs for the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council, founding board member of Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps and was on the founding committee of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. His ordination is from the Bat Ayin Yeshiva, and he has a master’s in social work from Columbia University and a master’s in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Jaffe lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, with his wife and two teenage boys.