PARSIPPANY — Temple Beth Am in Parsippany’s popular Third Friday Speaker Series continues on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. with accomplished author and historian Rabbi Kenneth Roseman and his stimulating talk on “Why Jews Succeeded So Well in the United States.”
During his long and distinguished career in the rabbinate, Rabbi Roseman was ordained in 1966 at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he remained as a member of the faculty, earning his Ph.D. in American-Jewish history and serving as Acting Dean and Dean for eight years. In 1976, Rabbi Roseman headed to the pulpit as Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Madison, WI. In 1985, he and his family moved to Dallas, TX where, for seventeen years as Senior Rabbi, he led Temple Shalom to unprecedented growth and programmatic richness. In 2002, Rabbi Roseman became the first (and to-date only) Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Shalom. Rabbi Roseman tried to retire, but failed. Instead, he moved to Corpus Christi to accept a position of congregational leadership. He oversaw the merger of Temple Beth El and B’nai Israel Synagogue and led the new Congregation Beth Israel until his second and now effective retirement two years ago.
Among his many accomplishments are his four children and eleven grandchildren. In addition, Rabbi Roseman has received the Simon Lazarus Prize for Academic Achievement, the Farband Prize in Hebrew and the B’nai Zion Prize in Hebrew from HUC. Oberlin College awarded him the James K. Newton Prize in Far Eastern History and the Life Prize in American History. More recently, the Texas Historical Commission awarded him the Parmelee Prize for his book, Lone Stars of David: Jews of Texas. Rabbi Roseman has been a prolific author and educator. His Jewish history books for adolescents have received prestigious prizes and are used throughout the Reform Jewish movement, including his most recent book, Of Tribes and Tribulations, exploring twelve of the most common issues raised by religious seekers.
Rabbi Roseman’s informative and engagingtalk about the success of Jews in the U.S. is free and open to the public.
For more information about the First Friday Speaker Series or Temple Beth Am please contact Debbie Lesser, Temple Administrator at (973) 887-0046 or click here to visit website.
Celebrating their 51st year, Temple Beth Am is a Reform congregation with a diverse membership living throughout Morris County, including the towns of Parsippany, Boonton, Denville, Lake Hiawatha, Mountain Lakes, Montville, Randolph and Rockaway. They open our doors to adults and youth, singles and couples, Jews-by-birth and Jews-by-choice, and interfaith couples. Led by Rabbi Steven L. Mills and Rabbi/Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak, Temple Beth Am is an inclusive, warm and welcoming place for personal and communal prayer, solace and comfort, joyous celebration, community service, education and sharing as a vibrant Jewish congregation.