Three Rabbis Discuss Judaism In Panel Discussion Oct. 18

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chattanooga’s three rabbis, representing each of the denominations in Chattanooga, will participate in a panel discussion about Judaism following dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road.  The cost for dinner is $10.  Make a reservation by Monday to 493-0270 ext.10; rsvp@jewishchattanooga.com.  

The rabbis will respond to questions in a panel moderated by Henry Schulson.  Some examples of questions are: What are your movement’s educational, ritual, and other requirements for admitting someone not born Jewish in the Jewish people?  How does your movement view egalitarianism, and how does that affect the status of men and women?  What role does the Torah play in your movement’s decision making process? 

Participants include Rabbi Bill Tepper of Mizpah Congregation.  Rabbi Tepper has been in Chattanooga since July 2008. The Mizpah Congregation is part of the reform movement and was founded in Chattanooga in 1866. Rabbi Susan Tendler of B’nai Congregation is the first and only female rabbi in Chattanooga. She has been with B’nai Zion since August.  B’nai Zion was founded as an orthodox community in Chattanooga in 1880 and is now part of the conservative movement. Rabbi Shaul Perlstein of Chabad of Chattanooga has led the movement here since coming to Chattanooga in September 2009.  The Chabad movement began in the early 1940’s and is considered Chasidic, part of orthodox Judaism.

The Jewish Federation and is programs are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga builds and fosters a strong unified Jewish community and strives to ensure its well-being and continuity locally, in Israel, and throughout the world.


Steve Ellison: The Importance Of Truth

Truth is important.  Jesus said in John 14 that He is the Truth.   Isaiah 65:16 proclaims God as “the God of truth”.  Psalm 119 repeatedly declares that the law, commands, and word of God are truth.  John  14:17 , John  15:26 , and John  16:13  all refer to the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of Truth”.  First Samuel  15:29 ... (click for more)

Dan Shavin Is Guest Speaker At Christ Unity On Sunday

Dana Shavin will speak at Christ Unity of Chattanooga on Sunday at the 11 a.m. service . Robert Worth will be providing special music.   Christ Unity is located at 105 McBrien Road. (click for more)

$30 Million Development Planned At King And South Market; Will Include Hotel, Condos, Offices, Retail, Possible Restaurant

A new $30 million development is planned for the Southside at King Street and South Market. Nick Wilkinson, city deputy director for economic development, said it will include a hotel, condos, offices, retail and possibly a restaurant. It could also include some light industry. A storage building and a parking lot are now at the site. He said the developers plan to reuse ... (click for more)

DA's Office Defends Suspended Sentence In School Bus Driver Rape Case

The District Attorney's Office defended a controversial suspended sentence in a rape case involving a substitute county school bus driver. Prosecutor Jason Demastus said the victim, who was 15 years old at the time of the March 2015 incident, was in agreement on the plea and refused to testify against Alexander Rodriquez. Rodriguez, 34, last Thursday pleaded guilty to ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again - And Response

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Mike Carter’s Genius

Mike Carter, who has just been chosen as the “Best Overall” member of the Tennessee Legislature by a group known as the Tennessee Forum and “Legislator of the Year” by Citizens for Home Rule, is truly both. A lawyer and then a Sessions Court judge for 8 ½ years, he is overwhelmingly favored to win a third term during next Thursday’s election and rightly so. While it is laudable ... (click for more)