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Bob Gluck
Selected lectures and workshops on topics of Jewish interest.

On communal issues, Jewish learning and music

On Domestic Violence

Talks and workshops given at Congregation Ahavath Sholom, 1993-1998


On Jewish communal issues, Jewish learning and music

"Teaching Reconstructionism to Friend and Foe," Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Annual Convention, Rocky Mountains, CO, June 1990

"What is Jewish About Jewish Music?" Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Annual Convention, Monticello, NY, June 1991

"The Enlightenment, Emancipation, And The Development of Contemporary Judaism," (three lectures), Lexington, KY Havurah, May 1991

"Rabbinic-Lay Roles and Relations"; "Homosexuality and Judaism: A Reconstructionist Jewish Approach," Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Convention, Indianapolis, IN, June 1992

"Judaism in Modernity and the Development of Reconstructionist Thought," Temple Beth El, Somerville, NJ, January 1993

"Healing Jewish Families: An Issue of Jewish Continuity," Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., June 1993

"Why is Jewish Music Not Higher on the Communal Agenda?" Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Annual Convention, Dana Beach, CA, November 1994

"Special Topics in Jewish Mysticism," Congregation Ahavath Sholom Adult Lecture Series, March-April, 1995

"Music, Theology, and Meaning in Bach's St. John's Passion," Berkshire Bach Society Conference, scholarly presentation, June, 1995

"Reading the Zohar," Cong. Ahavath Sholom, Gt. Barrington, MA, Aug. 1995 (4 lectures)

"Hasidic Sources On Prayer," Cong. Ahavath Sholom, Gt. Barrington, MA, Oct.-Nov. 1995 (4 lectures)

"Creative Approaches to Leading A Torah Service," Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Annual Convention, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Nov. 1995

"The Arts and Judaism: Core or Decoration for our Jewish Community?" (address as part of panel discussion), Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Biennial Convention, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 1996

"Jewish Mysticism," Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Gt. Barrington, MA, Oct. 1996-April, 1997 (12 lecture/discussions on the major historical textual sources of Jewish mysticism)

"Jewish Mysticism," Green Mountain Academy For Lifelong Learning, Manchester, VT (2 lectures), Spring, 1997

"An Introduction to the Thought of Mordecai Kaplan," Cong. Ahavath Sholom, Great Barrington, MA (4 lectures), Spring 1997

A series of talks, teaching, and service leading, Ottawa Reconstructionist Havurah, Ottawa, Ontario (topics including "Is it legitimate to place constraints on artistic expression?," "Honoring our Aging Parents,"Why Do We Seek Meaning in Trauma?" Balancing Community and Autonomy" ... 1998-2006

"Our Place in Nature,"Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock, NY, Congregation B'nai Jacob, Montpelier, VT, January-February 1999

"Attitudes Towards Instrumental Music: The Rabbis of Antiquity," "Jewish Music in Jewish Communal Life--The Broader Context," Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock, NY, August 1999

"Are Jews 'White': Exploring Race and Identity in North America," Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Woodstock, NY, August 2000

"Creative Approaches to Singing and Liturgy," Temple Sinai, Saratoga Springs, NY, Nov. 2000

Invocation for New York State official commemoration of Martin Luther King's birthday, January 2001

"Many Worlds of Jewish Music," four lectures about the origins and historical development of music in Jewish life Camp, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester 2001 Retreat, Camp Eisner, Great Barrington, MA, Oct. 2001

"Ancient Roots of Jewish Music," Hebrew Academy of the Capital District Learnathon, Jan. 2002

"Jewish Music or Music of the Jewish People." Scholar in residence (3 lectures). Temple Israel, Albany, New York, October 2012.

"Mordecai Kaplan on Art, Artists, and Creativity," Conference on the Life, Work, and Legacy of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, Georgetown University, March 2014.

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Selected lectures, clinical trainings and workshops on domestic violence

"Clinical Issues in Domestic Violence Treatment," Violence Between Intimate Partners Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 1985

"Recognizing the Physical and Psychological Signs of Domestic Abuse--Intervention Strategies," Information and Referral Conference, Community Services Planning Council, Philadelphia, PA, March 1985

"Domestic Violence: Is There a Choice?", Philadelphia Police Department, Community Relations Division, Family Life Education Series, 1985-1987

"Domestic Violence and the Jewish Family," Jewish Family and Children's Agency, public forum, Philadelphia, June 1986

"Clinical Issues In Counseling the Abuser," Family Service of Philadelphia, staff training, October 1986

"Preventing Dating Violence," workshop series in Philadelphia high schools, 1986-1987

"Clinical Approaches to Domestic Violence," Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA, January 1987

Staff training, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Media, PA, May 1987

"Unmasking Our Communal Secrets: Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community," Congregation Beth Am, White Plains, NY, March 1988

"Addressing the Forbidden Issues: Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community," Violence in the Family Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 1988

"Domestic Violence, Denial and Silence," day-long seminar, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA, November 1988

"Breaking the Silence About Abuse in the Jewish Community," Temple Emanu-el, Westfield, NJ, December 1988

"Pastoral Issues for Rabbis Regarding Domestic Violence," seminar, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA, April 1990

"Rabbinic-Lay Roles and Relations"; "Homosexuality and Judaism: A Reconstructionist Jewish Approach", Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Convention, Indianapolis, IN, June 1992

"Issues for chaplains in the counseling of abused women," National Association of Jewish Chaplains Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, January 1993 (followed by an address to the entire convention on behalf of the rabbinical associations of the four major denominations)

"Domestic Violence: Clinical Issues for Jews and for Men," Philadelphia Jewish Family and Children's Agency, staff training, January 1993

"Healing Jewish Families: An Issue of Jewish Continuity," Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., June 1993

"Shattering the Silence: Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community," (keynote panelist), B'nai B'rith Women and Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Boston, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline, MA, October 1993

"Violence Against Women and Children: Where Is The Faith Community?," (live nationally televised panel discussion), VISN Cable Network, New York, NY, November 1993

"Break the Silence--Break the Cycle--Spousal Abuse: A Religious Issue" (rabbinic training seminar), Long Island Board of Rabbis, Temple Beth Sholom, Babylon, NY, May 1994

"Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community," Conference on Judaism in Rural New England, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT, June 1994

"The Role of Clergy in Ending Domestic Violence," South Berkshire County Clergy Association, December, 1994

"Breaking the Silence about Domestic Abuse within the Jewish Family," Keynote presentation, Combined Jewish Women's Organizations of Berkshire County Annual Meeting, March 1995

"Breaking the Silence," Television Interview Show, Time Warner Cable, Pittsfield, MA, March, 1995

"Shalom Bayit: A Jewish Response to Domestic Violence" (Keynote Address), Jewish Women International (B'nai B'rith Women) Conference, Albany, NY, Nov. 1995

"Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community," Temple Adath Yeshurun and Jewish Family Service of Syracuse (community forum keynote address), May, 1997


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Lectures and Workshops given as part of the Congregation Ahavath Sholom Jewish Cultural Arts Series, 1993 - 1998

Summer, 1993

"Images of Hope" Lecture Series

"Introduction to Images of Hope"

"Visions of the Jewish Future,&quot

Shabbat Walk and Service (Summer series of hikes), Summers 1993-95

Autumn 1993

"Images of God in Jewish Tradition, 2,000 BCE-1993 CE,"

"In Synagogue and I Understand It!" Lecture Series

"Jewish Life Stories and the Spiritual Quest," autobiographical writing workshop series

"Basic Prayerbook Hebrew," workshop series

Winter/Spring 1993-94

"Exploration in Jewish Identity: Living in Two Worlds" Lecture and Workshop Series

Summer 1994

"Exploring Jewish Artistic Creativity," Summer Lecture Series

"The Dilemma of the Jewish Composer,"

"The Hebrew Prophets" (text and lecture series, Summer 1994-Winter 1995)

Autumn 1994

"Experiencing Sacred Jewish Music,"

"Experiential Introduction: Using the Voice as a Sacred Instrument"

"The Modal Forms of Ancient Jewish Music"

"Experiential Workshop in Psalm Singing"

"Niggun: The Hassidic Tradition of Chanting"

"An Opportunity to Ask: Basic Jewish Ritual in Four Weeks,"

"Calendar and Festivals"

"Classic Literary Sources of Judaism"

"Jewish Life Cycle"

"Jewish Life in the Home"

Winter 1994-Spring 1995

"Jewish Creativity," lecture/workshop series

"Jewish Music Today: New Compositions, New Media,"

Spring 1995

"Pirkei Avot: Ethics of the Ancestors," Text and lecture series, taught jointly with Rabbi Deborah Zecher

"All Questions are Good Questions," discussion series

"Jewish Mysticism" lecture series

"Judaism Enters Modernity--Jewish History From the Enlightenment Through World War I," lecture series

"Jewish Reconstructionist Thought," lecture series

"Development of Reconstructionism"

"Belief in God"

"Making Informed Jewish Choices: Reconstructionism as Process"

Autumn 1995-Spring 1996

"Jewish Creativity" Lecture/Workshop Series

"Myth, Mysticism and Understanding: How Storytelling Traditions Have Helped Generations of Jews Comprehend Their World,"

"Jewish Meditation Group" (on-going)

"Making the Prayerbook Our Own," lecture series

Spring 1996

"Roots of Jewish Music," two lectures

"Music in Biblical Times"

"Music in Rabbinic Times and Attitudes Towards Instrumental Music"

"Introduction to Jewish Spiritual Practice," workshop series

Summer 1996

"Readings from the Zohar," text and lecture series

Autumn 1996- Spring 1997

"Meditative Jewish Singing," evenings of niggun singing, taught jointly with Nancy Andell

"Learning to Lead Services," lecture series

"Haggadah, Art and Midrash," workshop series for pre-Teens and their parents, taught jointly with Nancy Andell

"Reconstructionst Judaism," lecture series

Summer 1997

"Torah Transformations: A Summer Series"

"Mordecai Kaplan, Creativity and the Arts,"

"Art and Midrash," collage workshop taught jointly with Nancy Andell

"An Introduction to the Thought of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, Founder of Reconstructionism," lecture series

Winter 1997-98

"Honoring Heschel," two readings and lectures marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

"Purim, Jewish Identity and Storytelling," two interactive drama workshops with a performance by the StoryCrafters

"Reading Buber's 'I and Thou,'" series of readings/lectures


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