Does God Make Mistakes? Should God Repent?

Inaugural Peak to Peak Lecture in Aspen, CO
featuring Professor Elias Sacks
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Friday, August 26, 2016 | 6:00PM  | Aspen Jewish Congregation
77 Meadowood Drive, Aspen, CO 81611


Elias Sacks, assistant professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, will be giving a talk titled, “Does God Make Mistakes? Should God Repent?” at Aspen Jewish Congregation on Friday, August 26, 2016 during Shabbat services at 6:00PM. This talk is the inaugural event of the CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

The Jewish High Holidays are a time when people gather together to reflect on their lives, engage in teshuvah (repentance), and vow to do better.  But are people the only ones called to repent?  Does God also make mistakes?  If so, does God have to repent?  As the Jewish High Holiday season approaches, Professor Sacks’ talk will explore ancient and modern views on these questions, asking whether God, too, has regrets and should be engaging in repentance.

Professor Sacks’ talk is generously hosted by community partner Aspen Jewish Congregation and is part of the CU Boulder Peak to Peak Lecture Series. This series brings CU Boulder humanities scholars to communities around Colorado to share innovative perspectives on historical figures, events and world views. It is offered through the Program in Jewish Studies, a non-religious academic program that explores Jewish culture, history and society, in partnership with the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement’s Arts and Humanities Initiative.

The Jewish Studies Student Advisory Board invites all CU students to:

Make new friends | meet professors | drink free coffee | & play games

Jewish Studies Meet and Greet _ coffee

at the Jewish Studies Student Meet & Greet

Wednesday, September 7 | 3:30PM | The Point Cafe

Meet our community and learn more about the Program in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder! Free nitro, chai or kombucha for CU students with a valid student ID.

Open to ALL students of ALL backgrounds, Jewish and non-Jewish.

Jewish Studies and the Point 

Film Screening: Oriented

A new film about being gay and Palestinian in Israel.
Featuring Skype interview with director Jake Witzenfield in conversation with Professor David Shneer.
Oriented film

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 7:00PM | Boulder JCC, Levin Hall, 6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Event is free for students with valid student ID. Click here to register.

They are gay, they are Palestinian, and neither their families in the villages they grew up in nor their hard-partying friends in the nightclubs of Tel Aviv can fully understand them. The three friends who live and work in Tel Aviv are politically active and assertive about their right to define their own complex identity —  and they’re not at all interested in conforming to the expectations of others. “Oriented” is an important, insightful, and moving film.

Following the screening, David Shneer, Chair of Religious Studies and Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies at CU Boulder, will conduct a Skype interview with director Jake Witzenfield.

This Boulder premiere is a special PrideFest collaborative screening, hosted by the Boulder Jewish Community Center and co-sponsored by CU's Program in Jewish Studies, CU's Department Religious Studies, and the ADL.

Click here to watch the trailer.