The Goodman Lecture

Dr. Daniel Boyarin in conversation with two local rabbis: Adam Stock Spilker from Mt. Zion Temple (St. Paul) and Marcia Zimmerman from Temple Israel
Featuring Daniel Boyarin, PhD

7 p.m., Thursday, April 29, 2021

Join us for this free virtual event featuring UC Berkley professor and author Daniel Boyarin in conversation with two local rabbis: Marcia Zimmerman from Temple Israel (Minneapolis) and Adam Stock Spilker from Mt. Zion Temple (St. Paul). The topic will be "Bad Faith: Why the Jews Aren't a Religion."

The Goodman Lecture is an endowed lecture with a mission of strengthening Jewish-Christian understanding.

About the Speakers

Professor Daniel Boyarin

Professor Daniel Boyarin (pictured above, left) is the Professor of Talmudic Culture, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley; affiliated member of the Department of Women's Studies; member of core faculty in the minor in Gay and Lesbian Studies; and of the graduate group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology; and the designated emphasis in Women, Sexuality, Gender Studies; as well as the core faculty of the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture Education.

Professor Boyarin began his education at Goddard College and received his Master's of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His education continued with a Master's of Semitic Languages at Columbia University, where he did his thesis on The Babylonian Aramaic Verb According to Codex Hamburg. He was awarded with a doctorate degree in 1975 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America upon completion of his dissertation on A Critical Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Nazir.

Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman

Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman (pictured above, center) has been the senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Minneapolis since 2001. She was the first female rabbi at Temple Israel, a congregation of more than 2,000 households in the heart of Minneapolis, and was the first female rabbi to serve a congregation of this size in the United States. Rabbi Zimmerman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Rabbi Zimmerman is vocal and active on policy issues affecting Minnesota and the nation, honoring the words above Temple Israel’s entrance: “Our house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples.” Rabbi Zimmerman is dedicated to ensuring that Temple Israel’s programming, educational opportunities, and worship are inclusive and celebrate people of color, diverse learning styles and special needs, all genders and gender expressions, the LGBTQ community, and interfaith families.

Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker

Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker (pictured above, right) has served Mount Zion Temple since 1997 and was selected as senior rabbi in 2001. He is now Mount Zion’s longest serving rabbi in its history. He has been involved on numerous national and local boards in interfaith and justice efforts including recently helping to found Minnesota Multifaith Network. Having grown up in North Carolina and graduated from Duke University with an A.B. in Religious Studies with certificates in Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies, Rabbi Spilker was ordained with a Master's of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 1997. That year, he followed his wife, Cantor Rachel Stock Spilker, to Minnesota when she became Mount Zion Temple’s first invested cantor since its founding in 1856. Rabbi and Cantor Spilker have three children.