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LOUCCs Arts and Lecture Series will feature Rabbi David Zaslow Oct. 23

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Rabbi David Zaslow will speak at the Arts and Lecture Series at LOUCC on Oct. 23.

The first lecture of Lake Oswego United Church of Christ's Arts and Lecture Series will feature Rabbi David Zaslow of Havurah Shir Hadash, a Jewish Retreat community in Ashland, Ore. Zaslow will discuss and lead a workshop on his text, 'Roots and Branches, Jewish Origins of Jesus.'

The lecture will be held Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. at LOUCC, 1111 Country Club Road in Lake Oswego.

'We are thrilled to host Rabbi Zaslow, whose passion for Jewish-Christian relations is rooted in helping both Jewish and Christian communities understand one another and the deep historical ties we share,' said Rev. Jennie Ott of this first lecture. 'As Lake Oswego United Church of Christ continues our partnership with Beit Haverim, teachers like Rabbi Zaslow help us find our common ground and challenge us to deepen our faith.'

Zaslow has written extensively on Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations. He will be speaking on the newest edition of his text, 'Roots and Branches,' and presenting a workshop on the Jewish origins of Jesus.

Beit Haverim's Rabbi Alan Berg said, 'Rabbi Zaslow has demonstrated over and over that he brings people together with his scholarship of the era when modern Judaism and early Christianity took form. Hosting Rabbi Zaslow is an important step forward in the Beit Haverim and LOUCC partnership.'

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 3 p.m. A suggested donation for admittance is $10. Zaslow's book will be distributed for use during the workshop. Participants have the option to purchase the book if they would like for $36.

Beit Haverim and LOUCC also recently partnered for 'Nothing But Nets' Picnic and Fundraiser where families gathered for a common cause and raised over $600. Requested donations were $10 per family, the cost to purchase and distribute one anti-malaria mosquito net to a vulnerable family in Africa.