March 19, 2017, 2:30 pm - 8:00 pm
7515 Olive Branch Way
Laurel, MD 20707
The Day of Learning component of the Annual Celebration starts at 2:30 p.m. with a keynote and breakout sessions, followed by the Annual Celebration Social Hour at 4:00 p.m. and the formal program starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner. The event will be at Oseh Shalom in Laurel, MD.
Kol Ami is honoring Erv Walter with the Hineni award. Erv exemplifies what that award was created to recognize. Erv has not only been Kol Ami’s Treasurer for as far back as any of us are capable of remembering, but Erv was also Kol Ami’s first JCEP teacher. In myriad ways, Erv has been there, doing what needs to be done, always with generosity and humility. We continue to be honored by his service and are grateful for the opportunity to say thank you in this public way. Please plan to join us.
Rabbi Maurice Harris will be the keynote speaker. Ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2003, Rabbi Maurice Harris served as Associate Rabbi and Head of School at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, Oregon, from 2003 – 2011. He has also worked as a Judaic studies faculty member at the University of Oregon, teaching courses such as “Israelis and Palestinians” and “American Jewish Cultures.” Just prior to joining the staff at RRC, Maurice worked as the Rabbi/Senior Educator at InterfaithFamily, a Boston-based national Jewish non-profit that provides resources and advocacy for interfaith families in the Jewish community. He is the author of two books, Moses: A Stranger among Us and Leviticus: You Have No Idea (Cascade Books, 2012 and 2013), and has a third one on the way. Maurice is now working as Assistant Director of Affiliate Support at RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. He is married to Melissa Crabbe, and they have two children, Clarice Harris and Hunter Harris.