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Rabbi Ari Cartun

Rabbi Ari Mark Cartun is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto, CA where he served as Rabbi and Scholar-in-Residence from 1996-2015. He was the Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at Stanford University from 1975-1996.

A member of the Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform Rabbinical associations, Rabbi Cartun has devoted his rabbinate to bridging gaps between denominations within Judaism. He has done the same for interfaith relations. At Stanford, he was Founder and President of the Stanford Associated Ministries, 1980-88. Today he continues to teach on topics shared by Jews and Christians with Pastor Danielle Parish of Spark Church, which meets at Etz Chayim.

Rabbi Cartun has published articles on Bible, Jewish liturgy, and Jewish thought. He is in development of Family Stories: Pirkey Avot v’Immahot, and, with co-author Jeffrey Brandstetter, he is finishing a book on Judaism explained with computer metaphors: Mindware for G0dwrestlers: Jewish Thought in the Age of Thinking Machines.


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October 2020

Greatest Hits: Ethics of the Fathers and Mothers – Fall 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 thru Tuesday, November 17, 2020
7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Educator: Rabbi Ari Cartun
$90 – $150

AVOT ("parents/ancestors," or "fathers") is a book within the Talmud with sayings from the first generations of rabbis. It is the most popular and oft-quoted rabbinic writing. Its practical proverbs in uncomplicated language made it user-friendly to many more people than scholars. Rabbi Cartun's illustrated translation and commentary is called Family Stories: Pirkey Avot v'Immahot. Having used Pirkey Avot in teaching the students and parents of bar/t mitzvah families, for many years, he noticed that available translations were too stilted…

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