FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2012
CONTACT: Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications, 802.262.2626 x302

Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Senior Rabbi Discusses Christian and Jewish Faith at Norwich Congregational Church


Norwich ~ Senior Jewish Rabbi Ronald B. Sobel will examine faith through the eyes of both Christianity and Judaism in a talk at Norwich Congregational Church on January 2. His talk, "The Meaning of Faith in Christian and Jewish Thought," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Rabbi Sobel will examine the similarities and differences in the idea, and reality, of faith as it is understood and lived in both religions.

Sobel is Senior Rabbi Emeritus of the Temple Emanu-El, the world's largest Jewish house of worship, in New York City. He is a part-time resident of Vermont.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Norwich are held at Norwich Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in Norwich include "Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage through the Himalayas" with Dartmouth anthropologist Sienna Craig on February 6; "The Regeneration of an Artist: Frank Lloyd Wright after 1932" with H. Nicholas Muller III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, on March 6; and "Rembrandt: Emotion through Pose and Gesture" with Williams College professor Zirka Filipczak on April 3.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays.

Norwich Public Library is sponsored by Friends of Norwich Public Library, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Ledyard National Bank, Mascoma Savings Bank, and Norwich Historical Society.

For more information, contact Norwich Public Library at 802.649.1184, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Essex Junction (at Brownell Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Rutland (at Rutland Free Library); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public.

Norwich First Wednesdays listing

First Wednesdays Brochure

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters-of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

 #  #  #