The Bilgray Lectureship Endowment

The Bilgray Lectureship Endowment endeavors to augment the resources of the Lectureship so that it can generate sufficient annual income to ensure a continuing program through the years. Permanent memberships are available through a one-time gift of $500 or more. The ectureship also thanks its many friends who contribute lesser sums. The Lectureship is delighted to acknowledge the following Permanent Memberships and Lectureship Committee Members: 


*Estate of Beulah Alfou
Lillian Myerson


*Gertrude and Charles Gordon (Gifts and Estate)
*Gizella and Jack Nevins (Gifts and Estate)
*Evelyn and *Shaol Pozez


*Leo Rich (Gifts and Estate)


Esther and *Richard Capin
*Helen and Zellie Capin
Selma and *Lew Davis
Evo-Ora DeConcini Foundation
Joan and Donald Diamond
Dr. Steve and Ruth Dickstein
Helen and *Herbert Goldman
*Irving Kaplan
*Jean Myerson
Ruthann and *Louis Pozez
Senior Congregants of Temple Emanu-El
*Doris and *Dr. Leonard Weiner


*Margaret Agron
*Leona and David L. Bloom
Felice and Harlan Capin
*Lillian Capin
Friends of *Dr. Max Costin
*Janette and *Dr. Joseph Gerber
Selma Gilbert
Harriet and Milton Herman
*Emma Jacobson
Jessica and *Frank Lazarus
Marjorie Levy
Hilda and *Robert Nathanson
Friends of *Louis Posner
*Mavis and *Dr. Maurice Zee
Edith Arnstein

*In Memoriam

The 5777 Albert T. Bilgray Lectureship Committee

Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
Rabbi Batsheva Appel
Dr. Richard Brodesky
Anne Friedman
Sharon Geiger
Ruth Rosenstein
Dr. Stephen & Jeannette Shawl
Dr. Richard Solomon
Julie Tronson
Joan Weinberg

5777 Bilgray Lectureship - Health & Wellness & Judaism

Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Memorial Lectureship
Rabbi Richard Address, D.Min
March 2–4, 2017 at the University of Arizona Hillel and Temple Emanu-El

“Health & Wellness & Judaism”

Dr. Richard Address

Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm, “In a Sacred Image: A Jewish Approach to Health & Wellness” - Lecture at University of Arizona Hillel [for a map see below]

Friday, March 3, 5:30 pm -
Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Address, our 5777 Bilgray Scholar. $36/person. Catering by Carte Blanche [Cafe ala C'Art].
To RSVP for dinner, click below or call (520) 327-4501.

Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm, “Going Boldly to Our Next Frontier: An approach to life's 'third age' from Jewish tradition and texts”- Sermon at Shabbat Evening Services, Temple Emanu-El

Saturday, March 4, 12:00 pm, “New Rituals for New Life Stages” - Rabbi’s Tish at Temple Emanu-El. Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share

Co-sponsored by the University of Arizona's Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, Handmaker Jewish Services for Aging, Jewish Family & Children's Services of Southern Arizona, B'nai B'rith Covenant House, University of Arizona's Department of Religious Studies, and the University of Arizona's Hillel Foundation.

Richard F. Address, D.Min, serves as Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging. He served for 33 years on staff of Union for Reform Judaism as Regional Director and then as Founding Director of Department of Jewish Family Concerns. He has also served congregations in California and for the last several years was Senior Rabbi at a congregation in southern New Jersey. He hosts the weekly radio show “Boomer Generation Radio” in Philadelphia and serves as cochair of the Committee of Spirituality and Diversity for C-TAC: the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. Rabbi Address is active with the World Union for Progressive Judaism and writes and speaks regularly on issues related to baby boomers, aging and how Judaism can impact our lives as we age. He is also adjunct faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and also serve as co-chair of Jewish Advisory Group to Samaritan Health Care/Hospice in Southern New Jersey.

Listen to Jewish Sacred Aging Podcasts here!

The Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Lectureship

The Bilgray Lectureship is a joint project, co-sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and the University of Arizona. In cooperation with the University's Program of Judaic Studies, it brings to Tucson distinguished authorities in the realm of Judaic Studies.

The Bilgray Lectureship was created in 1985 by members of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona to honor Albert T. Bilgray, Rabbi Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona. In the course of more than a quarter century, Professor Bilgray created and helped develop three programs at the University: Hebrew Language and Literature, Religious Studies, and Judaic Studies. The Lectureship seeks to perpetuate the rabbinic and scholarly emphases of Rabbi Bilgray's career through a popular presentation on Jewish life and literature, as well as through an academic, scholarly approach.

Past Scholars in Residence

Mouseover a name to see the title of that year's lecture series, or click to learn more:

  • 2016 Dr. Alan Morinis
  • 2015 Rabbi Rachel Mikva
  • 2014 Rabbi Eric Yoffie
  • 2013 Rabbi Arthur Green, Ph.D
  • 2012 Rabbi Michael L. Morgan, Ph.D
  • 2011 Prof. Joseph Regenstein
  • 2010 Prof. Jonathan Boyarin
  • 2009 Rabbi Neil Gillman
  • 2008 Prof. Jonathan Sarna
  • 2007 Prof. Tamara Eskenazi
  • 2006 Prof. Reuven Firestone
  • 2005 Rabbi Steve Greenberg
  • 2005 Rabbi Sandy Seltzer
  • 2005 Rabbi Rami Shapiro
  • 2005 Rabbi Byron Sherwin
  • 2005 Prof. Judith Cohen
  • 2004 Prof. Mitchell Schwarzer
  • 2003 Prof. Daniel Matt
  • 2002 Edwin Black
  • 2001 Marge Piercy
  • 2000 Prof. Yehuda Reinharz
  • 1999 Tribute to Rabbi Bilgray
  • 1998 Prof. Arnold J. Band

Lectures given from 1986-1997 were transcribed, and most are available as PDF documents. Click to view:

Read more: Past Scholars in Residence


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