The community is invited to the concluding program of this weekend’s Shabbaton at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, set for Saturday, January 27, at 5 p.m. Professor Steven M. Cohen will explore “Am Yisrael Why? How Mitzvot Became Meaningful, and Jews Became Optional.”

Professor Cohen is a demographer, a professor of Jewish social policy at HUC-JIR, and the director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University. For more information, call (201) 833-2620 or go to