Jews and tattoosMonday, March 28 / 5:00 pm / Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Rabbi Alan Lucas

Tattoos have become enormously popular but, according to popular lore, people with tattoos can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Really? Why was Judaism against tattoos, and are those concerns relevant today? Rabbi Lucas wrote a position paper on tattoos and body piercing for the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. He will review the traditional literature on the subject and lead a lively discussion on Jews and tattoos today.

Rabbi Lucas’s talk will be followed by dinner and discussion.  All are welcome, but RSVPs are requested for dinner (

Presented in conjunction with AR473, “Visual culture of tattooing.”