The College of Charleston's annual Three Rabbi Panel will be held Thursday to discuss different Jewish views about God and the necessity of belief in the divine to being Jewish.

Join three of Charleston's rabbis at 7:30 p.m. when they explore their movements' views about God. The panel, which is free and open to the public, convenes in the college's Stern Center Ballroom.

This year's panel will feature Reform Rabbi Stephanie Alexander, Conservative Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum and Orthodox Rabbi Michael Davies. This marks the first time Davies, recently installed at Dor Tikvah in West Ashley, has appeared on the panel.

Although Judaism is a monotheistic religion, Jews in America increasingly have distanced themselves from God as the faith's defining feature. Some focus more on cultural, ethical or observance-based manifestations of Judaism, studies have shown.

Jews connect with God through prayer and through acts of tikkun olam, which refers to social action and charity, while others see the divine in the majesty of the natural world. Some may not think about God on a daily basis at all.

The Three Rabbi Panel, now in its 19th year, is a major event of the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program at the college. For more, contact Mark Swick at 953-4930 or