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Jewish Identity [clear filter]
Sunday, February 17
 

12:45pm

Intersections of Justice
This session will illuminate the ways in which the particulars of race, gender and other identities can impact questions and issues related to poverty and economic justice. It will look at traditional and modern Jewish texts, contemporary writings on race, and data about poverty and gender, race, and sexual orientation. It will include time for participants to think through the implications of this learning in their own lives, work, and social action engagement.

Presenters
avatar for Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert is the Program Manager for Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program, which transforms and connects Jewish leaders and organizations to build a powerful social justice sector. In this role, she works to evolve leadership development programming and work on organizational... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Waldbott

Sarah Waldbott

Sarah Waldbott is the Director of Development at the National Council of Jewish Women New York, with a background in the Jewish communal sector, philanthropy, fundraising, community organizing, and advocacy. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in New York in both... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

A Pluralistic Reading of the Bible
How do we approach the Bible from a pluralistic perspective? What does it mean to study Biblical texts with a diverse group of learners? Can we study as a very mixed group without feeling that we have to hide some part of ourselves? We will study selected Biblical texts to experience pluralistic study, and focus on how traditional Jewish study truly is a pluralistic experience.

Presenters
avatar for Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate school. She has worked with educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 11 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

God Is In the Crowd
Tal will be discussing his recently published book, God Is In the Crowd, a provocative blueprint for Judaism in the 21st century. As Jewry has become concentrated in just two parts of the world, America and Israel, the Jewish people has lost the subtle code of governance that had made Judaism relevant in Diaspora. This code may be defined as a derivative of Francis Galton’s wisdom of crowds. Tal argues that the wisdom of the Jewish crowd can and must be resurrected now. The alternative is the extinction of the Jews.

Presenters
avatar for Tal Keinan

Tal Keinan

Tal Keinan is an American-born entrepreneur and social activist. He is a co-founder of Clarity Capital, a global asset-management firm, and chairman of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, Israel’s largest nonprofit lender to small and micro businesses. He serves on the Boards... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Eisner Auditorium (6th Floor)

3:30pm

Expanding the Canon: Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century
Jewish learning has long focused on texts by an elite group of men with particular ideas about Judaism. Two core values — celebrating debate and multivocality, and privileging male voices — live in tension in our texts. What would it mean to radically expand the canon, incorporating voices of women and others on the margins? If we complicate our conception of what voices are authoritative and what values define Judaism, would we see Judaism differently? We will explore these growing pains of reorientation, and what’s at stake for the Jewish community.

Moderators
avatar for Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher is a JTS fellow and assistant professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers.  Her research lies at the intersection of Israel studies, Jewish ethics, and the anthropology of women in Judaism. Michal’s book, entitled Birthing Ethics: Reproductive Ethics among Haredi Women... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher is a JTS fellow and assistant professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers.  Her research lies at the intersection of Israel studies, Jewish ethics, and the anthropology of women in Judaism. Michal’s book, entitled Birthing Ethics: Reproductive Ethics among Haredi Women... Read More →
avatar for Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate school. She has worked with educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning... Read More →
avatar for Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain

Elana is Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty, oversees the content of leadership programs, and leads the Created Equal research team. Elana holds a PhD in Religion from Columbia, where she wrote a dissertation on legal loopholes in rabbinic law. She previously served as clergy at Lincoln Square Synagogue and The Jewish Center in Manhattan. Elana lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her... Read More →
avatar for Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz is on faculty at Drisha and teaches Jewish Studies at Fordham University. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, studied Talmud and archaeology as a Fulbright Fellow at the Hebrew University, was a post-doc at Harvard University and JTS, taught... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 9 & 10 (5th Floor)