In the past, commitment amongst Jews to one another and the collective Jewish people was compelled by anti-Semitism. Surprisingly, the recent rise in anti-Semitism globally has not translated into a renewed sense of shared fate; rather it has amplified the fault lines among Jewish tribes. In this lecture, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, will describe the ways current manifestations of anti-Semitism have further destabilized Jewish collectivity and offer ways to imagine a healthy, communal response.
Dr. Kurtzer is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, the value of the Jewish past to the Jewish present, and questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life.
Dr. Kurtzer received his doctorate in Jewish studies from Harvard University and an MA in religion from Brown University, and he is an alumnus of both the Bronfman Youth and Wexner Graduate Fellowships. Previously, he served as a member of the faculty and as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University.
Dr. Kurtzer is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, which offers new thinking to contemporary Jews on navigating the tensions between history and memory, and on how we can relate meaningfully to our past without returning to it.
Monday, February 25
Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
$18 General Public | $15 Members and J-Pass holders | $20 At the Door
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