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A Conversation Envisioning the Future of Reform Judaism
Monday, May 12th, 2014 6:30 PM

One East 65th Street
Admission is free and open to the public
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The complexion of religious practice today is changing, especially in the arena of liberal religions. Conventional assumptions about synagogue affiliation are being challenged. What was reflexive in the past is a matter of choice today, and recent generations may be willing to “purchase” certain services. However, sustained affiliation has come to depend on how individuals deem the meaning and relevance of the synagogue to their lives. Recent shifts in demographics — the composition of the family unit and dual-faith marriages — along with greater secularization and weak Jewish literacy also have had a significant effect on the synagogue. Our panel will explore these and other questions about how tomorrow’s synagogue will respond to these social, demographic and spiritual trends.



This discussion is part of our 2013-2014
educational programming,
“Who Are We? Reform Judaism and
Temple Emanu-El: Our Heritage, Our Future.”


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RABBI RICK JACOBS is president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of the Reform Jewish Movement in North America. Rabbi Jacobs spent 20 years as the spiritual leader of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y.

RABBI AARON D. PANKEN, Ph.D., is the 12th president in the 139-year history of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). As HUC-JIR president, Dr. Panken leads the four-campus international institution of higher learning and seminary for Reform Judaism.

PROFESSOR AMY L. SALES, Ph.D., is the associate director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, the director of the Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership, and associate professor in the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership. Trained as a social psychologist, she conducts research on Jewish institutions and their role in creating Jewish life and community.

This program will be moderated by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson.


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