Friday, April 15, 2005

Conference at YU

I received the following announcement in my inbox and a quick check on YU's website seemed to confirm its accuracy. So I am reposting it for the blog-o-sphere:


Building American Jewish Communities in Our Time: Real Conversations on New Directions

Thursday-Friday, May 12-13th, 2005, 3-4 Iyar,5765
At Yeshiva University, Wilf Campus, Weissberg Commons, Belfer Hall ( 2495 Amsterdam Avenue ( at 184th Street).

Thursday, May 12 / 3 Iyar
[8 30 AM]: Registration, light refreshments
[9:30 AM]: Opening
"Greetings" Pres. Richard M. Joel, Yeshiva University
Prof. Harvey E. Goldberg, The Hebrew University
"New Challenges and New Directions in Jewish Community-Building" Prof. Steven M. Cohen, The Hebrew University
Moderator - Shifra Bronznick, AWP

[10:15 AM]: Changing Practice of Religious Leadership
Prof. Isa Aron, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles
Prof. Lawrence Hoffman, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
New York Prof. Jack Wertheimer, Jewish Theological Seminary
Rabbi Kenneth Brander, Yeshiva University

[12:30 PM]: Lunch
Israel at 57 and Our Imagined Community
Dr. Leonard Fein, Boston

[1:45 PM]: New and Emerging Forms of Jewish

Rabbi Andy Bachman, Brooklyn Jews
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Rabbi Jen Krause, Center for Learning and Leadership
Roger Bennett, ACBP
Response: Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University

[4:15]: "American Jewish Communities in Perspective: A History of Challenge and Adaptation" Prof. Jeffrey Gurock, Yeshiva University

[4:45 PM]: Strategic Intervention for Major Social Change - Session 1
Prof. Paula Hyman, Yale University
Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston

[6:30 PM]: Dinner

[8 PM]: Strategic Intervention for Major Social Change - Session 2 Pres.
Richard Joel, Yeshiva University
Shifra Bronznick, AWP
Dr. John Ruskay, UJA-Federation of New York

Friday morning - May 13 / 4 Iyar
[8: 45 AM]: Alternative Modes of Creating Jewish Connections
Sharna Goldsecker, ACBP
Dr. Shaul Kelner, Brandeis University
Laurie Blitzer, McKinsey and Company
Response: Prof. David J. Schnall, Yeshiva University

[11:00 AM]: Implications for Policy and Practice -
Reflecting on The Conference
Dr. Jeffrey Solomon, ACBP
Dr. Jack Ukeles, Ukeles Associates, Inc.
Marion Blumenthal, New York & Jerusalem

[1 PM]: Lunch
Conclusion - and where we go from here

Conference Organizing Committee :
Marion Blumenthal, Shifra Bronznick, Steven M. Cohen, Jeffrey Gurock

Yeshiva University
Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
With acknowledgments to: Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community[AWP], Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies[ACBP], Florence G. Heller/Jewish Community Center Association Research Center

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