Community Conversation: Opening Lecture

Community Conversation: The Changing Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
Opening Lecture: A Conversation with Dr. Steven M. Cohen and Dr. Shaul Magid
Mon | Oct 30 | 7:00 pm

Through public lectures and Master Classes, led by Rabbi Cosgrove and Rabbi Zuckerman, Park Avenue Synagogue will engage in a yearlong conversation about Jewish identity today. Spring sessions to be announced.
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Dr. Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Professor of Jewish Studies and professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University/Bloomington, Kogod Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman institute of North America, and Rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue in Sea View, NY. This year he is the NEH senior research fellow at The Center of Jewish History in Manhattan. A scholar of Jewish Mysticism, Modern Jewish Thought and contemporary American Judaism his book American Post-Judaism: Identity and renewal in a Post-Ethnic Society (2013) addresses questions of Jewish identity in contemporary America.

Dr. Steven Cohen is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University. Among his books are The Jew Within (with Arnold Eisen), and Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experience (with Charles Liebman). He was the lead researcher on the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011, and consultant to the Pew studies of American Jews (2013) and Israeli society (2015). The author of a dozen scholarly books and hundreds of articles, his op-eds have appeared in Ha’aretz, The Forward, and The Washington Post. His research focuses primarily on the changing nature of American Jewry, its demographic future, and changing relationship with Israel. Prof. Cohen received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, the Marshall Sklare Award, and a National Jewish Book Award. He served for two terms as President of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

Save the date for a master class facilitated by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Rabbi Neil Zuckerman:  Tues | Dec 12 | 7:00 pm