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Saturday, February 14

1:45pm EST

The Rabbinic Narrative of Pacifism and Its Modern Critics
This session will offer a political theory for rabbinic Judaism—namely, that the rabbis used narrative, law, interpretation, and their own myth of origin to not only opt out of history but also to make a strong statement against sovereignty and its trappings of military force and the use of power. We will then reckon with the consequences of being the inheritors of this literature, as well as its implications for modern Zionism.


Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is the president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past offers new... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Sunday, February 15

8:15pm EST

Models of Jewish Leadership: Women in America
We will consider questions of avocation and vocation, a sense of calling versus that of profession, by looking into the lives and accomplishments of a number of trailblazing Jewish women. They were performance artists, educators, academics, political figures, and much, much more. What can we learn from these American leaders, each of whom had the courage and conviction to create a more just and equitable world?


Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her love of "hands-on" education stems from a background with USY and Ramah, both organizations for... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Monday, February 16

10:00am EST

A Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter
Heschel once asked: What would Judaism have looked like on the Ganges? Jews know little of Hinduism except to ask about its monotheism. This talk will start to answer the question of looking at the two faiths differently after the encounter. Brill recently spent a Fulbright Sabbatical year in India encountering Hinduism from within the Brahmin world. Explore the commonalities in priestly rituals, dietary restrictions, and purity, as well as tantra, meditation, and text study.


Alan Brill

Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. Brill’s books include Judaism and Other Religions (2010) and Judaism and World Religions (2012). Last year, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Varanasi, India. He is currently... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST

10:00am EST

What's the Use of Jewish History?
Ever wonder where Jews come from and how Judaism came about? Come learn the basics of Jewish history—all 3,000 years of it! At the same time, consider the deeper meaning of history for Jews today. In one session we will survey the entirety of the Jewish historical experience, from its beginnings in ancient Israel to the diverse and multicultural Jewish world we currently inhabit. The overarching question—what is the use of Jewish history to us today?—will be addressed throughout.


David Kaufman

David Kaufman is a lifelong Jewish educator, with an MA in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a PhD in American Jewish history from Brandeis. He has taught at the Hebrew Union College and Hofstra University and is the author of Shul with a Pool: The Synagogue-Center... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST