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6:00pm: Evening Service (In-person in the Sanctuary/Live Stream)
7:00pm: Community Dinner (In-person in the Gym)
8:00pm: Lecture and discussion: Conservative Judaism and the Jewish Future (In-person in the Sanctuary/Live Stream)
Conservative Judaism provided a compelling vision for a Judaism—traditional in orientation and embracing of evolutionary change—that captured the hearts and minds of so many twentieth century American Jews. Uncovering the keys to its success will illuminate how Conservative Judaism is well poised to meet the religious needs of North American Jews in the current moment.
9:15am: Morning Service/Sermon: Shattering Glass Ceiling: Women and the Reimagining of American Judaism (In-person in the Sanctuary/Live Stream)
How did the twentieth-century movement for women’s equality in Judaism end up serving as a catalyst for a reimagined Judaism in our own times? Together we will explore the ways in which new opportunities for American Jewish women paved the way for broader, creative changes in Jewish ritual, scholarship, and inclusion.
12:15pm: Kiddush Lunch (In-person in the Gym)
1:00pm: Discussion: Essential Elements of a Successful Jewish Community (In-person in the Sanctuary/Live Stream)
Together, we will look at one of the scholar’s favorite Jewish texts, an 18th century letter written by a young mother in Petersburg, Virginia. Using the contents of this letter, we will reflect on the essential elements of a successful Jewish community, and the steps we can take to achieve such a community for ourselves.
8:15pm: Dessert Reception and Lecture: The Pew Study and What it Means for American Jews of Today and Tomorrow (Dessert Reception in-person in the Gym; Evening Lecture in-person in the Sanctuary/Live Stream)
The 2020 Pew Study on Jewish Americans offered new data on the many components of Jewish identity—even for the proverbial “NONES”, i.e, Jews of no religion. How can these findings guide our efforts to ensure a more robust Jewish future for all Jews? How is the Jewish Theological Seminary taking leadership in this important initiative?
Chancellor Schwartz is a groundbreaking scholar of American Jewish history, with more than three decades of experience. The eighth chancellor of JTS, she is also the first woman to serve in this role in the seminary’s 134-year history. As an educator, Chancellor Schwartz is focused on training future leaders through studies of Jewish texts, ideas, and history. An innovator, she played an instrumental role in introducing Jewish gender studies into the JTS curriculum. As a scholar, she shines a light on American Judaism, Jewish representation in American culture, and the contribution of women to Jewish life and culture. A prolific author, she has published numerous books and articles, including The Rabbi’s Wife, a penetrating examination of the role of rabbis’ wives in the development of American Jewish life, for which she received the National Jewish Book Award for Modern Thought, and The Emergence of Jewish Scholarship in America: The Publication of the Jewish Encyclopedia.