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New Interpretations of an Ancient Identity: The Next Jewish Generation

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 11:30 - 13:00
Location: Eshkol 2 Hall

The up and coming generation of young Jewish adults relates to its identity more and more as an expression of personal choice, reshaping it in its own unique way and offering an updated interpretation of what it means to be a member of the Jewish people. Focal points for identification are changing: from religious to secular; from ethnic to cultural; from collective to individualist; and from local to global. How does Jewish heritage find expression in the lives of young Jews? How do they “connect” to the past and how do they interpret their Judaism?




Ms. Charlotte Halle, Israel: Editor, Ha'aretz English Edition.




Mr. David Hatchwell, Spain/Israel: CEO EXCEM Grupo; President, Jewish Community of Madrid.


Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, USA: President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America; former Visiting Assistant Professor, inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation, Brandeis University. Author: Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past (2012).


Dr. Jay Michaelson, USA: Contributing Editor, The Forward; Associate Editor, Religion Dispatches; Founding Editor, Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture; Founder, Nehirim. Author: God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (2011). Recipient: Forward 50 List of Influential American Jews; Society for Professional Journalists Award for Opinion Writing.


Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, USA: Rabbi, Northwestern University Hillel; former, Rabbi Tufts University Hillel; Author: Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (2008); Editor: The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (2009); Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism (2001); Rabbi, Hillel, Northwestern University; Contributing Editor, Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas,, Lilith, and Women and Judaism.


Mr. Sha'anan Streett, Israel: Singer, lyricist and screenwriter. Founder, HaDag Nahash band, The One Shekel Festival; Owner, Casino De Paris Bar. Co-Author (with Avi Nesher): Wonders (screenplay).


The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew and English.

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