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Sunday, March 19 • 10:00 - 10:45
The Shifting Nature of Jewish Peoplehood

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The increasing rate of intermarriage, the responses of congregations, and the recognition of patrilineal descent are having a major and ongoing impact. That impact is evident in the shifting formal definitions of membership and participation in congregations; in the informal boundaries of Jewish community in local environments; and on the growing conflicts regarding the boundaries of the Jewish people. Those conflicts stretch from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate through local havurot dominated by twenty- and thirty-somethings. This may well hail the biggest shift in the definition of Jewish peoplehood since the days of the Roman Empire. We will discuss where we are and where we go from here.

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David Teutsch

Rabbi David Teutsch is Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and the Louis & Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as President for a decade. His recent work, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living won the Kraft Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. The second and third volumes, A Guide to Jewish... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2017 10:00 - 10:45
S3 27th Floor