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Sunday, January 15 • 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Blurred Boundaries: Post Orthodoxy (90 minutes)

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While there have been ongoing debates between rabbinic Orthodox leaders in regard to who is in and who is out, the next generation does not seem to care for labels in the same way. This panel will offer a thoughtful and provacative conversation about the new trend in the Jewish community for those who may observe Judaism in various manners, but are not interested in being labeled on denominational lines. How have affiliations been useful in our community and are they becoming passe?

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Dr. Yonatan Brafman

Dr. Yonatan Brafman is assistant professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics and the director of the MA Program in Jewish Ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His research focuses on the intersection of Jewish thought, Jewish law, and contemporary moral and legal philosophy. He also studies the implications of religious practice for critical social theory and praxis. | | He has published or has forthcoming articles on these topics in... Read More →


Rabbi Shmuel Hain

Rabbi Shmuel Hain was appointed Rabbi of Young Israel  Ohab  Zedek of North Riverdale/Yonkers in 2006.  In addition to his work as a pulpit Rabbi, Rabbi Hain is    an  educator and scholar. As Rosh Beit Midrash at SAR  High  School, he  directs the Beit Midrash Fellowship  and    teaches advanced Judaic  Studies classes. Rabbi Hain previously served as Rosh Beit Midrash of... Read More →
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Rabbi Dr. Shai Held

Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar
Rabbi Dr. Shai Held--theologian, scholar, and educator-- is Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, where he also directs the Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas.  Previously, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakha at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He also served as Director of Education at Harvard Hillel.  A 2011... Read More →
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Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer

President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, the value of the Jewish past to the Jewish present, and questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda leads the efforts of the Institute across the North American Jewish communal landscape, and teaches widely in the Institute's many platforms for rabbis, lay... Read More →

Dena Weiss

Dena Weiss is rosh beit midrash at Mechon Hadar, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash and Hasidut. Dena earned a BA in Religious Studies from New York University and an MA in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has studied and taught in a variety of Jewish educational settings including Drisha, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Pardes. She currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Mima'amakim journal of Jewish... Read More →

Sunday January 15, 2017 3:50pm - 5:20pm
Room 555