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Revolutionary Lessons from Boston | Dr. Jonathan Sarna & Mr. Barry Shrage

Sunday, March 18 5:00 PM

Convention began with a dialogue between Dr. Jonathan Sarna, a leading scholar of American Jewish history, and Barry Shrage, the innovative President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston’s Jewish Federation). We explored what has transformed the Boston Jewish community and how that has been shaped through its unique history and present day culture. Dr. Sarna and Mr. Shrage spoke about the seeds of change in the Boston Jewish community (with regard to interfaith relationships, community organizing and Jewish education to name a few areas) and they led us through an inquiry as to what is central to inspiring Jewish community and growing our own communities with meaning and purpose.  The conversation was moderated by our colleague Denise Eger.

Read Dr. Sarna’s full biography.

Read Mr. Shrage’s full biography.

Theology as Personal Story: A Rabbi’s Reflections | Dr. Arthur Green

Monday, March 19, 11:00 AM

Judaism since its beginning has been a narrative tradition. We love to tell stories. The most native form of Jewish theologizing is narrative: re-telling the old story in some new and expansive way. But theology is also a highly personal undertaking. At its most honest, it is an account of one’s own journey through life, re-told through the language of tradition, thus enriching both the personal and the collective stories. Here is one man’s attempt to do so.

Read Dr. Green’s full biography.

Governor Deval Patrick

Monday, March 19, 3:30 PM

Read Governor Patrick’s full biography.

Building an Inclusive, Democratic Israeli Society | Dr. Manuel Trajtenberg

Tuesday March 20, 8:30 AM

Read Dr. Trajtenberg’s full biography.

Herding Cats and Other Leadership Challenges | Dr. Martha Minow

sponsored by the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Training Program of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

Tuesday, March 20 1:30 PM

Read Dr. Minow’s full biography.

Read text of remarks.

Community Organizing | Dr. Marshall Ganz

Wednesday, March 21 9:15 AM

Read Dr. Ganz’s full biography.

The Child in the Halakhah

Freehof Institute for Progressive Halakhah

Wednesday, March 21 10:30am

  • Brian Stoller: “The Changing Age of Responsibility” (Read Bio)
  • Dr. Walter Jacob: “The Juvenile Delinquent” (Read Bio)
  • Dr. Ruth Langer: “The Parental Blessing” (Read Bio)