BJPA & Jewish Community Events

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  • NewCAJE in Los Angeles, August 10th-13th

    August 10, 2014 , Sinai Temple and UCLA Hillel, LA

    Join Jewish educators from across North America for NewCAJE 5. More information at

Past Events

  • BJPA Webinar: Finding and Designing the Best Questions for Your Survey Needs

    June 18, 2014 , 4:00 PM , (Eastern time)
    Prof. Steven M. Cohen


    --Formulating the right questions
    --Identifying previously used questions
    --Revising previously used questions: the upside potential, the downside risks
    --Attending to context and sequence

  • What Now? Jews and the Ukrainian Revolution 2014

    April 24, 2014 , 7:00 PM , YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

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    Josef Zissels, Vaad, Association of Jewish Communities and Organizations of Ukraine; David Fishman (Moderator), JTS

    Admission: General - $10 | YIVO members, seniors and students - $8
    Box Office: | 212.868.4444

    "Your certainty of the growth of anti-Semitism in Ukraine...does not correspond to the actual facts. It seems you have confused Ukraine with Russia, where Jewish organizations have noticed growth in anti-Semitic tendencies last year.” – March 26, “Open Letter of Ukrainian Jews to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin”

    What is the political situation in Ukraine post-Maidan? What is the new Ukrainian government’s attitude towards its Jews and minorities? On March 26, leaders of the Ukrainian Jewish community published an open letter in The New York Times disputing Putin’s claims of high levels of anti-Semitism and accusing him of using these claims to destabilize the region. But others are expressing deep concerns about recent anti-Semitic violence in Ukraine, as well as about the Svoboda party, a junior partner in the protest movement, which is overtly anti-Semitic, and some would argue, neo-Nazi.

    Join Josef Zissels, the preeminent leader of Ukraine’s Jewish community, in conversation with David Fishman, for a look at the political situation in Ukraine today, Ukraine’s relationship to Russia and the EU, and what Ukrainian Jews and minorities can expect from the new government.

    This event is co-sponsored by COJECO.

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  • Unresolved History: Jews and Lithuanians After the Holocaust

    February 13, 2014 , 7:00 PM , YIVO Institute | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

    Before World War II Lithuania was home to 250,000 Jews. During the Holocaust, over ninety percent of Lithuanian Jewry was killed, and today there are roughly 5,000 Jews in Lithuania.

    Join European Union Parliament Member, Leonidas Donskis, and award-winning Lithuanian poet and political dissident, Tomas Venclova, to discuss critical issues facing the Jewish community in Lithuania today, the controversies surrounding the mainstream perception of the Holocaust in Lithuania, and the nature of the reparations awarded to Lithuanian Holocaust survivors in 2013. How will Lithuania come to terms with its past? This esteemed roundtable includes Leonidas Donskis, Tomas Venclova, Faina Kukliansky, Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, eminent historian Saulius Sužiedėlis, Millersville University, and Mikhail Iossel, Moderator, of Concordia University and SLS/Summer Literary Seminars.

    Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States, Žygimantas Pavilionis, and former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, Anne E. Derse, will offer introductory remarks.

    This program is made possible with the support of the Lithuanian Consulate General in New York, the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington D.C., and additional support by Michael Traison. This program is co-sponsored by Tablet Magazine and SLS/Summer Literary Seminars.

    Admission: General - $12 | YIVO members, seniors and students - $7


  • JOFA's 8th International Conference of Feminism and Orthodoxy (Voices of Change)

    December 7, 2013 , John Jay College (524 W 59th Street, New York, NY)
    Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)

    JOFA conferences explore vitally important halachic and social issues through the exchange of ideas and resources. All conferences are open to both men and women. The events bring together like-minded members of the Jewish community who work together to advance the role of women in Orthodoxy. Join us on Saturday night, December 7 for "An Evening of the Arts" featuring the voices of women artists and performers with displays of music, poetry, story, and song! Sunday, December 8, will feature a full day of lectures, workshops, films, and panel discussions with leading Orthodox Feminist scholars, networking opportunities, and action-oriented programming to help you bring JOFA's message back to your community. Special programming will be available for educators, teens, and college students. Stay tuned for more details, or email Learn more:

  • JTS Presents Yossi Klein Halevi and David Senesh on "Israel's Safety, Israel's Soul"

    November 18, 2013 , 8:00 PM , JTS (3080 Broadway at 122nd St

    Israel's Safety, Israel's Soul: Hopes and Fears in Contemporary Israel

    Yossi Klein Halevi, David Senesh, Rabbi Julia Andelman (Moderator)

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  • JFNA General Assembly 2013

    November 10, 2013 , Jerusalem, Israel
    Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)

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  • YIVO: Reflecting on the Beilis Trial

    November 4, 2013 , 7:00 PM , YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

    Elissa Bemporad, Queens College; Annie Polland, Tenement Museum; Robert Weinberg, Swarthmore College; Jonathan Brent, YIVO (Moderator)

    Admission: General - $10 | YIVO, YUM and MES members, seniors and students - $7
    Box Office: 212.868.4444
    This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the trial of Mendel Beilis, an innocent factory clerk in tsarist Russia accused of murdering a Christian boy so his blood could be used to bake matzo. During its time, the Beilis Trial provoked international protest from media, politicians, writers and intellectuals, but today it is little known. Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion examining the trial from various perspectives: blood libels and anti-Semitism in tsarist Russia; the widespread artistic and journalistic response to the trial; Beilis’s funeral, which was attended by thousands at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side; and the relevance of the trial today.


    Presented by the YIVO Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and the Museum at Eldridge Street. 

    This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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  • UJA-Federation of New York: Pew's Findings on Jews in America: Crisis and Opportunity

    October 28, 2013 , 9:30 AM , UJA-Federation of New York, Room 712, 130 East 59th Street, NYC

    Space is limited and registration is required to participate at UJA-Federation. Contact Jennifer Rosenberg at or 212.836.1476.

    No registration necessary for the live stream:

    The recently released Pew Research Center "Portrait of Jewish Americans" has everyone talking. With headlines ranging from "New Study Reveals Divides on Identity, Religion, and Views on Israel" to "Pew Study Finds a Vibrant Jewish Community," community leaders are trying to understand the implications of findings from the first national study of American Jewry in more than a decade.

    Presenter: Alan Cooperman, deputy director of Pew Research Center's Religion Public Life Project, study director, and lead editor of the report.

    Discussants (panel in formation): Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Jewish Daily Forward, and member of the study panel of advisors; Rabbi Joanna Samuels, executive director of the Educational Alliance's Manny Cantor Center.

  • YIVO: The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia: 1350 to the Present Day

    October 22, 2013 , 7:00 PM , YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

    Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University

    Admission: General - $10 | YIVO members, seniors and students - $7
    Box Office: 212.868.4444

    For centuries, Poland and Russia formed the heartland of the Jewish world. Until World War II, this area was home to over forty percent of world Jewry: nearly three and a half million Jews lived in Poland, and nearly three million more lived in the Soviet Union. Although the majority of American and European Jews originate from Eastern Europe, the history of this life and civilization is not well known, or has been reduced to a story of persecution and martyrdom. In his masterful three-volume history, The Jews in Poland and Russia: 1350 to the Present Day, Polonsky avoids sentimentalism and mythologizing, and provides a comprehensive and detailed account of this great civilization. From the towns and shtetls where Jews lived, to the emergence of Hasidism and the Haskalah movement, to the rise of Jewish urbanization, and Polish-Jewish relations during World War II, Polonsky’s book dispels myths about this culture, while demonstrating the importance of Poland and Russia as a great center of Jewish life. 

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  • YIVO: Sex, Yiddish and the Law: Jewish Life in Metz in the 18th Century

    October 21, 2013 , 6:30 PM , YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC


    Jay Berkovitz, University of Massachusetts; Magda Teter, Wesleyan University

    Admission: General - $10 | YIVO and CJH members, seniors and students - $7
    Box Office: 212.868.4444

    Join Jay Berkovitz, author of the upcoming publication Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court, 1771-1789 and Magda Teter, scholar of early modern religion and law, for a rare look at three individual court cases recorded in the Pinkas of Metz. Selected because of their illuminating character, these cases offer a glimpse into the cultural, legal and sexual lives of members of the Metz Jewish community, challenging scholars’ assumptions about Jewish modernization, religion, and life in pre-revolutionary France.


  • YIVO: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of Sholem Aleichem

    October 17, 2013 , 7:00 PM , YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

    Jonathan Brent, Executive Director, YIVO; Jeremy Dauber, Columbia University; Adam Kirsch, The New Republic (Moderator)

    Admission: Free
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    Novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and editor, Sholem Aleichem was one of the founding giants of modern Yiddish literature. The creator of a pantheon of extraordinary characters, his literature provided readers with a window into the world of Eastern European Jews as they confronted the forces of modernity that tore through Russia at the end of the 19th century. But just as compelling as the fictional lives of his characters, was Sholem Aleichem's own life story. Born Sholem Rabinovitch in Ukraine in 1859, he endured an impoverished childhood, married into wealth, and then lost it all through bad luck and worse business sense. Turning to his pen to support himself, he switched from writing in Russian and Hebrew to Yiddish in order to create a living body of literature for the Jewish masses. Join Jonathan Brent, Executive Director at YIVO, Jeremy Dauber, author of the recently published book, The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye, and Adam Kirsch, for a lively discussion about the fascinating life and work of the "Jewish Mark Twain.”

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  • Creating Identity: Yiddish Across a Spectrum of Jewish Communities Today (YIVO)

    October 14, 2013 , 7:00 PM , YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

    Isabelle Barrière, Brooklyn College; Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College; Ross Perlin, Endangered Language Alliance; Paul Glasser (Moderator)

    Admission: Free

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    Today, there are approximately half a million Yiddish speakers in the United States. But what role does it play in speakers’ lives? How is Yiddish used by Jewish communities today? Isabelle Barrière, Sarah Bunin Benor and Ross Perlin will discuss the ways Hasidic, Modern Orthodox and alternative Yiddish communities use Yiddish both to create a common identity and to establish difference between themselves, non-Jewish society and other Jewish communities. The Annual Naomi Prawer Kadar Memorial Lecture at YIVO Institute provides an opportunity for the public to explore topics of Yiddish language and linguistics, the history of Yiddish, Yiddish children’s literature, and education.

    The lecture is supported by the Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation, Inc. The Naomi Foundation® is dedicated to reimagining education. As an extension of Naomi Prawer Kadar's life’s work, the foundation's goal is to empower educators and promote leadership in education in order to inspire and nurture the next generation. Through entrepreneurial and established channels and together with their partners and grantees, the Naomi Foundation drives innovation to create meaningful and lasting impact. The Naomi Foundation champions Yiddish, Naomi’s lifelong passion, as a vibrant, rich, and contemporary language. The Naomi Foundation advances the teaching and learning of Yiddish, particularly in academic and scholarly settings.

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  • NewCAJE 4

    July 28, 2013 , Nichols College, Dudley, MA

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  • Work-Life Fit: A Candid Conversation

    June 13, 2013 , 8:30 AM , UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59thStreet, New York City

    Work-Life Fit: A Candid Conversation

    For human resources staff, lay leaders and others responsible for developing work-life practices and policies that strengthen your organization's ability to attract and retain the best and the brightest.

    A light breakfast will be available at 8:30 am; the program will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

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  • Jewish Futures Conference: Whose Torah Is It Anyway?

    June 4, 2013 , 3:15 PM , Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

    We live in a time where knowledge is crowd-sourced, texts of all kinds (from books to music to art) are being re-mixed, and an abundance of information is accessible to all. As the People of the Book we are challenged with how to create meaningful educational encounters with Jewish texts in light of these and other changes. The 2013 Jewish Futures Conference will explore the ways in which we are confronting the new realities of today's information age. Featuring Keynote Speakers: Douglas Rushkoff and Irwin Kula. More information:

  • Putting the Pieces Together: Building a Network for Change

    May 22, 2013 , Montreal, Canada

    The richness of today's landscape with regard to efforts to strengthen and transform complementary education presents the field with an opportunity and a challenge to move beyond the current situation in which multiple endeavors operate in parallel, but with little structured communication. This greatly diminishes the chance for systematic learning, transfer of knowledge, coordination of efforts, and collective impact. It also impedes efforts to draw new resources into the field to support more ambitious change efforts. This convening will examine how the community of activists and interested funders engaged in complementary educational change might establish more robust frameworks for communication, shared learning, and collaborative planning. The convening will consider:

    --the goals and potential value of enhanced networking around --complementary educational change, --models for coordinated action in other domains, --how these might be applied to the unique circumstances of Jewish --education, --what resources would be needed to effect enhanced networking and how these should be deployed, and --inhibiting factors and cautionary concerns that need to be recognized and addressed

  • Gendered Rites/Gendered Rights: Sex Segregation, Religious Practice, and Public Life

    April 14, 2013 , 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453
    Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI)

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  • Webcast: Religion, Values and Immigration Survey Release: What Factors Influence Views on Immigration Policy?

    March 21, 2013 , 2:30 PM ,
    Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), Brookings Institute

    On March 21, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the religion, policy and politics project at Brookings will host a forum to release a new national opinion survey on religion, values and immigration reform. With nearly 4,500 respondents, the survey is one of the largest ever conducted on the issue of immigration. The accompanying research report, authored by PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox, and PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera, along with Brookings Senior Fellows E.J. Dionne, Jr. and William Galston, explores general sentiment toward immigrant communities, opinions on the impact that immigrants have on American culture and public support for specific policy approaches to immigration reform. The report also explores support for immigration policy among religious groups and the political implications of the issue for and within both the Democratic and Republican parties.



  • Community Change Initiatives in Complementary Education

    March 19, 2013 , Los Angeles

    Alongside (And at times stimulating) the development of new models, recent decades have also seen a number of community-wide initiatives to strengthen and transform complementary education. This convening will examine a number of these initiatives in order to better understand:

    --Their visions for and assumptions regarding complementary education, --Their theories of change, --Their strategies and tactics, --The challenges they have faced and how these have been dealt with, --What we know about their effectiveness and impact, and --How lessons from these initiatives can be applied to future efforts

  • AJP Presents: A Dialogue on Compensation for Jewish Communal Professionals

    February 27, 2013 , 6:00 PM , Museum of Tolerance, 226 E 42nd St (btw 2nd & 3rd Ave)
    Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community

    Do our compensation patterns reflect our values?

    Join AJP for an important conversation about compensation in the Jewish communal world. We'll hear from representatives of the Jewish Communal Compensation Survey Team, which collected and analyzed salary information from thousands of Jewish communal professionals in the fall of 2012. They and Professor Steven M. Cohen will discuss the implications of their findings and lead us in an interactive workshop to determine how we as professionals and as a community can learn and benefit from this valuable information.

    (A preliminary review of the survey's findings can be found at

    Panelists: Naomi Korb Weiss, Co-Director of the PresenTense Group Avi Herring, Planning Associate at UJA-Federation of New York's Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service

    To sign up for this event, email us at

  • Jews and Words: A Celebration of Jewish Writing, Language and Expression

    February 10, 2013 , 10:00 AM , YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC
    YIVO and the Posen Foundation

    9:30am: Registration

    10:00am: Introduction

    10:30am-11:45am: What We Talk About When We Talk About Jewish Culture James Young (moderator), Deborah Dash Moore, Adam Kirsch, Liel Leibovitz

    11:45am-1:00pm: Was Irving Howe Right? The Rising (and Falling) Fortunes of Jewish Secularism Jacques Berlinerblau (moderator), Samuel G. Freedman, Alana Newhouse, Jonathan Sarna

    2:00pm-3:15pm: Talking Jewish: A Conversation Dara Horn and David Roskies

    3:45pm-5:00pm: Renewing Our Diasporas: Incorporating the European Past into Twenty-First Century Jewish Cultures Jonathan Brent (moderator), Rokhl Kafrissen, Barbara Mann, Antony Polonsky

    5:00pm: Reception

    Admission: General: $30 | YIVO Members, Seniors, Students: $15 Reception: All: $15 Box Office: 212.868.4444

  • Creating the Future of Complementary Education: a Series of Convenings for Changemakers

    January 29, 2013 , 2:00 PM , Webcast

    ***Due to strong interest, in-person attendance for this event has now been filled.*** REGISTER AS A WEBCAST ATTENDEE:

    The world of part-time Jewish education is changing rapidly. New models are emerging, both within congregations and beyond. A growing number of communities are engaged in initiatives to foster broad-scale improvement. And, national actors are accelerating their efforts to seed innovation and support local change.

    What can we learn from and what will be the impact of all this activity? Will today's alternative models become tomorrow's norm? What will this mean for children and their families, for institutions and communities, innovators and funders?

    JESNA is holding a series of three convenings for professional and lay leaders involved with complementary education to discuss these important questions.



    To explore and assess current efforts to dramatically strengthen and transform complementary education To envision the next steps in this process To build a network of activists throughout the complementary educational systems committed to change and to coordinating their efforts with one another. Target Audience: Professional and Lay leaders involved with complementary education.

  • Let Justice Flow Down Like Waters: A webinar in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 23, 2013 , 2:00 PM

    Join the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA) for a webinar on collective responsibility, social action and emergency planning in a crisis situation.

    Featuring: -Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director, JCC in Manhattan -Alex Budnitsky, CEO/Executive Director, Marks Community House of Bensonhurst -Michael Weil, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of New Orleans

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  • Is Jewish Education Broken? Debating the Future of Jewish Education

    December 13, 2012 , 7:00 PM , 14th St Y -- 344 E 14th St
    Speaker's Lab (Posen Foundation)

    "Is Jewish Education Broken?" debates new visions for liberal Jewish schools in the 21st century. Presented by Speakers' Lab, a new public programming initiative of the Posen Foundation, with Tablet Magazine and The New School for Public Engagement, Jewish Cultural Studies Program.

    As enrollment declines in liberal Jewish schools, scholars and educators are asking critical questions about the relevance of Jewish education to today's students. "Is Jewish Education Broken?" will explore current models and challenges facing liberal Jewish education, and propose new curricula and educational models for teachers and administrators for the future. Concerns and topics will include:

    * The discrepancy between 20th century Jewish educational models and 21st century perspectives on Jewish life. * The teaching of Jewish culture as ahistorical and disconnected from contemporary life. * The role of Jewish schooling in Jewish continuity. * Concerns about using the American school model to teach Jewish culture. * The rise of new and informal Jewish educational models. * The challenges of teaching minority education in America.


    -- Zvi Bekerman, Director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education, Hebrew U. -- Benjamin Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Social Studies, Education and Jewish Studies, NYU -- Jonathan Krasner, Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience, HUC-JIR -- Tali Zelkowicz, Assistant Professor of Education, HUC-JIR. -- Moderator: Bethamie Horowitz, Research Assistant Professor, NYU.

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Sign-up at or by calling 212-564-6711 x305.

  • Separate but Equal? The Status of Women in Israel and the American Jewish Community

    November 28, 2012 , 6:45 PM , 520 8th Ave, between 36th and 37th, 4th Floor
    Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)

    Moderated panel discussion with Jewish feminist leaders about gender-related events in Israel and their implications for American Jewry. Panelists: * Dr. Hannah Kehat, Founding Director, Kolech Religious Women's Forum
    * Jane Eisner, Editor-in-chief, The Forward
    * Blu Greenberg, Founder and first president, JOFA
    * Susan Weiss, Founding Director, Center for Women's Justice Respondent: Nancy Kaufman, Director, NCJW Moderator: Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman, Interim Director, JOFA  Light refreshments to be served. Pre-registration: $10 general admission,  $5 for students and seniors
    At the door: $15 for everyone Registration for the event will be available at: or email for more information. Co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women

  • New CAJE 3 Conference

    August 5, 2012 , Montclair State University

     NewCAJE3 will take place August 5-8, 2012 at the beautiful Montclair State University Campus, located in New Jersey, and just two stops on the Commuter rail from Manhattan. If you are a first time attendee and want to know what a NewCAJE conference is like, take a look at last year's program book and pictures. You can find the link to the NewCAJE2 conference on the bottom right of the page at Register by May 18th to take advantage of Early Bird Discount Pricing. NewCAJE is pleased to offer a variety of conference attendee packages, for both those who are traveling in for the conference and for those who choose to commute. For more information, visit

  • Jewish Futures Conference

    June 4, 2012 , 3:30 PM , Columbia University, New York City
    The Jewish Education Project and JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute

    Third Jewish Futures Conference: Community and the Cloud Monday, June 4th 2012, 3:30-7:00 pm
    Columbia University, New York City
    How will the evolving nature of belonging, membership, and affiliation influence Jewish communities of the future? How will Jewish life and learning be impacted as we move into an increasingly networked world?   The Jewish Futures Conference brings together visionary thinkers, passionate individuals, and inspiring presentations in a conference designed to shift the horizon of our thinking in Jewish education. New ways of connecting are simultaneously posing challenges to traditional institutions and offering new opportunities for forging community and undertaking Jewish learning both locally and globally. The Jewish Futures Conference provides a space to imagine, learn and engage in purposeful and courageous conversation about the future of Jewish community and education and how it can thrive in today's and tomorrow's world. More information:

  • Now What? The Future of New Jewish Culture

    May 15, 2012 , 7:00 PM , The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), NYC, 10003

    "Now What? The Future of New Jewish Culture" takes a critical look at the New Jewish Culture movement of the last ten years and its precarious position today. This town hall-style event takes place May 15 at 7pm and is hosted by the 14th Street Y. "Now What?" is the first event presented by Speakers' Lab, a new public programming initiative of the Posen Foundation U.S., and is presented in collaboration with The Jewish Daily Forward.

    After a decade of flourishing Jewish creativity, major Jewish cultural enterprises are being forced to scale back operations or close entirely. Using recent funding cuts as a springboard to examine the most pressing issues facing new Jewish arts and culture, "Now What?" addresses:

    --- New perspectives on American Jewish identity --- Waning support for quality Jewish art and culture --- Strategies for cultivating Jewish art and culture in the future

    Among the panelists are Jewish artists, funders, presenters and critics, including: Alana Newhouse, Editor-in-Chief of Tablet Magazine; Jody Rosen, music critic for Slate Magazine; Elise Bernhardt, President and CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Culture; Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Theater J; Peter L. Stein, former Executive Director and current advisor and consultant to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival; Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Executive Director of the 14th Street Y and LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture; Daniel Sieradski, organizer of Occupy Judaism; David Jordan Harris, Executive Director of Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council; and Rokhl Kafrissen, Yiddish arts critic. The discussion is moderated by Dan Friedman, Arts and Culture Editor at The Jewish Daily Forward."

    Seating is limited and pre-registration encouraged.

    Sign-up at or by calling 212-564-6711 x 305.

  • Alisa Rubin Kurshan on Jewish Peoplehood at NYU Wagner

    April 26, 2012 , 6:00 PM , Rudin Forum, NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor, 10012
    NYU Wagner/Skirball Dual Degree Program in Nonprofit Management & Judaic Studies

    The 6th Annual Hannah Engle z"l Memorial Lecture: Jewish Peoplehood in a Time of Personal Autonomy

    Speaker: Alisa Rubin Kurshan Senior VP for Strategic Planning & Organizational Resources, UJA-Federation of NY

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  • Taub Centers -- Israeli Society: Current Trends and Future Prospects

    April 15, 2012 , Greenberg Lounge (NYU), 40 Washington Square South

     Israeli Society: Current Trends and Future Prospects

    A joint conference by the two Centers commemorating Henry Taub: the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, and the NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies. Presenters:

    • Dan Ben-David, Executive Director, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel.
    • Lauren Benton, Dean for the Humanities, NYU
    • Dov Chernichovsky, Chair, Health Policy Program, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel and Ben-Gurion University
    • Ayal Kimhi, Chair, Labor Policy Program, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel and Hebrew University
    • Michal Koreh New York University
    • Michael Shalev, Chair, Welfare Policy Program, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel and Hebrew University
    • Yossi Shavit, Chair, Education Policy Program, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel and Tel-Aviv University
    • Eran Yashiv, Chair, Economic Policy Program, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel and Tel-Aviv University
    • Ronald Zweig, Director, Taub Center for Israel Studies, NYU 

    Morning session: 10:30 am - 1pm
    Afternoon session: 2pm-4pm
    Concluding lecture: 4:30 pm

    Space is limited and advance registration is required Please register at ( or by phone (212-998-8981)

  • Dual Language Public Schools: Policy, Practice, & Implications for Research

    March 26, 2012 , 3:00 PM , NYU Wagner, Rudin Forum (295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, 10012)

    How do dual language public schools advance the cultural horizons of their students and work for a healthier society at large? These schools engage the interest and concerns of numerous stakeholders, among them: educators, parents, scholars, and ethnic/religious communities. Can they, do they and should they serve as vehicles for cultural preservation and identity transmission?

    Join a diverse group of scholars and practitioners as we discuss:

    --Major objectives of dual language public schools, both in terms of the student and the larger society.

    --The major objections to dual language public schools and impediments to their growth and success.

    --Creating a research agenda to advance the discourse on the dialectic above.

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  • NYU: The Forward's Jane Eisner on Salary & Gender in the Jewish Community

    February 2, 2012 , 6:30 PM , NYU King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South, 2nd Floor Library, 10012

    Jane Eisner, editor of The Forward, will be coming to talk with Wagner/Skirball dual degree students and alumni and friends of the program about issues relating to salary and gender inequality in the Jewish professional field. Attendees are asked to read the following articles published by The Forward in December as preparation for the discussion:

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  • Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Lecture & Film on Women's Exclusion in Israel

    January 23, 2012 , 7:00 PM , Wasserman Cinematheque, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

    The HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law (GCRL) will host an evening to explore how women are "separate and unequal" in Israeli public life.

    The evening will begin with the New England premiere of the Anat Zuria film "Black Bus," which documents the rise of sex segregation in Orthodox life, and will culminate with the 4th Annual Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights. Noted legal historian Pnina Lahav will trace the relationship between women's exclusion in religious and public spheres, both in Israel and in the Jewish diaspora.

    For more information or to make a reservation: (781)-736-2064 or

    The Black Bus film trailer:

    The Diane (Dina) Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights was created by GCRL founder and chair Sylvia Neil and her husband Dan Fischel in memory of Sylvia's late sister, Diane, to honor her commitment to gender equality and social justice.

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  • Jewish Values, Jewish Interests: Negotiating the Tension

    December 5, 2011 , 5:00 PM , NYU Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Sq South, Room 218

    How should Jews and Jewish leaders relate to the larger society and broader world? Prof. Ruth Wisse (Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature, and Professor of Comparative Literature, at Harvard University) and Rabbi Joy Levitt (Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan) will discuss both real and putative tensions between expressing Jewish values and advancing Jewish interests. BJPA Director Prof. Steven M. Cohen will moderate.

    This event celebrates the complete digital collection of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service on, and honors JJCS Managing Editor Gail Chalew for her 20+ years of service. The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner.

    Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required via

  • Yeshiva U: Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks & Rabbi Meir Soloveichik: "Faith and Democracy in America and Europe"

    October 28, 2011 , 10:00 AM , Weissberg Commons, Yeshiva University, 2495 Amsterdam Ave.
    Jonathan Sacks; Meir Soloveichik

    For more information, contact the Straus Center at Yeshiva University:

  • Conference at Brandeis: Socio-Demography of American Jewry

    October 23, 2011 , Brandeis University (Oct 23-24)

    To assess current understandings of the socio-demography of American Jewry, Brandeis will host a conference of research scholars and policy makers to take stock of current knowledge, consider future research, and engage producers of research and policy makers in conversation about the usefulness of the information being generated.

    The specific goals of the conference are to assess the current state of knowledge about the size and characteristics of the American Jewish community, illuminate current socio-demographic research, and consider how the findings of demographic research can be used by scholars, funders, and policy organizations concerned with the Jewish community. One outcome will be a scholarly publication summarizing current research and application. But, more importantly, the conference also aspires to foster better informed dialogue about American Jewry and enhanced development and use of socio-demographic research.

    This conference is co-sponsored by BJPA, among others.

    For more information, visit

  • 92Y: Eliot Spitzer and Alan Dershowitz: A Turning Point for the Middle East and the World

    October 2, 2011 , 7:00 PM , 92Y Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
    Eliot Spitzer; Alan Dershowitz

    To order tickets, visit

  • Lecture at Bard: "How the Protocols of Zion Set the Stage for Post-9/11 Conspiracism"

    September 22, 2011 , 6:15 PM , Bard Globalization and International Affairs: 36 West 44th St. Suite 1011, between 5th and 6th Ave
    Jonathan Kay

    Jonathan Kay, Columnist for the National Post, Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and author of "Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground" will deliver a lecture at Bard Globalization and International Affairs entitled "Warrant for Genocide, Blueprint for Paranoia: How the Protocols of Zion Set the Stage for Post-9/11 Conspiracism."

    The event is part of the Tenth Year Anniversary edition of The James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series.

    The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please email or call 646-839-9262.

  • Fields of Engagement: Debating Key Questions of Research and Jewish Education

    September 19, 2011 , 5:00 PM , NYU Wagner, Rudin Forum

    Who and what is driving the Jewish education agenda? How has research in Jewish education contributed to the development of contemporary Jewish life? How can research connect to new ideas and new technologies? Dr. Lisa Grant and Dr. Alex Pomson will address these and other questions at this symposium celebrating the publication of the International Handbook of Jewish Education. Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner will moderate. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP.

  • Ukeles Associates, Inc. 25th Anniversary Forum and Celebration

    September 14, 2011 , 1:30 PM , NYU Wagner

    This forum explores the frontiers of Jewish policy research and celebrates the 25th anniversary of Ukeles Associates.

    By invitation only.

  • NYC Jewish Tech Meetup with guest speaker Micah Sifry

    August 18, 2011 , 7:00 PM , Makom Hadash 125 Maiden Lane Ste 8B New York, NY 10038
    Micah Sifry

    Discover what's happening at the intersection of Jewish life and technology at this monthly gathering of Jewish technology professionals.

    The NYC Jewish Tech Meetup offers guest speakers, networking opportunities, and seasonal hackathons. Connect with your peers, hear the latest from the field, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

    Micah L. Sifry is a co-founder and executive editor of the Personal Democracy Forum and its blog TechPresident, which covers the ways technology is changing politics. In addition to organizing the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference with his partner Andrew Rasiej, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. His book, "Wikileaks and the Age of Transparency" is currently available from Or Books.

    Light, kosher refreshments will be served.

    For more information or to RSVP

  • NYC Jewish Tech Meetup

    July 21, 2011 , 7:00 PM , Makom Hadash 125 Maiden Lane Ste 8B New York, NY 10038
    Daniel Sieradski

    Discover what's happening at the intersection of Jewish life and technology at this monthly gathering of Jewish technology professionals. The NYC Jewish Tech Meetup offers guest speakers, networking opportunities, and seasonal hackathons. Connect with your peers, hear the latest from the field, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

    For more information or to RSVP

  • Call for Abstracts: Jewish Service Learning

    July 14, 2011 , 9:00 AM

    The Jewish Communal Service Association in partnership with Repair the World invites submission of abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, to be published winter 2012, on the topic of Jewish service-learning. To be considered, abstracts must be submitted with a working title via e-mail by July 14, 2011 at 9:00AM EDT to the Journal’s project manager Ruthie Warshenbrot at, and must be submitted as double-spaced Microsoft Word documents of no more than 350 words in length. Collaborative works written by multiple authors will be considered. Click here for complete information.    

  • Love, Hate, and the Jewish State 4.0: Airing the Dirty Laundry

    June 29, 2011 , 7:00 PM , The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street
    New Israel Fund

    Being critical of the status quo is an inherent part of social change – we identify problems in our world that we hope to solve or improve. But free expression of critical views of the Jewish state inside and outside of Jewish communities often invokes complicated rules against "airing our dirty laundry." Recent events, such as the near-revocation of Tony Kushner's honorary doctorate degree, have shed light on the tense atmosphere around the discourse on Israel in the American Jewish community. Join us for the fourth in a series of highly interactive, non-persuasive, open discussions with a diverse group of people in their 20s and 30s. Followed by a reception.

    Cost: $10

    Purchase tickets online by Monday, June 27.

  • Inaugural Jewish Tech Meetup

    June 16, 2011 , 7:00 PM , Makom Hadash 125 Maiden Lane Ste 8B New York, NY
    Host: Daniel Sieradski

    Join us for our first Jewish Tech Meetup at Makom Hadash, the premier co-working space for innovative Jewish organizations in NYC.

    Speaker/topic TBA.

    Light, kosher refreshments will be served.

    Discover what's happening at the intersection of Jewish life and technology at this monthly gathering of Jewish technology professionals. The NYC Jewish Tech Meetup offers guest speakers, networking opportunities, and seasonal hackathons. Connect with your peers, hear the latest from the field, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

    RSVP required: space is limited.

  • JCSA Annual Program: 2020 Visioning: Focusing on our Future

    June 3, 2011 , 8:30 AM , UJA-Federation of New York 130 E59th Street New York, NY 10022
    Keynoter: David Harris. Responses by: John Ruskay and Sarah Berman

    Change is constant and as Jewish professional leaders, we must anticipate and prepare to meet the ever evolving needs of our community. Key questions to consider are: How will we acquire the needed data? What are the boundaries of a community? What will be Israel's role in North American Jewish identity? How can we anticipate communal needs and provide the support necessary to obtain our collective vision of a vibrant Jewish future? What is our vision for 2020 and how can we focus on our future? These are just some of the issues that will be explored at JCSA's full day Annual Program being held on June 3rd at the UJA-Federation of New York. David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee will address the topic of 2020 visioning and responses will be given by Dr. John Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York and Sara Berman, Hebrew Charter School Pioneer. Join JCSA for our Annual national conference entitled 2020 Visioning: Focusing on Our Future and learn from a wide variety of professionals and thought leaders in our field. Afternoon workshop presenters include: Maggie Bar Tura, Jacob Berkman, David Bryfman, Alex Budnitsky, William Daroff, Jane Eisner, Mike Kanarick, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Alana Newhouse, Leonard Petlakh, Gaby Schoenfeld, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Daniel Septimus, Dan Sieradski, Jos Thalheimer and Samantha Wolthius.

    For more information or to register: JCSA Event Home

  • Judaism 2030: A Working Conference for a Vibrant Jewish Future

    May 23, 2011 , 9:00 AM , The Conference Center, 130 E. 59th Street, NY NY 10022
    Jewish Outreach Institute

    The Jewish Outreach Institute will convene a pioneering conference on May 23-24 in New York. Judaism 2030: A Working Conference for a Vibrant Jewish Future will explore what needs to take place over the next 20 years to ensure a vibrant Jewish future.

    Jewish communal professionals and volunteer leaders from across North America will tackle some of the most substantial issues facing American Judaism today. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this conversation with forward-thinking visionaries and on-the-ground practitioners to shape specific action plans what will drive the Jewish future!

    For more information and to register, visit Judaism 2030

  • Berman Summer Research Fellowship Applications

    April 15, 2011

    Applicants in any department or college are eligible to apply for one of the Mandell L. Berman Research Fellowships* to be awarded by the North American Jewish Data Bank for the summer of 2011. The fellowship pays a stipend of $1,800.

    The North American Jewish Data Bank is the central repository of social scientific studies of North American Jewry (including the United States and Canada). The Data Bank's primary functions are to (1) acquire, archive, and disseminate quantitative data sets and reports, both contemporary and historical, and (2) encourage utilization of the archive through training and providing information about methods for studying Jewish communities. We archive the National Jewish Population Surveys of 1971, 1990 and 2000-01, along with several other national data sets from the United States and Canada, as well as over 200 local Jewish community studies. The Data Bank is the sole distributor of the NJPS 2000-01 dataset and has a large collection of related material. The North American Jewish Data Bank is a collaborative project of the Jewish Federations of North American (formerly United Jewish Communities) and the University of Connecticut's Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

    To apply:

    o Applicants should submit a brief proposal (two pages strongly recommended) describing an original research project that they will carry out utilizing and/or expanding upon the data files in the Berman Institute – North American Jewish Data Bank. The use of Data Bank data is central to the proposed research and the delineation of policy implications from the analysis is essential, but other data sources may be brought to bear on the topic of research.

    Full application requirements and more information.

  • Berman Foundation Dissertation Fellowships Application

    April 7, 2011

    The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the Berman Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community. The application deadline is April 7, 2011. The Berman Fellowships – two awards of $16,000 for the 2011-12 academic year – aim to support the development and expansion of the field of the social scientific study of Jewish Americans and the contemporary Jewish-American experience; enhance funding opportunities for up-and-coming scholars in the midst of institutional cutbacks in higher education; and encourage graduate students in sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, contemporary history, social work, political science, geography and education to expand their research to include the study of North American Jewry. Fellowships will be awarded for one academic year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Preference will be given to applicants seeking support for doctoral research, but requests for funding to support the writing phase of the dissertation will also be considered. Support for this project is generously provided by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation. Further information, including application instructions, can be found on the AJS website. Please contact Karen Terry, AJS Program and Membership Coordinator, at or 917.606.8249 if you have any questions regarding the application process or fellowship program.

  • The Palestinians and the American Jewish Community: A Challenging Relationship

    March 2, 2011 , 12:15 PM , Via live streaming on
    PLO Representative to the United States Maen Areikat

    The Ambassador will engage with a diverse representation of people highly involved in Jewish communal life or in the academic study of Israel and the Middle East. Clearly, questions pertaining to the American Jewish relationship with Israel are high on the American Jewish communal policy agenda and the Ambassador will address one component of this relationship. This event, in line with the missions of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner and the Taub Center, seeks to elevate and inform discourse on Jewish communal policy.

    (Please note: Ustream shows about 30 seconds of advertising before beginning to stream the event, so please allow time for that. After that, it is possible to close the ad that appears along the bottom of the screen).

    Hosted by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner and the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University.

  • Textual Ecstasy and Spiritual Struggle: Serving the Soul of the Practicing Rabbi

    November 30, 2010 , 4:00 PM , Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd floor, New York
    Introduction by Rabbi Professor David Ellenson. Presentation by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi and conversation with Rabbi Dr. Elliot Cosgrove

    Jewish spiritual leadership in an age of uncertainty, experimentation, and creativity has led rabbis across the denominational spectrum to seek significant additional training and spiritual development. What role is text study playing in these initiatives and how does it serve the rabbinic soul in our time? What role does scholarship play? Spiritual practice? Political/social action? Given the intensity of these initiatives and their indisputable impact on the rabbi, what is the impact on the communities they serve and on North American Jewry as a whole? Please RSVP

  • Resisting Re-ghettoization: From Without and Within

    November 4, 2010
    Yossi Klein Halevi

  • Middle East Peace Negotiations: Is There A Chance For Success?

    October 6, 2010 , 12:00 PM , Webinar
    David Makovsky

    David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Project on the Middle East Peace Process. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is the co-author with Dennis Ross of the recently released book, Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction in the Middle East (Viking/Penguin), as well as many other publications. Click here to RSVP or for more information.

  • Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States

    September 21, 2010 , 4:00 PM , The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604
    David M. Elcott, Roberta Leiner, Stuart Himmelfarb, and Gary Rosenblatt

    Public service organizations of all kinds have an unprecedented opportunity to harness the expertise and talents of Baby Boomers as they age, since it's a generation that wants to keep working or to volunteer in public service. But a new study finds that as Baby Boomers invigorate and redefine the 60-to-80 year old stage of life in the coming years, there is relatively little understanding of how record numbers of engaged older workers and volunteers will affect America's labor force, or what ethnic and religious communities and voluntary institutions of all kinds could do to mobilize, train, and absorb them. In particular, given national efforts to engage Baby Boomers, minority communities may suffer a loss of leadership, talent and funding as Baby Boomers look outside their religious or ethnic communities for meaningful work and volunteer opportunities.

    Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Elcott and community leaders about the findings from a nationwide survey of 34 metropolitan Jewish communities and more than 6,500 people. The event will highlight the unique demands that Baby Boomers' interests and needs may place on the institutions, agencies and federations of the Jewish community of North America.


    David M. Elcott, PhD, Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU Wagner and author of "Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States"

    Roberta Leiner, Managing Director of the Caring Commission, UJA-Federation of New York

    Stuart Himmelfarb, Chief Marketing Officer, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, and Board Co-chair, The Jewish Week

    Moderator: Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Chief of The Jewish Week, the largest Jewish newspaper in the United States

    RSVP by September 17, 2010

  • Love, Hate, & the Jewish State

    June 24, 2010 , 7:00 PM , The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th Street, $10
    Sponsored by the New Israel Fund and Makom

    Social justice and Israel are often polarizing and separate conversations. Israel's Jewish character affects government policy, life-cycle events, state symbols, and everyday life for both Jews and non-Jews. Join us for the third in a series of highly interactive, non-persuasive, open discussions with a diverse group of people in their 20s and 30s. The program will be followed by a reception. Hosted by Joel Chasnoff, Comedian and Author of The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah

    In cooperation with Bnai Jeshurun's Tziurim, Brooklyn Jews, Encounter, the Foundation for Jewish Culture, Hazon, J Street NYC, the JCC in Manhattan, JDub Records,,, Kehillat Hadar, Pursue: Action for a Just World, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, and Zeek.

  • Policy implications: Changing conceptions of Jewish Peoplehood and what to do about them - Interrogating Jewish Peoplehood, 4 of 4

    May 10, 2010
    Presentation by Dr. Jack Ukeles, followed by discussion

    What practices and policies should be pursued to strengthen commitment to Jewish Peoplehood or, perhaps, to re-fashion Peoplehood commitment in ways that may make it more suitable to the current moment?

    Dr. Ukeles has conducted more than 100 policy-oriented research studies for Jewish communal and other non-profit agencies in the US and abroad

    By invitation only

  • Technology and Jewish Education: New Dawn or False Dawn for Jewish Learning

    May 5, 2010 , 4:30 PM , NYU
    Symposium presented by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner and JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute

    New communications technologies are dramatically transforming nearly every dimension of our lives - how we work, how we play, how we connect, how we consume, and - some would say - how we learn. In Jewish education today technology is being used to expand access to texts and a wide range of information and experiences, to connect students and teachers across time and space, and to allow learners to take greater control and exercise greater creativity in their learning. At the same time, some observers worry that technology is undermining vital elements of Jewish education as we have practiced it for millennia - the authority of scholars and teachers, the close and critical reading of texts, the discerning analysis of argument - and fostering the illusion that real learning can be done with just a mouse click on a Google search result.

    This symposium will explore the impact of technology on Jewish education and the policy implications of the ongoing technological revolution for the Jewish community. What steps are needed to maximize the positive benefits of technology, while minimizing its potential negative impacts? Where, how, and how much should we be investing in this area? How can entrepreneurs and innovators, established institutions, and funders work together to achieve the best results?

  • "Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities"

    April 27, 2010 , 7:30 PM , The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City
    A Conversation With Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, and Professor Steven M. Cohen on the publication of Elie Kaunfer's new book

    How will the independent minyan movement affect the traditional American Jewish community? What does this new movement imply for the future of synagogues and Jewish education? Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, and Professor Steven M. Cohen will discuss these issues and others raised in Rabbi Kaunfer's new book Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities. JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen will moderate.

    Cosponsored by JTS and BJPA. Reservations required: or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring a photo ID.

  • Challenges to Jewish Peoplehood - Or, why Israel may now present an obstacle to identification with the Jewish People - Interrogating Jewish Peoplehood, 3 of 4

    April 21, 2010
    Presentation by Jay Michaelson, followed by discussion

    To what extent is it suffering from a connection with increasingly unpopular and uninspiring images of Israel, particularly among younger Jewish leaders today?

    Jay Michaelson, a doctoral student in Jewish Thought at The Hebrew University, is a columnist for The Forward, The Huffington Post, and Tikkun.  He is also the executive director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture & Spirituality.

    By invitation only

  • Challenging Jewish Peoplehood - Or, why younger Jewish leaders seem to care less about Jewish Peoplehood - Interrogating Jewish Peoplehood, 2 of 4

    April 12, 2010
    Presentation by Prof. Sarah Benor, followed by discussion

    For engaged Jews today, particularly younger Jews, to what extent is Jewish Peoplehood an outmoded concept, increasingly challenged by contemporary notions of Jewish engagement?

    Prof. Benor, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR, LA, has written about American Jewish language, culture, and society. She has recently completed an ethnographic study of Jewish leaders in their 20s and 30s as part of a research team led by Prof. Jack Wertheimer and supported by the Avi Chai Foundation.

    By invitation only

  • Human Rights in the Jewish Tradition: Implications for Israel's Identity as a Jewish and Democratic State

    March 5, 2010
    Presentation and Q&A by Prof. Yedidia Stern

    Israel exists in a state of tension between the universalistic principles implicit in its democratic character and the particularistic concerns inherent in its definition as the Jewish State. Many critics, both in Israel and elsewhere, see an irresolvable contradiction between the two. At the center of the debate lie human rights-an indispensable ingredient of democracy seen by many to be at odds with Judaism. However, argues Professor Yedidia Stern, Vice President of the Israel Democracy Institute, a new field of intellectual inquiry promises to demonstrate the falseness of this dichotomy and build a bridge of ideas across Israel's divided society by uncovering the lost roots of human rights doctrine in the Jewish tradition.

    By invitation only

  • "What do we mean by 'Jewish Peoplehood' - and should it matter?" Interrogating Jewish Peoplehood 1 of 4

    March 1, 2010
    Presentation by Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman, followed by discussion

    How have ideas of Jewish Peoplehood changed when Jews lived in diverse situations? Today, does the concept of Jewish Peoplehood make a sense in the real world--and should it? How is feeling part of "the Jewish people" connected--or not--to other expressions of Jewishness?  Prof. Fishman, Chair of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University, is the author of well-known studies on varieties of Jewishness, conversion, intermarriage, Jewish feminism and Jewish culture.

    By invitation only

  • Impact or Bias? Measuring Cause and Effect in Jewish Education

    February 1, 2010 , 5:00 PM , NYU Wagner, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd floor. Also via webinar
    Lecture and Webinar by Dr. Adam Gamoran, Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin

    Education researchers have become increasingly aware of the challenges of measuring the impact of educational practices, programs, and policies. Too often what appears to be cause and effect may actually reflect pre-existing differences between program participants and non-participants. A variety of strategies are available to surmount this challenge, but the strategies are often costly and difficult to implement. Examples from general and Jewish education will highlight the challenges, identify strategies that respond to the challenges, and suggest how the difficulties posed by these strategies may be addressed.

  • Opening Reception

    November 11, 2009 , NYU Woolworth Building

    We are marking the opening of the new site with a presentation and discussion led by Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service, on the topic of "Repairing the World for its own Sake: A Principled View of Justice," together with our honored guest, communal leader and philanthropist Bill Berman, who has lent his support and name to our project. By invitation only.

  • Reception in Honor of Bill Berman: At the United Jewish Communities 2009 General Assembly

    November 8, 2009 , 5:45 PM , Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C.

    Those attending the GA, are invited to join us in honoring communal leader and philanthropist Bill Berman and his newest project – the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner.

  • Gender Matters: A New Framework for Understanding Jewish Intermarriage Over Time

    June 22, 2009
    A Webinar with Dr. Keren McGinity

    Dr. Keren McGinity is the Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan's Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. She discussed her book, Still Jewish (NYU Press 2009), the first history of Jewish intermarried women, and her research with Harriet Hartman, Professor of Sociology at Rowan University, and Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR and BJPA Director. This unique event was co-sponsored by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and hosted by the Jewish Women's Archive, who also published this follow-up interview.

  • The Israel = Apartheid Equation: Perspectives of a South African-Born Israeli Zionist

    May 7, 2009
    A Discussion with Professor Gideon Shimoni

    Professor Gideon Shimoni served as the Head of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University and is the author of a comprehensive work entitled The Zionist Ideology. His most recent book is Community and Conscience: The Jews in Apartheid South Africa. In this intimate, invitation-only seminar, Professor Shimoni shared his reflections on how the discourse of apartheid is used and mis-used in discussions of the Israeli politics.

  • Doing More With Less: Can Jewish and Other Nonprofits Create Improvement Opportunities out of Economic Crisis?

    March 4, 2009
    Panel Discussion with Jacob B. Ukeles & Barbara J. Cohn Berman

    BJPA and NYU Wagner hosted representatives from philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, and the general public to this open forum. Referring to his experience as NYC's first Deputy Director of Operations and Deputy Director of the Emergency Financial Control Board during the city's 1975 fiscal crisis and his long experience and expertise in the not for profit sector, Jack Ukeles shared advice on how nonprofits can best respond to the current economic downturn. Barbara J. Cohn Berman offered thoughts on the best implementation of processes of change, considering questions of law, personnel, morale, and client relations. Barbara J. Cohn Berman offered thoughts on the best implementation of processes of change, considering questions of law, personnel, morale, and client relations. Ukeles and Berman produced a written version of their talk, published by the BJPA. This event was also featured on the Wagner blog and Ukeles later answered some follow-up questions with the Jerusalem Post's Shmuel Rosner.

  • Public Forum on American Jews and the Presidential Election: How Jews and Non-Jews Differ in Their Public Values and Intentions

    October 27, 2008
    Panel Discussion with Professor Steven M. Cohen & Professor Samuel J. Abrams

    BJPA's inaugural event: Professor Cohen and Professor Abrams discussed the results of two parallel national surveys of Jews and non-Jews. These surveys explored variations not only in intention to vote, but also how and why Jews differ from the rest of the electorate. They produced two reports based on their research: "American Jews and the 2008 Presidential Election: As Democratic and Liberal as Ever?" and "Israel Off Their Minds: The Diminished Place of Israel in the Political Thinking of Young Jews".