American Jewish Leaders to Speak at Yale

Yale University will host a panel featuring the leaders of all four major Jewish denominations to discuss “Envisioning the Future of American Judaism” on October 13 at 8 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street.

The event is free and the public is welcome.

The event is co-sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies and Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale.

Panelists will be leaders of the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist institutions that ordain virtually all rabbis in the United States. They are Rabbi Yosef Blau of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Orthodox); Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Conservative); Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College (Reform); and Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (Reconstructionist).

Jon Butler, dean of the Graduate School and Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History and Religious Studies, will provide commentary. Professor Paula Hyman, the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History, will serve as moderator.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity to hear leaders of all the major denominations of American Jewry reflect together on the developments and future of Judaism in America,” notes Hyman.

The panel is part of the celebration marking 350 years of Jewish life in America.

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