From Generation to Generation: Variations in Jewish Engagement

September 20, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
OSU Hillel | 46 E. 16th Ave., 43210

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies presents "From Generation to Generation: Variations in Jewish Engagement."

Many engaged Jews under the age of forty emphasize Jewish purpose more than their elders and predecessors. They have created new minyanim, expanded social justice activities, engaged in various cultural endeavors, undertaken Judaic learning singly and in groups, and established a powerful and significant presence on the Internet and other new media.

 

At the same time, most younger adults express much-diminished sensitivity to matters of external threats to the Jewish people. Intermarriage, anti-Semitism, Israel’s security, and efforts to de-legitimize Israel excite younger Jews far less than they do their parents' generation. Many young Jews have shifted their focus from people and organizations to purpose and principles. They resist what they see as coercive expectations and once widely accepted normative standards such as intermarriage and support of Israel as optional, tentative, and at best a means to expressing a higher Jewish purpose. Conventional belonging to things Jewish is neither automatic nor self-justifying. 

This program includes a free lunch, rsvp required by Wed., Oct. 10, call (614) 292-0967 to rsvp.

Made possible in part by the Diann and Thomas Mann Distinguished Symposium Fund, and co-sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences, The Columbus Jewish Federation, The Columbus Jewish Foundation and OSU Hillel.

                      

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