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Saturday, February 16 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hebrew and Hellenism, America and Assimilation

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Do American Jews need Hebrew? A number of major thinkers have argued recently that the lack of language literacy is a signal of American Jewish failure and portends its decline. The example of the Alexandrian Jewish community, in contrast, suggests the possibility of a vibrant community entirely in translation. We will study classical and rabbinic sources about this extraordinary Jewish story and ask: what is the relationship between language and legitimacy?

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Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past and a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.

Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Piscataway ballroom level