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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

President, Shalom Hartman Insitute of North America
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life.Yehuda led... Read More →


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