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Sunday, February 17 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
We Totally Accept You (Almost): Ritual and Leadership Roles in Synagogues

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Some members of the Jewish community face restrictions on the roles they can play in religious life. These include leadership roles on committees and boards, and honors during services, such as having an aliyah (reciting blessings over the Torah), leading prayers, or opening the ark. Why do these restrictions exist? We will look at the historic implications by examining halacha (Jewish law) and explore the ways in which some synagogues are including those in their communities who are not Jewish.

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Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron, Director of Content and Educational Resources at InterfaithFamily, is known online as @thewanderingjew. A Canadian nomad of North America currently residing in Brookline, MA, he's an educator, editor, writer, community organizer, advocate, chef, Scrabble player, and baby whisperer.

Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Millstone 15th floor conference center