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B'nai Torah Scholar in Residence Weekend

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Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull is pleased to host its 3rd Annual Herbert and Alice Needle Scholar in Residence Weekend on March 8 – 10, 2013, showcasing Professor Steven M. Cohen, internationally renowned scholar of Jewish Social Policy. The theme of this weekend is Jewish Identity: Making Connections for Us and Our Children.  Professor Cohen will provide three talks throughout the weekend.   On Friday evening, March 8th during Shabbat services, 7:30 pm, Cohen will speak on the topic: Expanding Options: Diverging Possibilities for Jewish Engagement Today.  On Saturday morning, March 9, during services, he will address the topic:  From People to Purpose: New Directions for Younger Jews.  The services and talk will be followed by a Kiddush/luncheon open to all.   On Sunday morning, March 10 at 10:00 AM, Cohen will discuss Jewish Continuity: Creating Jewishly Engaged Children and Grandchildren.  


Steven M. Cohen is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. He is the author or editor of a dozen books and hundreds of scholarly articles and reports on such issues as Jewish community, Jewish identity, Jewish continuity and Jewish education.  His current research interests address emerging forms of Jewish community and identity among younger Jews in the US.  In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught for 14 years at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  With Arnold Eisen, he is the author of, The Jew Within, and with Charles Liebman he wrote, Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences. His earlier books include American Modernity & Jewish Identity, and American Assimilation or Jewish Revival? He was the lead researcher on the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011.


Dr. Cohen holds a BA from Columbia College and a PhD from Columbia University's Department of Sociology.  In 2011, Cohen received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. In 2010, he received the Marshall Sklare Award of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and was cited as one of the Forward Fifty (for the second time).  He received a National Jewish Book Award for his book, Sacred Strategies.  In 2012, he was elected president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.


All programs are free of charge and open to the community.  Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the weekend programs.  For further information or to RSVP, please contact the synagogue office at (203)268-6940 or email: president@bnaitorahct.org

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