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Reimagining Judaism in Israel: Ethno-Nationalism and the Privatization of Tradition

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Please join us for brunch and this relevant and timely presentation by Tomer Persico, Ph.D.

Free, RSVP Requested

Over the last three decades major changes have transformed the Jewish religious and social field in Israel, facilitating the liquidation of traditional barriers and the formation of novel ways of conceiving and expressing Jewish Identity. Secular Zionism has lost its cultural and social hegemony, while Religious Zionism and Ultra-Orthodoxy are in a crisis of identity. Correspondingly, Jews in Israel have developed an individualistic interest in their tradition, creating what is referred to as the “Jewish Renaissance”, while others have constituted a Jewish identity anchored in ethnicity and nationalism.

Tomer Persico, Ph. D. is the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Bay Area Scholar in Residence and the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley. He has taught for eight years at the Department for Comparative Religion in Tel-Aviv University, and his fields of study are contemporary spirituality, Jewish Renewal, Forms of secularization and trends of secularization and religiosity in Israel. His critically acclaimed book, The Jewish Meditative Tradition, was published by Tel Aviv University Press in 2016. He is an activist for freedom of religion in Israel, and has written hundreds of articles for the popular media.

This brunch presentation is presented free of charge by Israel Center @ the J via generous support from the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation and partnership of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America, whose mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism, enhance the Jewish and democratic character of Israel, and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st Century.


November 24
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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