NOVEMBER 14 @ 7 PM EST
November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Authors: Benjamin Spratt & Joshua Stanton – Virtual
Awakenings: American Jewish Transformation in Identity, Leadership, and Belonging
Moderators: Rabbi Caine and Rabbi Whinston
The American Diaspora needs a new unifying vision, as a network of individuals harnesses Jewish tradition to realize the human power for good in an increasingly complicated and fractured world. We are on the cusp of a Jewish awakening, inspired by Jewish practice but open to all. New possibilities abound. Lines of leadership are being redrawn, with clergy ceding power to a broadening cohort of Jewish professionals and lay leaders. Technology is enabling us to explore the possibility of communities based on shared interests and values, rather than shared neighborhoods. On-going efforts could enable pluralism to overtake denominationalism and create spaces for people who range from open-minded ultra-Orthodox to hyphenated heterodox to learn, grow, and explore Jewishly together. Israel can engage with the American Diaspora as a respected peer, rather than a vulnerable dependent. A multiracial, multigender, self-actualized Diaspora awaits us, as we center human needs and recognize that our people can no longer be defined by genetics, so much as by continual self-improvement through intentional practice, community, and belief in our higher purpose.
Ben Spratt (he/him) is the 11th Senior Rabbi in Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s 180-year history. His Jewish journey took him from the Orthodox, Reconstructionist, and Renewal worlds to becoming ordained from the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2014, he co-founded Tribe, a joint initiative to engage Jewish Millennials through grassroots leadership and a community of empowerment. In 2016, Rabbi Spratt and Cantor Shayna De Lowe collaborated to reimagine the future of a large legacy congregation, planting the seeds of Minyan, a Jewish small-group-based approach to human flourishing through connection.
Rabbi Joshua Stanton is spiritual leader of East End Temple and Senior Fellow of CLAL — The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. A sought-after speaker and award-winning leader, he has appeared on CNN and CNBC, in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and in media, publications, and documentaries in more than a dozen languages.