In the winter of 2011 and spring of 2012 The Center for the Jewish Future, in partnership with The Tikvah Fund, continued a program for North American pulpit rabbis and educators that was initiated a few months earlier.  The program, led by Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, proceeded with a series of three seminars, each of which explored a broad moral theme of both contemporary urgency and deep Jewish dimensions.  The conferences, which included seminars with leading scholars and public intellectuals, addressed the following topics: Parents and Children, Jewish Power in Theology and Culture, and Religious Reading.

Participants in each seminar read a modest amount of preparatory material in advance  of the discussions.  In addition, each participant prepared a “concept paper,” which identified and described a problem or an opportunity present in the North American Jewish community and prescribed a programmatic means of addressing it.  These papers were then explored and refined in conversation with one another and with leaders in the worlds of Jewish philanthropy and communal life.

The goal of the seminars was to enrich the capacity of a group of intellectually talented rabbis to think about the great cultural issues of our time in sophisticated ways and to effectively educate their congregants about them; to bring Jewish thought to bear on these issues; to facilitate the building of relationships between colleagues from across the continent who will strengthen one another’s rabbinates; and to generate their best entrepreneurial thinking on ways to improve Jewish life in North America.

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