Rabbi Jacobs on Pluralism and the Future of American Jewry
On January 17, 2013, Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY and The New York Jewish Week co-sponsored a distinguished panel of speakers, including Rabbi David Ellenson (President of Hebrew Union College), Rabbi Rick Jacobs (President of the Union for Reform Judaism), Rabbi Joy Levitt (Executive Director at The JCC in Manhattan and co-author of the Reconstructionist Haggadah), Rabbi Asher Lopatin (Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago and incoming head of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah) and Rabbi David Hoffman (Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America).
The speakers discussed changes in American Judaism in previous decades and the shifting landscape for the future. Topics included the role of denominations and what unites and divides the diversity of practice and ideology of North American Jewry. The panel was moderated by Rabbi Andy Bachman, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim.