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From Generation to Generation: Variations in Jewish Engagement

Event: From Generation to Generation: Variations in Jewish Engagement
(this program includes free lunch, RSVP required by Wednesday October 10, call 614-292-0967 to RSVP)

Many engaged Jews under the age of forty emphasize, more than their elders and predecessors, Jewish Purpose. They have created new minyanim, expanded social justice activities, engaged in various cultural endeavors, undertaken Judaic learning singly and in groups, and established a powerful and significant presence on the Internet and other new media.

At the same time, most younger adults express much diminished sensitivity to matters of external threats to the Jewish people. Intermarriage, anti-Semitism, Israel's security, and efforts to delegitimize Israel excite younger Jews far less than they do their parents' generation.

Conventional belonging to things Jewish is neither automatic nor self-justifying. Many young Jews have shifted their identity's locus from people and organizations to purpose and principles. Young Jewish Adults resist what they see as coercive expectations. They see once widely accepted normative standards- such as in-marriage and support of Israel- as optional, tentative, and a means to expressing their higher Jewish purpose.

Made possible in part by the Diann and Thomas Mann Distinguished Symposium Fund, and co-sponsored by Ohio State's College of Arts and Sciences, The Columbus Jewish Federation, and The Columbus Jewish Foundation.
Date and time:October 15, 2012
12:00 PM
Location:Area on Campus: OSU Hillel (46 E. 16th Ave., 43210)
Contact:Lori Fireman
Phone Number:614-292-0700
Event category:Melton Center for Jewish Studies
Event Type:Lecture

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