Event Information
Center for Jewish History, AJHS, CPL, YUM, UPenn Presents
Conversations on Conversion - A Symposium
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer

Length: 3 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Conversion is an explosive topic in Jewish life. Historically, Jews have alternately welcomed and discouraged converts. Jewishness itself has been variously defined by religion, peoplehood, and ethnicity, with differing implications for converts in each case. In our own day the borderlines of Jewish identity appear less fixed than ever, and the question arises as to what significance conversion still holds in a Jewish world increasingly marked by assimilation, intermarriage and cultural hybridity.

This symposium will address these issues in two panels. In the first, leading historians currently conducting research on the topic at the Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies in Philadelphia will address conversion in Jewish history from the biblical period to the mid-20th century. The second, hosted by WNYC radio personality Brian Lehrer, will present a range of important voices on conversion in Judaism today, addressing such related topics as intermarriage, inter-denominational debate, and the status of converts and non-Jews in the state of Israel.


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