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The COVID-19 Crisis: Jewish Institutions are Rethinking Everything

The onset of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis in early 2020 threw the world into a spin. Virtually overnight, travel shut down and people entered isolation and quarantine. Jewish communal life was forced to a grinding halt with many communities rushing to shift as much programming as possible to the digital sphere. It is difficult to estimate how long the various restrictions will remain in place. It is likely…
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New Subjects in the Field

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

Raising Jewish Children: Research and Indications for Intervention

Global Jewish Population Almost as Big as Before the Holocaust

Implications of the Pew Report

The Challenge of Peoplehood: Strengthening the Attachment of Young American Jews to Israel in the Time of the Distancing Discourse

2014 – A Strategically Decisive Year

‘Jews Not by Religion’

Who are the “Jews by Religion” in the Pew Report?

Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman – Three Decades of Patrilineal Descent in American Reform Judaism

Russian-Speaking Jews in North America

Patrilineal Descent in American Reform Judaism

Stanley Greenberg – Political Polling on U.S. Jewry

Amb. Stuart Eizenstat Presents His Newest Book

St. Louis Federation Hosts Powerhouse Delegation from Jewish Think Tank in Jerusalem

Dr. Leonard Saxe – Polling Data on U.S. Jewry

Debating Religion and State and “Distancing”

Who Needs Denominations?

Prof. Todd Gitlin – Voting Patterns of U.S. Jewry

The Triangular Relationship of Jerusalem, Washington, and the American Jewish community

Researchers Team

Dr. Gitit Levy-Paz
Fellow
Maj. (Res) Dan Feferman
Fellow
Noah Slepkov
Fellow for Science, Technology, and Data
Dr. Shlomo Fischer
Senior Fellow
Prof. Steven W. Popper
Senior Fellow
Dr. John Ruskay
Senior Fellow
Shmuel Rosner
Senior Fellow
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Dr. Gitit Levy-Paz is a fellow at JPPI. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bar-Ilan University, an M.A. in Hebrew Literature from Ben Gurion University, and a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from Bar-Ilan University. Her work focuses on contemporary Jewish American identity from an interdisciplinary – sociological, political and literary – viewpoint. In addition to her work at the JPPI, she is a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University.

Gitit was selected as a research fellow for the Israel Democracy Institute’s program on Judaism and Human Rights and has received several other fellowships. She worked as a literary editor and wrote literary criticism for the literary section of Haaretz.


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De-legitimization


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Dan Feferman recently completed his service with the IDF at the rank of major. For nearly a decade Dan served as a foreign policy and national security analyst and advisor to the General Staff, focusing on US-Israel strategic relations, as a special assistant to the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, and as a commander in an elite intelligence unit within the IDF’s Research and Analysis Division, where he continues to serve in reserve duty. Through his various positions, Dan has been closely involved in Israel’s most pressing strategic defense and political issues.

Dan also consults, lectures and writes on foreign policy, defense and intelligence matters .

Prior to his military service, Dan completed an MA in National Security Studies from Tel Aviv University and a BA in International Politics and Middle East Studies from the School of International Service, at the American University, Washington DC, both with honors. Dan also completed a prestigious internship at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


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4/05/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora: Expanding Civic and Political Engagement

3/31/2020

The Global Positions of China and the US, Before and After the Coronavirus Crisis

9/16/2019

From the Margins to the Mainstream: Millennial American Jews and the Reorientation of the Jewish Middle

2/18/2019

OP-ED: IS THE CHIEF RABBINATE BECOMING OBSOLETE?

11/04/2018

Dan Feferman: The Rise of Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

10/14/2018

Rising Streams: Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

3/08/2018

An Integrated Jewish World Response to Israel’s Migrant Challenge

8/24/2017

Putting the Kotel Decision in Context – Implications and Steps Forward

7/21/2017

Op-Ed: Putting the Kotel Decision in Context

4/10/2017

Op-Ed: Criticism of Israel is not Anti-Semitic – But it Quickly Leads There

11/16/2016

Op-Ed: Why Anti-BDS Legislation is Important… But Ultimately Limited

4/20/2016

Op-Ed: BDS Is Not The Answer

7/05/2015

Op-Ed: Securing an Acceptable Iran Deal in the Long Run

3/12/2015

Op-Ed: A Speech and a Wake-Up Call

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Noah served as Foreign Policy and Strategic Advisor to Member of Knesset Dr. Einat Wilf and worked in the Israeli Knesset as a Parliamentary Assistant. His responsibilities included briefing senior diplomats and foreign media correspondents from around the world. He also worked with pro-Israel and Jewish organization around the world organizing community visits and lectures.

Noah holds an Honors BA in Jewish Studies from York University and an MA in Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution from the Lauder School of Government at the IDC Herzliya. He also studied Economics at the University of Toronto and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.

Prior to immigrating to Israel from Canada in 2008, Noah worked on campuses across Canada organizing Jewish student events and leading Israel advocacy efforts.


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4/23/2020

2020 Pluralism Index

4/19/2020

2020 JPPI Pluralism Index: Digital Event

3/18/2020

Noah Slepkov: Data analysis the election results

9/20/2019

Main Findings

1/17/2019

Noah Slepkov: Who are the Jewish Israelis?

11/12/2018

Answer our survey and see where you land on the map of Israeli Judaism

9/05/2018

Pluralism and Relations between Groups in Israel

11/08/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division

5/18/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division – Interim Report

4/20/2017

2017 Pluralism in Israel Index

4/20/2017

2017 Pluralism Index Survey Results

3/16/2017

Op-Ed: Intel, Mobileye, and the Coming Technological Revolution

5/08/2016

JPPI Launches Its Pluralism Index in Israel

5/08/2016

JPPI Pluralism Index Launch Presentation

9/09/2015

Policy Opportunities for Video Games and Interactive Entertainment

7/16/2014

Crowd Sourced Genealogy and Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing: Implications for the Jewish People

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Head of the Annual Assessment project


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Dr. Shlomo Fischer teaches sociology in the School of Education at Hebrew University and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.He is also currently a research fellow at the Van Leer Institute. His research interests include the nexus of religion, politics and class in Israel, contemporary religion and the sociology of the Jewish people. He has published extensively on radical religious Zionism and the West Bank settlers as well as on the Shas movement.

Fischer has worked in the field of education for the past 25 years. In the past 10 years he has worked in the field of religion, democracy and tolerance. He has edited (together with Adam Seligman) The Burden of Tolerance: Religious Traditions and the Challenge of Pluralism (Hebrew; HaKibbutz Hameuchad and the Van Leer Institute, 2007) which addresses these issues. From 1996-2007 he was the founder and Executive Director of Yesodot – Center for Torah and Democracy which works to advance education for democracy in the State-Religious school sector in Israel and was also one of the founders and is on the Board of the International Summer School for Religion and Public Life which is based in Boston, Mass. He is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.


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8/09/2020

Talmud vs. Kabbalah: Religion, Theology, History, Philosophy, Sociology

8/09/2020

Shlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem ProtestsShlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem Protests

4/14/2020

Dr. Shlomo Fischer and Dr. John Ruskay: JPPI’s 2019 dialogue

4/05/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora: Expanding Civic and Political Engagement

3/25/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora

4/11/2019

Ambassador Avi Gil and Dr. Shlomo Fischer: Israeli Elections Aftermath

10/15/2018

Dr. Shlomo Fischer: The Real Reasons why Israeli Haredis don’t serve in the IDF

9/19/2017

The Rise of Orthodoxy and Political-Cultural Polarization within the Jewish Community in the U.S.

6/06/2017

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

6/05/2017

Raising Jewish Children: Research and Indications for Intervention

12/14/2016

Religious Zionism in Israel Today: Toward the Center

12/14/2016

Zionism and Jewish Identity

12/14/2016

After the Zionist Revolution: Patterns of Jewish Collective Identity among Israeli Jews

5/08/2016

JPPI Launches Its Pluralism Index in Israel

3/14/2016

Op-Ed: Understanding Pew- Factoring in Israeli culture

10/11/2015

Op-Ed: The New Jewish Underground

3/16/2014

Implications of the Pew Report

11/24/2013

Who are the “Jews by Religion” in the Pew Report?

9/18/2013

Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman – Three Decades of Patrilineal Descent in American Reform Judaism

1/01/2012

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

10/13/2010

Alberto Milkewitz – The Status of Brazilian Jewry

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STEVEN W. POPPER, (Ph.D., Economics, UC Berkeley, 1985; B.S. summa cum laude, Biochemistry, U of Minnesota, 1976) is a RAND Senior Economist and Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is also director of RAND’s Israel Initiative. He has published research on the economics of innovation — particularly how organizations both public and private identify and incorporate technological change. He led RAND’s first Summer Institute, a week-long workshop on science, technology and U.S. economic competitiveness. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Associate Director of RAND’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (S&TPI.) He provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the executive branch. His work included projects on the economic and social returns to basic research, assessing critical technologies (including principal authorship of the Fourth U.S. National Critical Technologies Review,) policy analyses of national innovation systems, evaluations of federal R&D portfolios relevant to the Global War on Terror, determining the S&T capabilities required for a prospective Department of Homeland Security, technical barriers to international trade (for the National Institute of Standards and Technology,) federal R&D portfolio decisionmaking (for the National Science Board and the World Bank,) and Presidential transition documents on S&T issues of national importance.

Dr. Popper is currently leading projects on better integration of technology assessment into transportation planning for the Transportation Research Board and has recently competed studies on energy strategy in Israel and science and technology-based economic development in Mexico City. He has now begun a new project to work with Israel’s police on domestic policing issues. He was active in founding projects of the RAND Pardee Center for Longer-Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. This included co-authorship of the flagship study, Shaping the Next Hundred Years, which provides a new methodological framework for decision making under profound uncertainty that has been applied to an increasing set of policy issues. In particular, he has advised doctoral dissertations applying these concepts to issues in R&D planning and S&T policy. Dr. Popper has conducted research for, and has served as consultant to, several non-U.S. governments as well as multilateral international organizations such as OECD and the World Bank on issues of technology planning, industrial restructuring, and regional economic development. Prior to joining RAND he worked as a researcher in physical chemistry and enzymology, as Country Account Officer for Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia at Bank of America, and as consultant to the World Bank on issues of industrial restructuring in East Europe. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a member of the AAAS Policy Council representing the Industrial Science and Technology section, and is a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.


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John S. Ruskay came to UJA-Federation in 1993 and held several positions before being appointed Executive Vice President and CEO in October 1999, serving in this role until July 2014. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968, Dr. Ruskay earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University. He served as Educational Director of the 92nd Street Y from 1980 to 1985, and Vice Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America from 1985 to 1993.

Dr. Ruskay has written extensively and speaks nationally on how the American Jewish community can most effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities of living in an open society; the critical role of Jewish philanthropy; and the central role of community. He has served as a senior consultant to the Wexner Foundation and The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, and has chaired the Publication Committee of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service and the Professional Advisory Committee of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

Dr. Ruskay has received numerous honors, including the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program, the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award from the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America, and honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary (2011), Hebrew Union College (2103), and Yeshiva University (2014).

The Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership is being established to provide in-service professional enrichment for the next generation of communal leaders.
Dr. Ruskay is married to Robin Bernstein; together they have five children and seven grandchildren.


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9/10/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be Anti Israel?

8/19/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be pro Israel?

4/14/2020

Dr. Shlomo Fischer and Dr. John Ruskay: JPPI’s 2019 dialogue

4/05/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora: Expanding Civic and Political Engagement

3/25/2020

The Growth of the Haredi Communities in the Diaspora

9/05/2018

After 70 Years: Examining US Philanthropy to the American Jewish Community and to Israel

7/11/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: The Next Generation

4/10/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: the Next Generation

11/08/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division

7/02/2017

What JPPI’s 2017 Global Jewish Dialogue on Jerusalem Teaches us about the Kotel Crisis

5/18/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division – Interim Report

12/15/2016

Exploring the Jewish Spectrum in a Time of Fluid Identity

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Head of the Pluralism and Democracy in Israel Project and the Structured World Dialogue Process


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Shmuel Rosner is a Tel Aviv based columnist, editor and think tank fellow.

He is a fellow at The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI);
He is the non-fiction Editor for Israel’s largest Publishing House, Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan-Dvir;
He is Senior Political Editor for the Jewish Journal, and he writes the popular blog Rosner’s Domain;
He writes a weekly column for The International Herald Tribune \ New York Times and for Israel’s Maariv Daily.

Rosner was previously a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, and was Chief U.S. Correspondent, Head of the News Division and Head of the Features Division for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He wrote for many magazines, including Slate, Foreign Policy, Commentary, The New Republic, The Jewish Review of Books, and others.

Rosner’s book “Shtetl Bagel Baseball, on the Wonderful Dreadful State of American Jews” was published in Israel by Keter (Hebrew, 2011) and became a bestseller.


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9/16/2020

A guide to Social change in Israel

9/10/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be Anti Israel?

8/27/2020

Michael Herzog: Israel’s Treaty With the United Arab Emirates

8/19/2020

John Ruskay and Irwin J. Mansdorf: What does it mean to be pro Israel?

8/13/2020

Jacob Poushter: On The Global God Divide

8/09/2020

Shlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem ProtestsShlomo Fischer: On The Jerusalem Protests

7/29/2020

Gil Samsonov: Who are the Israeli princes?

7/23/2020

Virtual Tisha b’Av Study Session on National and Personal Loneliness

7/22/2020

Sharren Haskel: On the Israeli Lobby to Promote Relations With Christian Communities Worldwide

7/15/2020

Alon Aranya: Introducing the show “Tehran”

7/08/2020

Jonathan Rynhold: US-Israel relations in the age of Trump

7/01/2020

Oded Revivi: Why would a settler oppose the annexation?

6/21/2020

Emi Palmor: On the Ethiopian Israeli’s struggle for equality

6/11/2020

Yoav Gelber: Is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict insolvable?

6/03/2020

Moav Vardi: Israel and the world

5/27/2020

Matti Friedman: Israel’s forgotten war

5/19/2020

Michael Herzog: Will Israel annex the west bank this summer?

5/13/2020

Akiva Bigman: The Netanyahu Doctrine

5/05/2020

Tal Schneider: Israel’s New Government

4/28/2020

Dr. Einat Wilf and Adi Shwartz – The War for the Palestinian Right of Return.

4/23/2020

2020 Pluralism Index

4/22/2020

Hizky Shoham: How Israel celebrates

4/19/2020

2020 JPPI Pluralism Index: Digital Event

4/14/2020

Dr. Shlomo Fischer and Dr. John Ruskay: JPPI’s 2019 dialogue

4/07/2020

Prof. Yair Zakovitch and Prof. Avigdor Shinan: The Song of Songs Scroll

3/31/2020

Amotz Asa-El: The Jewish March of Folly

3/24/2020

Professor Laura Rosen: How Israel is handling the Coronavirus crisis

3/18/2020

Noah Slepkov: Data analysis the election results

3/09/2020

Dr. Thamar Eilam Gindin: The history of the Book of Esther

3/01/2020

Dana Weiss: Will anything change in Israel’s third elections?

2/24/2020

Simcha Rothman: How Israel became a legalocracy

2/17/2020

Boris Dolin: The secret war between Israel and the Soviet Union

2/10/2020

Avi Gil: Thoughts on Trump’s peace plan

2/03/2020

Menachem Lazar: A pollster’s view on the upcoming Israeli elections

1/27/2020

Uri Keider: The fight for Israel’s freedom

1/21/2020

Amos Gilad: Israel’s Military and Political Challenges

1/13/2020

Meital Lehavi: Israel’s bussing revolution

12/11/2019

Uri Bar-Joseph: How to prepare for a surprise war with Iran

12/09/2019

Yair Ettinger and Shlomo Fischer: The unraveling of the national religious society

11/26/2019

Zvika Klein: Should we care about the World Zionist Organization elections?

11/21/2019

Eyal Zisser: The Middle East without America

11/04/2019

Special Crossover episode – Makom Israel Teachers Lounge

11/04/2019

Irina Nevzlin: The importance of identity

10/28/2019

Danny Ayalon: The future of the relationship between Israel and American Jewry

10/17/2019

Dr. Ido Baum: Understanding the cases against Netanyahu

9/15/2019

Yaron Dekel: Understanding the upcoming elections results

9/09/2019

Dana Weiss: Who will form the new Israeli government?

8/29/2019

Sammy Smooha: Understanding the Ashkenazi and Mizrahi divide

8/29/2019

Ronia Victor: Celebrating Tu B’Av

8/12/2019

Ze’ev Orenstein: Commemorating Tisha B’av

8/01/2019

Arieh Eldad: Is Israel fulfilling its promise?

7/24/2019

Historian Avi Shilon: What it takes to be a good Israeli leader

7/15/2019

Noya Rimalt: Gender based segregation in Haredi higher education

7/04/2019

Amos Harel: A defense analyst’s look at Israel’s current situation

6/25/2019

Dr. Liran Harsgor: Understanding the Israeli voting system

6/24/2019

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman: Is Israel a part of the Mediterranean region?

6/06/2019

Dr. Gila Vachman: Celebrating Shavuot

6/03/2019

Yaakov Katz: The story behind Israel’s 2007 attack on Syria’s nuclear reactor

5/23/2019

Roberta R. Kwall: Can you “remix” Judaism?

5/16/2019

Daniel Dunkelman: Celebrating Eurovision in Israel

5/08/2019

Dr. Joel Rappel: Is the Israeli Independence day a religious holiday?

5/01/2019

Dr. Amir Teicher: The scientific darkness behind The Holocaust

4/18/2019

Nir Braudo: A Secular Passover

4/11/2019

Ambassador Avi Gil and Dr. Shlomo Fischer: Israeli Elections Aftermath

4/03/2019

Special Election Panel 3: Knesset Member Avraham Neguise and Gil Hoffman

3/27/2019

Special Election Panel: Knesset Member Meirav Ben-Ari and Amnon Lord

3/21/2019

Rabbi Mishael Zion: A Special Purim Episode

3/17/2019

Special Election Panel: Knesset member Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin and Professor Yossi Shain

2/28/2019

Dr. Yizhar Hess: The future of the Conservative Judaism movement in Israel

2/21/2019

Brigadier General (Res.) Michael Herzog: Israel’s upcoming security challenges

2/15/2019

Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald: Is There Such a Thing As a Jewish Gene?

2/06/2019

Jonathan de Shalit: Israeli Spy Turned Mystery Author

2/01/2019

Dana Weiss: How Will We Remember Benjamin Netanyahu

1/23/2019

Avi Buskila: Is there a future for the Israeli Left?

1/17/2019

Noah Slepkov: Who are the Jewish Israelis?

1/02/2019

Dennis Ross: Geo-Political Predictions for 2019

12/21/2018

Avi Gil: Concluding 2018

12/16/2018

Hana Bendcowsky: Who are the Israeli Christians?

12/06/2018

Uzi Leibner: Is Hanukkah a religious holiday or a national one?

11/20/2018

Moshe Koppel: The key for keeping Jewish tradition alive

11/14/2018

Special Crossover Episode – Two Nice Jewish Boys

11/12/2018

Answer our survey and see where you land on the map of Israeli Judaism

11/06/2018

Yaacov Lozowick: Is America getting more anti-Semitic?

11/04/2018

Einat Wilf and Adi Schwartz: Is UNRWA damaging the Palestinians?

11/04/2018

Dan Feferman: The Rise of Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel

10/15/2018

Dr. Shlomo Fischer: The Real Reasons why Israeli Haredis don’t serve in the IDF

10/15/2018

Jewish Journal/JPPI Podcast

7/11/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: The Next Generation

4/10/2018

70 Years of Israel-Diaspora Relations: the Next Generation

11/08/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division

8/24/2017

Putting the Kotel Decision in Context – Implications and Steps Forward

7/21/2017

Op-Ed: Putting the Kotel Decision in Context

7/02/2017

What JPPI’s 2017 Global Jewish Dialogue on Jerusalem Teaches us about the Kotel Crisis

5/18/2017

Jerusalem and the Jewish People: Unity and Division – Interim Report

4/20/2017

2017 Pluralism in Israel Index

4/20/2017

2017 Pluralism Index Survey Results

12/15/2016

Exploring the Jewish Spectrum in a Time of Fluid Identity

5/08/2016

JPPI Launches Its Pluralism Index in Israel

5/08/2016

JPPI Pluralism Index Launch Presentation

7/23/2015

Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry

6/03/2014

Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

3/16/2014

Preliminary Findings – Jewish and Democratic: Perspectives from World Jewry

3/13/2014

The Challenge of Peoplehood: Strengthening the Attachment of Young American Jews to Israel in the Time of the Distancing Discourse

12/13/2013

‘Jews Not by Religion’

2/21/2013

“The Haredi Challenge”

1/01/2012

Learning Jewishness, Jewish Education and Jewish Identity

1/19/2011

Conversion: After the Dialogue and the Crisis

1/18/2011

Debating Religion and State and “Distancing”

10/30/2010

Background: Conversion, Between Crisis and Dialogue