Past Event

Robert Mnookin

The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World

Jews in America are in a period of unprecedented status and impact, but for many their identity as Jews–religiously, historically, culturally–is increasingly complicated. Many are becoming Jews without Judaism. It appears success and acceptance will accomplish what even the most virulent antisemitism never could—if not the disappearance of Jews themselves, the undermining of what it means to be Jewish.

Mnookin shares provocative stories of the ways American Jews have forged (or disavowed) their Jewish identity over the past half-century, including his own, to answer the standing question: How can Jews who have different values, perspectives, and relationships with their faith keep the community open, vibrant, and thriving?