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Being Jewish in America:
The Difficult Dialogue Over Israel


In partnership between Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning and The Associated’s Insight Israel Forum

January 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

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In this next installment of the Leadership Lab Series: Being Jewish in America, we will explore our complicated and always evolving relationship to Israel as Jews and as Americans. What competing values may be informing our views, and how do they impact our ability to find common ground even in our own community?

Learn with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Rabbi Anna Levin Rosen, Rabbi and Executive Director of the University of Chicago Hillel, as they share their experiences as leaders working to bridge divides and honor differences in our ongoing dialogue over Israel. The evening will be facilitated by Dr. Bill Robinson, Executive Director of Na’aleh.

Zoom link will be provided in advance of the event. 

  • $25 is the suggested registration fee for this event.
  • Annual lay leadership passes are available for $180 with access to all Na’aleh programs. Learn more.
  • This event is complimentary for professionals of supporting organizations.

Questions? Contact Shirley Hott at shott@naalehbaltimore.org.

Live-captioning is available through Maryland Relay Service. Generally, 48 hours advance notice is required to set this up. 

In lieu of a registration fee, please consider making a gift to The Associated by visiting associated.org/give. You will also have the opportunity to make your 2021 Annual Campaign gift to The Associated. 

Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning offers community-wide interactive and inspiring learning opportunities for professionals and volunteers to connect and grow as leaders working together to ensure a vibrant Baltimore Jewish community. Na’aleh (formerly known as the Center for Leadership) unites our three successful Jewish leadership programs – ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Learning Institute (ACHARAI), The Darrell D. Friedman Institute for Professional Development (DFI) and The Associated’s Center for Community Engagement and Leadership (CCEL). Learn more about Na’aleh at naalehbaltimore.org.

Event Speakers


Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. He is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, which offers new thinking to contemporary Jews on navigating the tensions between history and memory; and the co-editor of The New Jewish Canon, a collection of the most significant Jewish ideas and debates of the past two generations. He is also the host of Hartman’s Identity/Crisis podcast which can be found at identitycrisispod.com.

Anna Levin Rosen serves as the Rabbi and Executive Director at University of Chicago Hillel. Having served Hillel for over 12 years, Anna’s work is part of the fabric of the University. With a passion for Jewish life and social justice, Anna has served as a guest educator for a spectrum of organizations in Chicago including Mishkan, Anshe Emet, Spertus and Interfaith Family. Committed to social justice, Anna served as a community organizer with JCRC in Boston and Fairmount Temple in Cleveland as well as working with interfaith community in Israel. Anna has a Rabbinical Degree from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati where she was the recipient of a Dean’s research grant for her thesis project on contemporary philanthropy entitled: Thinking Outside the Tzedakah Box. She received her BA from University of Virginia in Religious Studies, Anthropology and Jewish Studies.

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