“Conservative Judaism: The Next Generation”: An Evening of Debate and Dialogue at B’nai Aviv

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January 21, 2010, Weston, FL

Four leaders and innovators of Conservative Judaism from the Florida area will be joined by Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), in a panel discussion on “Conservative Judaism: The Next Generation,” at B’nai Aviv-Conservative Synagogue of Weston, 1410 Indian Trace, Weston.

Panelists will include Rabbi Samuel S. Kieffer, B’nai Aviv, Weston; Rabbi Ed Farber, Beth Torah–Beny Rok Campus, North Miami Beach; Rabbi Amy Rader, B’nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton; and Rabbi Andy Shugerman, JTS rabbinic fellow based in Florida. Professor Eisen will serve as the moderator.


The discussion will focus on the future direction of Conservative Judaism and address questions about the Movement's role in contemporary life. Should Conservative Judaism be thought of as a set of beliefs and practices? Or is Conservative Judaism more akin to a conversation, a language and grammar for thinking and living Jewishly in our time?

Professor Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of JTS. Since his inauguration in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has met with world leaders, engaged in prominent interdenominational and interfaith dialogues, and championed a transformation in the education of the next generation of Conservative leadership.

Rabbi Samuel S. Kieffer began his term as rabbi of B’nai Aviv in 1992. The current president of the Southeast Region Rabbinical Assembly, he received an honorary doctorate from JTS in 2005 in recognition of his twenty-five years in the rabbinate.

Rabbi Ed Farber is rabbi of Beth Torah–Beny Rok Campus in North Miami Beach. Before assuming that pulpit in 1995, he served as rabbi at Temple Samu-El Or Olam in South Dade. In February 2003, he was presented with an honorary doctorate by JTS recognizing his twenty-five years of service to the rabbinate.

Rabbi Amy Rader is an associate rabbi at B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, where she directs the B'nai Mitzvah Program, coordinates the Judaic curriculum of the Early Childhood Center, and co-officiates at a popular alternative service, Havurat Shabbat, each Shabbat morning.

Rabbi Andy Shugerman is a JTS rabbinic fellow based in Florida. Rabbi Shugerman is responsible for both formal and informal educational outreach, including study groups, special programs, and synagogue educational events. He was ordained in May 2009 by The Rabbinical School of JTS and earned a master's degree from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education in 2008.

For additional information, contact the Florida Regional Office of JTS at (561) 852-3454 or the B’nai Aviv office at (954) 384-8265.


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