Good for the Jews? Intermarriage and the Changing Face of the American Jewish Community
Date: Nov 20, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community
Location: Greater Washington, DC
Category: JTS in Your Community
A Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Ray
About the Lecture
For most of Jewish history, Jewish conversion meant conversion out of Judaism. In recent years, however, the prospect of conversion to Judaism has become an increasingly popular phenomenon. This trend has opened up new possibilities for the development of the modern Jewish community, as well as new anxieties about how these converts might alter the character of that community. This lecture explores how intermarriage and conversion are shaping the nature of the American Jewish community.
Congregation B’nai Israel
6301 Montrose Road
About the Scholar
Dr. Jonathan Ray is a JTS Fellow and the Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. He holds a BA from Tufts University in History and Religion and a PhD in Jewish History from JTS. He is the author of The Sephardic Frontier: The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia (Cornell University Press, 2006) and After Expulsion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry (NYU Press, 2013).