The Blessing of Assimilation—Then and Now

By :  Arnold M. Eisen Chancellor Emeritus; Professor of Jewish Thought Posted On Sep 20, 2016 | Conservative Judaism

The 2016 Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture

Current JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen revisits former JTS Chancellor Gerson D. Cohen’s landmark 1966 essay “The Blessing of Assimilation in Jewish History.” Chancellor Eisen discusses how the issues raised by Chancellor Cohen half a century ago continue to engage and challenge us today. On the occasion of Cohen’s 25th yahrzeit, Chancellor Eisen explores the state and prospects of Judaism in North America, the growing gap between the Jewish communities of Israel and the Diaspora, and the shifting landscape—and continuing importance—of Conservative Judaism.

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