Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM CST via Zoom

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Kenneth Berger, D.HL., will provide a snapshot of Jews and the Jewish community in America. How many Jews are there in America today? Where do they live, and what is their economic status? How do they identify as Jews? What is their level of engagement with Jewish beliefs and practices? Whom are they marrying, and how are they raising their children? How do they align politically, and what are their connections with and attitudes towards the State of Israel? His talk will draw on data from the Pew Research Center’s study, Jewish Americans in 2020, and Jewish Chicago: Who We Are, a population study commissioned by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago in 2020.


Speaker Bio: A native of Chicago, Rabbi Kenneth Berger served as a congregational rabbi for over thirty-five years, serving congregations in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Teaneck, NJ, where he is now Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Sholom. Rabbi Berger received his doctorate in the history and development of Jewish Liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He teaches adult classes at Moriah Congregation and has taught courses at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies and at the Chicagoland Jewish High School. He is the author of Tradition, Interpretation, and Change: Developments in the Liturgy of Medieval and Early Modern Ashkenazi (HUC Press, 2019).


Sponsored by a generous grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation and the Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity (CCID) and presented by Jewish Studies and CCID.

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