Author gives lecture on future of Judaism in America

Daniel Gordis is seen speaking with Marshall Cooper, Temple Sholom’s co-chair of the Israel Education and Advocacy Committee.

Daniel Gordis is seen speaking with Marshall Cooper, Temple Sholom’s co-chair of the Israel Education and Advocacy Committee.

A crowd of more than 100 at Temple Sholom in Greenwich recently attended a lecture given by Daniel Gordis, award winning author and lecturer, and senior vice president of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

Dr. Gordis spoke about the need to reframe the conversation on Israel if we want the next generations to feel passionately about the Jewish state. He said that for his generation and those that preceded his, the story of Israel as a refuge for Jews and as a victor in the 1967 war was a powerful narrative. But for the next generations of Jews in America, Israel can’t just be a refuge and a victor, a place where Judaism was able to survive its manifold enemies. Rather, it needs to be a place that manifests moral, spiritual and national values, a place of positive development and success in civic as well as religious growth.

For the next generations, Dr. Gordis argued, connection to Israel will be based on the country’s ability to make itself relevant to the positive growth of Jewish identity in the Diaspora.

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