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Why the American Jewish Community Needs Remix Judaism

Zoom 29

Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor at DePaul University College of Law. She graduated from Brown University majoring in Religious Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She also has a master’s degree in Jewish Studies. Kwall is an internationally renowned scholar and lecturer and her work reflects a broad range of interests such as Jewish law and culture, authorship rights, and intellectual property. Her latest book is “Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World.” Currently, Kwall is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Law as well as writing an essay for this volume about lawmaking in the Conservative Movement. She also frequently writes Op-eds and essays for popular audiences, including The Wall Street Journal and The Chicago Tribune.

In light of the recent data furnished by the Pew 2020 Report on the American Jewish community, many think that there is little future for American Judaism outside of the Orthodox. The Pew Report, although not entirely negative, still contains much cause for concern for those interested in a viable path for transmission of Jewish tradition outside of strict compliance with Jewish law. My presentation will focus on how a remixed approach to Jewish tradition can energize both religiously liberal Jews and Jewish organizations and facilitate continuity among a broader spectrum of the American Jewish community.