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NEXTwork Lunch & Learn

NEXTwork Lunch & Learn

Is Jewish identity earned or inherited?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Please bring your own brown-bag lunch or order a box lunch from Spertus by October 9th. The box lunch options are: roasted vegetable sandwich or a roasted chicken sandwich. Each lunch also comes with fruit, chips and a dessert. To order a lunch, please contact Beth Schenker and put "LUNCH" in the subject line. Box lunches are $8 and should be paid at the door: checks made out to Spertus or you can pay by credit card. 

Beverages will be provided.

Make more of your lunch hour with new ideas, new colleagues, and new opportunities!

Join us at the second Lunch & Learn of the year hosted by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation& and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadershipwhere wewill hear from Rabbi Ari Weiss, Senior Director, Learning Networks at ;NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

Session Information;
As the distance between how Jewish institutions, communities and individuals think about identity increases,the debate is heating up. The question that we wrestle with is: is Jewish identity earned, or inherited? Is this a question that we can answer, or is this our chance to re-imagine what it means to be Jewish in the 21st Century?

Rabbi Ari WeissRabbi Ari Weiss is the Senior Director, Learning Networks at NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation. Previous to NEXT, he served as the Executive Director of Uri L'Tzedek, the Orthodox social justice organization. In 2012, The New York Jewish Week selected Ari as one of "36 under 36" young Jewish visionaries who are re-imagining ewish life. Ari received his rabbinical ordination from YCT Rabbinical School in 2007.

NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation
NEXT: A Division of the Birthright Israel Foundation connects Birthright Israel trip alumni and their peers with meaningful Jewish living and learning opportunities locally, nationally and in Israel, and in parallel, grows and advances the field of young adult engagement professionals.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Spertus offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs—including films, speakers, seminars, and concerts—take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.


This program is part of the NEXTwork Lunch & Learn series, brought to you by NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

NEXTwork Lunch & Learn is a new professional development offering for the NEXTwork, NEXT’s ever-growing national network of professionals who engage Jewish young adults. Through partnerships with organizations like Spertus, NEXT hopes to create valuable learning opportunities for engagement professionals on both a local and national level.