2016 Programs

Trends in Modern Judaism

Three Conversations Between Scholars & Students at the University of Pennsylvania (2016)

1) New Age Trends in Jewish Spirituality in Israel - Rachel Werczberger

Rachel Werczberger received her Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2011 with a dissertation on the subject of “Jewish Spiritual Renewal in Israel and the New Age Movement.” Her research interests include New Age spirituality, new (religious) social movements, gender and religion and sociology and anthropology of Judaism. She gave this talk while a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

2) WAITING TO WAIT NO MORE: HABAD MESSIANISM AND THE PRESENT FUTURE - ELLIOT R. WOLFSON

Elliot R. Wolfson is the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His main area of scholarly research is the history of Jewish mysticism but he has brought to bear on that field training in philosophy, literary criticism, feminist theory, postmodern hermeneutics, Eastern mystical traditions, and the phenomenology of religion. He gave this talk while a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

3) RE-THINKING JEWISH PIETY IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN JUDAISM - SHAUL MAGID

Shaul Magid is the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His areas of interest and research include sixteenth century Kabbala, Hasidism, American Judaism, contemporary conceptions of Jewish religiosity, and comparative religion. He gave this talk while a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.