2017 Programs

Spirituality and Aging

An interdisciplinary conversation across the sacred/secular divide

Case western reserve university, October 2017

This one day event brought together scholars, professionals, and clergy for an immersive series of discussions at the intersection of theory and practice. It was co-hosted by the Institute of Jewish spirituality and Society, the Department of Sociology, the Center on Aging and health and the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve University. Presenters included Professors Philip Wexler, Evah Kahana, Dale Dannefer, and Peter J. Whitehouse, as well as Mrs . Miriam Katz BA, MSSA, LISW-S of Case Western's  Montefiore Home, and the co-directors of Chabad on Campus at Case Western, Rabbi Mendy Alevsky and Mrs. Sara Alevsky.  


Jewish Spirituality and Social Transformation

Institute of Jewish Spirituality and Society Inaugural Summit

Briarcliff Manor, NY - July 2017

Our inaugural conference drew three distinct fields of scholarship and practice into a shared conversation: Scholars of the Jewish spiritual and mystical traditions; scholars of the social sciences, with a focus on education, social change, and psychology; and senior practitioners of human services. Over three days of intense discussions participants delved into the social and spiritual content, implications, and applications of their theoretical work, research findings, and professional experiences to illuminate the ways in which their different fields of work can interact and transform our approach to contemporary social challenges. To see videos of conference presentations please click here.  


The Social is Spiritual: Beyond the Critique of Tolerance

Rice University, April 2017

Our director, Professor Philip Wexler, was welcomed for a talk at Rice University's Department of Religion. His lecture was subsequently reviewed in the departmental newsletter by Professor William Parsons:

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