Being Jewish in America: Emerging Trends in Jewish Life and Family

In this next installment of the Leadership Lab Series: Being Jewish in America, we will explore the diversity and dynamics of the rising generations of younger Jews and the challenges and opportunities they present to Jewish organizations.  What can we offer of value to younger Jews whose relationships are more diverse, ways of belonging more creative, world more chaotic, and concerns more global?  How must we transform the way our institutions operate so that we can better engage them and build connections the powerfully bridge the generations?  Explore these and other questions with Aliza Kline, CEO of OneTable, and Rabbi Hayim Herring, author and former executive director of STAR (Synagogue Transformation and Renewal). The evening will be facilitated by Dr. Bill Robinson, Executive Director of Na’aleh.
This event is sponsored by the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds.

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Aliza Kline is the President and CEO of OneTable. At a time when many feel isolated and disconnected from Jewish life, OneTable creates new ways to connect with each other, time, and community by linking Jewish wisdom with modern technology. Founded in 2014, OneTable has grown to a national organization that engages tens of thousands Jewish young adults through peer-led Shabbat dinners. Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, OneTable has expanded to serve the broader community – most recently by launching HereFor.com a platform to enable individuals to find alternative High Holiday celebrations. Also the founding executive director of Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh & Education Center, Aliza has devoted her career to re-imagining Jewish ritual open to the full diversity of the community. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner Rabbi Bradley Solmsen and three daughters.

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D., is C.E.O. of HayimHerring.com, whose mission is “Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Organizations™.” He has served as a congregational rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis, MN., assistant executive director of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and founding executive director of STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), a foundation created by Michael Steinhardt, Edgar Bronfman, and Lynn Schusterman for synagogue innovation and rabbinic leadership development. Hayim has published over 70 scholarly and popular articles and studies primarily on the American Jewish community. Recent books include Connecting Generations: Bridging the Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial Divide (Rowman and Littlefield 2019)Leading Congregations and Nonprofit Organizations in a Connected World: Platforms, People and Purpose (Rowman and Littlefield 2016), co-authored with Dr. Terri Elton; and, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life (Rowman/Alban Institute 2012). He is currently co-authoring a volume title, L’Dor va-Dor in a Post-COVID Digital Age.

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