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October 19 Sisterhood Symposium to look at assimilation

Image of partial 2017 Sisterhood Symposium flyer with title Assimilation: Is It Good for the Jews.

September 18, 2017

This year’s Sisterhood Symposium, titled “Assimilation: Is It Good for the Jews?” will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt. Jewish assimilation refers to the gradual cultural and social integration of Jews in their surrounding culture, as well as the ideological program promoting conformity, which began with the Ashkenazi Jews in 18th century Europe.

Photo of this year's Sisterhood Symposium guest speaker Jenna Weissman Joselit, the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History at the George Washington University.The program will feature guest speaker Jenna Weissman Joselit, the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she also directs two graduate programs in Jewish cultural arts, the first of their kind in the country. Also speaking at this year’s symposium will again be Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas.

Professor Weissman Joselit is a historian of everyday life and specializes in American Jewish history and culture. Her work focuses on the relationship between material culture and identity. Weissman Joselit’s latest book is Set in Stone, a vividly rendered narrative that explores America's embrace of the Ten Commandments. Her other books include The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture, 1880-1950, which received the National Jewish Book Award in History, and A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. Most recently, Weissman Joselit has been a distinguished visiting scholar at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

The symposium, presented by the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and the JCC of Syracuse, will include a full-course dinner. The cost is $25 per person and and a table sponsorship of eight with program recognition is $250.

Individual online registration for the event may be made by clicking here. Or, for individual registration and table sponsorships, contact the CBS-CS office at 315-446-9570 or office@CBS-CS.org. The reservation deadline is October 9.

 

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