We invite you to join us for a timely intergenerational conversation on Israel. How Parents vs. Children understand Israel and their relationship to it. Join this dialogue with some of the leading Jewish thinkers of our time.

Jonathan D. Sarna is a Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

He was raised in New York City and attended Brandeis University, Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Mercaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, Israel and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he obtained his doctorate in 1979.

Sarna is regarded by Forward newspaper as one of the most prominent historians of American Judaism. He is the author of Lincoln and the Jews: A History and is on the Board with JDC. Sarna is married to Boston College theology professor Ruth Langer, with two children, Aaron and Leah.

Leah Sarna teaches in the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program. She is a third year student at Yeshivat Maharat and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also serves as the Congregational Intern at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains, where she teaches Torah to adults and bnot mitzvah.

Originally from Newton, MA, Leah studied at the Maimonides School and the Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz before completing her undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Psychology at Yale University in 2014.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin was raised in Brooklyn and was ordained at Yeshiva University, and studied Jewish history at Columbia University.

An Orthodox rabbi by training, Telushkin serves as a spiritual leader of the Los Angeles Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He is an associate of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a former director of education at the non-denominational Brandeis-Bardin Institute. He is also a Senior Associate with CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and is a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Book Council. He has been on the Newsweek list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America since 1997.

Telushkin is the author of 16 books on Judaism and wrote the introduction to the JDC Passover Hagaddah. In 2014, he released “Rebbe: The life and teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the most influential Rabbi in Modern History,” which appeared on all the major bestseller lists including New York Times best Seller list, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly


Abigail Pogrebin is the author of the recently published book, My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, which was reviewed by David Gregory in the New York Times and featured on the Today Show.  Her first book, Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish was adapted for the Off-Broadway Stage and her second book, One and the Same, covered her every aspect of being a twin.   A former producer for Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes and for Bill Moyers at PBS, she has written for numerous publications including Newsweek, New York Magazine,The Daily Beast, the Forward and Tablet, and has moderated conversations at the JCC in Manhattan, The 92Y, The Skirball Center, and The Shalom Hartman Institute.  She currently serves as President of Central Synagogue in Manhattan



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