OMJCC Visiting Scholar Noam Pianko::Can Historical Models Expand the Possiblibites for Sustaninable Jewish Life Today?

Thu, March 7, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn and be inspired by our Osher Marin JCC Visiting Scholar, Noam Pianko, here for four sessions from February through May

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 The Osher Marin JCC Visiting Scholar
Jewish Studies Scholar, Professor & Author of Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn

Pick one of two class options:

  1. Thursday session: Thursday, March 7 @ 7pm at the OMJCC   - OR - 
  2. Friday session: Friday, March 8 @ 7:30am at Il Fornaio, Corte Madera

Contact Alaina Yoakum for info: ayoakum@marinjcc.org, 415-444-8080


Is There Such a Thing as the Jewish People?

Rethinking Jewish Membership for a Global Era

Learn with and be inspired by Osher Marin JCC Visiting Scholar Noam Pianko, here for four sessions from February through May. Pianko’s series explores our historical and modern conceptions of Jewish identity, and challenges us to consider new paradigms for Jewish peoplehood in our increasingly globalized world.

Pianko is Associate Professor and Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is also chair of the University of Washington Jewish Studies program.

Presented in association with the Jewish Study Center at GTU and Lehrhaus Judaica


What is "Jewish Peoplehood" and how is it changing in both the United States and Israel? Tremendous intellectual and financial resources have been invested to try to preserve the ties that connect Jews to one another. However, the assumptions about what peoplehood is are unclear and based on outdated paradigms of identity. Technological, social and political transformations have altered the landscape in this global area and the theory of Jewish collectivity lags behind.  These talks will explore probing questions about peoplehood past, present, and future to reassess the possibilities and limitations of Jewish identity today. 

Mar 7 or 8: Can Historical Models Expand the Possibilities for Sustainable Jewish Life Today? How did pre-modern Jews think about what connected Jews to one another? We'll explore the diverse meanings of the "Jewish People" before the social and political transformations of the modern period. Long forgotten notions of Jewish identity and solidarity can help us imagine new models of Jewish life today.