The Ruderman Summit on Philanthropy, Power, and Democracy in the Jewish Community of the 21st Century

Sunday, April 02, 2017, 11:30am – 6:00pm EDT
Hebrew College
160 Herrick Rd
Newton Centre, MA 02459
United States


The Ruderman Foundation, together with Hebrew College and the Jewish Funders Network invites you to a summit and public conversation on Jewish communal governance for the 21st century. The program will take place on Sunday, April 2 from 11:30am-6:00pm at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA. Advance registration and fee of $50 required. Kosher lunch included. Discounts available for students upon request.

The summit's purpose is to explore and discuss the ways we govern ourselves in the American Jewish community and how changes in recent years may require different structures to respond to the current political and social culture.

Communal leaders, social activists and cultural commentators will share their thoughts and generate conversations around the following questions:

  • How can the structure and decision making processes of the Jewish community respond to 21st century sensibilities?
  • What roles can Jewish foundations and federations play in creating a more multi-vocal and democratic community?
  • What can we learn from other Jewish communities, non-Jewish communities and American political life that can help the North American Jewish community develop a more responsive and bottom-up organizational structure?

To address these questions, we will feature panelists and presenters Lisa Eisen (Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation), Allison Fine (social media expert), J.J. Goldberg (Forward), Tiffany Harris (Moishe House), Elie Kaunfer (Mechon Hadar), Idit Klein (Keshet), Daniel Lehmann (Hebrew College), Karyn Cohen Leviton (One8 Foundation), Gil Preuss (CJP), Jay Ruderman (Ruderman Family Foundation), Andrés Spokoiny (Jewish Funders Network), and Dr. Steven Windmueller (Hebrew Union College).


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