Past Is Present: Stephen S. Wise, the Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Reinvention of American Liberal Judaism

Bucking denominational trends of the early 1920s, Stephen S. Wise’s Jewish Institute of Religion was founded on freedom of thought and practice. The cadre of JIR alumni who would later join the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) inspired a counter-cultural rabbinic ethos that flowed from their fledgling seminary to eventually pervade Reform Judaism. Rabbi Idelson will explore this history, including aspects connected to the Cincinnati Jewish community, and its resonance today.

The event is free and open to the public, advance registration is required.

Monday, January 8, 2024
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives of
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH

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January 8
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Cincinnati, OH 45220 United States
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