Jewish Futures Conference

Bima Revolution

A conference questions the point of the rite of passage, besides profits for the party-planning-industrial complex.

03/06/2013
Associate Editor

Jessica Lahey, a middle school teacher who also blogs for The New York Times, wanted a rite of passage for her adolescent son to help him mark his transition to adulthood.

Is the rite of passage working for anyone besides the party-planning-industrial complex?

Some Takeaways From The Population Survey

06/19/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

We are living in a time when 20th-century Jewish institutions are being challenged by the forces of the 21st century. A speaker at the recent Jewish Futures conference invoked the metaphor of the “brick hitting the cloud.” Participants were implored to smash idols — 20th-century institutions — in the name of reinventing Jewish community. Of course smashing these idols involves dissolution of the “establishment,” including federations.

Alisa Rubin Kurshan
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