Professor Jack Wertheimer to present on contemporary American Judaism

Cranford, NJ –Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim is excited to welcome Jack Wertheimer, professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, as the first a Scholar-in-Residence on Sunday, November 10, 2019, kicking off a year of learning, centered around The Jewish Immigrant Experience.

Professor Wertheimer writes about Jewish religious, communal and educational developments since the middle of the 20th century. His most recent book, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today (2018) and the topics it explores, will be the focus of this program.  ‘We are excited to bring Professor Wertheimer to our community as he is one of the leading historians and interpreters of the American Jewish experience,” says Rabbi Paul Kerbel.  “Professor Wertheimer will help us put into perspective the success but also the challenges of Jewish life in America."  

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The day will include two lectures, a luncheon and book signing.  The first lecture, Jews on the Move: How Migrations Have Remade American Jewish Life will explore the history of the United States, and weave in the story of American Jews - an immigrant saga about rapid adaptation to America, one which continues in our own time.  The second lecture, The Good News about the New American Judaism, will address the challenges of Jewish religious life and the creative responses from synagogues to those challenges.

“Hosting Professor Wertheimer is yet another example of how TBEMC is serving our members and the greater community as a center for Jewish learning”.  Following Professor Wertheimer's lecture, we will continue to explore the Jewish Immigrant Experience with a lecture on Anti-Semitism in America from ADL Regional Director Evan Bernstein on Thursday, Nov 14 and a community trip to the Lower East Side in mid-December.

This program is open to the public and the cost is $18/person.  Register for the event on our website at (use drop down menu for Scholar in Residence). Questions call 908-276-9231. Venue address: Temple Beth El-Mekor Chayim, 338 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ.