Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 PM at The New Shul map
Cost: $18 (Suggested Donation)
Rabbi Mike Uram
Join Valley Beit Midrash as we welcome Rabbi Mike Uram for a thought provoking discussion on his latest book, Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations.
About the Author: Rabbi Mike Uram is a passionate Jew who is always asking new questions about how Judaism can impact the world. He has spent time in all of the different denominations and is most passionate about breaking down the personal, spiritual, and intellectual boundaries that prevent people from having fully self-actualized Jewish identities. Mike is the author of a new book entitled Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations. It is a book about how to reinvent Jewish community in a post-institutional world.
He helped to re-create a new, grass-roots student organization called the Jewish Renaissance Project (JRP) that reaches thousands of students on the Jewish periphery with cutting-edge methods for building alternative Jewish communities and delivering content rich Jewish experiences. Mike has consulted and written on the changing nature of American Jewish community and new models that can help promote thriving Jewish life in this new period.
Currently, Mike serves on the following boards and councils: Hillel International Board of Directors, Rabbinical Assembly Executive Council, Philadelphia Birthright Leadership Council, and the Philadelphia Jewish Men’s Assembly.
Mike is senior faculty for the Schusterman Fellowship and has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Rabbinical Assembly Conference, LimmudNY, Limmud Philly, and Hillel’s International Staff Conference and New Professionals Conference. He serves as a Jewish educator for the Philadelphia Federation’s Men’s Cabinet and Round Table. Mike holds a BA in History and Religious Studies from Washington University and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Mike lives in Philadelphia with his wife Leora and his children Avital, Benjamin, and Coby.
About the Book: The Jewish world is changing before our eyes. The traditional notions of what it means to be a Jew, what Jewish organizations look like and what Jewish leadership means are no longer working, leaving many Jewish organizations in a struggle for survival. Many Jewish leaders are afraid that this will only get worse as the millennials―the “my way, right away, why pay” generation―begin to enter adulthood. This is an essential resource for lay leaders, rabbis, cantors and anyone who wants to build a brighter Jewish future for all Jews and the institutions that support them.