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Orthodox Communities and American Politics

Instead of focusing on what divides us, Elana Stein Hain, Avi Helfand and Rivka Press Schwartz address our shared foundational questions.
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Rosh Beit Midrash and a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty and consults on the content of lay and professional programs. A widely well-regarded thinker and teacher, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she hosts TEXTing, a bi-weekly podcast that considers issues relevant to Jewish life through the lens

Michael (Avi) Helfand

Rivka Press Schwartz

Our Orthodox communities are grappling with a version of the polarization that is dividing America. Rather than focusing on what divides us, this conversation addresses the shared foundational questions that animate these conflicts: How do we understand the relationship between religion and politics? How should Jews engage in civic life? How can we balance our interests and our values? How do people and communities navigate these questions differently from one another, and why?

Consider our common beliefs in this panel discussion with Elana Stein Hain, Avi Helfand and Rivka Press Schwartz.

Panel presented in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom, Stanton Street Shul, Congregation Ramath Orah, West Side Institutional Synagogue, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Hudson Yards Synagogue, The Prospect Heights Shul, The Riverdale Minyan, The Downtown Minyan, Kehilath Jeshurun, and The Jewish Center.

This program was recorded during our two-week symposium on Judaism, Citizenship & Democracy in October 2020.


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