The Marcus Center presents:The Condition of Jewish Belief: A Symposium Commentary Magazine, 1966 and 1996

Monday, January 2, 2006

A Program in the AMERICAN JEWISH ICONS: A NATIONAL DISCUSSION series sponsored by The National Foundation for Jewish Culture & The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives 

with Dr. Steven Bayme 

In August 1966, Commentary published a symposium on Jewish belief; 30 years later, the magazine returned to this subject. The two texts offer a comparative reading on the belief system of American Jews in two generations, providing insights into how Jewish beliefs have changed, how transformation in American culture have affected Jewish belief, and how transformations within the American Jewish community have shaped Jewish self-understanding. 

Dr. Steven Bayme serves as Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the American Jewish Committee and of the Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. His responsibilities include Jewish family issues, Jewish education, Israel-Diaspora relations, Jewish identity and continuity, and intra-Jewish relations. 

Dr. Bayme holds undergraduate degrees in history from Yeshiva University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Jewish history from Columbia University. He has lectured widely across the country and taught at Yeshiva University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and Queens College. He currently holds the rank of Visiting Associate Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Bayme has published articles on family policy, intermarriage, liberal Judaism, Jewish parenting, Jewish responses to modernity, Jewish attitudes on terrorism and violence, and modern Orthodoxy in America. He has edited a volume of essays on American Jewry entitled Facing the Future: Essays on Contemporary Jewish Life, is co-editor of a volume entitled Rebuilding the Nest: A New Commitment to the American Family, and is co-editor of The Jewish Family and Jewish Continuity. His volume Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary is widely used in adult education. He has recently completed a volume of essays titled Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments

Refreshments will be served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 


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