Past Is Present: Stephen S. Wise, the Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Reinvention of American Liberal Judaism

Date: Monday, January 8, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Location: American Jewish Archives
Speakers: Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D., Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
Rabbi Shirley Idelson

Bucking denominational trends of the early 1920s, Stephen S. Wise’s Jewish Institute of Religion was founded on freedom of thought and practice. The cadre of JIR alumni who would later join the CCAR inspired a counter-cultural rabbinic ethos that flowed from their fledgling seminary to eventually pervade Reform Judaism. Rabbi Idelson will explore this history, including aspects connected to the Cincinnati Jewish community, and its resonance today.