Speaker: Dr. Michal Raucher, Undergraduate Director and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University
Jews express a great deal of concern about demographics. Some say this concern came out of modern, political Zionism, others suggest it is a post-Holocaust phenomenon. The demographic concerns get louder and quieter at different points in time. Join us to explore the contours of this concern over Jewish demographics; we’ll look closely at Jewish reproductive rates, and we’ll have a chance to problematize the discourse. The language of crisis makes it seem like all of our energy, funds, etc. should be directed towards solving the crisis, but in many ways, our tradition, our laws, our cultural norms challenge the idea of “crisis” when it comes to demographics.
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