As the pandemic has made clear, we are in an era of unprecedented social upheaval. Our political, social and communal institutions are challenged by a breakdown in civil discourse and democratic values, rising extremist movements, the need to reckon with systemic racial injustice, and an existential climate threat. To meet this century’s new realities, our institutions must adapt and evolve to promote democracy, foster meaningful conversations, and join together to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect.
In her presentation, Rooted and Relevant: 21st Century Jewish Life, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., explores how Reconstructionist Judaism can lead the way in the post-COVID world toward a religious revival embracing this new paradigm.
This talk was originally delivered on March 2, 2021 for the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies. A PDF of her lecture slides can be found here.