Jewish Identity on Campus Today | Congregation Beth Am

Jewish Identity on Campus Today

A Perspective from Stanford Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Jessica Kirschner

Rabbi Jessica Kirschner has been the Executive Director of Hillel at Stanford since August 2017. She learned how to build welcoming, creative, student-centered Jewish communities as a leader in NFTY and as a camper at Camps Swig and Newman. She mastered effective community organizing techniques and crisis-response management while working for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Rabbi Kirschner graduated from UC Berkeley where she was a Hillel leader, was ordained at HUC-JIR, and served as a congregational rabbi in Washington, D.C. for seven years before coming back home to the Bay Area.

During her talk at Beth Am, Rabbi Kirschner will share what Hillel is learning about the Jewish future through working with Gen Z – students born after 1995. Their needs, concerns and interests are different from “The Greatest Generation,” Boomers, Gen X and even Millennials. This has implications for their own identities as Jews, the Israel conversation on campus, and our collective future as a Jewish People.

If you are concerned about Jewish life on American campuses and the future of the great Jewish project we are all engaged in together, you won’t want to miss this talk with Rabbi Kirschner.

After the service, enjoy discussion with our speaker and a delicious dinner prepared by the Poltava Committee. Dinner registration has now closed. All proceeds from the dinner will support our award-winning sister synagogue in Ukraine, Beth Am of Poltava, as well as the WUPJ rabbinic studies program in Moscow.)

*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.


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