Jewish Identity Expert Speaks at Congregation Agudas Achim

Jewish Identity Expert Speaks at Congregation Agudas Achim

Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Courtesy: CAA

Congregation Agudas Achim’s 2019 Speaker Series will feature one of the country’s foremost authorities on Jewish identity, Yehuda Kurtzer, president of New York City’s Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Sunday, Feb. 24.

Kurtzer will discuss the meaning of Israel to American Judaism as it relates to this year’s series CAA Speaker Series theme, “Renewing Jewish Identity: How Judaism is Reinventing Its Relationships with America and Israel.”

"As president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Dr. Kurtzer is in a prime position to recognize trends and to engage passionately in the questions and possibilities of navigating Jewish identity—both in America and in Israel," said CAA’s Senior Rabbi Neil Blumofe.

"Yehuda is a leading, sought-out speaker concerning the meaning of Israel to American Jews, the values that Judaism teaches as we live in these interesting times, and the ways that we can consider and shoulder questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life," Blumofe added.

The 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. program begins with brunch, followed by Kurtzer’s presentation, comments from Blumofe and audience questions.

Brunch is $15 and can be paid online at theaustinsynagogue.org/speaker or at the door. An RSVP for the Kurtzer program by Feb. 20 is requested to cameron.nudleman @caa-austin.org.

Series sponsors receive reserved seating and complimentary brunch. Sponsorships at $180, for one or two people, help defray speaker travel costs. To become a sponsor or make a general donation to the Speaker Series, contact cameron.nudleman@caa-austin.org. ■

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