I wanted to let the Wexner network know about something special we are hosting at the Shalom Hartman Institute on June 12, 2014. We’ll be holding a one-day iEngage conference for rabbis, educators, board chairs, and Jewish communal professionals. Faculty from diverse disciplines including Wexner alumni Jill Jacobs (Class 11), Ethan Tucker (Class 11), and Yehuda Kurtzer (Class 15),  President of SHI North America, will address such questions as:

  • How does the Jewish community define its boundaries in an ever-changing world?
  • When should we seek consensus and when should majority rule?
  • Is it possible for any individual or institution to speak on behalf of the North American Jewish Community?

Similar to the constructive dialogue across difference I have experienced at Wexner Institutes, this day will provide a unique space in the Jewish communal conversation for a provocative, challenging, and safe learning experience. Please click here for more information and to register.


Naomi Adland is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar (Class 25).Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Naomi is currently a graduate student at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in a dual MPA/MA program in Jewish Professional Leadership, and a part-time employee of the Shalom Hartman Institute – North America. Prior to graduate school, Naomi spent two years working as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she was responsible for executing Pardes’ North American recruitment activities. A proud alumna of Brandeis University and then AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps, Naomi is always happy to engage in conversations about Judaism and social justice. Naomi can be reached at nadland@gmail.com.