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May 17, 2020 Sicha: A Tribal Language For A Global People

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Conversations About Hebrew and the Jewish Experience

Hebrew At The Center is hosting four Compelling Conversations about Hebrew and the Jewish Experience. This second session, co-sponsored by Hebrew College, features Jeremy Benstein, Managing Editor of 929-English and Avraham Infeld, Founder of the Melitz Institute. Register to receive the Zoom link.

About the program

Join Avraham Infeld, a world-renowned educator and Jewish leader, and Jeremy Benstein, an author and trained linguist, as the discuss their shared passion about Hebrew as an elemental component of identity and a connector between a people and their purpose. Bringing their personal journey’s from growing up in South Africa and the American Midwest to living in Israel as committed Hebraists, Avraham and Jeremy will consider the status of Hebrew in America, the ways in which the language connects Jews to one another in time and space, and possible strategies to make Hebrew more meaningful to more people. Participants will be invited to both enjoy the story telling talents of these two thoughtful individuals and to post questions that will inform the lively conversation.

Speaker Bios

Jeremy Benstein is an educator, author and Hebrew lover with a BA in linguistics from Harvard, a master’s degree in Judaic studies and a doctorate in cultural anthropology. Originally from the Midwest, he moved to Israel over 35 years ago and helped found the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv. Currently the managing editor of 929-English (Tanakh: Age-Old Text, New Perspectives – www.929.org.il), his most recent book is Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language In a Global World.

Avraham Infeld is a well-known Jewish educator who founded Melitz, an Israeli education nonprofit that fosters Jewish identity, served as the president of Hillel and was the first international director of Birthright. Born in South Africa and raised in a Zionist family, Avraham made aliyah to Israel and studied Jewish History and Bible at the Hebrew University, and Law at Tel Aviv University. Avraham is the recipient of the Hebrew University’s prestigious Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education, Hillel’s Renaissance Award, and recently received the Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Lifetime Achievement Prize,“recognizing Anglos who have made a major contribution to the State of Israel.”

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There will be two more session in the series:

    • Hebrew, Culture And Identity: Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 pm EDT with Nancy Berg, Professor at Washington University and Melissa Weininger, Professor at Rice University
    • Re-imagining The Future Of Hebrew In America: Sunday, May 31, 5:00 pm EDT with Sharon Avni, Professor at BMCC and Avital Karpman, Professor at the University of Maryland. Co-Sponsored With Hebrew College.

Read more about the series.