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Monday, February 17 • 9:45am - 11:00am
The Pew Study: A Portrait of Jewish Americans: Central Elements in Jewish Identity Today

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Most American Jews, when asked, indicate that their ancestry, culture, and values are their primary connections to their Jewish identity. How do we take the Pew findings and develop meaningful connections to American Jews today and in the future?


Steven M. Cohen

Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner; co-author of The Jew Within and Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences; President of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry; lead researcher on Jewish Community Study of NY: 2011.  Recipiant of an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of... Read More →

Cheryl Cook

Cheryl Cook is Chief Operating Officer at Hazon, where she has helped to grow the organization from 6 staff and a $650k budget to 50 staff and a $7 million budget. Cheryl came to Hazon as a ride participant in 2002. Early experiences with Habonim Dror and Hillel Day School fostered her passion for a vibrant, just Jewish community. She holds an M.A. from JTS, an M.S. from Columbia, and a B.A. from University of Wisconsin. She lives in... Read More →

Ana Empremashvili

Ana Empremashvili is the owner and general manager of Marani, a Georgian Glatt Kosher restaurant in Rego Park, Queens. Marani is unique in that it has two kitchens: the bakery downstairs serves dairy and the famous Georgian dish, khachapuri. While upstairs, the kitchen prepares meats for Georgian delicacies such as chakapuli or khinkali. Ana was born in Georgia, but emigrated to Queens where she opened Marani in order to provide her... Read More →

Sam Norich

Samuel Norich is the president and publisher of The Forward and The Forverts. Born in Germany in 1947, he immigrated to the United States in 1957. He attended Columbia as an undergraduate, and did his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hebrew University.  He was the executive director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research from 1980-1992 and is the author of What Will Bind Us Now... Read More →

Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
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