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Sunday, February 23 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Identity Versus Status: Judaism and Patrilineal Descent

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Why does one’s identification as Kohen, Levi or Yisrael go through the father whereas one’s identity goes through the mother? Why do some branches of Judaism embrace patrilineal descent (those born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother) and others do not? In this course we will examine the texts surrounding Judaism and patrilineal descent. We will look at responsa from the Conservative and Reform movements on this topic as well. There will be room for discussion but our focus will be studying the history and texts connected to Judaism and patrilineal descent.

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Benjamin Herman

Rabbi, Bet Shira Congregation
Ben Herman is rabbi at Bet Shira Congregation in Pinecrest. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and previously served congregations in Tucson and Long Island. In his spare time he likes to hike, work out at the Alper JCC and read. Herman is married to Karina... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST
Room 114 Koven Center - FIU

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