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Building a stronger Jewish identity

Barry Shrage has a few big ideas about how to strengthen the Jewish identity of American Jews.

For 30 years, Shrage served as president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), developing new programs to connect Jews to Israel, each other, and their tradition, heritage and faith. 

In September, he became head of Brandeis' new Initiative for Jewish Identity (IJI), a research center where academic leaders will come together with people who’ve been working in the field to understand Jewish identity in new and creative ways.

IJI, which is housed at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies/Steinhardt Social Research Institute, will put a special emphasis on reaching out to younger Jews. 

BrandeisNOW interviewed Shrage, now a professor of the practice at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, about his plans for the IJI. 

Learn more about the Initiative for Jewish Identity on BrandeisNOW.

Categories: Campus News
Date: December 6, 2018