Spertus Ideas Forum: Beyond Welcoming

Monday, June 3 6:00am
$10 – $25


Responding to Intermarriage in the Jewish Community A conversation with Dr. Leonard Saxe on strategies to catalyze Jewish engagement

Cocktails at 6 pm
Dinner and Discussion Follow

Spertus Ideas Forum is a twice-yearly gathering—timed to coincide with Spertus Institute’s graduate seminars— in which we welcome a Jewish thinker for communal learning and conversation on issues at the forefront of Jewish life.

The majority of marriages by Jews today are to non-Jews. And more than half of Jewish millennials have a non-Jewish parent.

We know a lot of statistics about these families, including the rates of intermarriage and the Jewish identification among the children in these households, but we know little about how intermarried families decide whether or not to be involved in Jewish life.

Join us as social psychologist and methodologist Dr. Leonard Saxe shares the results of a new study of intermarried young couples that makes clear that even when both partners feel welcome in the Jewish community (which they generally do), they don’t engage in Jewish life to the same extent as intermarried couples. The findings suggest a variety of strategies for us to discuss—strategies that go beyond welcoming to catalyze Jewish community engagement.

Ticket price includes cocktail reception, dinner, and program [kosher dietary laws observed]

This is the 2019 Alex and Klara Tulsky Presentation on the Jewish Future.


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S Michigan Ave
60605 Chicago , IL

Spertus Institute

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership Spertus Instititute offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities are designed to enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life.

610 S. Michigan Avenue
60605 Chicago , IL