UCONN Judaic Roadshow: Jeffrey Shoulson – “Who Was A Jew? The Emergence of Jewish Identity”
Recent debates amongst the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform movements about matrilineal vs. patrilineal descent and proper conversion are only the latest installments in an ongoing process of Jewish self-definition. This lecture takes a look at some of the earliest approaches to—and controversies about—the question of Jewish identity.
Jeffrey Shoulson, Ph.D., Yale University, Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages; Director, Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life