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October 16 Sisterhood Symposium to explore today’s Jewish families

Image of partial 2018 Sisterhood Symposium flyer with title Marriage, Intermarriage, and Jewish Families Today.

September 18, 2018

Photo of this year's Sisterhood Symposium guest speaker Sylvia Barack Fishman, Joseph and Esther Foster professor of Judaic Studies, Brandeis University.

This fall’s Sisterhood Symposium, titled “Marriage, Intermarriage, and Jewish Families Today,” will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Rd., DeWitt.

The program will feature guest speaker Sylvia Barack Fishman, the Joseph and Esther Foster professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University. Also participating in the presentation this year will again be Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas.

Fishman is also co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She is the author of eight books and numerous monographs and articles on the interplay of American and Jewish values, transformations in the American Jewish family, the impact of Jewish education, gender studies and the changing roles of Jewish men and women, contemporary Jewish literature and film, and the relationship of Diaspora Jews to Jewish peoplehood and Israel. Her most recent book is Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution. Fishman is the recipient of the Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, 2014. She received her BA from Stern College at Yeshiva University and her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she analyzed how English poets used the Hebrew Bible.

The symposium, presented by the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas and the JCC of Syracuse, will include a full-course dinner. Table sponsorships will include recognition in the printed program.

Event reservations and table sponsorships are available online at or by contacting the CBS-CS office at 315-446-9570 or The reservation deadline is October 8.