With Emily Sigalow, PH.D.
Today, many Jewish Americans are embracing a dual religious identity, practicing Buddhism while also staying connected to their Jewish roots. The presentation explores the story of Judaism’s encounter with Buddhism in the United States, showing how it has given rise to new contemplative forms within American Judaism—and shaped the way Americans understand and practice Buddhism.
The author traces the history of these two traditions in America and explains how they came together.
EMILY SIGALOW, Ph.D. is a sociologist of contemporary Jewish life. She received her doctorate in Sociology and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 2015. She has held academic appointments at Brandeis University, Duke University, and Wesleyan University. Currently she leads the research and evaluation department at UJA-Federation of New York, where she is overseeing a large-scale population study of the New York Jewish community. She is the author of American JewBu: Jews, Buddhists, and Religious Change (Princeton University Press).
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