Congregation B’nai Amoona plans scholar-in-residence weekend

Rabbi Michael Uram

Author and Hillel leader Rabbi Michael Uram will serve as scholar in residence at Congregation B’nai Amoona Dec. 14 to 16.

Uram is the executive director and campus rabbi for the Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of the book “Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations.” Uram was named to the 2012 Forward 50 recognizing Jewish leaders who made the most significant impact on the news in the past year. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University and rabbinic ordination from Jewish Theological Seminary. 

Uram will speak at the following events at B’nai Amoona:

• Friday, Dec. 14: Shabbat Services begin at 6 p.m.Uram will discuss There is no such thing as the Jewish community: How the old language we use to talk about Jewish community hurts Jews and weakens Jewish organizations.” A complimentary dinner will follow. RSVP required for dinner — visit

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• Saturday, Dec. 15: Shabbat Services begin at 9 a.m.

Uram will speak on, “Can Judaism Survive in the Age of Millennials? How Synagogues can adapt to remain vital in an ever-changing world.” Guests can enjoy a post-Kiddush guided schmooze at 12:30 p.m., on “The Truth about Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitism on Campus: An insider’s view of what’s really happening and what we can do about it.” At a 3:45 p.m. Seudah Shlisheet, Uram will discuss “Having the Courage to Make Radical Change: Stories of Jewish heroes who saw the future and had the courage to adapt before it was too late.” 

Sunday, Dec. 16: At 10 a.m. Uram discusses “Seeding Change from Within: Why is it so hard for synagogues to change?” with breakfast to follow. This session will explore the ways that the theory of “Disruptive Innovation” developed at Harvard Business school can help Jewish organizations reach new people without abandoning the core constituents.

For more information, visit or call 314-576-9990. The scholar in residence weekend is part of B’nai Amoona’s Gallant Motivational and Inspirational Weekends, supported by Paul and Diane Gallant.