Jewish Federation of St. Louis plans next Sh’ma: Listen! speaker

Jewish Federation of St. Louis will continue its Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series on Tuesday, Aug. 30 with a talk by Rabbi Michael Berger on “Jews Are Just Like Everyone Else…Only More So: The Changing Face of American Religion and What It Means for Judaism.”

Berger, an associate professor of Jewish Law and Ethics at Emory University, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. He will explore recent studies that have highlighted the various ways American Jews practice their religion, and discuss how that fits in with how Americans today view religion in general.

Berger will discuss the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary religion in America and show how these changes have affected the development of American Judaism since the 1970s.

 Berger is the author of “Rabbinic Authority” and editor of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s “The Emergence of Ethical Man (2005).” Berger lectures frequently around the country for the Wexner Heritage Program and is a program officer for the Avi Chai Foundation.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Stephanie Schultz at [email protected] or 314-442-3763. You can also learn more about the Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series and apply for your organization’s speaker to be featured at

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This event is co-sponsored by Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series and the Center for Jewish Learning. Sh’ma: Listen! is made possible through the support of the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs.