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Interview with Dr. Shepard Forman

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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Author(s): Shari Cohen

Series: CLAL Jewish Public Forum Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Multiculturalism and cultural relations)

Keywords: Values; Community Relations; Jewish Identification

Type: Other


Dr. Shepard Forman, Director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, talks about his personal and professional concern with the universalist and particularist aspects of Jewish identity. In particular, the conversation explores how the unusual experience of writing a Haggadah for the Makassae of East Timor, as part of his field work there in 1973-74, led him on a path that helped him better understand the place of Jewishness in his own life.