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How Can Judaism Survive in the 21st Century? (Zoom Only)

Sunday, February 6, 2022 5 Adar I 5782

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A Lecture and Book Discussion with Tal Keinan

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Tal Keinan will discuss his book God is in the Crowd, a call to action packaged in the riveting personal story of a social activist, business leader, and fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force. God Is in the Crowd presents an original path to discovering relevance in Judaism and preventing its imminent extinction.

God is in the Crowd is an original and provocative blueprint for Judaism in the twenty-first century. Presented through the lens of Tal Keinan’s unusual personal story, it is a sobering analysis of the threat to Jewish continuity. As the Jewish People has become concentrated in just two hubs–America and Israel–it has lost the subtle code of governance that endowed Judaism with dynamism and relevance in the age of Diaspora. 

This code, Keinan explains, is derived from Francis Galton’s “wisdom of crowds,” in which a group’s collective intelligence, memory, and even spirituality can be dramatically different from, and often stronger than, those of any individual member.  He argues that without this code, this ancient people– and the civilization that it spawned–will soon be extinct.  Finally, Keinan puts forward a bold and original plan to rewrite the Jewish code, proposing a new model for Judaism and for community in general.

Keinan was born to a secular Jewish family in Florida.  His interest in Judaism was ignited by a Christian minister at his New England prep school and led him down the unlikely path to enlistment in the Israeli Air Force.  Using his own dramatic experiences as a backdrop and applying lessons from his life as a business leader and social activist, Keinan takes the reader on a riveting adventure, weaving among past, present, and future and fusing narrative with theory to demonstrate Judaism’s value to humanity and chart its path into the future.


TAL KEINAN is an American-born entrepreneur and social activist. He is the co-founder of Clarity Capital, an asset-management firm with offices in New York and Tel Aviv. He is Chairman of Koret Israel Economic Development Fund, Israel's largest non-profit lender to small and micro-businesses, having made over $400mm in loans to date. Keinan is one of the handful of new immigrants in Israel’s history who graduated Israel’s Air Force Academy.

He served as a fighter pilot in the Israel Air Force for a total of eighteen years, including reserve service. Keinan is active in a number of social causes in Israel and in the Jewish world. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Steinhardt Foundation, and the Heseg Fund. Tal is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and Chairman of the YPO Intercontinental Chapter. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tel Aviv University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Tal and his wife, Amber, have three daughters.

CLICK HERE to read more about Tal Keinan's book "God Is in the Crowd".

 

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