Pomona College Presidential Dialogues: Cultivating Empathy in a Time of Division, Rabbi Sharon Brous '95CC '01GSAS

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We see the seeds of division sown all around us. The results that we are reaping are demoralizing, dehumanizing and deadly. Empathy and understanding are at the core of a culture of respect and dignity in which individuals feel welcomed, valued, supported and are flourishing. Pomona College is committed to cultivating this kind of culture within our own community, as well as preparing our students to embody these values in their lives beyond college.

This series brings together distinguished speakers working around our nation to share narratives that are often marginalized and to bring people together in dialogue with empathy and understanding. The series will include one-on-one conversations between President G. Gabrielle Starr and Professor Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. (Princeton University), Rabbi Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Imam Khalid Latif (NYU), concluding with a community panel discussion.

Rabbi Sharon Brous '95CC '01GSAS is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR which launched in 2004 with the goal of reinvigorating Jewish tradition and practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice. IKAR, one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country, is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than one million people and translated into 14 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and in 2017, she spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized numerous times by The Forward and the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews.

Brous, who graduated from Columbia University ('95CC '01GSAS) and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, is an Auburn Senior Fellow, sits on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.

November 17, 2020 at 4:30pm - 5:30pm



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