Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, New York City

Program Agenda

  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast and check-in

  • 9:30 AM

    Abe Socher: Opening Remarks

    Abraham Socher is the founding editor of the Jewish Review of Books.

  • Micah Goodman: Catch-67 and the Future of Zionism

    Micah Goodman is one of Israel’s leading public intellectuals. A trenchant scholar and social critic, he has been instrumental in bringing the classics of Jewish thought into the Israeli public sphere. His most recent book, Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War, was a controversial bestseller in Israel and has recently been published by Yale University Press.

  • Robert Alter: On Translating the Hebrew Bible

    Robert Alter, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has done more than anyone to uncover the literary artistry of the Hebrew Bible. After more than two decades, he has now completed his translation and commentary of the entire Tanakh, which has been called the most important English translation since the King James Version.

  • 12:00 PM

    Dara Horn: The Jewish Imagination

    Dara Horn has written five brilliant and widely acclaimed novels over the last 16 years, most recently Eternal Life. The intricate plot of each of her books reveals a deep knowledge of Jewish history and literature, as well as a dazzling mastery of the art of fiction.

  • 1:30 PM

    Jack Wertheimer: The New American Judaism

    Jack Wertheimer has been one of the most perceptive analysts of American Jewry for more than a generation. In his controversial new book, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today, he reveals the weaknesses and surprising strengths of contemporary American Judaism.

  • Ruth Wisse: The Responsibility of Jewish Intellectuals

    Ruth R. Wisse, an emerita professor at Harvard University, is the preeminent scholar of Yiddish literature, the author of The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Language and Culture and many other books, and one of the leading Jewish critics and public intellectuals of our time.

  • Dennis Ross and Amos Yadlin: Israel and the Middle East Now

    Ambassador Dennis Ross, who has served as special assistant to Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, will discuss the status of Israel with Amos Yadlin, former chief of Israel’s military intelligence directorate and deputy commander of the Israeli Air Force, who took part in the destruction of the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and the Syrian reactor in 2007.

  • Roger Hertog: Closing Remarks

    Roger Hertog is the chairman of the board of the Tikvah Fund, the president of the Hertog Foundation, former chairman of the New York Historical Society and The Manhattan Institute, and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He was a founding partner of Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. and served as the firm’s president before its merger with Alliance Capital Management, and is currently vice-chairman emeritus of its successor company AllianceBernstein.

  • 4:00 PM

    Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will the food at the conference be kosher?

    Yes. Breakfast, lunch, and all refreshments served at the conference will be OU-certified kosher.

  • Where is the conference taking place?

    The conference is taking place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Battery Place in downtown Manhattan. The site is accessible by public transportation and conveniently located to several parking garages for those who choose to drive. The full address is:

    Museum of Jewish Heritage
    Edmond J. Safra Plaza
    36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280

    A comprehensive list of directions by public and private transport can be found at the museum’s website.

  • What is the nearest airport?

    For those flying in for the conference, Newark Liberty International Airport (NJ), John F. Kennedy Airport (NYC), and LaGuardia Airport (NYC) are all suitable options. Please note that LaGuardia is undergoing renovations, and visitors may be subject to extended delays when entering or leaving the airport.

  • Do you offer student or young professional discounts?

    Yes! Full time degree-seeking students and young professionals ages 18-35 can buy tickets for $60. Please contact [email protected] for details.