The Jewish Experience in America
How has the Jewish community shaped the country? How has the country shaped the Jewish community? Since before the turn of the 20th Century setting of Ragtime, this reciprocal relationship, and oftentimes struggle, has created a truly unique American Jewish experience. Join us for a discussion on the impact of civic engagement, interfaith relations, cultural influence and community building on the country past and present.
Jan 28 at 7P.M. at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107
Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on how religions change and make change in the world. She is co-founder and senior advisor to the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and serves as the implementation partner for the United States Institute of Peace’s Generation Change program, where she has trained young leaders from across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America.
Her writing have been published by the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Aspen Journal of Ideas, Religion Dispatches, Los Angeles Magazine, the Brookings Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Her commentary has also been featured in the Los Angeles Time, The Nation, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Public Broadcasting, Voice of America, and Take Part Live. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the US-Islamic World Forum, the Aspen Institute, KPCC (NPR), and at universities, foundations, and community groups around the globe.
She is actively involved in community and non-profit organizations that work at the intersection of religion and the public square, including NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, Religion Dispatches, the Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out, L.A. Voice, L.A. Emergency Preparedness Foundation and Jewish World Watch, where she also chaired the Solar Cooker Project, an initiative that supplied solar cookers to Darfuri Refugees living in Chad.
Bruce A. Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College, and University Fellow at Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He is one of the leading researchers in the demography and sociology of American Jewry and is the 2017 recipient of the Marshall Sklare award for his contributions to this field.. His published work covers a wide variety of topics from Iranians and Israelis in the United States to Jewish suburbanization, Jewish education, the economics of Jewish life, and the Jews of Los Angeles. He is widely recognized as a leading researcher on American Jewish intermarriage. His most recent publications area are “The geography of American Jewish intermarriage,” and “Not Quite White” The Emergence of Jewish Ethnoburbs in Los Angeles.”
Peter Braun is an adjunct lecturer, teaching courses on leadership, management and social policy within the Department of Community, Organization, and Business Innovation. He recently received the first Exceptional Faculty Award from the National Association of Social Workers-USC Chapter, just one of two faculty at the school to be recognized.
Braun boasts a broad and extensive career in the field of aging and community social work. From 2009 to 2013, he served as executive director of the American Diabetes Association in Los Angeles. During his tenure, he created a national model for best practices, capacity building and system expansion for diabetes clinical centers, funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, he was president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter, developing a national model for delivery of service for people with dementia and caregivers in the Latino, African-American and Asian-Pacific Islander communities. He also oversaw the agency’s expansion, from a budget of $252,00 in 1988 to $5.7 million in 2008.
Braun has served in a variety of leadership positions including membership on the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee in Sacramento (1999-2009); delegate to the White House Conference on Aging (1995); and co-founder and chair of the Los Angeles Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (1997-2000). He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of Alzheimer’s disease and cross-cultural issues.