Can Faith and Politics Be Separated?

Top Pick January 30, 2020 Newton $20.00 - $25.00
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As we move closer to the 2020 elections, the United States has become bitterly divided on issues ranging from reproductive rights to fake news. JCC Greater Boston is hosting the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series begging the question: Where is our country headed?

In this 2019-2020 season, we are discussing the pivotal role our nation’s laws, religions and leadership play in shaping our community. We’re seeking answers to critical questions that define us not just as a community, but as humans in a constantly and rapidly changing world.

“Can Faith and Politics Be Separated?” will be the topic of the next panel discussion. Communities across America are divided over politics, culture, identity and the direction of the country. Are religious congregations any different? How do religious leaders today navigate deeply divisive issues—like the Middle East, gay marriage, abortion, the immigration crisis—in their own communities? We will look at the intersection of faith and politics and ask religious leaders their views on engaging in social activism. We’ll examine the role religious leaders play in such partisan times. 


  • Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • The Rev. Rhina Ramos, United Church of Christ minister
  • Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid, Muslim chaplain at Harvard University
  • Moderator: James Carroll, author and former columnist at The Boston Globe

The Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series brings together distinguished scholars, artists and activists to engage in unique exchanges around controversial and difficult subjects. Renowned panelists are led by expert moderators through respectful and thought-provoking discussions on issues of concern to the Jewish community and beyond.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
JCC Greater Boston
333 Nahanton St
Newton, MA 02459
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$25.00 Non-members
$20.00 JCC members

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