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Colleen Hastings
Creighton University
Hitchcock, Room 304D
2500 California Street
Omaha, NE 68178

(402) 280-2303



Omaha Jewish Community Center and Creighton University
October 26-27, 2008

Our sincere thanks to the following for making this event possible:

The Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University and the Harris Center for Judaic Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln 


The Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

Generous support is also provided by:
The Ike and Roz Friedman Foundation
The Riekes Family
The Creighton College of Arts and Sciences
Creighton University Committee on Lecture, Films, and Concerts
The Gary Javitch Family Foundation
The Center for Jewish Education
The Henry Monsky Lodge of B'nai B'rith
The Dr. Bruce S. Bloom Memorial Endowment
And others

SUNDAY, October 26, 2008
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All sessions held at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 South 132nd Street


10:30 – 11:55

Session I

10:30 – 11:10

Ori Soltes, Georgetown University
“Memory, Questions, and Definitions: Images of Old and New Rites of Passage”

11:15 – 11:55


Leslie Ginsparg, New York University
“Becoming Orthodox Women: Rites of Passage in the Orthodox Community”

12:00 – 1:00


1:05 – 3:15


1:05 – 1:45

Jonathon Gross, Rabbi, Beth Israel, Omaha, NE
"The Making of a Rabbi: Semichah Ordination from Moses to Grosses"

1:50 – 2:30


Rachel Kranson, New York University
“'More Bar Than Mitzvah': Anxieties Over Wedding and Bar Mitzvah Celebrations in Post-War America”

2:35 – 3:15


Steven Puzarne, Cantor
“Nes Gadol: B'nei Mitzvah Program for Children with Autism”

3:15 – 3:35


3:35 – 5:00


3:35 – 4:15


Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky
"New Jewish Rites of Passage and the Holocaust"

4:20 – 5:00

The Mendall Family and Jerrold Hirsch
“Without a Minyan: Adjusting to Jewish Life in a Small Midwestern Town”



Evening Program at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 South 132nd Street

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

7:30- 8:45



Vanessa L. Ochs,
University of Virginia

"New Jewish Traditions: The Ones That Stick and the Ones That Don't"


Dessert Reception

All events are free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Fran Minear,
Klutznick Chair office,

(402) 280-2303 or

Also, visit our website at:

MONDAY, October 27, 2008
8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

At sessions held at the Creighton University Skutt Student Center




8:45 – 9:25

Penina Adelman, Rutgers University
"'Who am I Supposed to Be?': The Bat Mitzvah as a Transformative Ritual"

9:30 – 10:10


Irit Koren, Rutgers University
"Discourse About the Wedding Ritual: Hierarchies of Gender, Knowledge, and Authority"

10:10- 10:20




10:20 – 11:00


Erika Meitner, Virginia Tech
"Materializing New Jewish Ritual: Jews with Jewish Tattoos"

11:05 – 11:45


Daniel J. Lasker, Ben Gurion University
"Karaism: An Alternate Form of Jewish Celebration"

11:50 – 12:30


Vanessa L. Ochs, University of Virginia
"Same-Sex and Heterosexual Jewish Wedding Ceremonies in Conversation With Each Other"



12:30 – 2:00

Welcome Remarks: Dean Robert Lueger, College of Arts and Sciences, Creighton University

12:30 – 1:15


1:20 – 2:00


Arthur Waskow, Rabbi, The Shalom Center
"'Lest the Earth be Utterly Destroyed': Elijah's Covenant Between the Generations"