NJOP Celebrates 25 Years, Placing the Future of Jewish Continuity in the Spotlight

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Legendary Philanthropist and Self-Declared Atheist, Michael Steinhardt, to wrestle it out on Stage with Ephraim Z. Buchwald, the Rabbi who has Brought Many to the Faith

NJOP, (http://www.njop.org), will host a 25th anniversary dinner on October, 31st at the St. Regis in New York City. The organization will look back at its celebrated history while setting the stage for the future of Jewish continuity. NJOP has invited legendary Jewish philanthropist and self-declared Atheist Michael Steinhardt to take to the floor with NJOP founder and Executive Director Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald where the two will participate in a dialogue on the Future of American Jewry. Renowned Rabbi, lecturer, author and thinker Joseph Telushkin will moderate the debate.

“We have agreed to disagree on stage, in public… which may be explosive!” said Ephraim Z. Buchwald. “We do not see eye to eye on many issues, but we both have a deep, unshakable belief in and commitment to the future of Jewish continuity. It will be equal parts honor and thrill to share the spotlight with Mr. Steinhardt.”

Highly regarded Rabbi Joseph Telushkin will facilitate the discussion, sharing questions dogging Jewish thought-leaders of today. Buchwald and Steinhardt will address issues ranging from the efficacy of modern-day programs intended to engage Jews (like Steinhardt’s Birthright and Buchwald’s Shabbat Across America) to how the American Jewish community will look 50 years from now. The invite-only audience will include Jewish community leaders and local NJOP and Steinhardt supporters.

“It was with great urgency that we founded NJOP 25 years ago,” continued Buchwald. “The entire American Jewish community was at risk of vanishing. Thank God, we are still here, but so are the challenges we face. I feel no less determined today. Our organization proceeds with pressing resolve for the day is short, the work is great and the Master of the house awaits.”

NJOP’s 25th anniversary dinner will honor NJOP founders and feature an original film retrospective looking back at NJOP over the last 25 years.

ABOUT NJOP: NJOP was established by Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald in 1987, in response to the spiraling losses of Jews from Jewish life due to assimilation and lack of Jewish knowledge. Since its founding, the organization has become one of the largest and most successful Jewish outreach organizations in the world. Through attractive and exciting free programs, NJOP reaches out to unaffiliated Jews, offering positive, joyous Jewish experiences and meaningful educational opportunities. To date, NJOP’s programs have been offered at more than 4,759 locations across North America and in 40 countries worldwide. NJOP has reached more than 1,323,000 North American Jews and engaged them in Jewish life.

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