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Living Judaism forum

Now in its fifth year, the Institute of Living Judaism (ILJB) in Brooklyn will hold its fall conference, “The Believers Next Door: How Mainstream Jews Interface with the Muslim, Evangelical, and Haredi” at 4 p.m., November 2.

Working with Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place in Park Slope, which also serves as the host site, the symposium deals with how the mainstream Jewish community relates to the Muslim, Evangelical and Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) communities.

The keynote speaker is Rabbi David J. Forman, founder of Rabbis for Human Rights, and a longtime and articulate advocate for progressive Jewish causes, who now carries out that mission in Jerusalem. Rabbi Andy Bachman, the popular spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Elohim, is the moderator.

In addition to these luminaries, there will be a panel of experts on each of the communities, to inform participants about the nature of and current developments within each of these communities.

Entrance is $5 if you pre-register, $7 at the door. Register online at, or send name, address, and email address with check, made payable to The Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn, 1714 Ryder Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234.

For more, call Penni Beckerman at 212-836-1102 or email her at

For more about any of the classes and offerings, contact ILJB at 718-339-0230, log onto the institute’s website at or email

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