The Pandemic and Orthodoxies

The Pandemic and Orthodoxies
Event Time
2:00 PM
Rabbi Pinchas Giller and Prof. Gilbert Kahn


Event Details


The Pandemic and Orthodoxies

Tuesday, 2pm-3:30pm PDT

Join the first ever AJU Scholars Symposium, dedicated to analyzing the changing nature of Jewish life before, during and after the global pandemic. You are invited to join this weekly intimate, unparalleled intellectual exploration as an active participant, where you will observe, discuss, review, and share feedback on the materials presented by AJU scholars and their guests. Prof. Michael Berenbaum will moderate a session by different scholars, who will present papers on a diverse set of topics.

This week we welcome Rabbi Pinchas Giller of AJU and Professor Gilbert N. Kahn, the professor of Political Science at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. The communities that self-identify as Orthodox have displayed varied responses to the pandemic, according to various indicators of their lifestyles and beliefs. Although one could say that responses ran across a strict continuum of religious intensity and response to modernity, other factors were at play. An affinity for alternative therapies dovetailed, in different communities , with the atmosphere of radical doubt in social verities. This was intensified by the community’s broad embrace linked to the influence of the Trump administration,  its avowed relationships to Israel and its vision of the American social order. This discussion will attempt to quantify these issues and see what lessons the Orthodox community has learned from the pandemic experience.  

Spaces to each session are extremely limited to give ample opportunity for discussion, so we encourage you to enroll today to participate in this premiere opportunity.

May 11th Presenters:

Rabbi Pinchas Giller, Zielgler Rabbinical American Jewish University

Professor Gilbert Kahn, Political Science, Kean University


pinchas giller

Rabbi Pinchas Giller was ordained at Yeshiva University and received his doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Rabbi Giller has written four books on Kabbalah and the Zohar. He is Professor of Jewish Thought and chairman of the Jewish Studies department of the American Jewish University, Los Angeles.




gilbert kahn

Prof. Gilbert N. Kahn is a professor of Political Science at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. His academic interests concentrate on U.S. decision-making in foreign policy in the Middle East. Recently, Dr. Kahn also has addressed issues including how the Holocaust influences decision-making and decision-makers, as well as responses to contemporary anti-Semitism.

Dr. Kahn’s research has appeared in scholarly and journalistic publications. His most recent papers and publications include participating in in the Global Forum on Antisemitism held in Jerusalem, Israel and at a Summer Seminar held at Oxford University on global anti-Semitism.

Event Contact
Contact Name
The Whizin Center for Continuing Education
Phone Number
(310) 440-1572