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What is the Role of the American Family Today?

January 27, 2019, 6:30 PM8:30 PM


Featuring Naomi Schaefer Riley, Beth Cooper Benjamin, and Adrienne Carmack

During this conversation we will discuss how the American family has changed over history, the role of nostalgia in this conversation, and how changes in the American family will impact policy more broadly for our nation and our world. A light dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m., followed by desserts from Acadia Cakes, and coffee and tea.

Naomi Schaefer Riley is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, focusing on issues regarding child welfare. She is also a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. She is a former columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer, as well as the author of six books, including, Be the Parent: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat (2018).

Beth Cooper Benjamin is associate director of The Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. She serves as a vocal advocate for girls in the Jewish communal world and has addressed audiences including the Jewish Funders Network and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County, and contributed writing to Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Torah at the Center journal, Moving Traditions’ Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, and the Journal of Jewish Communal Service.

Adrienne Carmack is a 2018 graduate of Colby College. Originally from Veazie, Maine, Adrienne has a background in community organizing and youth work, She has worked around the state to further progress in gender equity, racial justice, and reproductive rights. She lives in New York City and works at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center in youth education services.



January 27, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Rabbi Rachel Isaacs
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