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Justin Rosen Smolen

Justin is a graduate student at NYU’s Wagner School, where he is a candidate for an MPA at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a MA in Jewish Studies at the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies. He is also participating in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, a four year leadership development program for emerging professionals in the Jewish community. He completed his undergraduate education at List College, the joint program between Columbia University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Jewish thought.

Updating Tradition

Planning a Jewish Same-Sex Wedding

Justin Rosen Smolen, Avi Smolen

Identity & Responsibility, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Avi and Justin Smolen will share their experiences as a same-sex couple planning a wedding. They will discuss the tension of creating a traditional Jewish wedding, while altering the ceremony to reflect egalitarian values and a committed same-sex partnership. Come hear stories of the planning process, the excitement of the day, and discuss what it means to accept and celebrate all committed partnerships in the Jewish community.


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