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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.

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.

Avi Smolen

Avi Smolen works as Development and Communications Associate at the New York City office of Keren Or, the Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities. He graduated from Rutgers University and received a bachelor’s degree in political science. Following graduation, Avi worked for one year as a Faiths Act Fellow, a joint venture between the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Interfaith Youth Core. As a Faiths Act Fellow, Avi spent the year in Washington D.C. building a sustainable hub of multi-faith youth activism in support of malaria eradication.

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