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Kesher Israel's Centennial Celebration

Kesher Israel began its 100th year celebration on September 2010. The Centennial Celebration lasted from September 2010 through December 2011 and included special events honoring the rich history of the synagogue and its members.

The mission of the Centennial Celebration was to collaboratively remember the extraordinary past, honor the present, and inspire the continued greatness of Kesher Israel Synagogue into the next century.

To mark the special occasion of our Centennial Celebration, and to enhance the intellectual and spiritual life of our community in Washington D.C., Kesher Israel hosted a year-long salute called “Kesher100: Celebration and Reflection.” .

The full Kesher100 calendar of events was highlighted by regular lectures and discussions that kept with the intellectual intensity and religious liveliness of our great institution. The Centennial was used as an opportunity to introduce the community to a deep and sustained look at the issues and ideas that confront the future of Orthodoxy, and of Judaism itself.

Rabbi Freundel kicked-off the salute with a discussion on the current state of Modern Orthodoxy and the challenges it faces. The centerpiece of our educational programming was a four-part series called “Orthodoxy at a Turning Point: A National Conversation.” These panel discussions explored the major themes and pressures surrounding Orthodoxy—the historical, social, textual, and halakhic dimension of what we live and practice. 

Centennial Schedule of Events

September 13, 2010, 7:30pm

Orthodox Judaism: What it Was, What it Is

by Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel


October 10, 2010



Orthodoxy at a Turning Point: A National Conversation

Panel #1: Orthodoxy and Innovation


Moderated by Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel

Distinguished Guest Panel:

  • Rabbi Dr. David Berger
  • Dr. Moshe Halbertal
  • Rabbi Dr. David Novak

November 7, 2010



Orthodoxy at a Turning Point: A National Conversation

Panel #2: Women and the Future of Judaism


Moderated by Rebbetzin Sharon Freundel

Distinguished Guest Panel:

  • Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Frimer
  • Rabbanit Chana Henkin
  • Rabba Sara Hurwitz
  • Rabbi Daniel Sperber
December 11, 2010 Kesher Israel Celebrates! A Night at Monte Carlo

December 12, 2010


Tzvi Daremblum Memorial Lecture:

Jonathan Safran Foer and Leon Wieseltier in Conversation

February 27, 2011


Orthodoxy at a Turning Point: A National Conversation

Panel #3: New Generations, Old Institutions


Moderated by Gary Rosenblatt

Distinguished Guest Panel:

  • Dr. Erica Brown
  • Dr. Steven Cohen
  • Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
  • Dr. Jonathan Sarna

March 13, 2011


Kesher Israel Celebrates! A Gala Dinner

Join us in honoring our living past Presidents!

September 18, 2011


Orthodoxy at a Turning Point: A National Conversation

Panel #4: American Judaism(s)-- The Diversity of Jewish Beliefs and Jewish Practices


Moderated by Leon Wieseltier

Distinguished Guest Panel:

  • Rabbi David Ellenson
  • Rabbi JJ Schacter
  • Dr. Jack Wertheimer
Mon, December 9 2019 11 Kislev 5780