Adoption and the Jewish Community

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

7:00 - 8:30pm at Temple Reyim
1860 Washington St./Rt 16, Newton MA.

Mayyim Hayyim, the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project, and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute present a conversation with Adam Pertman, author of "Adoption Nation" and Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Jayne Guberman and Jennifer Sartori, Co-Directors of the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project.

A reception with the presenters will follow the discussion.

Tours of Mayyim Hayyim (located just across the Temple parking lot) will be offered at the conclusion of this program.

As Adam Pertman illustrates so convincingly in Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming our Families – and America, almost everyone in our country today is touched by this extraordinary institution. Meanwhile, adoption itself has changed dramatically in recent decades, especially with the expansion of international, transracial, gay/lesbian, and open adoptions. These developments are having a profound effect on Jewish families – and not just those who have adopted children. 


Join Adam Pertman, Jayne Guberman and Jennifer Sartori for a reading from the 2011 edition of Adoption Nation, followed by a conversation about how religious, social and cultural issues unique to the Jewish community can intensify the complex questions of identity, allegiance and belonging common among adoptees and their families.


Adam Pertman is one of the leading experts on adoption, foster care and diverse families. He has received numerous awards for his work, lectures internationally, and has appeared in media including “Today,” “The View,” CNN, NPR and “Oprah.” Adoption Nation has been reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject.” The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field.


Jennifer Sartori and Jayne Guberman are co-directors of the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project. Sartori is also Associate Director of Jewish Studies at Northeastern University. Guberman is an independent oral historian and consultant and was formerly Director of Oral History at the Jewish Women’s Archive. The Adoption and Jewish Identity Project is dedicated to improving the lives of Jewish adoptive families by creating broader understanding of the unique religious, cultural, and identity issues they face.


Co-sponsored by Jewish Family & Children’s Service Adoption Resources, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest Adoption Choices, and Temple Reyim.