J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Marc Dollinger, Jewish Studies professor at SF State, delivered a romp through historical moments of Jewish achievement that came about because of great, sometimes devastating, change. He pointed to the Talmud (which followed the destruction of the temple) and the creation of the state of Israel (which followed the Holocaust) as examples.
“Change, however painful, has always defined what it means to be a Jew,” he said. “It’s created space for creativity and invention to occur.”