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Sunday, November 17
 

9:00am

The Golem's Shadow: Elemental Wonder
Made from clay and animated by divine power, the Golem obeys its creator, but often at a terrible price. From Rabbinic legends to Kabbalah, from Frankenstein to The X-Files, we will explore the enduring power and influence of this dynamic figure in Jewish (and Western) speculative fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Breindel

Joshua Breindel

Josh Breindel, rabbi, serves at Congregation Beth El, Sudbury. He holds master's degrees in Jewish studies and Jewish education and was ordained at Hebrew College. He is fascinated by Jewish folklore and storytelling and has a passion for speculative fiction.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
M-08b 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

From Silence to Speech: Mussar on Shticka/Silence
If you’re shy & wish you could speak up more, or you interrupt people to make your point, this session is for you. Using Mussar middah of Shtickah/Silence, we will look at the role words & silence play in our lives.  We will investigate how & when we speak in person, online & even what we "say" with our body language. No prior knowledge needed.

Speakers
MP

Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb, Rabbi of Cong Mishkan Tefila has studied and taught Mussar for 25 years. In London, she was a congregational & day school rabbi. She founded and directed the Spiritual Formation program at Leo Baeck College. She led the first annual Boston Mussar conference last yea... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-25 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Everything Has Changed. Why Haven't We?
Most legacy institutions in the Jewish community were established mid-20th century and look remarkably the same today. How can they join the 21st century? We tackle this question through creativity exercises, stories of successful change, and a discussion of what promotes innovation within our communities.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Sales

Amy Sales

Associate Director, Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University
Amy L. Sales, Ph.D., social psychologist, studies Jewish organizations and their role in creating Jewish life. She was principal investigator on Innovating JCCs, a project of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University.
MS

Mark Sokoll

Mark Sokoll, is the President and CEO of JCC Greater Boston, is a lifelong Jewish community advocate, activist and educator.
BH

Bill Hamilton

Bill Hamilton, a Rabbi and Kehillath Israel leader, strives to activate Torah for meaningful living and to empower learners to take responsibility for creating community and celebrating Judaism. His vision for partnerships is shaping a new century at KI and its growing campus.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
M-KI Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Massive Conversions of Christians to Judaism in Latin America
Some years ago, the Jewish community of Colombia had an unprecedented situation. A group of 108 people converted to Judaism without having any previous contact with it. This group and others like it, known by the local Jews as 'emerging communities', sometimes want to make aliyah or join existing local communities. How is this being handled?

Speakers
avatar for Diana Abadi

Diana Abadi

Diana Abadi came to the United States three years ago from her hometown Bogota, Colombia. She has been an active member of Limmud Bogota and the Limmud international community for several years and she has presented in several Limmuds in Latin America.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
M-04 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Witness Theater: Bringing Holocaust Survivors Back to High School
What happens when Holocaust survivors get together with teenagers once a week for an entire year? Throw in a drama therapist to guide the process and you have the magic of “Witness Theater.” Come learn how this incredible program changes the lives of our nation’s heroes and our future leaders. This session was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation. 

Speakers
avatar for Sally Grazi-Shatzkes

Sally Grazi-Shatzkes

Sally Shatzkes is a Drama Therapist with over 15 years in the field, innovating creative arts based counseling programs and spearheading creative approaches in Jewish education, such as the Witness Theater program. She is a 2019 Covenant Award recipient. Her participation was made... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-06 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Jews, Zionism and Justice in an Age of Ethnocentrism
In light of rising nationalist supremacy and xenophobia, more countries are becoming isolationist. Many Jews wonder how Zionism fits into this new world order. How does one support Jewish nationalism while avoiding the pitfalls of extremism? Lets examine the ways in which Jewish thinkers have approached this question over the past century, and consider its applications for today.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Kaye

Alexander Kaye

Alexander Kaye is an Asst. Prof. of Israel Studies at Brandeis Univesity with a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia, B.A., M.Phil. from Cambridge, and ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He studies and publishes on Jewish intellectual, political and legal... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Dreaming Our Way Back to the Garden
Jewish tradition has long recognized the power of our night dreams and waking visions. Learn this history and a unique method based on the PaRDeS (orchard) method of reading Torah to understand the layers of our dreams from those that reflect our daily lives to those that reach the depths of our souls. Come with a dream to unpack!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Yael Schiller

Linda Yael Schiller

Linda Yael Schiller is a mind/body/spiritual psychotherapist and dream worker. She consults and teaches on dreamwork, integrated trauma treatments, and group work and has published extensively. Her first book, Modern Dreamwork: New Tools for Decoding Your Soul's Wisdom, is due out... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Psalmology: Moving our Prayers
Prayer is the interaction between word and the body. Our neshamot may respond to a word or phrase, and our prayer deepens or, conversely, we get distracted. We will work with the art of physical presence, inhabiting the words from Tehillim, the Psalms, and eventually, writing our own psalms/prayers from both the individual and communal movement experiences of our bodies.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Leavitt

Julie Leavitt

Julie Leavitt is a dancer, body oriented psychotherapist and spiritual director. She is in private practice, works at Hebrew College, and teaches at Lesley University. She dances with Selmadanse and Back Pocket Dancers.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

And God Buried Moses: Stories of Jewish Burial
This session will explore Jewish burial practices through rabbinic stories of death and burial. We'll see God and humans, kings and paupers, preparing their loved ones for burial. Our learning will provide a window into the history and contemporary practice of how Jews care for their dead.

Speakers
JG

Joey Glick

Joey is third year rabbinical student at Hebrew College and a member of the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston.
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Adele Moss

Adele Moss is a birth doula and a member of the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston, an organization that performs and educates Boston-area Jews about Jewish burial practices.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-31 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

As If Your Life Depended On It: Moving People and Institutions Towards a Post Fossil Fuel Era
Our existential climate crisis can immobilize us. We will explore your unique relationship to the changes we are all experiencing, voice this as story, and consider, through your individual strengths, skills, and knowledge, how to connect experience and strengths to an action plan. If not now, when?

Speakers
avatar for Judith Black

Judith Black

JCAN, 350.org, sustainable marblehead
New perspectives on history, familial dysfunction, aging, our disintegrating environment; all fodder for Judith’s tales. Featured at the Montreal Comedy Festival, many CAJE’s, The Smithsonian Institution, 13 times at National Storytelling Festival, and winner of the Oracle and... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-27 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Silent Auction
Shop for your friends and family while supporting LimmudBoston and LimmudFest! We have so many wonderful items to bid on, located in the lobby between the KI sanctuary and social hall. Bid early and often!

Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-Preschool Lobby 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Jewish Tradition and Immigration Justice: Do Not Oppress the Stranger
Concern for the dignity of immigrants and vulnerable communities is foundational to Jewish tradition and history. As we bear witness to the humanitarian crisis at our border, we are communally called to be a voice for justice. We will explore classical texts and opportunities for shared action.

Speakers
avatar for Eri Solomon

Eri Solomon

Eri Solomon is a Jewish educator, community organizer, and harm reduction activist. Their background includes work with synagogues, Hillel, youth organizations, and social justice campaigns. They believe fundamentally in a vision for a just society that is equitable, intersectional... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-07 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Arguments, Penalties, and the Still Small Voice
Many people who are drawn to Torah study out of a desire for spiritual growth, feel stymied by the study of Talmud. This is especially true because Talmud texts are legalistic, and those legal texts do not match modern notions of morality. We will examine such a text with an eye towards finding spirituality through Torah study.

Speakers
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Aaron Shub

Aaron Shub, Rabbi, at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Portland, ME. He is the director of Jewish life and learning at Levey Day School. He has a Masters of Education from the University of Judaism, and received semikha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-11 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Jewish Sex Ethics, or Sex with Judaism
It is fun to talk about sex, and having a strong understanding of sex ethics according to Judaism makes for an interesting conversation. We will look at a study of Jewish sex ethics throughout history, using sources from the Torah, Talmud, Medieval texts and modern day thought

Speakers
JG

Judy Greene

Judy Greene created a unique Jewish sex ethics course combining modern thought with Jewish content and has been teaching it for the past 30 years. A graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Hebraic Studies, Judy has an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-28 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

Russian Discussion - First Two Chapters of Genesis
This session will examine, in Russian, the first two chapters of the book of Genesis. Why do we have two creation stories? How do we make sense of how they differ? What do the differences tell us about the world? About God? About ourselves? We will look at the Torah text, midrashim, and commentary.

Speakers
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Jim Morgan

Rabbi/Chaplain, Center Communities of Brookline/Hebrew SeniorLife
Jim Morgan serves as Rabbi/Chaplain and Russian-speaking Chaplain for Center Communities of Brookline, a Supportive Housing Community. He is also the Rabbi for the Worship and Study Minyan at Harvard Hillel, which serves the university and the larger community.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G- KI Chapel 384 Harvard Campus

9:00am

The Contributions of Women-Driven Biblical Study in North American Jewish Adult Education
Let's discuss the historical and contextual factors and conditions in Jewish education that address the perceived, widespread exclusion of the experiences of female biblical characters when teaching Torah to adults.

Speakers
MA

Melissa Adleman

Melissa Adleman, Cantor, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from McGill, cum laude, and a Master of Sacred Music & Cantorial Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In 2019 she earned a PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University.


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-19 The KI Campus

9:00am

Thoreau's Secret and the Language of the Jews: A Midrash on Walden
Surprise! Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) heavily influenced Henry David Thoreau's famous book, Walden. Explore his secret Hebrew studies at 19th-century Harvard with close readings from both texts. Learn how the Transcendentalist used ideas and actual verses from Kohelet.

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Shabat

Natasha Shabat

Natasha Shabat is an independent scholar, writer, and photographer, based in Concord, MA, who teaches Biblical & Modern Hebrew to adults. She is currently writing a book on Hebrew education at Harvard in the 19th century. She has a B.A. from Harvard in Near Eastern Languages & Ci... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
G-16 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

The First Jewish Painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim
This session will examine the work of Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, a 19th century German Jewish artist, known as the First Jewish Painter. His work played a significant role in presenting Jewish tradition and depicting the challenges Jews faced in the emerging, emancipated, modern world.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Levy

Bruce Levy

Bruce J. Levy, AIA is an architect in private practice in NY. He also teaches History of Architecture and in particular The Art & Architecture of Jewish Culture, which deals with the history of synagogues, Jewish memorials, museums and individual Jewish artists and architects.


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
M-08b 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Enough with Small Talk, Let's Get to Big Talk
When was the last time we discussed real issues that matter and make us who we are? Most likely, not often as we too often engage in small talk. This realization led to the creation of our monthly women's forum, Big Talk. Join us as we discuss the makings of Big Talk and give you a taste of our forum with a discussion of one of our most popular topics!

Speakers
avatar for Leah Solodokin

Leah Solodokin

Leah Solodokin hails from Brooklyn, NY and has been living in Brookline, MA for the past three years. She is an oncology pharmacist and an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Leah is passionate about helping others in need and giving back to her community.
avatar for Jennifer Kohanim Pittleman

Jennifer Kohanim Pittleman

Jennifer (Kohanim) Pittleman has been living in Brookline for the past three years and is originally from Great Neck, NY. She works in public relations and social media marketing at global agency FleishmanHillard and helps her clients tell their brand stories and protect their re... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-16 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

2020 Women's Vote Centennial - Why Did It Take 72 Years to Get the Vote?!
2020 is the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment which finally gave women the right to vote. But the fight for that right began in 1848. This session will look ar the intervening 72 plus years between 1848 and the passage of the amendment and will include an exploration of the efforts of Jewish women in this fight and the relevance of those efforts to today.

Speakers
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Fredie Kay

Fredie Kay, Esq., is the Founder & President, Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of MA; Votes for Women National Trail Committee, and National Collaborative of Women's History Sites. Fredie is on the Board of Directors, for the Jewish Community Relations Council; Advisory Committee... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-31 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

The Jews Arrive in Newton
Come and learn about the history of Newton's oldest synagogue, which is now 107 years old. Learn about the founding of our Orthodox congregation and its relationship with the immigrant community in which it flourished, as Irish, French Canadians, Italians and Jews lived side by side and learned to be American in the early years of the 20th century.

Speakers
BG

Beryl Gilfix

Beri Gilfix, an author, is a granddaughter of the founder of the Adams Street Shul. She has served the congregation as president, secretary and chief fundraiser for over thirty years. Beri is a lifelong resident of Newton.


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-19 The KI Campus

10:10am

Shake Your Soul- An Invitation to Movement and Joy
Shake Your Soul. Have you been to a joyous wedding and danced with great abandon? Does the beat of a drum awaken something deep inside of you? Do you think that spontaneous dance connects with your deepest spiritual self? If you love to dance, and feel the deep feelings that dance elicits, then give Shake Your Soul a try. Come prepared to dance and experience the power it has to unlock joy and emotions!

Speakers
avatar for Leann Shamash

Leann Shamash

Master Urban Gardener; Veteran Jewish Educator, Independent
Leann Shamash is a Jewish educator. Through her career she has worked in both formal and informal Jewish educational settings. More recently Leann has been pursuing photography, writing and the art of movement. She was recently certified from the Leven Institute in "Shake Your Soul... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

If Prayers Could Sing! Finding the Music in Prayer.
Songwriter Arnie Davidson and soloist Shelly Aronson share their music/worship journey from worshipers to chavurah worship leaders. Participate in original, contagious prayer melodies used in their unique music-filled Shabbat service. You will learn new music, sing, and bring home new melodies and music leadership ideas..

Speakers
avatar for Arnie Davidson

Arnie Davidson

Arnie Davidson is a singer/songwriter of contemporary Jewish worship music. He has released four albums. He has taught and performed at MANAJE, NewCAJE, Limmuds in Boston, NY, Philadelphia, and the UK. He is co-founder of Shir Hamakom, a music worship chavurah based in central CT... Read More →
avatar for Shelly Aronson

Shelly Aronson

Shelly Aronson is co-founder and worship leader at Shir Hamakom, a music worship chavurah in central Connecticut. Shelly is a past presenter and performer at LimmudBoston. She has partnered with songwriter Arnie Davidson extensively. Shelly's unique interpretation and soothing alto... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Silent Auction
Shop for your friends and family while supporting LimmudBoston and LimmudFest! We have so many wonderful items to bid on, located in the lobby between the KI sanctuary and social hall. Bid early and often!

Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-Preschool Lobby 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

In Our Voices
Being part of a Jewish community is meaningful for those who fit comfortably in the center. But what about those who are often left out in the margins? Three adults with ID/DD who are active members of synagogue life and Jewish community programs will share their personal stories of how they found their place. The panel will be moderated by Sandy Slavet.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Slavet

Sandy Slavet

Sandy Slavet holds a Master of Education and has served as the Director of Jewish Life Services for People with Disabilities and the Director of the Disabilities Resource Network at Jewish Family & Children's Services. Sandy is currently chairperson of the Temple Sinai of Sharon Inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Marie Strazzulla

Marie Strazzulla

Marie Strazzulla is 33 years old and is very proud of her many accomplishments including reading Torah at her Bat Mitzvah. She works part-time at Home Goods and attends the CHAI Works Day Support Program. She speaks at area Jewish Day Schools to share her experiences growing up Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth Gray

My name is Elizabeth Gray. I am 24 years old. I have spastic cerebral palsy and a learning disability. I recently received my associate degree in Human Services. My goal is to work within the disability community as an advocate. I hope to impact change through policy, providing resources... Read More →
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Dan Moss

Dan Moss lives in Ashland, MA. He enjoys his independence, including living in his own apartment and driving and owning his own car; but is grateful for the support he receives from his family. Dan attends Temple Beth Shalom in Framingham and is an active member of many groups in... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Shattered Stars / Healing Hearts: One Family's Journey through Courage, Compassion, and Kindness
Join Irene as she recounts the ordeals her family went through on their escape from Germany in 1938 to become refugees in Holland. Hear the moving transformation Irene experienced as she learned about the courage, compassion, and kindness of the coffee roaster, farmer, and others who helped her family along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Stern Frielich

Irene Stern Frielich

Irene Stern Frielich is the daughter of a German Holocaust survivor who did not share much about his ordeal. In 2017, when she rediscovered the testimony video her father recorded just before his death in 1994, Irene began researching and then visited the German and Dutch locatio... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
M-04 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Benjamin Franklin's Influence on Jewish Thought and Practice
Find out how Benjamin Franklin's self-improvement method became incorporated into the practical Jewish ethical tradition of mussar through the publication of Rabbi Mendel Lefin's "Book of Spiritual Accounting," and how rabbis and Judaic scholars have dealt with this surprising historical development.

Speakers
avatar for Shai Afsai

Shai Afsai

Shai Afsai lives in Providence, RI. His recent research has focused on the writings of Thomas Paine, Jews and Freemasonry, religious traditions of the Beta Yisrael Jewish community from Ethiopia, Judaism in Nigeria, aliyah to Israel from RI, Jewish pilgrimage to Ukraine, and Jews... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-28 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Echo Chambers Instead of Conversation: It Starts in the Bible
We will examine several sibling-centered stories in the book of Genesis, noting a recurring and dangerous tendency toward inattentive, one-sided conversation. We will draw a line from these narratives to the Jewish people today, noting the enduring nature of diminished communication among opponents, and the resulting increase in fractiousness. In our explorations, we will encounter signs of hope for repair.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner is a senior educator at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies; is the founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization that addresses abuses of power in Jewish institutions; and is author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G- KI Chapel 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

From the Rib, Which Elohin Took From Eve, She Made a Man: A Regendering Torah Experience
Whether an intellectual exercise or a women-centered sacred text, the Regendered Bible unsettles habitual thinking. For the past two and half years, Yael Kanarek has been rewriting the Torah, transitioning all characters to the opposite sex: Imagine Moshah on Har Sinai receiving the ten commandments from Elohin. During this group reading and discussion, we will explore these familiar stories through the mother-daughter lineage.

Speakers
avatar for Yael Kanarek

Yael Kanarek

Yael Kanarek is a visual artist and jewelry designer, with exhibits in prestigious galleries. She is a recipient of fellowships with the Rockefeller New Media grant, Eyebeam, and The Laboratory for Jewish Culture. She created the Regendered Bible in response to the void of women-centered... Read More →



Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-27 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Joseph in the Torah and Qu'ran
We will explore the stories of Joseph in the Torah and Qu'ran in an active, lively dialogue. The goal is to achieve a deeper, more robust understanding of the stories in Torah, and a new appreciation for the structures and beliefs of Islam.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Brule

Jim Brule

Maggid Jim Brule has been deeply engaged in spiritual storytelling for decades and leads a faculty seminar on the topic. His online school for multi-faith spiritual storytellers is in its fourth year. He received S'micha as a Maggid from Yitzhak Buxbaum in 2009.


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-11 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

So You Fell Asleep in Services - Do You Still Count For a Minyan? Uncovering Authentic Jewish Values
So many topics and authentic Jewish values were never covered in advanced Jewish educations. We will study short, often ignored, forgotten, or off-beat texts to uncover those values. Topics include what does Judaism say about competitiveness, self-image, failure, decision-making, heroes, fulfillment, consistency, excellence, achievement, talent, and well-roundedness.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Siegel

Danny Siegel

Founder and former Chairman, Ziv Tzedakah Fund
Danny Siegel is an author, poet, and lecturer who has spoken on Mitzvahs, Tzedakah, and Tikkun Olam in 400 Jewish communities in North America. He is a 1993 Covenant Award Winner and in April 2020 will publish, Radiance - Creative Mitzvah Living, The Selected Prose and Poetry of Danny... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-06 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

The Powers That Bind: Women in the Family Circle
Our ancient texts are riddled with tales of lust, seduction and adultery. However, the female voices are often missing. In this workshop, we will explore Eve and Lilith. We will go through new portals and deeply explore the text, as we invite the missing voices to speak out.

Speakers
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Noreen Leibson

Noreen Leibson has been a Jewish educator for 30 years. Most of her professional life has been in a synagogue supplementary school serving as Education Director. She enjoys learning and teaching Torah through a creative lens. She lives with her husband, Mitch, in Nashua, NH, with... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-25 384 Harvard Campus

10:10am

Whose House is it? House of Aharon and House of Miryam
In the Hallel psalms, recited on holidays, the term Beit Aharon is used several times. As part of the ongoing work to make the liturgy more egalitarian, the question arises whether Beit Miriam is a legitimate substitution. Learn about the results of the investigation with a surprising midrashic punchline.

Speakers
avatar for Aliza Arzt

Aliza Arzt

Aliza Arzt is a home care speech therapist and long-time member of Havurat Shalom of Somerville MA. She loves researching questions about Biblical Hebrew and often discovers new insights. In her free time she enjoys making pottery, keeping geckos, and practicing aikido.


Sunday November 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
G-07 384 Harvard Campus

11:20am

Celebration Gathering
The Celebration Gathering is our first-ever gathering of the entire festival from 11:20am to 12:40pm. This year we celebrate our 10th anniversary and gather to honor LimmudBoston’s founder Steffi Aronson Karp with an illustrious panel and music.

"Educating for What?" The Celebration rabbinic panel includes Toba Spitzer as moderator of a discussion with Art Green and Margie Klein Ronkin, who will take a look at the landscape of adult Jewish learning. They will consider what it looks like now – "book learning" + experiential learning + learning that spurs action – what IS working and what is not, why adult learning has been valuable in our community, and why it remains important.

Joel Segel, Benyamin Lichtenstein and Mitch Gordon will share their musicianship with songs of joyous celebration.

Moderators
avatar for Toba Spitzer

Toba Spitzer

Rabbi, Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
Toba Spitzer is the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Board of of Rabbis. A rabbi, educator, writer and activist for peace and social justice, Toba has a life goal of bowling in all 50 states... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Arthur Green

Arthur Green

Hebrew College
Rector of Hebrew College Rabbinical School, Art Green previously taught at Brandeis and Penn, and headed the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He has published many books, including Radical Judaism.  He received his BA and PhD from Brandeis, and an MHL and rabbinic ordination... Read More →
avatar for Mitch Gordon

Mitch Gordon

Mitch Gordon is a mediator, meditation guide and teacher, and a conflict resolution specialist. He has trained and taught at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, Conflict Management Group, The World Food Programme in Rome, The World Bank, the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiating Partners... Read More →
avatar for Joel Segel

Joel Segel

Joel Segel plays and sings his own compositions at Beth El Sudbury, Temple Sinai Brookline, the ALEPH Kallah, and Shabbat by the Creek. He co-authored two books with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Jewish with Feeling, listed among Publishers Weekly's Best Spiritual Books of the year... Read More →
avatar for Margie Klein Ronkin

Margie Klein Ronkin

Margie Klein Ronkin, Rabbi Kohenet, is the founder of Kavod, a 600-strong Jewish community committed to building a liberated world for all people.  She serves as Director of Clergy and Leadership Development for the Essex County Community Organization... Read More →
avatar for Benyamin Lichtenstein

Benyamin Lichtenstein

Benyamin Lichtenstein has been playing clarinet for over 50 years; he davens musically every Shabbat at Beth El Sudbury, and with his two favorite musicians, Joel and Mitch. “I am blessed with the gift of hearing G!d’s song; honored and humbled as I aim to bring it into musical... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm
M-KI Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

12:40pm

Lunch
If you pre-ordered lunch, your ticket is the back of your nametag. Some additional meal tickets are available for purchase at the Registration Desk in the main lobby throughout the morning and at the entrance to the social hall during lunch. Please respect the KI Campus kashrut policy: Do not bring food into this building.

Sunday November 17, 2019 12:40pm - 2:00pm

12:50pm

Jewish Tales - Live!
Come be entertained, moved and delighted. The Jewish Storytelling Coalition presents four outstanding storytellers performing contemporary and traditional Jewish tales geared to adults. Judith Black, Jim Brule, Thea Iberall and David Finkelstein perform. Cindy Rivka Marshall as emcee.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall

Storyteller, Intergenerational Educator, Consultant, Story Arc
Award-winning performer of folktales and personal stories, Cindy Rivka Marshall consults, trains and coaches congregations, schools, organizations and individuals to "reach, teach and change with stories." She has been a presenter at Limmud UK, National Storytelling Network Conferences... Read More →
avatar for Thea Iberall

Thea Iberall

Storyteller, Performance poet
Thea Iberall is a shimmering bridge between heart and mind. An inductee into the International Educators Hall of Fame, she is featured in the documentary Poets, Passion and Poetry. Thea's stories springboard from the personal into moral issues, scientific questions, and emotional... Read More →
avatar for Judith Black

Judith Black

JCAN, 350.org, sustainable marblehead
New perspectives on history, familial dysfunction, aging, our disintegrating environment; all fodder for Judith’s tales. Featured at the Montreal Comedy Festival, many CAJE’s, The Smithsonian Institution, 13 times at National Storytelling Festival, and winner of the Oracle and... Read More →
avatar for Jim Brule

Jim Brule

Maggid Jim Brule has been deeply engaged in spiritual storytelling for decades and leads a faculty seminar on the topic. His online school for multi-faith spiritual storytellers is in its fourth year. He received S'micha as a Maggid from Yitzhak Buxbaum in 2009.
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David Finkelstein

David Finkelstein is the rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel in Waltham, MA.  His primary storytelling influences are Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum (teacher), Syd Lieberman, The Story Space and its founder (Brother Blue), and the Northeast Storytelling Conference, Sharing the... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

12:50pm

Shira Lishma - Contemporary American Jewish Music
Dive into the inspiring, meaningful world of Contemporary American Jewish Music with songwriter, song leader, Rabbinical Student, and student of American Jewish Ethnomusicology, Jackson Mercer. Like learning Torah "Lishma", for its own sake, we will spend the session singing for the sake of singing focusing on music that has emerged in the last five years out of one of the two prolific centers for Jewish songwriting, the American Jewish community.

Sunday November 17, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
M-08b 384 Harvard Campus

12:50pm

Limmud for All - Join the Fun!
If you are enjoying today’s LimmudFest, join us at a 'Join the Fun' reception. Learn about the origins of Limmud International and ways you can help make our LimmudFest even better next year. LimmudFest volunteers have a great time and make a great team. Come and find out how you can be part of the fun, and enjoy a special dessert too!

Speakers
MP

Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb, Rabbi of Cong Mishkan Tefila has studied and taught Mussar for 25 years. In London, she was a congregational & day school rabbi. She founded and directed the Spiritual Formation program at Leo Baeck College. She led the first annual Boston Mussar conference last yea... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
Lounge Outside U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

12:50pm

Silent Auction
Shop for your friends and family while supporting LimmudBoston and LimmudFest! We have so many wonderful items to bid on, located in the lobby between the KI sanctuary and social hall. Bid early and often!

Sunday November 17, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
G-Preschool Lobby 384 Harvard Campus

12:50pm

Building a Solidarity Economy: Tackling the Racial Wealth Gap
The median net worth of a White family in Boston is $247K, while that of a Black, US-born family is $8 (Federal Reserve). We will learn more about the origins of the racial wealth gap and introduce ways to support the Boston Ujima Project in building a more democratic and equitable economy.

Speakers
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Simona Lang

Simona Lang has been the Social Justice Chair of Kavod for three years, supporting several teams and leading the communal vision of justice work. She works full-time as an infectious disease epidemiologist at the MA Department of Public Health.
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Sarah Langer

Sarah has been a leader in the Kavod community for several years, from serving as the Board President to leading the social justice work. After teaching high school math and coaching new math teachers in Boston for 11 years, she is now teaching math at the Jewish Community Day School... Read More →
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Ben Weilerstein

Ben Weilerstein is a JOIN for Justice alum who has spent several years organizing in the climate, labor, and immigrant justice movements.


Sunday November 17, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

12:50pm

Choose Life: Healing the Climate Can Happen
Engage with a panel on ways to Choose Life in response to the climate crisis. This dynamic group of presenters will offer positive responses to climate change using their expertise in sustainability and renewable energy, ecological economics, and our spiritual connection to the earth.

Speakers
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Katy Allen

Co-founder and President, pro tem, Jewish Climate Action Network
Katy Allen is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, and the co-founder and President of Jewish Climate Action Network-MA. She is a board certified chaplain and a former healthcare chaplain and now considers herself an eco-chaplain.
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Oliver Braunschweig

Oliver Braunschweig is a PhD student in Economics at the New School with a focus on Ecological Economics, History, and Money & Banking. Environmentalism has long been an important part of his identity, and he has co-founded a student organization focused on sustainability in economics... Read More →
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Greg Hersh

Greg Hersh spent a year in Southeast Asia living in a Buddhist monastery and studying Tai Chi before entering rabbinical school. He is a TorahTrek-certified Jewish Wilderness Guide and attended outdoor retreats at Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School. He is the Rabbi at Temple Emmanuel... Read More →
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Harvey Michaels

Harvey Michaels is a Lecturer in Energy and Climate Innovation at the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. He formerly led efficiency companies Aclara Software and Xenergy and is a climate innovation advisor to Carbon-free Boston, Cambridge Net Zero, and Boston Interfaith Environmental... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
G-06 384 Harvard Campus

12:50pm

Jews and the Labor Movement - What's Work Got to Do With It?
The connection between the Jewish communities and labor has always been important to the well-being of all communities and society. This workshop will share aspects of Jewish efforts within the Labor Movement's past, present, current initiatives, and thoughts and plans for the future of labor.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Fertig

Ari Fertig

Ari Fertig joined the Jewish Labor Committee in 2019. Before joining, he served as manager of university editorial relations, handling relationships with over 50 college and university member media teams and successfully pitching TCUS member articles to The Washington Post, Newsweek... Read More →
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Amy Mazur

Amy Mazur is on the Board of the New England Jewish Labor Committee. Amy represents the Jewish Labor Committee as a supporting organization of the MA Coalition of Domestic Workers, and is a Committee Member of Hand in Hand. In her spare time, she works at Jewish Vocational Servic... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
G-11 384 Harvard Campus

1:10pm

Orthodox Mincha Pickup Service
All are welcome for an Orthodox minyan (10 men required). Siddurim provided.

Sunday November 17, 2019 1:10pm - 1:25pm
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

1:30pm

Egalitarian Mincha Pickup Service
All are welcome for an egalitarian service (men and women counted in the minyan). Siddurim provided.

Sunday November 17, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Songs of Renewal: The Meshing of Liturgical and Secular Melodies to Lift the Soul
We will imbue topical songs by artists such Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan and others into our program that mirror and preserve the significance of many of the prayers in our liturgy. In addition to serving as a tool for teaching the meaning behind many of our blessings, the intention of these songs of healing and light will leave you humming for days.

Speakers
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Jodi Blankstein

Jodi Blankstein is the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation B’nai Torah in Sudbury.  She brings sacred song and spirit to Jewish LIfecycle events. Jodi received her certificate in Jewish liturgical music from Hebrew College in June of 2010.  She has recorded many songs- go... Read More →
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Adam Dehner

Adam Dehner (acoustic guitar) is a professional musician and educator. Adam has co-led worship and concert performances with Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein for the past ten years – both in synagogues and throughout the Boston area.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

The Shaping of the New Jew
In this session, we will explore how both visual and performance arts helped shape -- and challenge -- the constructions of the New Jews and their emerging state during the first, formative years of Israel's existence.

Speakers
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Shoni Aronovich

Shoni Aronovich was born and raised in Tel Aviv, and studied Jewish philosophy and history at TAU. Shoni taught Jewish studies both in Israel and in the States, and is currently the director of teen education at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
M-08b 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Grandparenting in the Age of Diversity
It's tough to be a Jewish Grandparent. Our kids are either too Jewish, or not Jewish enough. How do Grandparents navigate the tension between wanting to pass on the traditions they love and the theology they hold dear, and at the same time, respect their children's' choices for their grandchildren? This session will be interactive.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Nemzoff

Ruth Nemzoff

Ruth Nemzoff, is author of Don't Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family and Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children. She is a resident scholar at Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-16 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Go Wish - A Card Game for the Home Stretch
Go Wish provides an easy, entertaining way to explore and understand Judaic and other values, goals and preferences as one approaches end of life. In this session, we will use an innovative and engaging card game that will help make it easier for family and friends to understand and follow these wishes.

Speakers
avatar for Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs created and taught about user-friendly software and websites. He now wants to make Torah, Tefilah and Tahara more accessible. He graduated from the Davvening Leadership Training Institute, teaches at Tufts University and co-found the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater... Read More →
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Arza Goldstein

Arza Goldstein, Birth Doula, Hospice nurse. A community organizer and most recently, an End of Life Doula, Arza helps those with serious illness and at end of life, and their families, make this time less stressful and more meaningful.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-11 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Writing What We Believe for Those We Love: Ethical Wills for the 21st Century
For centuries Jews have written ethical wills to share their values and life lessons with future generations. In this interactive workshop, we update the concept for the 21st Century, and use practical tools and the latest technologies to begin a rich conversation with our children and others.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Russman-Halperin

Bob Russman-Halperin

Bob Russman-Halperin received an ethical will from his grandfather, has written legacy letters to his children, and has led many workshops on this topic. Bob led executive education programs at Harvard Business School, MIT, and Babson, and is a Young Presidents Organization facil... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Silent Auction
Shop for your friends and family while supporting LimmudBoston and LimmudFest! We have so many wonderful items to bid on, located in the lobby between the KI sanctuary and social hall. Bid early and often!

Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-Preschool Lobby 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Anti-Semitism: Origins and Today
We are witnessing a spike in Anti-Semitism at home and abroad. We will look at the origins of hostility to Jews and Judaism in the ancient world and its development over time - the phenomenon has not changed much since the beginning. This perspective can be useful in making sense of events today.

Speakers
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David Bernat

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
David Bernat is the Executive Director of The Synagogue Council of MA. He has a PhD in Bible and Ancient Judaism from Brandeis University, and is the co-editor of Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage. Bernat is a long-time Meah faculty member and is active in the arena of... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
100 Centre - Room A 100 Centre St, Brookline, MA 02446, USA

2:00pm

Community Safety Strategies for Jewish Communities
In the last year, the Kavod Community Safety Team has developed systems and practices to keep our Jewish communities safe. Through interactive activities and group discussions, we will guide these difficult and timely conversations about our safety, and we will share how our work is rooted in social justice principles.

Speakers
avatar for Nadav David

Nadav David

Nadav David is a volunteer organizer with Kavod, as the community's Grassroots Partnerships Chair and a co-facilitator of the JOCSM caucus. He also works full-time as a financial coach supporting families living in subsidized housing to achieve their goals.
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Lena Shapiro

Lena Shapiro works full-time on juvenile justice issues in MA and is trained in facilitating restorative justice circles.
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Jon Wishnie

Jon Wishnie works as a climate justice organizer with the Better Futures Project/350 Mass and recently completed the JOIN for Justice fellowship, after several years in the outdoor education field.  


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-28 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Israel Activism: How to Take Effective Action and Get Results
This session will introduce participants to the world of activism for Israel in the media, online, and on college campuses. Find out how to take effective action and get results. Moderated by Daniel Agranov, Deputy Consul General of Israel to New England, the panel will include Karen Bar-Or from the Israeli American Council (IAC), Simon Plosker of HonestReporting, and Hali Haber of CAMERA.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Agranov

Daniel Agranov

Daniel Agranov, Deputy Consul General of Israel to New England, brings to his position more than a decade of experience in Foreign Service. He has been a member of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2008, previously serving in embassies and consulates in Europe, Asia and... Read More →
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Karen Bar-Or

Karen Bar-Or is the Activism Manager at the Israeli American Council (IAC), where her main focus is combating antisemitism and anti-Israel bias in the Greater Boston area. Karen has an extensive background in activism, community building and informal education.
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Simon Plosker

Simon Plosker is Managing Editor of HonestReporting, the largest global grassroots organization defending Israel from media bias where he has worked since 2005. Originally from London, Simon has degrees from Birmingham University and the London School of Economics, and made Aliyah... Read More →
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Hali Haber

Hali Haber is the Director of Campus Programming and Strategic Relationships for CAMERA. Hali manages the CAMERA on Campus team in the US, and works to advise and educate students. She loves teaching hands-on techniques to help Israel campus groups succeed. 


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-06 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Speak, Memory: Creating Jewish Women's Oral History
Story Aperture is a new app for collecting and sharing the life stories of Jewish women. In this workshop, the Jewish Women's Archive will share some of the vibrant stories we have received and empower you to use the app to preserve the singular experiences of women in your community.

Speakers
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Betsy More

Betsy More is the Director of Programs at JWA. A historian of women and gender in the U.S., she has taught widely on the history and culture of work, motherhood, family, and race in America.
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Sarah Quiat

Sarah Quiat is Program Manager at JWA, where she manages the Rising Voices Fellowship. She is a recent alum of Vassar College and spent the last year as the Education and Translation Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-25 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

A Chasidic Perspective & Practical Applications for 2019
We will share a beginners overview on how Chasidism transforms and elevates the details of Judaism into a celebration. Torah, Mitzvot and Tikkun Olam, truly at the core, can upgrade our Motivation. Love your fellow neighbor as thyself- is that really possible?

Speakers
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Mayshe Schwartz

Mayshe Schwartz was born and raised in West LA, Smicha in Israel & moved with his amazing wife Shifra to Brooklne in 2004. They founded the Chai Center and YJP Boston to serve young adults. He brings his spirited Jewish vibe to young adults wherever they are and has officiated over... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
100 Centre Street - Room B 100 Centre Street, Brookline, MA, USA

2:00pm

Bibliodrama: Integrating Theater with Torah
In this workshop we will dive underneath the text of the bible to breathe life into its characters. Through role play and embodiment we will explore the unwritten stories that lie beneath the surface of our traditional teachings. Learn how stepping into another’s shoes exercises our empathy muscle. This session was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation. 

Speakers
avatar for Sally Grazi-Shatzkes

Sally Grazi-Shatzkes

Sally Shatzkes is a Drama Therapist with over 15 years in the field, innovating creative arts based counseling programs and spearheading creative approaches in Jewish education, such as the Witness Theater program. She is a 2019 Covenant Award recipient. Her participation was made... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Jewish Exploration of the Power of Words
Speaking Volumes: LimmudFest is proud to play a role in the Global Day of Learning, an international effort to encourage Jews around the world to study the same sources on the same day in their own way. Along with Jewish Learners across the globe, we will explore the power of words.

Speakers
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Naomi Gurt Lind

Naomi Gurt Lind is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College, in pursuit of her fourth and hopefully final career. She has studied at Hadar and DLTI and has a consultancy on community engagement. In her free time she hangs out with her two genius boys, solves crossword puzzles, and bakes... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-07 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Legacy-What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? A Hearing Men's Voices Experience
We do not have the advantage of seeing our own obituaries. But often, after you have attended funerals, you may think back as to how the deceased was remembered at the funeral or at the shiva minyan. We will be holding a Hearing Men's Voices, HMV, session in which we will create our own legacy. What will they say about you when you are gone? Reserved for 10 male attendees. 

Speakers
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Martin Paley

Martin Paley has facilitated Hearing Men's Voices for over 15 years, leading sessions locally, nationally and internationally. Hearing Men's Voices creates intimacy among men through dialogue, creating conversations to connect Jewish men in a safe and nurturing environment.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-27 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

Oh My God! Theology in Israeli Women's Midrash
In this session, we will discuss midrashim written by contemporary Israeli women who offer varying strategies to deal with the horrifying question, is God involved or even in charge of patriarchy? We will read from texts in English.

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Tamar Biala

Tamar Biala engages with Jewish feminism as a writer and lecturer. She has a BA in Jewish Studies and Literature and MA in Women's Studies and Jewish Studies. She co-edited Dirshuni: Midrashei Nashim, first-ever collection of midrashim by contemporary Israeli women.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G- KI Chapel 384 Harvard Campus

2:00pm

When God Speaks in 'Black English' to Moshe Rabbenu
I Am That I Am. So, we are told, God names Himself to Moses at the burning bush. In this session we shall see how the Black English, I Be As I Be, better expresses the dynamism - and passionate movement into the future - suitable for a text devoted to the theme of liberation.

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Davin Wolok

Davin Wolok is the Hazzan Sheni of Temple Emeth. He has taught Jewish thought at Hebrew College and is an author.


Sunday November 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G-19 The KI Campus

3:10pm

Jewish Stars in the Ring
From 18th century English champions, Daniel Mendoza and Samuel Elias, to 20th century Americans, Benny Leonard and Barney Ross, Jews have produced boxing champions. Between 1910 and 1940, 26 world champions were Jewish. We will look at the reasons why Jews found this violent sport appealing.

Speakers
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Len Abram

Len Abram has taught writing and authored three novels, along with many articles. His older brother, an amateur boxer, introduced him to the sport.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Participatory Play Reading About the "Birds' Heads Hagaddah"
The illustrated "Bird's Head Hagaddah," over 700 years old, is a fascinating text with an intriguing story. Explore its unusual renderings and collaboratively read a short new play about this controversial object. What is the place of historically significant ritual items in this century?

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Rosalyn Diamond

Miriam Rosalyn Diamond

Miriam Rosalyn Diamond, Ph.D., is an educator and author whose plays have been read and performed in diverse settings. She recently learned of her own family's connection to the Bird Head's Haggaddah.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G- KI Chapel 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

RSJ Community Performers – Music by Masters
Live Performance Music Presented by Center Makor.

Speakers
avatar for Vladimir Foygelman

Vladimir Foygelman

Vladimir Foygelman is a professional choreographer and dance performer. Vladimir well known for his dedication to traditional Klezmer/Yiddish dances and Jewish dances from around the world.Vladimir
avatar for Marina Vinogradova

Marina Vinogradova

Marina Vinogradova is a jazz singer, songwriter and arranger based in Boston, MA.She was born in Saratov, Russia and since her teens she's been a participant of different jazz festivals and competitions. In 2018 she graduated from Berklee College of Music, and today she's a touring... Read More →
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Sasha Stern

Sasha Stern began her musical education at the age of 5.  She is a third generation professional musician. When Sasha was 8, she won a prestigious Piano Competition dedicated to the music of J. S. Bach. She holds a BA and Master’s Degree in musicology, composition, history, and... Read More →
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Janey David

Center Makor proudly presents our special guest and friend the singer Janey David.Janey David is talented singer, writer and performer. She covers a veriety of musical genres ranging from R&B, Soul, Blued, Jazz, Pop, Dancehall, Huip-hop, and Reggie.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Welcome Blanket
Welcome Blanket, a national craftivism project, re-conceptualizes the proposed 2000-mile concrete border wall to keep people out into 2000 miles of yarn to welcome new immigrants and refugees into the US. Participants knit/crochet/sew/quilt blankets and write accompanying notes of welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Hadassah Margolis

Hadassah Margolis

Hadassah Margolis is a social worker & Lead Therapist at McLean's Spirituality & Mental Health Dept, where she helped develop the hospital's first-ever Spirituality & Treatment groups. She is also a clinician at Brandeis University.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-Ground Floor Lobby

3:10pm

When I Was Small: Original Jewish Songs and Stories
Original songs and stories enliven Jewish spirituality, culture, history, and identity. They breathe new life and meaning into prayers and psalms. You'll hear:
  • "When Will Our Dream Come True" - a song that tells a story about Moshiach and ties into the founding of the State of Israel
  • "Lucky Numbers" and "Say Tehillim" - a story (previously published in Tablet) and song about the psalms
  • "Adon Olam: Past, Present, Future" - a story and song about Adon Olam
Participants will receive a copy of the songbook, Songs of My Father's.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Schuman

Sandy Schuman

Storyteller, Another Side to the Story
Original songs with English, Hebrew, and Yiddish lyrics add a delightful dimension to Sandy Schuman's educational and entertaining performances. A winner of the St. Louis Jewish Storytelling Contest, his stories have been published in Tablet, New Mitzvah Stories, Welcome to Chelm's... Read More →



Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
100 Centre - Room A 100 Centre St, Brookline, MA 02446, USA

3:10pm

Flip the Script: The Truth About Intermarriage
What if everything you ever heard about intermarriage was wrong? Research and experience show that Intermarriage actually deepens Jewish commitment to Judaism, adds meaning to Jewish rituals and ceremonies, and ensures Jewish continuity! Come find out how and why.

Speakers
avatar for Gladys Maged

Gladys Maged

Managing Director, Congregation Kahal B'raira
Gladys Maged is the Managing Director of Kahal B'raira, the Humanistic Jewish Congregation of Greater Boston. Her work includes building all aspects of her vibrant congregation.She works to create many different pathways into the Jewish community so that everyone can find a place... Read More →
avatar for Denise Handlarski

Denise Handlarski

Denise Handlarski, a Rabbi, serves the Toronto-based Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and the online community SecularSynagogue.com.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-16 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Keeping Traditions after a Community Disperses
We are Babylonian Jews, have lived in Bagdad for centuries and inherited a tradition stretching over 2,500 years. The Jewish community of Iraq is gone, and we are in other lands. But, we are still Babylonian Jews, our culture, language, synagogues and foods live on, and we keep the spirit of the community going.

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Velda Shaby

Velda Shaby is a Babylonian Jew born in Bagdad, she left in 1950. She grew up in Iran, part of an Iraqi Jewish Community. Her adult life has been raising three kids, learning how to be flexible enough in interpreting traditions to pass them along to her kids.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-19 The KI Campus

3:10pm

Immigration Stories from Boston's Port
From its beginnings in 1904, the office of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in Boston, helped thousands of Jewish immigrants. Although some arrived with very little, they all arrived with a story. Hear some of these stories and learn how archivists are ensuring that these personal histories are not forgotten.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Call

Stephanie Call

Stephanie Call is the Associate Director of Archives and Education at the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society where she oversees archival collections, educational programming, content, and outreach activities.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
M-08b 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Dance and Exercise to Israeli Music
Join us in this active session and move your body and your mind to the beat of Israeli music. Warm up with light stretching and balance exercises and progress to fun moves. We will end with gentle movements and a guided mediation. For all ages and abilities.

Speakers
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Stacy Khalil

Stacy is Fitness/Wellness Geriatric Specialist Manager with 2Life Communities.
avatar for Francine Godfrey

Francine Godfrey

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-06 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Experiencing the 13 Attributes of God
Not just for prayer! The power of the 13 Attributes of God is ultimately a powerful guide to who we really are. Can we truly embody each of them? Come delve into the deeper meaning of each of these attributes. Part of the session will be experiential.

Speakers
avatar for Ora Weiss

Ora Weiss

Ora Weiss shares the universal and empowering readings she has found in Torah, going beyond traditional rabbinical interpretations. Ora terms this Restorative Judaism; restoring ancient wisdom, each human's knowledge of who we really are, and our direct connection with Source.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-28 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

The Conversation: Why it is Important
Why it is important for all of us to have some advance planning for our deaths, and why must we share the appropriate directives with our loved ones and others?

Speakers
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David Decter

David Decter was born in Boston and has lived here for the past 75 years. Married to Carole for 53 years, they are blessed with two sons and five loving grandchildren. David is Past President of Temple Emeth and is a current member of Congregation Kehillath Israel.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-25 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

The Kabbalistic Tree of Life
Through guided visualization and self-directed movement we will unlock our personal creativity by directly and physically experiencing the 10 Sefirot/Energy centers of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Foust

Jeff Foust

Jeff Foust is a rabbi, a Jewish Chaplain and a Mindfulness Meditation Coordinator for the Spiritual Life Center at Bentley University. He is a long time student and teacher of Kabbalah, emphasizing embodied spirituality, where one learns to breathe, live, and dance Kabbalah into our... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-31 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Silent Auction
Shop for your friends and family while supporting LimmudBoston and LimmudFest! We have so many wonderful items to bid on, located in the lobby between the KI sanctuary and social hall. Bid early and often!

Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-Preschool Lobby 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Building a Movement for Justice for All: Challenging Anti-Semitism & White Nationalism
How do we face today's frightening rise in far-right antisemitism, and how do we combat it? We will learn about antisemitism in the white nationalist movement, and that voiced by right-wing politicians and media. We will hear from Jewish activists challenging antisemitism and organizing for justice for all.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Lorber

Ben Lorber

Ben Lorber works at Political Research Associates (PRA), a social justice think tank in Somerville, as a Research Analyst focusing on antisemitism and white nationalism. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his partner and two cats, attends Nehar Shalom, and is active in Kavod.
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Mimi Arbeit

Mimi Arbeit is a Jewish queer femme writer, teacher, researcher, and organizer who loves to dance. She moved back to Boston in 2018 from Charlottesville, Virginia where she connected with a broad array of local community members fighting white supremacy. She is active in Kavod.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
M-04 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Physics Class, Social Justice, and Tikkun Olam
Social Justice/Tzedek/Mitzvahs/Tikkun Olam. There is so much to be learned from our traditional texts about making the world a Menschlich place. In an extensive give-and-take, we will explore several of these texts - a few of which are ignored, never taught, or just off the beaten track.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Siegel

Danny Siegel

Founder and former Chairman, Ziv Tzedakah Fund
Danny Siegel is an author, poet, and lecturer who has spoken on Mitzvahs, Tzedakah, and Tikkun Olam in 400 Jewish communities in North America. He is a 1993 Covenant Award Winner and in April 2020 will publish, Radiance - Creative Mitzvah Living, The Selected Prose and Poetry of Danny... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Giant Sea Creatures and Where To Find Them
Have you ever noticed the giant sea creatures in Chapter 1 of Genesis? Or wondered why the traditional blessing when leaving a sukkah involves a leviathan? Come and discover these and other giant sea creatures lurking in the Tanakh and a few (scholarly) theories about why they are there!

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Zoë Lang

Zoë Lang is an active member of the Orthodox community in Cambridge, MA and the special events coordinator for the Open Beit Midrash. She has taught a course on the Talmud for Shalom Maine and has spoken at various synagogues in Boston.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-07 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Is Gender Inequality a Biblical Mandate?
Is Inequality a Biblical Mandate? To what degree do God's words to woman in the Garden of Eden -- "to your husband is your desire and he shall rule over you"-- constitute a mandate of subjugation to all women for all time? Through a comparison of the narrative of Eve with that of Sarah and several later biblical characters, we will note the recurrence of this difficult motif, along with signs of reexamination, and at times, reversal, of God's pronouncements in the Garden.

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Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner is a senior educator at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies; is the founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization that addresses abuses of power in Jewish institutions; and is author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
M-KI Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

3:10pm

Lilith: Recovery of an Ancient Israelite Demoness
Legends and midrashim about Lilith are a fascinating entry into the demonic underbelly of early Jewish mythology. Her contemporary reclamation testifies to the way each generation infuses ancient traditions with new meaning. We'll explore the primary texts of her legend and their meaning for today.

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Neal Gold

Rabbi, Babson College
Neal Gold, a rabbi, teaches for Me 'ah, a Hebrew College program, and serves as Jewish Chaplain & Hillel Director at Babson College. He is currently President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.


Sunday November 17, 2019 3:10pm - 4:10pm
G-11 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Gems of Jewish Poetry
Jewish poetry can transform us to a higher spiritual plane. Hear and discuss poems by Allen Ginsberg, Yehuda Amichai, Avraham Sutzkever, Dan Pagis, Yona Wallach, Dahlia Ravikovitch, Gerald Stern, Adrienne Rich, and others that elevate the mundane and articulate the Jewish experience with language that virtually sings.

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Mark Elber

Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Fall River, MA
Mark Elber, rabbi of Temple Beth El, in Fall River, MA, has an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College, and is a prize-winning poet, songwriter, and author.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G- KI Chapel 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

The Temple Mount Floors
Can you imagine reconstructing King Herod's floors from the Temple Mount using the actual stone tiles from 2,000 years ago? Can you also imagine recreating the exact same patterns, colors, and masonry techniques? Remember that geometry you learned in high school but never thought you'd use again? Come explore the archaeological wonders of this ancient monument.

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Frankie Snyder

Frankie Snyder holds a BS in Math from Virginia Tech in1970 & MAJS from Hebrew College in 2000. Making aliyah in 2007, she is an archaeologist in Israel specializing in reconstructing geometric-patterned opus sectile floors used by King Herod in his palaces and on the Temple Moun... Read More →



Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G-28 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Why Did the Jews Leave Soviet Russia 100 Years Ago?
Using a free-standing installation of rare pogrom photographs taken during the Russian Civil War, Diane Covert will give an introductory talk. Vladimir Foygelman and Ellina Blinder, both born in Ukraine, will discuss life in Ukraine from a historical perspective and will answer questions about these pogroms and their lives prior to coming to the US.

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Diane Covert

Documentary photographer Diane Covert built the pogrom installation from an archive of rare photographs. The work speaks to Eastern European Jewish history, immigration, war atrocities and the history of photography.
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Vladimir Foygelman

Vladimir Foygelman is a professional choreographer and dance performer. Vladimir well known for his dedication to traditional Klezmer/Yiddish dances and Jewish dances from around the world.Vladimir
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Ellina Blinder

Ellina Blinder is a classically trained pianist from the Hartt School of Music and New England Conservatory. She performs solo and in various ensembles in the US and Europe. Ms. Blinder was born in Lvov, Ukraine and moved to the US as a teenager.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
M-08b 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

The Other in the Contemporary Russian Jewish-Immigrant Narrative
The presentation will analyze the question of self-identity and the concept of the "other" in contemporary, Jewish immigrant voices in the USA and in Israel, as seen through cinematic and literary narratives of the early 2000s.

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Marina Aptekman

Marina Aptekman lectures at Tufts University. She coordinates the Russian language program and teaches courses in Russian language and culture and Russian-Jewish studies.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
M-08a 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Sarah Schenirer to Sara Hurwitz: The Evolution of Jewish Women's Education
The first successful movement to provide Jewish girls with a religious education, Bais Yaakov just celebrated 100 years in operation. Learn about Sarah Schenirer - the Hasidic, divorced, thirtysomething who founded Bais Yaakov - and the indelible mark she has made on Jewish women's education, past and present.

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Talia Weisberg

Talia Weisberg is a student at the Beit Midrash Program of Yeshivat Maharat. She wrote her Harvard College honors thesis about the Bais Yaakov movement and the evolution of Orthodox women's formal religious education. Talia also serves on the board of the Orthodox Minyan at Harvard... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G-25 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Jewish Masculinity Before and After the Zionist Project
The Zionist perception of the new Jewish male, especially the Israeli, was constructed as an opposite and radical reaction to the Jewish Male Archetype. In order to become a warrior and a settler on the ancestors' soil, the new Jews felt they must leave behind beautiful virtues the Jewish male had once embraced within himself. This session will discuss the merging of the two male narratives.

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Ran Gavrieli

Ran Gavrieli, an Israeli educator and feminist activist, has an MA in Gender Studies from Tel Aviv University and is the founder of the Eye Level Sex Education Foundation. He teaches sex education around the world and his TEDx talk had 19 million viewers.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
M-KI Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Mental Health is for Everyone! And What Do You Know About This Silent Killer?

Statistically, social isolation is devastating to mental and physical health. Hear multiple approaches to providing life-saving help for emotional issues, despite perceived stigma. Experts from NAMI and 2Life will share knowledge, experience and resources for families and individuals – for us all.

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avatar for Howard D Trachtman

Howard D Trachtman

Howard D. Trachtman, BS, CPS, CPRP, COAPS, co-founder and on executive team of Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community, Certified Peer Specialist, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, co-founder of NAMI Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network. He has received many awards... Read More →
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Cindy Katzeff

Cindy Katzeff, JD, Director of Village Centers & Community Engagement at 2Life Communities, designs programs that develop relationships between residents at four campuses and with the larger community. Along with creating village centers, hubs of activity and meaningful engagement... Read More →
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Sidney Gelb

Sidney Gelb is Legislative Representative on the Board of Directors of NAMI Newton Wellesley. Sid is a trained Family Support facilitator and teacher for the Family to Family Course and the NAMI Basics course. He has an MS from the City College of New York and lives in Brookline... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
U-13 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Out of the Shadows: Spirituality and Mental Health
Mental or emotional illness is often perceived as a sign of weakness and is often a source of shame. What can we learn from our Jewish traditions and modern psychology to help us change this perception? Come share how spirituality is (or is not) a part of your life, and explore how spirituality and mental health impact each other.

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avatar for Hadassah Margolis

Hadassah Margolis

Hadassah Margolis is a social worker & Lead Therapist at McLean's Spirituality & Mental Health Dept, where she helped develop the hospital's first-ever Spirituality & Treatment groups. She is also a clinician at Brandeis University.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G-06 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Solve the Climate Crisis! A Beloved Little Saying Holds the Breakthrough We Need.
If not now when. These words have motivated Jews to action for thousands of years. Inspiring? Intimidating? The immediacy of NOW is quite a demand, especially in today's hyper-distracted world. We will explore how this short text can be used to inspire us all to work to solve the Climate Crisis.

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Fred Davis

Clean Energy Professional, JCAN Vice President
Fred is VP of JCAN, offering webinars to reduce synagogue carbon. A professional in clean energy since 1978, he is former president of Urban Solar Energy Assoc. and received the 2019 NESEA Lifetime Achievement Award.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G-19 The KI Campus

4:20pm

Do Not Stand Idly By: Harm Reduction is Jewish

In Massachusetts, the opioid crisis is ever present. As witnesses to our neighbors’ and communities’ losses, our tradition calls for us to resist remaining idle. Guided through text, we will explore harm reduction from a uniquely Jewish lens, while learning how to help preserve life in our own communities.

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avatar for Eri Solomon

Eri Solomon

Eri Solomon is a Jewish educator, community organizer, and harm reduction activist. Their background includes work with synagogues, Hillel, youth organizations, and social justice campaigns. They believe fundamentally in a vision for a just society that is equitable, intersectional... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G-16 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

Tekiah: Waking My Soul From A Deep Slumber
In this session we will explore our spirituality though original holiday songs. We will awaken our souls, evoke our fragility, encounter divinity and more.

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Ros Schwartz

Ros Schwartz is a Jewish composer, performer, and founder & director of the Kingston Jewish Choir. Her music has been described as nourishing, inspiring, & healing. A Family Physician and psychotherapist, Ros believes music and medicine flow from the same healing source.


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
U-Mishkan Tefila Sanctuary 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

The Endangered Daughter: Bat Yiftah in Bible and Midrash
In the father-daughter stories of the Hebrew Bible, almost all the female figures meet a tragic fate. Where home should promise protection and comfort, it harbors menace for the daughter when the boundary of home is crossed. This session entails a close study of the story of Jephthah's daughter as an example of the father-daughter paradigm.

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avatar for Rachel Adelman

Rachel Adelman

Hebrew College
Rachel Adelman (Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is currently an associate professor of Hebrew Bible in the rabbinical program at Hebrew College in Boston. She published two books and when not writing articles, or divrei torah, it is poetry that flows from her pen.



Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
M-04 384 Harvard Campus

4:20pm

The Jewish Road to Character: The Study and Practice of Mussar as a Jewish Spiritual Path for Our Times
In our confusing time, many in our Jewish community seek to a greater sense of grounding in core values and ideas to guide, uplift and inspire us to become the best persons we can be. We will explore the ancient tradition of Mussar as an authentic Jewish spiritual path for our times, and our lives.

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Eric Gurvis

Eric Gurvis, rabbi, was ordained at HUC-JIR and has served congregations in NYC; Jackson, MS; Teaneck, NJ; and Newton, MA. He is currently rabbi of Shaarei Shalom in Ashland, MA. Eric also works with The Mussar Institute directing the CHAVERIM Initiative and facilitates Mussar groups... Read More →


Sunday November 17, 2019 4:20pm - 5:20pm
G-07 384 Harvard Campus