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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

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

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.
avatar for David Finkelstein

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

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
SA

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

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
avatar for Len Abram

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 →
avatar for Sasha Stern

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 →
avatar for Janey David

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Elber

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.

Speakers
avatar for Frankie Snyder

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.

Speakers
DC

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.
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
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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