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Sunday, November 17


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.

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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.

Mark Sokoll

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

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


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?

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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


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!

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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.
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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


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.

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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


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.

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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 →
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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


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.


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


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.


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