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Sunday, December 8
 

9:00am

Mini-Showcase: Jewish Learning Connections
Learn about two innovative programs for elementary-aged students. Torah Play at Temple Isaiah in Lexington is a Torah-telling practice designed to enhance the spiritual lives of children. The Corps Project at Temple Shir Tikvah (Winchester) engages parents and students in a deeper discovery of their Jewish values. These are ideas you can take to your school!

Speakers
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Bailee Star

Bailee Star is the Education Director at Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester, MA.  She started work on the Corps Project at Shir Tikvah in 2011. Bailee began her career teaching for inner-city Baltimore with Teach for America, and received her Masters in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland.
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Julie Vanek

Julie Vanek is the Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP. Julie works with educators and teachers throughout Greater Boston to encourage innovation in Jewish learning in the areas of technology, student-centered curricula, professional development and programming.
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Rebecca Winters

Rebecca Winters has been an education professional for over 25 years, including as a Jewish preschool teacher and an after-school administrator. She has a Master of Education from Lesley University and is an educator at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, as coodinator of Special Needs for K-3, of Curriculum for grades 1 & 2, and of the Madrichim (teen volunteers).


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Leffell Conference Room

9:00am

Where Ethics Meet History: Bystanders, Upstanders, and Civic Responsibility
Participants will be introduced to Facing History's resource "Sacred Texts, Modern Questions: Connecting Ethics and History through a Jewish Lens," which integrates biblical, rabbinic and contemporary sources into modern day questions. We will examine bystander and upstander behavior and discuss factors that lead to choices of action or inaction.

Speakers
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Jan Darsa

Jan Darsa is the Director of Jewish Education at Facing History and Ourselves. She received the 2010 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, and co-authored "Sacred Texts, Modern Questions: Connecting Ethics and History Through A Jewish Lens." She also authored "Jews of Poland," which came from her research as a Jerusalem Fellow.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 14

9:00am

Mental Illness Strikes a Jewish Family, What Do I Do Now? The Experience of a Parent and a Person in Recovery.
When mental illness strikes, it creates chaos in both the family and the person with the mental illness. Someone who has experienced this trauma will discuss the road to recovery and describe the support and family education that organizations such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) can provide.

Speakers
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Michael Fetcho

Michal Fetcho is a member of the NAMI-Mass State Board, the NAMI-Boston Board and the NAMI-GBCAN Board, an "In Our Own Voice Presenter," and Co-Chair of the Peer Advisory Council, a group of leadership members from 10 mental health organizations. He has "lived experience" and is dedicated to helping his peers and educating the public on mental illness
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Sidney C. Gelb

Sidney C. Gelb is a retired science teacher and parent of a mentally ill son. He has been a member of NAMI since 1993, former secretary of the Board of NAMI Massachusetts, and now President of NAMI Newton Wellesley and Secretary of the Board of NAMI Latino. He has two daughters and three grandsons.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 7

9:00am

They Tried to Kill Us. We Survived. Let's Eat! Enjoying Food as a Jew without Guilt or Extra Pounds.
Want to overcome overeating at Jewish events without feeling deprived, insulting your grandmother or being at war with your body? Find out how to not cave into the pressures of tasting everything on the table. Experience how and why diets don't work. Learn how to trust & love your body instead of being at war with it & still get the results you want.

Speakers
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Beth Rontal

Believing you can enjoy chocolate AND inner peace, Beth Rontal, LICSW, co-developed and leads the Transforming Overeating group process where "eating to soothe my feelings" was reduced by 50%. Beth is certified in Tapas Acupressure Technique®, trained in Internal Family Systems and has a private practice in W. Roxbury, MA.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 17

9:00am

Getting it Right: Israel, the Media and the Modern Middle East
In this session, we bring together two presenters for a joint session on Israel and the media:

Joe Hyams: Six Secrets of Media Objectivity - Quantifying Media Bias and Responding Effectively.
Lessons and first hand insights from the November 2012 media war. We'll explore the role of social media, photography and the power of grassroots action. You'll gain behind-the-scenes perspective and practical communications training from the Executive Director of HonestReporting, an Israeli non-profit.

Dexter Van Zile: Telling Israel's Story in a Post-Shoah World.
In the first few decades after the Shoah, Israel's legitimacy was largely unquestioned. Now that the catastrophe is less fresh in people's memories, Israel's role in protecting the rights of Jews in a region where minorities are badly oppressed has become an increasingly important story to tell to American and global audiences.

Speakers
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Joe Hyams

Joe Hyams, CEO of HonestReporting.com is a former London advertising agency executive who made aliyah in 2005. He continues to develop and strengthen the means of ensuring fair, accurate and positive media coverage for Israel. Joe is currently resident in Boston at the Hornstein Professional Leadership Program - Brandeis University.
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Dexter Van Zile

Dexter Van Zile is Christian Media Analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. While at CAMERA, Van Zile has countered the de-legitimization of Israel by Christian churches and the institutions they support. He has also promoted awareness about the mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East.  


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 5

9:00am

The Song of the Turtledove and the Wings of Eagles: Birds in Israel
Did you know that Israel is one of the top bird-watching destinations in the world? Come and learn why. We will examine Biblical and Talmudic texts about birds and will see pictures from birding hotspots and refuges all over Israel -- including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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EM Ganin

EM Ganin is a birdwatcher who lives in Sharon MA. He visits Israel regularly and has been to many bird watching hotspots and refuges in Israel.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 8

9:00am

Create Your Own Midrash in Movement and Music: Yosef Revealed--for Women Only
In this interactive session, we will explore the character of Yosef as he powerfully reveals himself to his brothers. We will also experience the lesser known character of Serach bat Asher, who used her voice and instrument to gently announce Yosef's existence to his father, Yaacov. Together we will create our own movement and song midrash! NOTE: This session is for women only.

Speakers
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Nechama Cheses

Nechama Cheses, M.Ed is a dance-movement therapist who explores Jewish women's spirituality through movement and creative expression.
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Esther Leah Marchette

Esther Leah Marchette is a Torah teacher and singer-songwriter who is founder of the Boston Breslov Connection, and enjoys helping women connect to their voice and spiritual source.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 9

9:00am

Music: A Gateway to Spiritual Connection: Ages 8-80
This session will present three fresh musical access points to spirituality: The Power of Nigun: A true nigun experience is transformative. Get ready to sing. Adding Pop to Prayer: There is a real art to connecting popular music to holy liturgy. Old Becomes New: A small tweak in the familiar can change your prayer perception and experience.

Speakers
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Oren Kaunfer

Oren Kaunfer is the Madrich Ruchani (Spiritual Educator) at Boston's Jewish Community Day School. Oren brings vibrant energy, soul, musicality, and fire to everything he does. . .especially T'fillah. Drawing on a diverse background ranging from Camp Ramah and the Carlebach Shul to years producing at MTV, Oren is a fresh voice of Jewish spirit.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Youth Lounge

9:00am

Reinventing Shabbat: Making It Meaningful for Your Family
As Jewish parents, we picture our perfect Shabbat, but it is sometimes hard to make it real. How can we introduce new things that might differ from how we grew up? How do we meet the individual needs of family members? How do we make it both lively and meaningful, even if we are exhausted and the kids are melting down?

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Alison Lobron

Alison A. Lobron is an educator with experience in public schools, as well as private and informal settings. She teaches the Nitzanim program for preschool children at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton. Alison is passionate about making Judaism meaningful to children and families through music, stories, and real-life experiences.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 11

9:00am

Fundraising for Jewish Organizations
This session will cover the basics as well as the nuances of fundraising. What works and what does not? How to, when to, why ask for money. Making the fundraising work with the mission.

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Miriam May

Miriam May is an experienced non-profit manager and successful fundraiser in both Jewish and secular organizations. Experience includes Harvard Hillel, Harvard University, Susan Komen and a wide-range of consulting clients in the non-profit arena. Miriam was also a VP at Citicorp and holds an MBA from the Wharton School and degree from Cornell.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 15

9:00am

Jewish Perspectives on Gun Violence: Balancing Self-Protection and Violence Prevention
Does Jewish tradition offer advice on the balance between self-protection and the availability of dangerous weapons? Join us for a discussion of traditional texts applied to the contemporary dilemma of gun violence.

Speakers
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Sheila Decter

Sheila Decter came to Jewish communal service after 13 years teaching of political science and political sociology. She served as assistant director of the Boston JCRC, 23 years as executive director of the New England Region of American Jewish Congress, and is now celebrating more than ten years as Director of JALSA, Boston's urban Jewish social justice organization.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Schwartz Social Hall

9:00am

Sacred Bodies, Sacred Time: Conversations About Monthly Mikveh Immersion
A source of spirituality or an appropriately rejected ritual? Mayyim Hayyim's Lisa Berman moderates a frank discussion with Rabbi Rachel Silverman and others about monthly immersion. This charged observance is on the rise in Boston among Jewish women of all denominations. Join in a conversation about its place in contemporary -- even feminist -- Jewish life.

Speakers
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Lisa Berman

Lisa Berman is Mayyim Hayyim's Director of Education and has been involved with Mayyim Hayyim since its opening in 2004. Lisa develops curricula for all ages and interest levels; she also organizes and oversees more than 110 programs annually.
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Sheri Gurock

Sheri Gurock is a mom of three and a toy tester, baby gear guru, blogger, grudging gym-goer and occasional baker. Sheri and husband Eli own Magic Beans, a chain of baby and toy stores. As buyer for the store, Sheri uses her first-hand experience as a mom to guide her choices. Before starting a family and a business, she was a copywriter.
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Claudia Kreiman

Claudia Kreiman has been the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA, since 2007. She grew up in Santiago, Chile. She was ordained at the Rabbinical School of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, the Israeli Conservative Seminary. Prior to TBZ, Rav Claudia was the Jewish Studies director at JCDS. She is married to Rabbi Ebn Leader and they have one daughter.
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Carina Puopko

Graduating from Hampshire College in 2001, Carina became seriously interested in Judaism which eventually led to her Conversion at Mayyim Hayyim in 2005. In 2006 she met her husband-to-be who was then serving as the Orthodox Rabbi at Harvard Hillel. Carina spent 4 years studying in Israel and is now the Rebbetzin of Ahavas Achim in Newburyport and is the proud mother of Judah and Moses.
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Rachel Silverman

Rachel Silverman is the Rabbi of Congregational Learning at Congregation Kehillath Israel. Rabbi Rachel holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Davidson School, and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 6

9:00am

'There Is A Crack in Everything. That's How the Light Gets In.'
A rollercoaster ride through the history of brokenness in Judaism. From Abraham's broken idols, to the broken tablets, to the broken Temples, to the night of broken glass, to a broken world: everything is broken. But can it be repaired? And what can we learn about Jewish rebelliousness and identity? Based on The Gods Are Broken! The Hidden Legacy of Abraham.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Salkin

Jeff Salkin

Jeff Salkin has been called one of American Judaism's foremost activists for Jewish ideas. A rabbi, noted author and lecturer whose books have been published by Jewish Lights and JPS, he serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Am, Bayonne, NJ. He has taught in LIMMUD programs in Atlanta, the UK and now Boston.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Sanctuary

9:00am

Connecting Us to Text and to Each Other: Chevruta Study
Study an aggadic text about the complex relationship between Rabbi Yochanan and Resh Lakish. Who is an ideal hevruta? What are the responsibilities of engaging in study with another human being? Can hevruta be transformative? Time permitting, participants will also learn a new skill for navigating complex emotional terrain in a close relationship.

Speakers
avatar for Pearl Mattenson

Pearl Mattenson

Pearl Mattenson, PCC is a Leadership & Relationship Coach. Pearl's clients in the education and non-profit world become better leaders and better people--better at having the real conversations that create results, working more collaboratively and learning to thrive in teams and partnerships. She is featured in Kaddish: Women's Voices (Urim Pub).


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 10

9:00am

Open Source Judaism 2.0
Today there are many resources online for Jewish study, teaching, and practice. Some encourage sharing and re-use, while others do not permit it. Come learn where you can find resources and how you can and cannot use them. We will also discuss what Jewish texts say about sharing these resources.

Speakers
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Marc Stober

Marc Stober has a degree in Jewish Studies from Washington University and an M.S. in Computer Information Systems. He has been a software developer for organizations including nonprofits and a Jewish organization. He is a Trustee of Temple Emanuel in Newton where he edited a family service siddur. His most recent project is a free online Tanakh.


Sunday December 8, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 16

10:15am

CHAI Talk: Jewish Architecture from the Old World to the New
CHAI Talks: Jewish Architecture One session, two speakers. Think "TED."
New ideas, fresh initiatives.

In this session, we bring together two presenters for talks on Jewish architecture.

Lions & Tigers & Unicorns, Oh My! You call this a Shul?
Bruce J. Levy
This session will examine the mystic influences of Kabbalah in the development of the art and architecture of the Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. These influences were often reflected in the sculptural building configurations and the paintings of animals that adorned the interiors of the buildings.

From Vilna To Boston: An Architectural Exploration of One Jewish Community's Journey to the United States
Jessica Antoline
The Vilna Shul is one of Boston's historic treasures and its only remaining immigrant-era synagogue. Come on a journey through Beacon Hill and the West End as we trace the Shul's history back to Lithuania. We're out to uncover the roots of Jewish life in Boston and guarantee that you'll never see the city in the same way again!

Speakers
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Jessica Antoline

Jessica Antoline currently serves as the Program Manager for the Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture. An adventurer at heart, her unconventional career has taken her around the world where she has had the privilege of researching the role museums and historic sites play in repairing communities after conflict.
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Bruce J. Levy

Bruce J. Levy, AIA is an architect in private practice in New York. 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 December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 8

10:15am

The Color of Your Soul: A Hands-On Art Workshop
Unleash your creativity through a facilitated exploration that will fuel both spiritual and artistic connections. Participants will learn how to make a prayer doll, a text weaving, a storytelling/Godly play character, or a painted project (repurposed into a lantern, journal, or pocket prayer tent) that reflects what they have visualized. Fun and meaningful for all, and useful for educators to apply in their classes.

Speakers
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Jacqueline Serebrani-Kesner

Jacqueline Serebrani-Kesner is an interdisciplinary arts educator. In addition to teaching, curriculum development and private consultation, she has led education departments Off Broadway and in regional theatre and in public, private, secular & religious schools. She strives to provide a thoughtful process that ignites a true joy of learning.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

10:15am

Designing Change: Innovation in Jewish Life Fueled by Empathy, Curiosity and Creativity
What happens if we approach challenges like a designer? What if we empathized with our congregants, students, consumers, or guests and designed experiences that resulted in absolute delight? Let's talk Design Thinking--a strategy from IDEO and Stanford University--and apply it to Jewish life and learning.

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Aliza Kline

Aliza Kline, senior consultant to The Jewish Education Project and UpStart Bay Area, is leading a "design thinking" process to better leverage educational resources in NY. She's also senior project director at Advancing Women Professionals, advocating for gender equity in Jewish professional leadership. Aliza was the founding ED of Mayyim Hayyim.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 7

10:15am

Staying Sane While Caring for Others: Using Jewish Values to Take Care of You!
Busy with parenting, eldercare, or caring for friends or family with disabilities? Take time to reflect on your caregiving scenarios, and identify ways to take better care of yourself. Using a foundational set of Jewish values, you will journal, work in partners, and interact with the whole group to set achievable goals for taking care of you.

Speakers
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Sherry Grossman

Sherry Grossman is Community Services Director--Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. She has a B.A (Simmons), M.Ed. (Tufts), and MAJS (Hebrew College). A certified coach, Sherry supports lasting change for individuals, families and organizations. She is married and is the proud mother of two grown sons and a granddaughter!
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Hilary Marcus

Hilary Marcus, organizational development consultant, earned a B.A. in History (Yale) and MPA (Harvard). As a certified coach and experienced professional, Hilary supports individuals in pursuit of attainable dreams, and coaches teams and organizations to increase impact. Hilary is married and is busy parenting her school-age son and daughter!


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 11

10:15am

Supporting a Two-State Solution: What Does it Really Mean?
The majority of Americans and Israelis believe that a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is the only viable way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state. What does it really mean to support a two-state solution? This workshop will explore the core issues and provide tips for how to effectively discuss these issues.

Speakers
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Evelyn Frankford

Evelyn Frankford has worked for 30 years as a policy advocate for improvements in health, education, and human development systems through state and federal budgets and regulatory frameworks. Her involvement in J Street's advocacy for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians stems from her experience as a first-generation American child of Holocaust refugees, a status that highlights for her the importance of securing a safe Jewish... Read More →
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Shaina Wasserman

Shaina Wasserman is the Northeast Regional Director of J Street. She holds a Joint Masters Degree in Jewish Non-Profit Management and Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. She previously worked at The Jewish Education Project in New York and has over 15 years of teaching experience in Jewish settings.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 14

10:15am

Covering Complex Jewish News: Going Beyond 'Is It Good for the Jews?'
How does a Jewish newspaper reflect and respond to the multiplicity of Jewish perspectives? How can it meet the challenge of getting behind statistics and facts to unearth the human stories? Sam Norich, publisher of The Forward, will address these questions, using The Pew Study as his primary example.

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Sam Norich

Samuel Norich is the president and publisher of The Forward and The Forverts. Born in Germany in 1947, he immigrated to the United States in 1957. He was the executive director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research from 1980-1992 and is the author of What Will Bind Us Now: A Report on the Institutional Ties between Israel and American Jewry.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 6

10:15am

What's God Got To Do with It? Can an Ignostic Be Jewish?
How can one live a Jewish life without a belief in God? Maintain Jewish values and ethics if we understand the Tanakh as story and legend rather than history? Members of Kahal B'raira, a congregation for Humanistic Judaism, will lead a discussion of the ways we maintain Jewish identity, values and culture in the modern world and how we transmit Jewish values to our youth.

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Jon Levine

Jon Levine is a member of Congregation Kahal B'raira in Cambridge and Board designee of Society for Humanistic Judaism.
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Gladys Maged

Gladys Maged is Administrator and a member of Congregation Kahal B'raira, Greater Boston's Congregation for Humanistic Judaism.
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Sunny Schwartz

Sunny Schwartz is a Humanistic madrikha and a member of Kahal B'raira.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 16

10:15am

Shall We Dance? Traditional Yiddish Dances from the Shtetl
Come and dance! Learn dances that were very popular over 100 years ago in Eastern Europe, but are now largely forgotten. No experience necessary.

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Vladimir Foygelman

Vladimir Foygelman was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He graduated from Kiev University of Arts and Culture in 1989 with a Masters Degree in choreography and administration of community and sport centers. In 1990 Vladimir founded the Children's Jewish Dance Group, "Yonteff," which was the first Jewish children's dance group in the former Soviet Union.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Stage of Coppleman-Clarke

10:15am

The Complex World of Teen Dating: The Often Overlooked Signs of Controlling or Abusive Behavior
Teens and staff from Journey to Safety's TeenSafe program (through Jewish Family & Children's Service) will give parents, educators and advisors insight into the complex world of teen (including Jewish teen) dating. Presenters will focus on often-overlooked abuse indicators, exploring how we can recognize these signs and respond effectively. This session was developed by high school members of TeenSafe, some of whom will be participating in the presentation.

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Sara Berkowitz

Sara Berkowitz, LICSW, is the Youth Educator for Journey to Safety's TeenSafe program at JF&CS. Sara has years of experience working with teens and is passionate about empowering youth to make change in their community. She also works for Wayside Youth & Family Support Network as an In-Home Therapist and Peer Leadership Advisor.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 15

10:15am

Jewish Tales--Live!
The Jewish Storytelling Coalition presents six leading New England storytellers performing contemporary and traditional Jewish tales geared toward adults and families. Guaranteed to entertain!

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David Arfa

Maggid David Arfa celebrates Judaism’s storytelling heritage and ancient environmental wisdom. His performances, "The Birth of Love: Tales for the Days of Awe" and "Tales of Herschel of Ostropol" are available on CD. His performance, "The Jar of Tears: A Memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto Rebbe" won the Hildebrandt Award for artistic excellence and vision.
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Judith Black

Judith Black is winner of the Oracle circle of Excellence, storytelling's most coveted award.  She has been featured on stage from the Montreal Comedy Festival to the National Storytelling Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, NPR, and over ten CAJE conferences.
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Ralph Chadis

Ralph Chadis, Not Your Typical Bard, has been storytelling for grown ups since 1985. He is a well-respected regular in the New England scene and has performed at such venues as The Three Apples Festival, Club Passim, and the New England Folk Festival.
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Rona Leventhal

Rona's engaging and dynamic style has been touching the minds and imaginations of listeners for twenty-three years.  Her stories have taken her from the National Storytelling Network stage to the National Yiddish Book Center stage, international venues, schools and libraries.  Rona is an Educator, Teller of Tales, and Workshop Leader.
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Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs is a founder of the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston and a teacher, storyteller and Bibliodrama practioner.  He is a graduate of the Davvening Leadership Training Institute at Elat Chayyim and a winner at several MassMouth StorySlams.
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Sandor Schuman

Sandor Schuman tells personal adventures, historical sagas, tall tales, and stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition. He plays his theme song on a Jew's harp.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Yamins Chapel

10:15am

Tikkun Olam: The How & Why of Sustained Commitment
Gary and Linda Hirsch will engage in a conversation about two diverse, sustained social justice programs that they launched at Congregation Beth El Sudbury: MetroWest Free Medical Program (2004) and Cuba Connection & Fund (2001). They will explore how the programs began, have been sustained, and have inspired the community and helped many.

Speakers
avatar for Gary B. Hirsch

Gary B. Hirsch

Gary B. Hirsch has been a management consultant in healthcare and social systems for many years. He is a founder and was President & a board member of the MetroWest Free Medical Program. He has written three books, numerous articles and has received numerous awards for his work.
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Linda J. Hirsch

Linda Hirsch's career as a photographer/photo journalist began in 1976 after she left the active practice of psychology.  Mentors and jurors have recognized in her work?s spiritual qualities, which elevate it to metaphor.  She launched the "Cuba Connection" (2001- present) to document and enable Cuban Jews. 


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 10

10:15am

Jewish Mindfulness: A Taste of Mussar
Mussar, a traditional Jewish genre of literature, uses texts and spiritual practices to transform our relationships, involving mind, soul and practical actions to change our lives. In this session, we will study texts on qualities such as gratitude and inner calm to see how the process can be used to improve the quality of our souls and lives. No prior knowledge is necessary. Only that you want to change what you don't like about yourself!

Speakers
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Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb is the Associate Rabbi of Mishkan Tefila. In addition to serving as a congregational rabbi, she has been Rabbi for London's Akiva School and Director of Spiritual Formation at Leo Baeck College Rabbinic Seminary. She founded Neshama: For Spiritual Wellbeing, a center for Jewish spiritual growth. She received her ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Marcia also works for Hebrew Senior Life and teaches... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Leffell Conference Room

10:15am

Chavruta Study with a Partner: Nationhood
Chavruta means "partnership" or "friendship." We will study in pairs to explore Biblical and modern texts on "nationhood." Chavruta is open to people with all levels of knowledge and encourages us to appreciate multiple meanings of texts. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.

Speakers
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EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen holds masters degrees in Deaf Ed and Jewish Ed. She has taught worldwide, including at CAJE, newCAJE and Limmud UK. EJ teaches at Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, NH, and Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, NH. She is a full-time sign language interpreter. She combines her passions of Judaism, music and sign language with international performances and workshops. She has long been involved with Limmud UK and LimmudBoston.
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William Friedman

William Friedman is a doctoral student in Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The founding director of Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study in the JTS Beit Midrash, he taught Talmud and Halakhah at the Academy of Jewish Religion and JTS, where he was also the director of the Eisenfeld/Duker Beit Midrash. He has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva, Pardes, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Trager Conference Room

10:15am

Jewish Moot Court
Can Jewish Law ban football? Did Mordechai do wrong when he refused to bow down? What if Kosher isn't kindness? Come argue ethics, values, and precedents in this participatory session. Go to Jewish Law School.

Download the handout for this session here

Speakers
avatar for Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver is a winner of the Covenant Award for outstanding Jewish educators, the co-owner of Torah Aura Productions (a leading publisher of educational Judaica), a writer of books, and a storyteller. He is a teacher of Jewish texts and an innovator in Jewish education. He is based in Los Angeles.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Schwartz Social Hall

10:15am

Standing on One Foot: Visions of the Essence of Judaism
We will join together for an interactive text study of Talmudic and Midrashic Texts in which Sages of Israel engage in the valuable, focusing exercise of asking whether Judaism has an essence amidst the great variety of Jewish religious obligation and spiritual experience.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Samuels

Benjamin Samuels

Benjamin J. Samuels has been the rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah since 1995. He teaches widely in the Greater Boston Jewish community.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Feinberg Library

10:15am

Why Amazement Matters: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Vision of Theology, Spirituality, and Ethics
According to Abraham Joshua Heschel, the spiritual life begins with wonder. In fact, Heschel argues that the greatest danger the modern world faces is our loss of wonder. Why is that? Why is amazement so important, and why does Heschel think it has the power to save us?

This session made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Shai Held

Shai Held

Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Previously, he was Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York and Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. A rabbi and history Ph.D., he has taught at JTS, Drisha, Me'ah, CJP, and the Wexner Fellowship Program. His book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, has just appeared. ITALICS He was a 2011 Covenant Award winner for excellence in Jewish... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Sanctuary

10:15am

Community Art "Make and Take"
Local artist Tova Speter, Founder/Director of The MEM Project, will lead an exciting community art project inviting participants to take home an original piece of artwork! Stop by Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall to make a small canvas of inspiration, enjoy the installation as it grows throughout the day, choose another work to take, and carry inspiration from LimmudBoston home with you! No previous art experience necessary--really.

Speakers
avatar for Tova Speter

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is the founder and director of The MEM Project (www.thememproject.org); and is an artist, art therapist, and art educator. Tova has 10+ years of experience leading community murals, engaging students in artistic expressions of their Jewish identity, and reaching out to under-served communities through art.


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:15am - 4:45pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall: Community Art

11:30am

Beyond Genocide: Remembering Those For Whom There Is No Kaddish
"Beyond Genocide" is an emerging series of illuminated manuscripts, each incorporating parts of the Mourner's Kaddish, which explores genocide and mass atrocity worldwide. This Power Point presentation will provide information on the history and legacy of 15 major mass killings, as explored through the art of manuscript illumination.

Speakers
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Amy Fagin

Amy Fagin is a visual artist and scholar specializing in the traditional art of manuscript illumination, including ketubot. Her body of work has forged a post-modern contribution to the traditional materials and techniques of the lost form of manuscript illumination. Her ketubot and other Judaic art are sold in galleries nationwide.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 8

11:30am

Community Art "Make and Take"
Local artist Tova Speter, Founder/Director of The MEM Project, will lead an exciting community art project inviting participants to take home an original piece of artwork! Stop by Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall to make a small canvas of inspiration, enjoy the installation as it grows throughout the day, choose another work to take, and carry inspiration from LimmudBoston home with you! No previous art experience necessary--really.

Speakers
avatar for Tova Speter

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is the founder and director of The MEM Project (www.thememproject.org); and is an artist, art therapist, and art educator. Tova has 10+ years of experience leading community murals, engaging students in artistic expressions of their Jewish identity, and reaching out to under-served communities through art.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall: Community Art

11:30am

iPads in the Lower and Middle School Classroom
From consumption to creation to curation, learn strategies for putting iPads in the service of Jewish learning. The built-in camera and recording features enable rich use of multimedia within the curriculum, and the variety of innovative apps will enrich and extend any project. Please bring your own iPad or smartphone to this workshop.

Speakers
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Svetlana Grinshpan

Svetlana Grinshpan is the Coordinator of CJP's Teaching & Technology Fellowship, a program designed to help teachers in part-time school settings incorporate Web 2.0 technologies in their Jewish classrooms. Svetlana is the Academic Technology Specialist in the middle school at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge.
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Julie Vanek

Julie Vanek is the Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP. Julie works with educators and teachers throughout Greater Boston to encourage innovation in Jewish learning in the areas of technology, student-centered curricula, professional development and programming.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 16

11:30am

Coming of Age in the 21st Century: Revolutionizing the B'Nai Mitzvah Experience
How can we restore depth and meaning to our kids' Jewish education? How do we change the often standardized Bar/Bat Mitzvah observance from an end point in Jewish education to a stepping stone to a new phase of Jewish involvement? Come hear an update on the Reform Movement's B'nai Mitzvah Revolution, which is tackling these concerns.

Speakers
avatar for Bradley Solmsen

Bradley Solmsen

Bradley Solmsen is North American Director of Youth Engagement for the Union for Reform Judaism. He previously served as Director of Brandeis’s Office of High School Programs. Rabbi Solmsen is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Feinberg Library

11:30am

Grief is Not an Illness From Which You Recover
This session will be an informal exchange with participants about grief as part of the life cycle, how grief changes us, how death has different meanings at various points in our lives, what is lost when a loved one dies, how we accommodate to loss, the importance of remembering and how Jewish rituals can help.

Speakers
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Phyllis Silverman

Phyllis R. Silverman, Ph.D. is a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Center and has an Honorary Appointment in Social Welfare at Harvard Medical School and Dept. of Psychiatry at Mass. General Hospital. Her books include "Widow to Widow," "Never Too Young To Know: Death in Children's Lives," and, with M. Kelly, "A Parent's Guide to Raising Grieving Children."


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 17

11:30am

Masculinity and Marshmallows: The Role of Krembo in Israeli Cinema
Krembo, a staple marshmallow sweet of Israeli childhood, has made several appearances in recent Israeli cinema. This session will analyze Krembo's cameo role in the movies "Beaufort," "Close to Home" and "Operation Grandma," examining how in different contexts this tasty symbol is able to reinforce, challenge and subvert Israeli norms of masculinity.

Speakers
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Charlie Schwartz

Charlie Schwartz is a rabbi and the director of BIMA and Genesis at Brandeis University's Office of High School Programs.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 14

11:30am

'Sing a New Song Unto the Lord:' Compose Your Own Jewish Music
Music provides a means for Jewish spiritual growth. Create a piece of music using compositional techniques used to teach the children at The Rashi School. We will improvise, experiment with sound, and then learn to draw the music we compose using invented notation. No prior music education or lessons required.

Speakers
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Elissa Johnson-Green

Elissa Johnson-Green is developing an innovative, progressive, composition-based music program at The Rashi School, the Boston area Reform K-8 Independent School. A music educator, researcher and writer, she holds a doctorate in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She publishes and presents nationally and internationally.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Youth Lounge

11:30am

Yoga Minyan
For thousands of years the Jewish people have expressed their souls to God through meditation, prayer and movement. The Yoga Minyan is a modern Jewish experience grounded in these ancient Kabbalistic ideas and practices, intertwined with the mystical movements of Vinyasa Yoga. Note: Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Speakers
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Ariela HaLevi

Ariela HaLevi, a certified yoga instructor and teacher of Jewish mysticism, has cultivated her unique synthesis of these two ancient traditions. She leads Yoga Minyan at Congregation Shirat HaYam of the North Shore and teaches many other yoga classes. She is a certified Life Coach, MSW, Reiki practitioner, and spiritual guide for women.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 9

11:30am

Parenting Your 20-Somethings: Do's and Don'ts for Staying Connected
Emerging adulthood requires transitions for both parents and children. Join us as we reflect on our experiences and roles as parents, informed by Jewish values, texts and traditions.

Speakers
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Elana Kling Perkins

Elana Kling Perkins, LICSW is an educator, individual therapist and group facilitator at Perspectives: Jewish Living Through the Lifecycle. Elana offers pre-marital groups, parenting groups for raising Jewish children and psycho-educational programs for those choosing Judaism. She consults to congregations, schools and other agencies. .
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Nancy Smith

Nancy R. Smith, LICSW, MAJS, BCC is a Board Certified Jewish Chaplain and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Currently she is the Jewish Chaplain at BIDMC. She is the co-founder of Perspectives with Elana Kling Perkins and continues to work in this practice. She is also a founding member of the Keshet Parent and Family Connection.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 6

11:30am

Story Jam Open Mic! Theme: Lessons
Lesson learned, lessons taught, life lessons or "teach someone a lesson"! Share a personal, historical, folk or fairy tale that illustrates, is about or conveys a lesson. All ages and experience levels are invited, no prior storytelling or public speaking background is required or necessary. Participation is encouraged, but listeners are welcome.

Speakers
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Bonnie Greenberg

A guitar strum, a bongo beat, a wink of the eye, and Bonnie transports you into the heart of Jewish Fairytales and Folklore. She has won a Parents' Choice Award, the Storytelling World Award, and is featured in 120 Contemporary Storytellers. She is co-chair of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition. An experienced educator, her workshops touch the heart and teach the mind.
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Bruce Marcus

Since 1990, storyteller Bruce Marcus has been wowing audiences with his original stories, poems and rhyming tales.   He is a veteran performer at Boston and other First Night festivals, The New England Folk Festival and many other venues.  He was a finalist in the Boston 2009-10 story slam season competition and a semi-finalist in 2010-11.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Yamins Chapel

11:30am

Encountering the Other Through a Jewish Lens: Lessons from a Year of International Service
"Why do you light candles on Friday night if you have electricity where you live?" Come hear about our year volunteering with grassroots organizations in Southeast Asia and Africa and explore your relationship to service and volunteerism.

Speakers
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Elie Lehmann

After almost a decade in NYC, Elie and Anya quit their jobs in 2012 to volunteer and travel abroad. They spent 6 months working with young adults from Burma and 4 months with a Maasai women's organization in Kenya. Now living in Boston, Anya works as a strategy analyst at City Year and Elie is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College.
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Anya Manning

After almost a decade in NYC, Elie and Anya quit their jobs in 2012 to volunteer and travel abroad. They spent 6 months working with young adults from Burma and 4 months with a Maasai women's organization in Kenya. Now living in Boston, Anya works as a strategy analyst at City Year and Elie is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 7

11:30am

Gender Diversity in Our Communities and Our Sacred Texts
We will study contemporary terms for gender diversity as well as terms for gender diversity within the sacred texts of our tradition. As we study these texts, we will explore the ways in which these texts can inform and inspire us as we work towards greater inclusion of Trans and GLBQ people in our communities.

Speakers
avatar for Chasiah Haberman

Chasiah Haberman

Chasiah Haberman is the Boston Regional Manager at Keshet. She has taught at Temple Israel of Boston, trained as a chaplain at Hebrew Senior Life and BIDMC, and served as congregational educator at Temple Beth Shalom in Cambridge. She is founder of Tirtzah, a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, and earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 11

11:30am

Passionate Prayer: Finding Yourself As You Stand Before G-d
Prayer can be an expression of mature relationship, just as a marriage can be a mature relationship. Using the breakthrough work of marriage therapist David Schnarch, we will explore intimacy in marriage as a template for intimacy in prayer.

Speakers
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Gavriel Goldfeder

Gavriel Goldfeder is a rabbi who works at MIT Hillel. Before that, he spent six years at the Bat Ayin Yeshiva and ten years in Boulder, CO. Along the way, he has pieced together an approach to everyday Jewish life, and relationships.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 15

11:30am

Filling Our Hearts with Gratitude: What Our Texts Say About Being Grateful and Staying Grateful
Gratitude is at the heart of Judaism. We will join together for a participatory study of texts from our tradition that point towards building and maintaining an appreciation of the blessings in our lives - and what to do when that feels impossible. All texts will be presented in English.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Perlman

Jill Perlman

Jill Perlman serves as a rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA. She was ordained in New York at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She tries her best to keep gratitude front and center in her life as she balances rewarding congregational work and her three children.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 10

11:30am

History, Science or Law: What is the Bible?
On the battleground between tradition and modernity, what do we do when a 3,000 year old holy book contradicts modern science and contemporary historiography? Who will yield? Join us for a journey where we will examine how the classic Torah commentators perceived the genre of the book they were analyzing.

Speakers
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Levi Cooper

Levi Cooper is a rabbi who teaches at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and is a post-doctoral fellow in Bar-Ilan University's Law Faculty. Levi serves as rabbi of Kehillat HaTzur VeHaTzohar in Tzur Hadassa. Levi's first book, "Relics for the Present: Contemporary Reflections on the Talmud," was published in 2012; a second volume will be published in 2014.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Sanctuary

11:30am

Talmudic Stories and Contemporary Moral and Psychological Issues
Many fascinating stories in the Talmud raise a wide range of moral and psychological issues. These stories, which tend to be short and to the point, deal with such issues as relations between husbands and wives, the misuse of power due to egotistical attitudes, sensitivity to the poor, and the formation of the ideal community.

Speakers
avatar for David Jacobson

David Jacobson

David C. Jacobson is Professor of Judaic Studies at Brown University. He is the author of "Modern Midrash," "Does David Still Play Before You?," "Creator Are You Listening?," and "Beyond Political Messianism." He has taught in Me'ah and in many synagogue adult education programs.


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 5

12:15pm

Mid-Day Concert
Inspiring musical storyteller, Gaston Bogomolni, and award-winning children's musician, Ellen Allard, will delight you during lunchtime. Yes! You may bring your lunch into Schwartz Social Hall.

Speakers
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Ellen Allard

Ellen Allard is an award winning Performer, Composer, and Educator. She teaches at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, Hava Nashira, Hebrew Union College, the URJ Biennial and newCAJE. She has 9 CDs and 5 songbooks in her catalog, and her music is recorded by others and sung in synagogues and religious schools. www.ellenallard.com
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Gaston Bogomolni

Gastón has served Temple Aliyah as Cantor since 2008. He is also the Music T'fillah Specialist at Solomon Schechter in Newton, is Rosh Shira at Camp Ramah in New England, and has extensive experience working with kids of all ages. Above all, Cantor G has the special ability to connect with all and guide people to find their own spiritual voice.


Sunday December 8, 2013 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Schwartz Social Hall

12:30pm

Community Art "Make and Take"
Local artist Tova Speter, Founder/Director of The MEM Project, will lead an exciting community art project inviting participants to take home an original piece of artwork! Stop by Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall to make a small canvas of inspiration, enjoy the installation as it grows throughout the day, choose another work to take, and carry inspiration from LimmudBoston home with you! No previous art experience necessary--really.

Speakers
avatar for Tova Speter

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is the founder and director of The MEM Project (www.thememproject.org); and is an artist, art therapist, and art educator. Tova has 10+ years of experience leading community murals, engaging students in artistic expressions of their Jewish identity, and reaching out to under-served communities through art.


Sunday December 8, 2013 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall: Community Art

1:15pm

Community Art "Make and Take"
Local artist Tova Speter, Founder/Director of The MEM Project, will lead an exciting community art project inviting participants to take home an original piece of artwork! Stop by Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall to make a small canvas of inspiration, enjoy the installation as it grows throughout the day, choose another work to take, and carry inspiration from LimmudBoston home with you! No previous art experience necessary--really.

Speakers
avatar for Tova Speter

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is the founder and director of The MEM Project (www.thememproject.org); and is an artist, art therapist, and art educator. Tova has 10+ years of experience leading community murals, engaging students in artistic expressions of their Jewish identity, and reaching out to under-served communities through art.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall: Community Art

1:15pm

Jews & Punk: From Genesis to Kings
Steven Lee Beeber and Michael Croland will trace the Jewish history of punk, the most Jewish of rock movements. Beeber reveals the music's origins in Jewish humor and the American Jewish experience, while Croland explores ways a new generation uses it to connect with Jewish culture and religious beliefs.

Speakers
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Steven Lee Beeber

Steven Lee Beeber is the author of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, the editor of AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless, and associate editor of the literary journal, Conduit. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, Fiction, Spin, MOJO, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
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Michael Croland

Michael Croland ran the blog heebnvegan from 2005 to 2010, where he wrote about Judaism, animal protection, and punk rock.  He has also written for the Forward, New Voices, and the New Vilna Review.  He has presented about Jewish punk at Limmud NY.  He is currently writing an academic book about Jewish punk.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Leffell Conference Room

1:15pm

Performing Jewish Values
Participants will experience theater first-hand, as we create short performance pieces exploring Jewish values. In this interactive session, we will use fun, accessible theater exercises created by visionary theater artist Anne Bogart. No theater experience required! This is for everyone!

Speakers
avatar for Sara Bookin-Weiner

Sara Bookin-Weiner

Sara Bookin-Weiner joined the New Center in 2013 as Manager of Outreach. She previously spent two years as the Dramaturgy and Outreach Fellow at ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage. She earned her MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University in 2011.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Youth Lounge

1:15pm

Educators@LimmudBoston
All teachers and educators are invited to learn from our panelists as they discuss an issue that is in the forefront of our minds: How do we manage the tension between embracing the innovation and changes of our times while continuing to embrace our tradition and all that offers? We will also present the 2013 Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is a rabbi who has been Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College since 2006. She graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, and spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard. She has been a faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993.
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Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Sharon Feiman-Nemser is the Mandel Professor of Jewish Education and director of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis.  A leading expert in teacher education and learning to teach, she pioneered research on teacher learning and has done seminal studies of mentoring and new teacher induction. Her latest book is "Teachers as Learners."
avatar for Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver is a winner of the Covenant Award for outstanding Jewish educators, the co-owner of Torah Aura Productions (a leading publisher of educational Judaica), a writer of books, and a storyteller. He is a teacher of Jewish texts and an innovator in Jewish education. He is based in Los Angeles.
avatar for Jeff Salkin

Jeff Salkin

Jeff Salkin has been called one of American Judaism's foremost activists for Jewish ideas. A rabbi, noted author and lecturer whose books have been published by Jewish Lights and JPS, he serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Am, Bayonne, NJ. He has taught in LIMMUD programs in Atlanta, the UK and now Boston.
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Julie Vanek

Julie Vanek is the Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP. Julie works with educators and teachers throughout Greater Boston to encourage innovation in Jewish learning in the areas of technology, student-centered curricula, professional development and programming.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sanctuary

1:15pm

Jews in Space: Journeys Through Life Years and Light Years
I am a former Refusenik from Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia, and a space scientist. Jews in Space will be a story of my own personal journey as well as the challenge of preserving our treasured Jewish identity and values within the avalanche of technological progress and over the huge distances and limitless frontiers of outer space.

Speakers
avatar for Janna Kaplan

Janna Kaplan

Janna Kaplan is Senior Scientist at Brandeis, and studies human adaptation to conditions of space flight. She is founder of SIRIUS Astronaut Training for commercial payload/research astronaut training. She came to the US as a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union in 1982. She lives in Newton with her husband, Edward Kaplan, and two children.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 14

1:15pm

When the Doctor Says, 'There is Nothing More That I Can Do': What Does Our Tradition Teach Us About End-of-Life Care?
Even when curative treatment is no longer possible, there is more that can be done--Jewishly, spiritually. Examining Jewish texts and a case history, we will discuss the difficult issues that arise at the end of life. How do palliative and hospice care differ? How can we relieve suffering? What is a "good death"? How do we make these difficult decisions and support these conversations in our communities?

Speakers
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Herman Blumberg

Herman J. Blumberg is Rabbinic Director, Hebrew Senior Life, Hospice Care. He is responsible for guiding the Jewish cultural and religious core of this new hospice organization. He provides spiritual and bereavement counseling as well as education in the Jewish community to better understand end-of life He is Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 9

1:15pm

Report Card on Stewardship of THE LAND from 1948 to Today
Everyone who loves Israel should know about the environmental problems that have been created in the process of her rapid development, as well as major successes, such as the creation of national parks, nature reserves and the Nature and Parks Authority itself. We'll review a history of the environmental movement and its creative win-win approach!

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Michelle Levine

As the former English Spokesperson for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel for the last 8 years, Michelle is uniquely qualified to lecture/comment about environmental issues across Israel. She published SPNI News, the largest distribution English-language publication on Israel's environment. She holds an MA in American Indian Studies.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 7

1:15pm

Kosher: Sex?
A discussion, based on Biblical and Midrashic sources, of various Jewish views on the topic of physical relationships, with an aim of establishing a common theme throughout Jewish history. No text skills or knowledge background are required, but please do bring an open mind and an interest in being part of real, probing conversation!

Speakers
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Yonah Berman

Yonah Berman serves as spiritual leader at Congregation Kadimas-Torah in Brighton. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and earned his BA from Yeshiva University. He served in the Israeli Army's Tank Corps. He received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in NYC.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 6

1:15pm

The Myth of Hitler's Jewish Museum
There is a longstanding belief in the Jewish community that Hitler wanted to set up a "Jewish museum for a lost race." Testament to this belief are the thousands of Torah scrolls and Jewish artifacts collected in Prague throughout WWII. However, this belief is pure myth, and the truth is more heroic and noble than anyone believed until recently.

Speakers
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Michael Shire

Michael Shire is the Dean and Professor of Jewish Education at the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 16

1:15pm

Contemporary Jewish Music - What Makes It Contemporary? What Makes It Jewish?
Join singer/songwriter and national touring artist Peri Smilow, as she sings her way through some of our most beloved contemporary Jewish music. Sing along! Ask the questions: Is it Jewish? Does it move us? This workshop provides an opportunity to connect directly with a contemporary Jewish composer and explore what new Jewish music is all about.

Speakers
PS

Peri Smilow

Peri Smilow uses music to change the world. She is an international performing artist, composer, educator and activist. She does concerts and residencies, worship and entertainment. Founder of The New Freedom Music Project, a Black-Jewish musical collaboration, Peri is currently touring her one-woman cabaret: Peri Smilow Sings the Great [Jewish ] American Songbook. Peri holds an M.Ed from Harvard and worked for 20 years in non-profit... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 10

1:15pm

A World Apart: A One-Woman Show
Through letters lost and found, a daughter explores her family's parallel lives on both sides of the ocean, featuring English and Yiddish songs of the 1940's from America and abroad. Written and performed by Joyce Miriam Friedman and directed by Margie Zohn.

Speakers
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Joyce Miriam Friedman

Joyce Miriam Friedman is a performance artist as well as singer, pianist, writer and pediatric medical clown with Hearts and Noses Hospital Clown troupe. She has been performing her previous show, "Finding Miriam," at synagogues and performance venues throughout New England. Findingmiram18.blogspot.com.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Yamins Chapel

1:15pm

CHAI Talk: Eat, Pray Learn--A Social Justice Medley
CHAI Talks: One session, three speakers, 18-minutes each. Think “TED.” New ideas, fresh initiatives. Speaker order will be decided at the beginning of the session.

Do I Dare To Eat A Locust?
Ronit Treatman
This presentation will discuss the history of locust eating for Jews, why this is the only kosher insect, and the environmental implications of bringing locusts back into our diets.

Shabbat: Uniting the 1% and the 99%
William Friedman
What is Shabbat really about? Is it a day to refrain from creative activity? What is creative activity, anyway? Is it a day to unplug, and if so, for what purpose? Could observing Shabbat alter income inequality? By looking at the foundational Biblical texts, we'll uncover the radical impact Shabbat could make in our individual and communal lives.

Rebooting Social Justice Learning for Teens
Emilia Diamant
The way we do social justice learning may need a kick in the pants. Join Emilia Diamant, Director of Programming and Initiatives at Prozdor of Hebrew College, for a discussion of the current landscape of service learning/social action in Jewish educational settings, and take a peek at her ideas for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Emilia Diamant

Emilia Diamant

Executive Director, Jeremiah Program
EMILIA DIAMANT, MSW is the Executive Director at Jeremiah Program in Boston. Jeremiah Program focuses on two generations at a time, working with low-income single mothers and their children to help bring them from poverty to prosperity through education. She has worked with adolescents in Boston, New York, Italy, Costa Rica, and North Carolina in Jewish and non-Jewish settings. In 2012-2015, she was a JOIN for Justice Organizing Fellow and... Read More →
avatar for William Friedman

William Friedman

William Friedman is a doctoral student in Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The founding director of Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study in the JTS Beit Midrash, he taught Talmud and Halakhah at the Academy of Jewish Religion and JTS, where he was also the director of the Eisenfeld/Duker Beit Midrash. He has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva, Pardes, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).
avatar for Ronit Treatman

Ronit Treatman

Born in Israel, Ronit Treatman grew up in Israel, Ethiopia and Venezuela. She graduated from the International School of Caracas, fluent in five languages. She served in the Israel Defense forces, where she worked in the Liaison Unit to Foreign Forces. She the creator of Hands-On Jewish Holidays and the food editor of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
CR 15

1:15pm

Giving Hope: How Your Tzedakah Can Restore the American Dream
Millions of Americans have dim prospects for getting ahead in life without help. This talk shows how your Tzedakah can offer them second chances, highlighting the work of local charities that enable individuals in tough circumstances to embark on a path toward success.

Speakers
avatar for Ira Silver

Ira Silver

Ira Silver is Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University. He has spent his career investigating how Tzedakah can foster lasting change and is the author of Giving Hope: How You Can Restore the American Dream, from which this talk is adapted. He blogs at www.oppforall.com.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 8

1:15pm

Jewish Chakras? Modern and Ancient Approaches to Kabbalistic Meditation and Healing
How do Jewish texts and modern practitioners approach the healing of body, mind and soul? Participants in this session will encounter the Jewish wisdom of healing through text, meditation and body work.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Berkowitz

Joshua Berkowitz

Joshua Berkowitz is a Jewish spiritual healer from the Boston area and a student in the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He is committed to maintaining the healing wisdom of the Jewish past, present and future by adapting ancient texts and modern commentaries to create a new-old modality of Jewish meditation and healing.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 5

1:15pm

'Come All You Secularists, Joyful and Triumphant': Abraham Joshua Heschel
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was arguably the world's preeminent Rabbi in the 1960s. His teachings are still wise. We'll taste his delicious words and discuss them. "When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I'm old, I admire kind people."

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Paul/Shaul Levenson

Rabbi Paul Levenson marched with Heschel against segregation in the '60s, taught Jewish Studies at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO, taught and was Hillel Director at Northeastern University, was a congregational Rabbi for 30 years, 20 as a hospital chaplain, and is a clinical therapist. He has 6 grandchildren.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 17

1:15pm

God the Beloved: A New Liturgical Poem
The Bible provides many different images for God. By pairing biblical verses from sources as diverse as Song of Songs and Exodus, Aliza Arzt has created a new poem about one person's search for a God s/he can feel connected to. The session explores the paired verses and builds to the construction of the poem. Hebrew and English provided. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.

Speakers
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Aliza Arzt

Aliza Arzt is a home care speech therapist, member of Havurat Shalom, gecko breeder and potter who enjoys teaching sessions that combine Hebrew, Bible and Midrash in her limited spare time.


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 11

1:15pm

On Serving God: Does Halakha Help or Hinder? Two Modern Jewish Thinkers in Conversation
What role, if any, should Halakha play in our service of God? Martin Buber and Yeshayahu Leibowitz offer two seemingly totally antithetical answers to this question. What, if anything, do Buber and Leibowitz have to say to each other, and to us? Can we use extreme views to help us articulate more nuanced and moderate ones?

This session made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Shai Held

Shai Held

Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Previously, he was Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York and Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. A rabbi and history Ph.D., he has taught at JTS, Drisha, Me'ah, CJP, and the Wexner Fellowship Program. His book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, has just appeared. ITALICS He was a 2011 Covenant Award winner for excellence in Jewish... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Feinberg Library

2:30pm

Community Art "Make and Take"
Local artist Tova Speter, Founder/Director of The MEM Project, will lead an exciting community art project inviting participants to take home an original piece of artwork! Stop by Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall to make a small canvas of inspiration, enjoy the installation as it grows throughout the day, choose another work to take, and carry inspiration from LimmudBoston home with you! No previous art experience necessary--really.

Speakers
avatar for Tova Speter

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is the founder and director of The MEM Project (www.thememproject.org); and is an artist, art therapist, and art educator. Tova has 10+ years of experience leading community murals, engaging students in artistic expressions of their Jewish identity, and reaching out to under-served communities through art.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall: Community Art

2:30pm

I CAN DO IT, TOO! Basic Jewish Storytelling Skills for Educators, Parents, and Clergy
Participants will learn how to choose and tell a Jewish story. A special five-point structure, SIPUR, will allow you to enter the world of storytellers and start your journey to success, whether for personal or professional use.

Speakers
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Bonnie Greenberg

A guitar strum, a bongo beat, a wink of the eye, and Bonnie transports you into the heart of Jewish Fairytales and Folklore. She has won a Parents' Choice Award, the Storytelling World Award, and is featured in 120 Contemporary Storytellers. She is co-chair of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition. An experienced educator, her workshops touch the heart and teach the mind.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 6

2:30pm

Papercutting: A Jewish Craft Tradition
The art of papercutting is a longstanding Jewish tradition--primarily because all it takes is paper, a cutting tool, and a little creativity! Whether you create a traditional "mizrach" sign or a gift for a friend, try your hand at papercutting! Please note--this involves exacto blades and is best for adults only. No experience required.

Speakers
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Laura Mandel

Laura Conrad Mandel joined the New Center staff in 2011 as Director of New Center NOW, coming from Hadassah Southern California, and the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh before that. Outside of Jewishly inspired arts and culture programming, Laura teaches craft classes, cooks, and loves hanging out with her bengal kitty Guinness.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

2:30pm

Songs of Our Lives: New Folk Music for Modern American Jews
Jewish music need not be limited to prayers or sacred music, or to Hebrew and Yiddish, and need not be corny, parody or aimed at kids. George Aronson will share and discuss original folk songs in English reflecting our lives as American Jews: immigration stories, lessons from texts, and tales of being Jewish in multi-cultural settings.

Speakers
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George Aronson

George Aronson and his guitar have played Jewish music at summer camp in the 70s, MIT folk dancing in the 80s, Schechter retreats in the 90s and 00s, and song swaps through the years. He leads the chapel high holiday services, early Yizkor services, and other davening at Temple Israel (Sharon) and he knows many songs and tunes for Shabbat Zmirot.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Youth Lounge

2:30pm

Going Digital in the Supplementary Jewish Classroom
Teachers from CJP's Teaching & Technology Fellowship will share curriculum units they have developed and taught, integrating new technology into engaged, active student learning for grades K-12. An introduction to the Fellowship and short presentations by Fellows will be followed by ample time for Q&A.

Speakers
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Svetlana Grinshpan

Svetlana Grinshpan is the Coordinator of CJP's Teaching & Technology Fellowship, a program designed to help teachers in part-time school settings incorporate Web 2.0 technologies in their Jewish classrooms. Svetlana is the Academic Technology Specialist in the middle school at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge.
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Julie Vanek

Julie Vanek is the Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP. Julie works with educators and teachers throughout Greater Boston to encourage innovation in Jewish learning in the areas of technology, student-centered curricula, professional development and programming.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 16

2:30pm

The Four Sons and Beyond: Multiple Intelligences in the Hebrew School Classroom
This session addresses learning styles for students in Hebrew school, grades 1-6, and middle school students preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, touching on all Multiple Intelligences. Activities will be interactive and informative.

Speakers
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Cheryl Berman

Cheryl Berman has taught K-6 Spanish and French in the public schools of New Hampshire's seacoast. She is an advocate and frequent presenter of professional development workshops throughout NH. She has been working with students at Temple Israel Portsmouth since 2002 as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor and also more recently as a Special Ed Educator.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 5

2:30pm

A Source of Wonder: The Return to Life of a Child Survivor of Bergen-Belsen
When Brigadier Hughes liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 25,000 of the 40,000 survivors needed immediate medical care. Among those was the presenter's mother, Rachel Genuth, a 15-year-old whose entire family, save one sister, had been killed. Learn about Rachel's rescue and why Hughes considered the revival of those at death's door to be a "source of wonder."

Speakers
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Bernice Lerner

Dr. Bernice Lerner is director of adult learning at Hebrew College, where she oversees innovative programs for Greater Boston's Jewish community. She is the author of "The Triumph of Wounded Souls: Seven Holocaust Survivor's Lives" and co-author of "Happiness and Virtue: Beyond East and West Toward a New Global Responsibility."


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 11

2:30pm

Post-Pew Study Conversations: Identity and 'Culturally Jewish' Americans
This discussion-based session will focus on the challenges and experiences of culturally Jewish young people who don't have the religious knowledge to be "insiders" in the Jewish community. We'll watch and discuss clips from Curb Your Enthusiasm and learn what I have been told by Jewish college students who have been the subjects of my research.

Speakers
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Anne Grant

Anne Grant graduated with a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Virginia. She is currently a PhD student in sociology at Vanderbilt University, where she is focusing on American Jewish culture.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 15

2:30pm

Are You Listening, God?
Ellen Allard has made it her mission to compose songs that help children (and grown-ups too!) explore their relationship with God. In this workshop (discussion + songs), we will learn how to make God a more prominent part of our Jewish experience.

Speakers
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Ellen Allard

Ellen Allard is an award winning Performer, Composer, and Educator. She teaches at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, Hava Nashira, Hebrew Union College, the URJ Biennial and newCAJE. She has 9 CDs and 5 songbooks in her catalog, and her music is recorded by others and sung in synagogues and religious schools. www.ellenallard.com


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 10

2:30pm

Beyond Standing: An Amidah Chant and Dance Experience
In the first century CE, a practice that we call "The Amidah" emerged to become the central Jewish practice, so much so that the rabbis referred to it simply as THE prayer. During this interactive workshop, we will delve into a few of the 19 blessings, using simple movements and chants to explore the personal landscape of these blessings.

Speakers
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Debra Rosenblum

Debra is a public school teacher, interfaith minister, spiritual guide and dance leader. She holds a masters degree in education and a certificate of graduate studies in creative and expressive arts.
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Michael Rosenblum

Michael Rosenblum is a MAJS and MJED student at Hebrew College and rabbinic student through ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Michael is a certified leader of the Dances for Universal Peace, spiritual mentor and the co-founder of Hebrew Chant Boston.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Stage of Coppleman-Clarke

2:30pm

Laughing with Aleph, Bet, and Gimmel, A Laughter Yoga session
Join in a fun, interactive session that includes stretching, breathing, self massage & laughter exercises based on Hebrew words. Session will be in English-no prior knowledge of Hebrew required. Laugh, learn & gain new insights into Hebrew words. We'll end by talking about our experience.

Speakers
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Sandra Daitch

Sandra Daitch is a Cert. Laughter Yoga Leader, Lic. Massage Therapist, & Cert. Practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body oriented approach to healing trauma. She offers Laughter Yoga sessions for corporations, private groups & the public. Her private practice includes Massage Therapy & Somatic Experiencing sessions & Massage classes & tutorials.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 9

2:30pm

'Streaming Shabbat': Dancing in the Light
Ritual, tradition, and memory weave together in Joanie Block's newest creation. This multi-media dance performance about women's experiences of Shabbat, including Talmudic and modern stories, was inspired by Joanie's own story of a Shabbat image sustaining her through a brush with cancer. Original score by Billy Novick and Willie Sordillo; video art by Lynn Bikofsky.

Speakers
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Joanie Block

Joanie Block has been a part of Boston's dance community for over 30 years. She has performed with Lis Fain, Nikki Hu and others. The debut of her own choreography, "DEAR OLIVIA," played to sold out houses and was selected by the Globe as "Best Pick of the Week." She received the Hadassah Brandeis Institute for Women?s Research Fellowship and teaches dance in Needham.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schwartz Social Hall

2:30pm

Following Your Passion: Finding Meaning, Making Purpose, Having Fun
Using music, video and dialogue we will explore what each of us is passionate about and how to use that passion as a tool for tikkun olam--making the world a better place. Who knew that we could do what we love and be "good Jews" at the same time!? Participants will leave with an action plan for creating their own unique tikkun olam project.

Speakers
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Peri Smilow

Peri Smilow uses music to change the world. She is an international performing artist, composer, educator and activist. She does concerts and residencies, worship and entertainment. Founder of The New Freedom Music Project, a Black-Jewish musical collaboration, Peri is currently touring her one-woman cabaret: Peri Smilow Sings the Great [Jewish ] American Songbook. Peri holds an M.Ed from Harvard and worked for 20 years in non-profit... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 14

2:30pm

Jews in All Hues: Effective Outreach to Multiple-Heritage Jews
Ever wonder why adopted children, children of intermarriage, and Jews by choice are hard groups to bring in? Want effective tools for being more welcoming? Join Jared Jackson, founder of Jews in ALL Hues, for an in-depth session based on JIAHs years of effective, positive and peer-led community building methods for multiple heritage Jews.

Speakers
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Jared Jackson

Jared Jackson, Founder and Exec. Director of Jews in ALL Hues, has been on the cutting edge of Jewish community programming for the past seven years. In 2008 he received the Schusterman Family Foundation's Charlie Award for excellence in communal service and was recently named one of "Ten Jews Who Will Change the World" by Maariv News.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 8

2:30pm

Stories We Pray
The Prayerbook is a tool for self-transformation. The secret is that every prayer has a story of the first time it was said. When we know the origin story, we know the feelings and thoughts that the prayer is meant to conjure. Learn the connection between Method acting and Jewish prayer, between the words in a book and a life well lived.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver is a winner of the Covenant Award for outstanding Jewish educators, the co-owner of Torah Aura Productions (a leading publisher of educational Judaica), a writer of books, and a storyteller. He is a teacher of Jewish texts and an innovator in Jewish education. He is based in Los Angeles.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Yamins Chapel

2:30pm

CHAI Talk: Lessons Before Dying: End of Life Issues
CHAI Talks: One session, three speakers, 18-minutes each. Think “TED.” New ideas, fresh initiatives.

“Shah shtill”– No More! - Breaking The Taboo About End-of-Life Conversations
Herman Blumberg
What can we learn from Jewish sources to help us talk, more openly than past generations, about dying and death? How can people talk with their children about what medical treatment they would want if faced with grave illness? Using materials from the nationally renowned “Conversation Project” we will share practical guidance to starting the conversation.

The Mourner's Kaddish
Rena Boroditsky
Come learn about the Mourners Kaddish—its history, its meaning, and its relevance to both the living and the dead.

Studying For the Finals: Boston's New Community Hevra Kadisha
Hal Miller-Jacobs
The new Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston has recently been formed. Over twenty local Shuls and Minyanim have signed on as supporting organizations and over 100 people have taken Tahara Training. Learn what is involved in this most holy Mitzvah and see if this is something you might consider doing.

Speakers
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Herman Blumberg

Herman J. Blumberg is Rabbinic Director, Hebrew Senior Life, Hospice Care. He is responsible for guiding the Jewish cultural and religious core of this new hospice organization. He provides spiritual and bereavement counseling as well as education in the Jewish community to better understand end-of life He is Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland.
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Rena Boroditsky

Rena Boroditsky is Executive Director of the non-profit Jewish funeral home and Chevra Kadisha ( Burial Society) in Winnipeg, Canada.  For fifteen years she has been a student and teacher of end of life Jewish rituals.  She is also a founding team member of Limmud Winnipeg.
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Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs is a founder of the Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston and a teacher, storyteller and Bibliodrama practioner.  He is a graduate of the Davvening Leadership Training Institute at Elat Chayyim and a winner at several MassMouth StorySlams.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sanctuary

2:30pm

It's Not in the Heavens ? It's a Living Covenant: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi David Hartman (z'l)
We will discuss the life and legacy of Rabbi David Hartman (z"l), introduce his covenantal anthropology and explore how it applies to everyday life including prayer, mitzvot, social interaction and Israeli governance. We will learn how Hartman's work was informed by the ideas of his teachers, such as Soloveitchik, Leibowitz, Buber and Maimonides.

Speakers
avatar for Linna Ettinger

Linna Ettinger

Linna Ettinger is a longtime co-chair of Adult Education at Temple Emunah. She is a Me'ah graduate, has a Me'ah Graduate Institute Certificate in Jewish Thought and Spirituality, and a Master's in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. Linna attended the Community Leadership Program at the Shalom Hartman Institute during the summer of 2013.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 7

2:30pm

Leadership: Preservation or Innovation?
What is the goal of leadership? Should leaders aim to preserve the traditions of old? Or perhaps the task of leaders is to forge a new path through uncharted territory? We will refract this question through the lens of the Talmudic passage describing the deposition of Rabban Gamliel from his position at the head of the academy in Yavneh.

Speakers
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Levi Cooper

Levi Cooper is a rabbi who teaches at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and is a post-doctoral fellow in Bar-Ilan University's Law Faculty. Levi serves as rabbi of Kehillat HaTzur VeHaTzohar in Tzur Hadassa. Levi's first book, "Relics for the Present: Contemporary Reflections on the Talmud," was published in 2012; a second volume will be published in 2014.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Feinberg Library

2:30pm

The Torah of Money: Tzedakah and Human Dignity
The early rabbis re-created Jewish communal practice in the centuries that followed the fall of Jerusalem in 70 c.e. What did they teach about the social safety net? How did they propose balancing communal needs and preservation of the dignity of those in need? We will study the closing passages of tractate Peah in the Tosefta (ca. 350 c.e.) to examine these and related questions. All texts will be studied in translation and no prior knowledge is assumed.

Speakers
avatar for Leonard Gordon

Leonard Gordon

Leonard Gordon serves a Senior Rabbi at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill. He has taught in recent years at LimmudBoston and a course on Mishnah at the Hebrew College Rabbinical School.


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Leffell Conference Room

3:30pm

Mishpacha in Motion: Fully EMBODIED Jewish Learning for Children & Families
Parents, grandparents, and kids--It's Mishpacha in Motion. Explore a Jewish tale through dance, music, and creative interpretation. This lively class blends creative movement with Jewish themes to produce an energetic Jewish learning experience. Mishpacha in Motion is about families learning, grooving, and making new friends together.

Speakers
avatar for Dalia Davis

Dalia Davis

Dalia Davis directs Beit Midrash in Motion, an approach to Jewish text study that incorporates movement and meditation for a fully embodied learning experience. She also serves as Artistic Director of La'ad Dance Company, and explores Jewish teachings through her choreographic works. Dalia holds degrees in dance, Jewish Education and Talmud. Visit her website at www.beitmidrashinmotion.com.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Camp Limmud Gym

3:45pm

'The Many Faces of Jerusalem' As Seen in Contemporary Israeli Quilts
View images of the quilts that were juried into the 2012 "The Many Faces of Jerusalem" exhibit, sponsored by the Israeli Quilters Association. This exhibit was invited to Houston, Texas, for the 2013 International Quilt Festival.

Speakers
MK

Miriam K. Sokoloff

Miriam K. Sokoloff learned to sew as a child and has been quilting for over 30 years; she teaches sewing and quilting to adults and children in the Brookline area. She is an active member of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, http://www.pomegranateguild.org/. Her quilt, "Attic Windows on Jerusalem" is one of the quilts in the slide show.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 8

3:45pm

Art Midrash: Seeing Images in Text
We will study texts together in chevruta (pairs) and then, through drawing and collage, create individual works that reflect the insights gleaned. No previous art or text study experience needed--just a willingness to experiment.

Speakers
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Susan Eiseman Levitin

Susan Eiseman Levitin is a self-taught artist and Wexner Fellow. She has taught art and text to all ages in formal and informal settings. She lives in Worcester, where she home schools her son and makes art.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

3:45pm

Community Art "Make and Take"
Local artist Tova Speter, Founder/Director of The MEM Project, will lead an exciting community art project inviting participants to take home an original piece of artwork! Stop by Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall to make a small canvas of inspiration, enjoy the installation as it grows throughout the day, choose another work to take, and carry inspiration from LimmudBoston home with you! No previous art experience necessary--really.

Speakers
avatar for Tova Speter

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is the founder and director of The MEM Project (www.thememproject.org); and is an artist, art therapist, and art educator. Tova has 10+ years of experience leading community murals, engaging students in artistic expressions of their Jewish identity, and reaching out to under-served communities through art.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall: Community Art

3:45pm

DEFI = Drop Everything For Israel--A School-Wide Program for Religious Schools
DEFI = Drop Everything For Israel is a special program for 3rd to 7th graders. Kids drop whatever they are doing and engage in Israel activities. Always a surprise and always fun, it is a fantastic way for students to identify with, become knowledgeable about, and truly appreciate, Israel. We will share ideas that have worked for us over the years.

Speakers
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Linda Friedman

Linda Friedman has been in Jewish education for many years at Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton, teaching both adults and children.
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Leann Shamash

Leann Shamash has been the Education Director at Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton for the past eleven years.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 7

3:45pm

Teens Transforming Jewish Education
Join three Prozdor 12th graders in a discussion and interactive lesson on a leadership course they teach to middle schoolers that focuses on identity, self-esteem, and peer relationships. Levi, Eden, and Aaron are part of the first cohort in Prozdor's Certificate in Educational Leadership program. They will share insights from teaching, leading, and learning.

Speakers
avatar for Emilia Diamant

Emilia Diamant

Executive Director, Jeremiah Program
EMILIA DIAMANT, MSW is the Executive Director at Jeremiah Program in Boston. Jeremiah Program focuses on two generations at a time, working with low-income single mothers and their children to help bring them from poverty to prosperity through education. She has worked with adolescents in Boston, New York, Italy, Costa Rica, and North Carolina in Jewish and non-Jewish settings. In 2012-2015, she was a JOIN for Justice Organizing Fellow and... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 16

3:45pm

Meatless Shabbos
An idea whose time is now---a meatless Shabbos is a way to create a more meaningful Shabbos, in tune with today's environmental needs. The session will introduce the presenter's cookbook, The Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook, and explain how to make a fabulous vegetarian Shabbos, including a vegan challah. Recipes will be distributed.

Speakers
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Roberta Kalechofsky

Roberta Kalechofsky is the author of eight works of fiction, three Jewish vegetarian cookbooks, one general vegetarian cookbook, as well as the non-fiction book, "Vegetarian Judaism." She has written many articles and has spoken frequently on the subject of Judaism and vegetarianism at Hazon and in synagogues and conferences in the U.S. and Israel.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 11

3:45pm

Can Bar/Bat Mitzvah Be Saved?
Bar/bat mitzvah is the biggest challenge in American Judaism. Can we re-imagine it--before it's too late? It is easier than you think. Based on "Putting God On The Guest List: How To Reclaim The Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah," published by Jewish Lights. This session is for parents alone as well as parents and children together.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Salkin

Jeff Salkin

Jeff Salkin has been called one of American Judaism's foremost activists for Jewish ideas. A rabbi, noted author and lecturer whose books have been published by Jewish Lights and JPS, he serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Am, Bayonne, NJ. He has taught in LIMMUD programs in Atlanta, the UK and now Boston.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 10

3:45pm

What Not to Say at Shiva (and What to Do and Say Instead)
Does the thought of paying a shiva call make you nervous? Are you afraid you'll say the wrong thing, or nothing at all? Come and learn what you can do and say to help comfort mourners, both at shiva and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Wolkoff

Julie Wolkoff

Julie Wolkoff, D.Min, CT is a rabbi with Care Alternatives Hospice in Marlboro, MA. She is certified in Thanatology (the study of death and dying). She has worked as an AIDS Care Team Coach, a congregational rabbi, and a teacher.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 6

3:45pm

Reading the Future of Zionism Through Its Past
This session focuses on three major challenges confronting Israel. By studying the history and ideas of Zionism, especially Herzl's ideas, we can better understand these contemporary tensions in Israeli life. We will also discuss how Jewish educators can best teach Zionism and Israel.

Speakers
avatar for David Starr

David Starr

David Starr is founder and Executive Director of Tzion, A Program for Israeli Literacy. He was founding Dean of Me'ah and is an Instructor at Gann Academy. He is writing a biography of Solomon Schechter and a study of Me'ah and its impact on adults and community. He holds a doctorate in history and Jewish studies from Columbia and rabbinic ordination from JTS.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Leffell Conference Room

3:45pm

What Do the Data Really Say? Challenge Your Notions of the Jewish Community
Using the lens of research, we consider notions about the Jewish community and how the data support or debunk them. For example: How many Jews are there in the US and are they really "less Jewish" than before? Is Birthright Israel a 10-day party, or can it really change a participant's life? How healthy is the Jewish education system? Come and ask.

Speakers
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Matthew Boxer

Matthew Boxer is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University and a lecturer in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. His research varies widely and includes socio-demographic studies of the Jewish community in the United States.
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Amy L. Sales

Amy L. Sales is senior research scientist and associate director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, and associate professor in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. She is the founding director of JData, a database of Jewish education and of the Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership.
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Leonard Saxe

Leonard Saxe is the Director of the Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, and Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, where he teaches in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schwartz Social Hall

3:45pm

Jewmba: Jewish Movement
Join in this fun and lively session that combines a Zumba workout with Jewish learning and music. No experience necessary. Comfortable footwear with lateral support recommended.

Speakers
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Michael Golitsyn

Michael Golitsyn is the program administrator for Brandeis University's Office of High School Programs and a trained Zumba instructor.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Stage of Coppleman-Clarke

3:45pm

Song of the Lark: A Duo for Music that Soothes the Soul
Refresh and recharge to the soothing sounds of this guitar and flute duo, performing Rahel's compositions drawn from Jewish sources. Assorted writing/drawing utensils, paper, small hand-held percussion instruments and Jewish texts will be available to help reach goals and to aid in a free flow of personal creativity and expression.

Speakers
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Sue Hurwitz

Sue Hurwitz is a flutist, professional chamber musician, yoga teacher and life coach.  
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Rahel Limor

Rahel Limor is an American-Israeli guitarist, vocalist, therapeutic healthcare musician, and award-winning composer.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Youth Lounge

3:45pm

Happy Birthday First Born Son: A One-Man Play
This is a one hour performance from my latest one-man show, which chronicles my reaction when my mother phoned me on my birthday to tell me that, and I quote, "You never should have been born." Oy!

Speakers
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Larry Jay Tish

Larry is a playwright, actor, poet, copywriter, and short story, TV, and travel writer. He currently has several plays in development including: "The Last Jews ? An Apocalyptic Comedy" and "The Break-Up of Cause and Effect." He is also the co-creator of The Black-Jew Dialogues. Larry is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Yamins Chapel

3:45pm

Climate Change: A Traditional Masoretic Approach to an Urgent Modern Problem
The Masoretes devised systems to transmit Tanakh to future generations, without changes. Their work is scholarly, full of mnemonics, and playful. We'll see examples from famous Bible Manuscripts, and discuss analogies to the work of climate scientists and activists. We'll each design a page of Tanakh with a "Masoretic" note composed on a climate change theme.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Weiss

Judy Weiss

Judy Weiss was ordained as a rabbi in 2000, from the Academy for Jewish Religion. She also has a Masters in Jewish Women's Studies and a Ph.D. in Bible. She teaches Bible to adults at Brookline Adult Ed and Cambridge Adult Ed, and does volunteer climate change advocacy with Citizens Climate Lobby. Please see her web page: http://www.apdoo.org/judyweiss/


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Trager Conference Room

3:45pm

The Poor Jew in the Pew: Jewish Poverty in Boston and Our Communal Response
You have $1,000. It is winter and you need $750 for rent, $320 for oil, and $400 for food for your children. Something has to give--but what? This is a real choice for local Jews. Come hear how community organizations such as Yad Chessed and Jewish Big Brother and Big Sister are working together to help families with these choices and how you can help.

Speakers
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Sarah Abramson

Dr. Sarah Abramson, Executive Director of Yad Chessed, received her masters and PhD from the London School of Economics, studying the concept of Jewish authenticity in youth movements for disadvantaged Jewish teens. She is an expert on poverty within religious minority communities and brings her academic expertise to her work with Yad Chessed.
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Harvey Lowell

Harvey Lowell is the 5th CEO in the 94 year history of Jewish Big Brother Big Sisters. He established numerous programs for at-risk youth and families locally and as a national consultant. He co-founded the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts. Amongst many successes, he has tripled the number of children at JBBBS and Friend 2 Friend, the program for adults with disabilities.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 14

3:45pm

J.D. Eisenstein: The Most Fascinating Scholar You May Never Have Heard Of
J.D. Eisenstein (1854-1956) was an immensely learned and prolific American Jewish scholar, writer and community leader. Traditionally observant, he was also open to modern scientific, historical and ethical insights. Long considered authoritative, his standing in the Ultra-Orthodox world today has declined. Come learn why.

Speakers
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Carl Perkins

Carl M. Perkins is a rabbi and the spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA, and teaches at Hebrew College Rabbinical School and Boston College Law School. During his recent sabbatical in Israel, he studied the work of J.D. Eisenstein.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 5

3:45pm

Take Shelter Under the Cloud: Thoreau's Sukkah at Walden Pond
Could you dwell in a sukkah every day, reading Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), celebrating the Eternal while confronting the essential facts of life?? H.D. Thoreau did just that, in his sukkah at Walden Pond. We'll learn what both Kohelet and Walden can teach us about finding joy in impermanence, about "toil under the sun" vs. "shelter under the cloud."

Speakers
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Natasha Shabat

Natasha Shabat has taught Hebrew to adults since 1997 in congregations and private homes, in groups, individually, by Skype, and by phone. Students include rabbis, cantors, lay leaders, Hebrew-school teachers and drop-outs, Jews-by-choice and non-Jews, doctors, and others. She is a graduate of Harvard in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 15

3:45pm

What Is a Prophet? Or: How a Greedy King Killed a Helpless Peasant and Incurred the Wrath of God
In this session, we'll do a close reading of a remarkable story about how the king and queen of Israel arrange for the murder of a peasant who gets in their way. All goes according to plan and corrupt power goes unchecked... until Elijah, God's prophet, shows up, vociferously condemns them, and announces that their entire kingdom will be destroyed.

This session made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

Speakers
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Shai Held

Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Previously, he was Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York and Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. A rabbi and history Ph.D., he has taught at JTS, Drisha, Me'ah, CJP, and the Wexner Fellowship Program. His book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, has just appeared. ITALICS He was a 2011 Covenant Award winner for excellence in Jewish... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Feinberg Library

5:00pm

Simchat Shir: Grand Finale Concert
Come hear internationally renowned singer/songwriter Peri Smilow, along with Ellen Allard and the folksinging family Shoshana, Mia & Lev Friedman.

Speakers
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Ellen Allard

Ellen Allard is an award winning Performer, Composer, and Educator. She teaches at the North American Jewish Choral Festival, Hava Nashira, Hebrew Union College, the URJ Biennial and newCAJE. She has 9 CDs and 5 songbooks in her catalog, and her music is recorded by others and sung in synagogues and religious schools. www.ellenallard.com
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Shoshana Friedman

Singer-songwriter Shoshana Meira Friedman is in her final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. She brings strong teaching, prayer-leading, musical, and pastoral skills to serve the Jewish community and beyond. She is passionate about bringing hope, resiliency, and Jewish tradition to bear on the global ecological crisis.
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Peri Smilow

Peri Smilow uses music to change the world. She is an international performing artist, composer, educator and activist. She does concerts and residencies, worship and entertainment. Founder of The New Freedom Music Project, a Black-Jewish musical collaboration, Peri is currently touring her one-woman cabaret: Peri Smilow Sings the Great [Jewish ] American Songbook. Peri holds an M.Ed from Harvard and worked for 20 years in non-profit... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sanctuary