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Saturday, January 19
 

6:15pm PST

Check-In
Check-In

Saturday January 19, 2019 6:15pm - 7:00pm PST
C Building Lobby

7:00pm PST

Havdalah
Havdalah

Saturday January 19, 2019 7:00pm - 7:15pm PST
C-Center Stage

7:30pm PST

Pub Le Mood
Pub Le Mood

Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 8:45pm PST
C Building Lounge

7:30pm PST

Judaism through Illumination
Artist David Moss will guide us on a dazzling journey of color, form, design and meaning as he shares his lifetime mission of expressing Jewish texts, ideas and values though art. From his revival of the hand-make Ketubah, to his Haggadah, artist books and prints this presentation will focus on his graphic works.

Speakers
avatar for David Moss

David Moss

co-founder, Kol HaOt in Jerusalem and The Teachers Institute for the Arts
David Moss is a renowned Judaic artist who began his career by reviving the art of the illuminated Ketubah. He is most famous for the Moss Haggadah originally created as an unique private commission that took three years to complete. With Noah Greenberg he created the exquisitely... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 8:45pm PST
B104

7:30pm PST

Girls in Trouble Concert
Experience the stories of women in Torah as you’ve never heard them before. Internationally touring musician and poet Alicia Jo Rabins brings these ancient legends to life in her critically-acclaimed musical midrash and storytelling project, Girls in Trouble. Her three albums weave music and poetry into beautiful, haunting melodies; with her violin, loop pedal and “gorgeous voice” (New York Times), she captivates audiences with songs ranging from orchestral strings to bluegrass-inflected ballads.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, musician and Torah teacher. The NY Times calls her voice “gorgeous”; the SF Chronicle calls her writing “a poetry page-turner, both sexy and humble.” She is the author of Divinity School, winner of the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 8:45pm PST
C-Center Stage

7:30pm PST

Ferocious Vulnerability: Learning to Live in the Complexity
We live in a time of binaries: Liberal or conservative. Black or white. Pro- or anti-. Our certainty about our own beliefs and worldviews offers what feels like clarity, even safety… but relationships and communities grow fractured when we hold to our own beliefs too tightly. There is power and potential in leaning toward people and things we don’t understand; and promise in learning to live in the complexity when different ideas and identities converge. How can we hold multiple truths while still acting with integrity? How can we stay in relationships when it is more comfortable to move away? What answers does the Jewish tradition offer us?

Speakers
avatar for Will Berkovitz

Will Berkovitz

Rabbi Will Berkovitz is CEO of Jewish Family Service, where he is responsible for the organization’s vision and strategic direction, including program oversight and mobilization of philanthropic, volunteer and advocacy support to help vulnerable individuals and families in Puget... Read More →
avatar for Talya Gillman

Talya Gillman

Talya Gillman (she/her) yearns for a world where all people experience dignity, freedom, and interconnectedness. She served as a 2009–10 AJWS World Partners Fellow with Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust in Mumbai, received a 2014 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 7:30pm - 8:45pm PST
B204

9:00pm PST

Pub Le Mood
Pub Le Mood

Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:15pm PST
C Building Lounge

9:00pm PST

Joe Buchanan Concert
A Texas native, Joe Buchanan makes Jewish Americana music. Grounded in the idea that there is always room at the table, Joe's music highlights the values, Torah, and history of the Jewish people to deliver stories steeped in the struggle and triumph of the human spirit, all while praising Gd for the goodness in life. It's music that you can crank up to 18.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Buchanan

Joe Buchanan

Joe Buchanan discovered that his wife was Jewish after 13 years of marriage, and the exploration that followed changed everything for their family. Since his conversion six years ago, he has released an album and toured the US leading his original Americana Shabbat service, concerts... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:15pm PST
C-Center Stage

9:00pm PST

Recent Threats of Oldest Hatreds
This session explores what is going on in the world today regarding anti-Semitism by addressing the following:
• What is different about anti-semitism today, both in our country and around the world?
• Why is anti-semitism happening? Why is it growing?
• What can we do about it? Can we learn anything from Pittsburgh?

Moderators
avatar for Diane Douglas

Diane Douglas

Principal, Diane Douglas Consulting
A member of Seattle's Congregation Beth Shalom, Diane Douglas is a Limmud volunteer and Vice Chair of Seattle's Jewish Community Relations Council. She has worked professionally in Seattle’s civic and arts communities as a non-profit executive director, board member, fundraiser... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Miri Cypers

Miri Cypers

Miri Cypers is regional director for the ADL’s Pacific Northwest office. She has a long-standing commitment to social justice and has worked for almost a decade in government and advocacy organizations. She served as director of federal affairs and partnerships at Giffords, the... Read More →
avatar for Jay Rosenbaum

Jay Rosenbaum

Jay Rosenbaum is in his sixteenth year as senior rabbi at Herzl-Ner Tamid. He has a passion for baseball, movies, and intergroup relations. The Muslim-Jewish dialogue group he established at HNT is now in its sixth year. This fall, he led a six-session civil discourse series on immigration... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Weiner

Daniel Weiner

Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner believes passionately in building Judaism for the 21st century and healing the world through social justice. Temple De Hirsch Sinai has grown to over 5000 members and 1600 families in two campuses in Seattle and Bellevue since he took charge in 2001. His... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:15pm PST
B204

9:00pm PST

Toward a New Stage of Partnership in the Jewish Covenant: Projecting a New Era in Judaism
At Judaism’s core is tikkun olam, facilitated through the covenant/brit between God and humanity and between the generations to carry on the repair until Earth is made into a paradise. This partnership has been renewed twice (biblical and rabbinic Judaism), and each time the Divine self-limits and calls humans to take more responsibility for the outcome. We are beginning a third stage of partnership, ushered in by the Holocaust and creation of the state of Israel. God is totally present but completely hidden and calls humans to take full responsibility for realizing messianic goals. What will Judaism look like in the next millennium? We will explore an expanded holiness found mainly in the secular realm and new institutions that appear secular but hold hidden holiness. Classic structures (synagogue and family) will survive, even flourish, but will expand their parameters and bring in new leadership and levels of participation.

Speakers
avatar for Blu Greenberg

Blu Greenberg

Blu Greenberg has been active in Jewish feminism since the early 1970s. She is founder and first president of JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), has participated extensively in interfaith work, and has long addressed injustice in Jewish divorce law. She serves on the board... Read More →
avatar for Yitz Greenberg

Yitz Greenberg

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg has served in the Orthodox Rabbinate, academia, and Jewish communal life. A pioneer in Holocaust education and commemoration as well as in the Jewish Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology in light of the Shoah, he has written extensively... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:15pm PST
B104

10:15pm PST

Pub Le Mood
Pub Le Mood

Saturday January 19, 2019 10:15pm - 11:30pm PST
C Building Lounge
 
Sunday, January 20
 

8:00am PST

Check-In
Check-In

Sunday January 20, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am PST
R Building Lobby

8:00am PST

Breakfast
Breakfast

Sunday January 20, 2019 8:00am - 10:15am PST
R301 & R302

8:30am PST

Youth: Happy Birthday, Trees!
Learn about the holiday of Tu B'Shvat with a hands-on activity, storytime, and art!

Speakers
avatar for Claire Baskett

Claire Baskett

Claire Baskett is the Child & Youth Engagement Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  In other words, she runs PJ Library!  She is also a teacher at Temple Beth Am.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in English Language and Literature.


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am PST
R201

8:45am PST

Turn It and Turn It: A Musical Conversation with Challenging Biblical Personalities
Turn It And Turn It presents learners with the stories of challenging biblical personalities, in song, and raises questions that encourage learners to push past the text and explore how they can create their own forms of Midrash.

Speakers
avatar for Ilan Speizer

Ilan Speizer

Ilan Speizer is a Seattle-based songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist whose style combines bluesy, folk-rock grooves with a wry sense of humor and an ability to be profound and whimsical in the same breath. Raised in a home steeped in Jewish rituals, values, and stories... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R306

8:45am PST

A Story in Pictures: Illustrating Sholem Aleichem
The Yiddish humorist Sholem Aleichem was read almost universally in the Jewish world in his time (1859–1916), and is still beloved today. We will start the session by reading one of his short stories aloud as a group. Participants will then choose a sentence from the story and make an illustration based on that sentence. We will have art supplies including pencils, pens, and collage materials on hand for art-making. At the end of the class, we will hang the illustrations, along with their origin sentences, along a corridor so that session participants and other festival-goers can see the story come to life in pictures.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Current

Nancy Current

Nancy Current, a Seattle artist painting and printmaking on glass and paper, exhibits and teaches nationally and in Canada. She has been captivated by the Jewish art genre of visual midrash, which interprets Jewish texts with art. Her most recent exhibition with Robin Atlas, "On the... Read More →
avatar for Tamar Libicki

Tamar Libicki

Tamar Libicki is an avid Torah student and an enthusiastic giver of divre torah. She attended Nancy Current's Visual Midrash class in 2015 and has been hooked on the expression of Torah wisdom and narrative through art ever since. She and Nancy Current taught a class on art based... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R208

8:45am PST

Melodies for Martin
To honor the memory & legacy of Dr. King, we will lift every voice and sing together the tunes that he loved & those that constitute the soundtrack of his life of activism & commitment— Songs of the Civil Rights movement, of protest & dissent, of labor unions [He was shot in Memphis while supporting striking sanitation workers], anti-war anthems, and traditional Spirituals. Song sheets provided. Bring your joyful lungs & musical instruments to help create this melodic tribute.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Wolf

Jon Wolf

Community organizer & adult Jewish educator, YASHAR: the institute for Jewish Activism
Jonathan Wolf was a founder of CAJE and is executive director of YASHAR, the Institute for Jewish Activism. He served as chair of Orthodox Jews for Obama, as Social Policy Director of the Synagogue Council of America, and as Jewish community liaison to Cesar Chavez and the United... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R106C

8:45am PST

Philosophers Café: Portals of our Jewish Heritage
A common contemporary thought is that the Jewish People have been kept alive by religion. Does this fit today’s reality? How does religious practice fit into our sense of Jewishness today? What about the “gastronomical Jew?” Is belief in God foundational to being Jewish? Can you be spiritual and secular? In this "Philosopher's Cafe" you’ll hear about six points of entry to our Jewish heritage, and discuss how that applies to each of us for a meaningful Jewish identity.

Speakers
avatar for Judi Gladstone

Judi Gladstone

Judi is a founding member of the Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound (SJC), a Humanistic Jewish community affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism. She served as President of the SJC Board for ten years, as well as other Board positions for another five years. Prior to... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R203

8:45am PST

Taking Power: A Mid-Course Correction in Jewish History
For 2000 years Jews lived in exile as an excluded minority. They were sustained by “an ethic of powerlessness,” consisting of reliance on God to save them, a sense of Chosenness, a strong internal culture, and an idealist ethics. In the past century, Jews re-created Israel and assumed some power in diaspora, developing an ethic of power that included taking responsibility for their actions (and not counting on divine intervention or superior ideals to assure success). The growing gap in understanding between diaspora Jews and Israel reflects that both sides are in different stages of developing their ethic of power. How can we assure not only joint cooperation but constructive arguments with each other?

Speakers
avatar for Yitz Greenberg

Yitz Greenberg

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg has served in the Orthodox Rabbinate, academia, and Jewish communal life. A pioneer in Holocaust education and commemoration as well as in the Jewish Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology in light of the Shoah, he has written extensively... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST

8:45am PST

Single Jewish Parents Throughout History
This session will provide an overview of single Jewish parents and single Jewish parenting throughout history, including both Biblical/Talmudic and modern-day figures and trends. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion about single parenting in the Jewish community.

Speakers

Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R308

8:45am PST

The Penultimate and Peculiar Connection Between the Nordic and Jewish Cultures
Speaking to the similarities of the Scandinavian and Jewish Cultures, we'll explore through visuals and hands-on artifacts the history, art, culinary, and cultural traditions of both cultures. We will touch on the empathic support Scandinavian countries provided during the Holocaust, which I attribute personally to the similarities of culture, and perhaps even how peoples in these two cultures have lived in the diaspora: Wandering Vikings? Wandering Jews?

Speakers
avatar for Phyllis Rosen

Phyllis Rosen

Phyllis Rosen was born Jewish in the rioting city of Detroit, Michigan. Those two formative years set in place a sense of intense urban life which was later balanced out by five years in the splendor of the Hawaiian Islands. She then spent years living in the pastoral hills of Northern... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R206

8:45am PST

A Blessing for the Tsar!? Praying For or Against the Government
In our present political moment, the question of how to relate to the government within our liturgy is particularly fraught. In this class, we will look at a series of texts that tell the story of how Jews throughout history have related to secular governments that held power over them. We will then look at how the advent of democracy changed the way that Jews thought about praying for the government. And hopefully, we can start to tackle the question of what sort of prayer for the government could possibly apply in our current place and time.

Speakers
avatar for Israel Geselowitz

Israel Geselowitz

Izzy Geselowitz is a recent arrival to Seattle. He is a software engineer by trade and is passionate about learning and teaching Torah. He attended the Hadar Institute in NYC multiple times, including for the year-long intensive learning fellowship.


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R205

8:45am PST

Successfully Bridging the Secular-Religious Divide
The role of the Haredim in Israel is a complex issue that cuts to the heart of Israel’s character as a Jewish state. As the economic, educational and social needs of the Haredi community grow, positive grassroots efforts have begun to successfully integrate Haredim into Israeli society with mutual respect and shared interests and values. This session will explore promising initiatives among secular and religious Israelis to bridge the social, economic and political divide and the more complex issues of education, workplace integration and military service.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Feld

Jason Feld

Administrator, Northwest Yeshiva High School
Jason Feld is Head of School at the Northwest Yeshiva High School since 2017. Before moving to Seattle, he worked for 12 years at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, most recently as the Dean of Students. Jason is known for his cutting-edge pedagogy and for creating a nationally... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R210

8:45am PST

Jewish Parenting with Intention
What are your hopes and dreams for your Jewish family? What values and traditions do you want to pass on? What kind of Jewish identity do you want to help your children develop? How are you going to do it? Just like any other part of parenting, these things don’t happen on their own! Join us to think intentionally about your goals, and hear from a variety of parents about their goals and choices that helped them achieve those goals, such as Jewish preschool, day school, summer camp, synagogue engagement, home based choices, travel and more.

Moderators
avatar for Alayne Sulkin

Alayne Sulkin

Alayne Sulkin is the publisher and editor-in-chief of ParentMap.

Speakers
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Trea Shocken Diament

Trea Diament was a Captain in the US Marine Corps before a career in marketing and raising her children on Mercer Island.


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R309

8:45am PST

Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World
We find ourselves at a critical juncture in what Joanna Macy calls "The Great Turning," a time that could usher in a new era of creativity and blossoming or a drastic unfolding of destruction on a global scale.  What is our role as spiritual Jews at this time? We will explore how Jewish spiritual practice can help us find our part in the potential of healing for ourselves, our communities and our planet.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Goldstein

Lisa Goldstein

Rabbi Lisa Goldstein is executive director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She studied history at Brown, was ordained at Hebrew Union College, and was assistant rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth (St. Louis) and executive director of Hillel–San Diego. She has led Jewish... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R204

8:45am PST

The Jewish Bookshelf - Session A
Join Rivy for a Jewish Books 101. This session will be interactive, engaging and involve anopportunity for Chevruta learning. Participants will stroll through the classic Jewish books from Torah to Talmud, from Mishana to Mussar, from Rabbinic though to Responsa literature. You will leave this session with a new or renewed sense of Jewish literacy. This comprehensive overview will also engage our shared emotions around our own Jewish bookshelves.  Each session of The Jewish Bookshelf is different and independent; come to either one or come to both!

Speakers
avatar for Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Covenant Award winner, is in her thirteenth year as Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Rivy has taught several long-standing weekly community classes, including a women’s Talmud class in its 25th year. Her column “What’s Your JQ” appeared in... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R110

8:45am PST

Science and Torah: Dichotomy or Magnificent Harmony?
For many, Torah and science may seem at odds. This outlook has been a part of our world for centuries, but is it actually a Jewish outlook? Is it indeed possible to reconcile Torah and science or are they intractable antagonists? In this session we will look at ancient, traditional, authentic Jewish sources in an effort to answer those questions and to demonstrate illuminating correlations with modern outlooks in anthropology, physics (quantum and astro) and linguistics. Whereas Torah may answer the "why", science tries to answer the “how”. Can both avenues of understanding creation dovetail with each other? Let’s see whether we can shatter any false paradigms!

Speakers
avatar for Lloyd Tucker

Lloyd Tucker

Dr. Lloyd Tucker hails from Pittsburgh, PA. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in chemistry and minored in German, then graduated from U Penn dental school and completed a general practice residency at the Jewish General Hospital of Montreal. Lloyd earned... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R101

8:45am PST

The Ethic of Truthtelling and Lying: A Text Study
To what extent is "honesty always the best policy?" Under what circumstances might it be justifiable, or even preferred, to manipulate the truth? Do the ends (sometimes) justify the means? This text-based class will closely analyze Yaakov/Jacob's life and choices to explore the Biblical and Rabbinic perspectives on whether Jacob was a man of truth or deception. The text of the Torah itself gives ambiguous answers to these questions and the Midrashim are polarized. How are we meant to respond to the breakdown of this prototypical covenantal family caused by deception and parents playing favorites? What are we to learn about the ever important issue on the ethic of truth-telling and lying.

Speakers
avatar for Malka Popper

Malka Popper

Malka Popper is the Assistant Head of School at the Northwest Yeshiva High School. She received her Masters in Biblical and Talmud Interpretation from Yeshiva University and was a Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud Study. Malka is a veteran educator who has taught... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R102

8:45am PST

Om Shalom - Exploring the Parshah Through Yoga
Participants will experience the intersection of traditional Asana yoga with Parshat Ha’shavuah. We will connect the mind, body, and spirit through a Jewish lens and gain skills in meditation, breathing, and free-flowing movement. This yoga class is open and appropriate for all levels, ages and genders. No experience necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Cherie Hershman

Cherie Hershman

Cherie Hershman is a life coach in Seattle and her work focuses on helping people live authentically and find their purpose. She believes in helping others to know their beauty, both inside about. Cherie also owns a hair salon, and works as a personal trainer. She has been a teaching... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R Dance Studio

8:45am PST

Being Happy with One’s Portion: The Jewish Roots of Voluntary Simplicity
“Who is rich? One who is happy with their portion.” Pirkei Avot, 4:1. Voluntary simplicity is a global movement that encourages a lifestyle focused on the concept of enoughness as opposed to consumerism. This session will explore Jewish texts on wealth and illustrate the Jewish roots and values behind this modern movement. Participants will have the opportunity to explore voluntary simplicity as a spiritual practice and will come away from the session with concrete strategies for becoming happier with their portion.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Abrams (formerly Ramsey)

Tony Abrams (formerly Ramsey)

Director of Endowment & Planned Giving, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Tony recently began a new position as the Endowment and Planned Giving Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  Tony also serves as an affiliate instructor with the Graduate Program in Taxation at the UW School of Law.  Previously, Tony worked at as an attorney at... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST
R106B

9:15am PST

Youth: Mentschmaker, Mentschmaker, Make me a Mentsch
What does it take to be a Mentsch? The Hebrew word "Middot" means measurements. But Middot also means moral virtues. Moral qualities are the measure of a human being. In this interactive program, we enter the realm of human virtues including Compassion, Truth, Humility, Justice, Holiness, Gratitude, and more. Using dynamic paired learning, suggestive poetry and evocative collage art, we address the deepest issues of personality development.

Speakers
avatar for David Moss

David Moss

co-founder, Kol HaOt in Jerusalem and The Teachers Institute for the Arts
David Moss is a renowned Judaic artist who began his career by reviving the art of the illuminated Ketubah. He is most famous for the Moss Haggadah originally created as an unique private commission that took three years to complete. With Noah Greenberg he created the exquisitely... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am PST
R201

9:15am PST

Youth: Exploring Genesis
Go back in time and learn from the heroes of Genesis to become a Jewish superhero!

Speakers
avatar for Claire Baskett

Claire Baskett

Claire Baskett is the Child & Youth Engagement Associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  In other words, she runs PJ Library!  She is also a teacher at Temple Beth Am.  She graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in English Language and Literature.


Sunday January 20, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am PST
R202

10:00am PST

Youth: Snack / Break Activities
We take a break for snacks and one of these fun activities: PJ Library books, gematria challenges, Jewish Spot-It, Jewish Apples to Apples, cool Jewish coloring pages, word searches, and more!

Sunday January 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am PST
R201

10:15am PST

Jewish Music Jam - Let's Play & Sing Together! ​
Haven't you always wanted to join the band to play horas, freylakhs, & waltzes at a simcha. Maybe someone once told you that all klezmer tunes are written in D minor. As the Good Book says: "For some folks, D minor is a key; for klezmorim it's a living!" Bring your instruments & voices and I'll supply the sheet music & lyrics in Hebrew & Yiddish (with transliteration) ; we'll play tunes by ear too.
​In no time at all, we'll form a klezmer band & we'll be playing exciting wonderful melodies together. Singers in the house, please join us too! We'll make new friendships and, who knows, we may snag a few gigs & recording contracts too (Purim is just around the corner)!
Our program of favorites is accessible to all levels.
No klezmer experience necessary, but experienced players are welcome!​

Speakers
avatar for Jay Krulewitch

Jay Krulewitch

As a longtime Jewish musician, and as a historian and sociologist, Jay Krulewitch studied Jewish music for many years, along with playing it with his main Jewish group, the Klez Katz. He has enjoyed presenting interactive, participatory lectures on the history of Jewish music. It... Read More →
avatar for Harvey Niebulski

Harvey Niebulski

Yiddish is Harvey's first language—sein mame loshen; it's extraordinarily colorful and remains his favorite. He grew up among Eastern European immigrants in the Bronx and enjoys speaking Yiddish whenever possible. Harvey plays klezmer music and sings and teaches Yiddish songs in... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R306

10:15am PST

Jewish Scribal Arts
Practice your Hebrew calligraphy skills with this hands on "safrut" workshop. Learn about the intricacies and beauty of Jewish Scribal arts from the Ketuba to the Mezuzah, and from the texts we use to the mystical secrets hidden within each Hebrew letter. Participants will be able to touch and feel real artifacts and try their hand at writing the holy Hebrew letters with both a standard calligraphy pen and a hand-carved feather pen. Everyone is welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Emlen

Scott Emlen

Rabbi Shimon Emlen is a Jewish educator with a passion for hands-on learning. Both as a teacher in his classroom and in the broader Seattle community, he is known for interactive programs like the Model Matzah Bakery and the Shofar Factory. Rabbi Emlen was raised both in the Northwest... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R308

10:15am PST

The Poems of Emma Lazarus
Emma Lazarus is best known for her poem "The New Colossus," an excerpt of which is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. The daughter of a prominent and affluent Sephardic Jewish community in New York City, Emma never lost sight of the plight of her less fortunate Ashkenazic co-religionists in Eastern Europe. Her poetry expresses her lifelong dedication to social justice. This session will include a close reading of several of her poems, which will provide historical perspective on socially relevant issues of today.

Speakers
avatar for Jodie Futornick

Jodie Futornick

Rabbi Jodie Futornick was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1989. She is currently a staff chaplain at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle Washington, where she specializes in cardiac pastoral care and bioethics. She is also an active member of Congregation Beth Shalom... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R206

10:15am PST

Understanding Jewishness & Whiteness
“Are Jews White?” What do people mean when they ask that question, what does it assume, and what is it missing? This workshop will develop our understanding of Whiteness & White Supremacy by addressing the complexities of Jewish identities and experiences in the US - empowering us to be more effective learners and collaborators in multi-racial, multi-cultural spaces. We’ll build a common language, learn historical context and new ways of thinking, and practice having courageous conversations about ourselves and our communities. We invite Jews of all racial identities to bring their experiences to this multi-generational community discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Cecily Kaplan

Cecily Kaplan

Cecily Kaplan is a member of Temple Beth Am and works for the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). Cecily has been on a personal journey of understanding racism and what it means to be White. Her journey has prompted her to prioritize anti-racist learning, participate in an intergenerational... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R203

10:15am PST

From Cairo to Kindle: Jewish Identity, Values, and Books
David Naggar’s parents came to this country via Europe from Egypt, living in residences that now house ambassadors. The world they lived in ended in 1956 when the Jews were expelled by Nasser, with no choice but to restart their lives elsewhere. In many ways a typical Jewish story, from his upbringing in New York City to a career in publishing to the past eight years at Amazon, where he now leads the global Kindle Books team, David will share his story, how it shaped him as a person and a Jew, and explore the common threads in many Jewish families.

Speakers
avatar for David Naggar

David Naggar

David Naggar was born in NYC to Jewish immigrant parents who were both born in Egypt, but whose families no longer found themselves welcome there after the events of Suez in 1956. He grew up in New York and began a career in book publishing at Warner Books in 1986. In 2009, David... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R204

10:15am PST

Choosing to be Chosen
A seeker all his life, Joe found out that his wife was Jewish after 13 years of marriage and it changed everything. In this workshop/lecture, Joe tells the wild story of his conversion to Judaism and how the discovery of his wife's Jewish identity led their family on a journey of powerful change. He'll also discuss how the conversion process inspired his music and some of the reasons that large numbers of people are being drawn to Judaism. This workshop includes plenty of Q&A and a few songs from his album as well.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Buchanan

Joe Buchanan

Joe Buchanan discovered that his wife was Jewish after 13 years of marriage, and the exploration that followed changed everything for their family. Since his conversion six years ago, he has released an album and toured the US leading his original Americana Shabbat service, concerts... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R106C

10:15am PST

Ending the Agony of Agunot: Once and Forever
The plight of the aguna, a woman trapped in a failed marriage with a husband who refuses to issue a gett (Jewish bill of divorce), has become more visible today. As divorce grows, so does abuse of control over the gett that Jewish law gives to husbands. Rather than be trapped, many women pay extortion fees, concede financial assets, and accept lesser alimony and child custody arrangements than due them. Only new rabbinic court policies, such as those utilized by the International Beit Din, and serious pressure from the Jewish community can eliminate this gross violation of women’s human rights which is a stain on our religion.

Speakers
avatar for Blu Greenberg

Blu Greenberg

Blu Greenberg has been active in Jewish feminism since the early 1970s. She is founder and first president of JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), has participated extensively in interfaith work, and has long addressed injustice in Jewish divorce law. She serves on the board... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R103

10:15am PST

Mumbayaleh!: A History of Jews in India
When you think of the Jewish people and the varied places we live, India may not immediately come to mind. However, India has a long standing, rich, and vibrant Jewish community. Come to this session to learn about the history of Jews in India and the unique and interesting flavor of Jewish practice there today. Bevin and Masha will also talk about JDC's impact in Mumbai and their recent trip with JDC entwine.

Speakers
avatar for Bevin Fritz-Waters

Bevin Fritz-Waters

USY advisor, Congregation Beth Shalom
Bevin is a Case Manager at YWCA and the USY Advisor at Congregation Beth Shalom. She loves hiking, dancing, reading and listening to the Mcelroy family of podcasts. She enjoyed her Inside India trip in 2018, which she presented on at the 2019 Seattle Limmud and loves traveling. During... Read More →
avatar for Masha Shtern

Masha Shtern

Masha Shtern is a Russian-speaking gal who has called Seattle home since 1994. She was a founding member of Moishe House Seattle (2008-2012) and is a volunteer on the marketing committee of Limmud Seattle. When she isn’t working for Seattle Parks and Recreation, she can be found... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R208

10:15am PST

Divine Providence vs. Free Will
The belief in our ability to choose of our own free will, that our actions are of consequence, is a central tenant of Judaism. While at the same time the belief in Divine Providence, that G-d is invested in creation and is guiding it, is a central tenant as well. How do we reconcile this paradox? In this presentation we will explore various opinions from Maimonides, the Kabbalists, the Bal Shemtov and others, defining the Jewish perspectives on Divine Providence and free will and attempt to reconcile this apparant paradox. We will conclude with a thought provoking and inspiring response that is especially relevant to our daily lives and its challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Shnai Levitin

Shnai Levitin

Shnai Levitin was born and raised in Seattle and left for Yeshiva at age 14. After spending some time studying in Detroit, New York, and Israel, he then received his rabbinic ordination in Israel. He moved back to Seattle three years ago with his wife and children to establish Chabad... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R102

10:15am PST

Israeli Politics 101
Are you occasionally mystified by Israeli politics? Explore the state of the political game in Israel—How does the system work (or fail)? What are the deep questions that continue to draw Israeli political lines? Why have right wing coalition governments persisted for the last decade? Let’s organize our thinking about where Israeli political divides lie and why right wing coalitions have persisted over the years. A clear picture of the political map can help us understand the questions that Israelis face at the ballot box, give us a better grasp of the internal dynamics of the Jewish State, and help us all move forward.

Speakers
avatar for Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg is the media director for the New Israel Fund. She served for two years as advisor to Former Israeli Foreign Minister and co-opposition leader Tzipi Livni. She previously worked as an analyst for Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy and as assistant... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R210

10:15am PST

Comfort Shawls: Embracing the Cycle of Love and Loss
Ever been stymied by what to do when hearing about one more loss? One more serious illness? One more tragedy? Come and create a "Comfort Shawl" in a hands-on, experiential workshop. More than just an arts and craft project, this workshop will deepen your ability to be present for life's ups and downs. Stories and songs and sharing naturally are part of gathering to create.

Speakers
avatar for Marge Eiseman

Marge Eiseman

Marge Eiseman is an award-winning Jewish educator, singer-songwriter and creative programming whiz. Her workshops at CAJE, NewCAJE, URJ and WRJ biennial conventions have led to numerous "Presence-in-Residence" gigs all over the US, England, Scotland and Canada.


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R205

10:15am PST

Remixed: The New Jewish Family
Families today are more diverse than ever before, and this is true of Jewish families too. What do today’s new Jewish families look like, and how can those in diverse families figure out the kind of Jewish life they want to build together? If you’re in a relationship thinking about these questions, or have a son or daughter who is making Jewish choices different than your own, join us to explore some ways in which definitions of Jewishness, access to Jewish content, and relationship to Jewish community organizations are being challenged and transformed in this generation.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein

Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Previously he has been the Director of Re-Imagining Jewish Education Through Art at Yeshiva University Museum, New York, the Executive Director of the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R309

10:15am PST

The Jewish Bookshelf - Session B
Join Rivy for a Jewish Books 101. This session will be interactive, engaging and involve anopportunity for Chevruta learning. Participants will stroll through the classic Jewish books from Torah to Talmud, from Mishana to Mussar, from Rabbinic though to Responsa literature. You will leave this session with a new or renewed sense of Jewish literacy. This comprehensive overview will also engage our shared emotions around our own Jewish bookshelves.  Each session of The Jewish Bookshelf is different and independent; come to either one or come to both!

Speakers
avatar for Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Covenant Award winner, is in her thirteenth year as Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Rivy has taught several long-standing weekly community classes, including a women’s Talmud class in its 25th year. Her column “What’s Your JQ” appeared in... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R110

10:15am PST

Then the Land will Reclaim its Sabbaths: What does Jewish Agricultural Law offer the Urban Jew?
Many of our traditions stem from the agrarian reality of our ancestors. From Jewish laws regarding planting, harvests, tithing and fallow years, to holidays celebrating sowing and harvesting seasons, agriculture was once central to Jewish life. In the diaspora, however, Jews have become increasingly alienated from their agricultural roots, and many perceive these laws as largely theoretical. Yet, as we face a critical point in addressing global warming and issues of sustainability, the ideas highlighted by this body of law are more relevant than ever. This text study will explore how ancient Jewish concepts of land stewardship, avoidance of waste, social responsibility, equity, and acknowledgment of natural cycles can help us develop a mindful approach to today's challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Shoshanah Haberman

Shoshanah Haberman

Shoshanah Haberman is a landscape designer with a masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland, where she was the recipient of the Masters of Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence. Finding herself asking some halachic questions when working with Jewish clients... Read More →
avatar for Naama Sadan

Naama Sadan

Naama Sadan-Josephs is a teacher of geography, sustainability, Judaic studies, and a permaculture designer. Growing up in Israel and being always fascinated by nature, Jewish life and social systems she keeps trying to Touch the joint points of these three. naama.sadan@leyada.net... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R101

10:15am PST

What is Addiction and Why Should I Care?
Some say that addiction is a public health crisis of our time. But what does 'addiction' really mean? Is it a disease? Physical? Mental? Does spirituality play a role? And if I'm not an addict, why does any of this apply to me? In this session we will begin to unpack some of these questions and explore how Jewish tradition and practice can help us understand addiction as part of the broader human experience. We will draw upon the teachings of Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Senior Rabbi of Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, and we will reflect personally on our own lives - whether or not we are addicts - as we explore these questions and consider how Torah and t’shuvah can be a path to healing.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Green

Miriam Green

Miriam Green is Rabbi for Community Engagement at Herzl-Ner Tamid. She is a recent graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and was a spiritual counselor and rabbinic intern at Beit T'Shuvah, a Jewish addiction recovery center in Los Angeles. She counseled women and men... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R209

10:15am PST

Ethical Wills as Creative Decision-Making Tools - Examining Jewish Legacy Documents
Ethical wills are a Jewish tradition dating to the Torah. Early uses included the giving of blessings and the conveyance of moral legacies. Modern versions record family stories, values, hopes, dreams, and wisdom of all kids. History suggests that the writing of ethical wills peaks during times of persecution – forced conversion to Christianity and Islam, eras where Jews were forbidden from bequeathing property, and the Holocaust. Modern research demonstrates that the writers of these legacy documents were on to something remarkable! The creation of an ethical will can help authors achieve a sense of moral clarity in times of difficult decision-making, and create a meaningful gift for friends and future generations. Participants will learn about the history of ethical wills, read sections of historical examples, brainstorm uses for ethical wills in modern life, and have the opportunity to work on the beginnings of their own uniquely-Jewish legacy document.

Speakers
avatar for Kindra Cooper

Kindra Cooper

Kindra Cooper is an attorney with advanced degrees in bioethics and public administration. She is interested in the use of narrative therapy, including ethical wills and other legacy documents, as decision-making tools for a better life.


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am PST
R106B

10:30am PST

Youth: Starting the New Year with the Trees (Ages 7-12 + Parents too!)
Tu B'shvat is described in the Talmud as the New Year for the trees, but it also represents the start of an arc of Jewish spiritual time that has great significance for all of us. Tu B'shvat asks us to be present to the organic rhythms of nature, before we are ready to experience the topsy turvy truths of Purim, the freedom within a new order of Passover, and the blessings of committment within Shavuot, that leads us into the new High Holiday season.Through study of key sources relating to Tu B'shvat we'll locate ourselves within this key point of the year. With that foundation, we'll then us a variety of materials to create interactive art objects that will allow us to view the world with the eyes of nature, and fully place ourselves as participants within nature as it was originally set in motion in the first days of creation. Parents are encouraged to come join their children in this text-based and hands-on learning experience

Speakers
avatar for Adina Polen

Adina Polen

Adina Polen is founder of Atiq, a Jewish Maker Institute where people of all ages explore Jewish sources and create sacred material resources for deepening personal paths of meaning. Adina is an illustrator, graphic designer, musician, former middle school teacher, and current museum... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am PST
R201

11:15am PST

Youth: Snack / Break Activities
We take a break for snacks and one of these fun activities: PJ Library books, gematria challenges, Jewish Spot-It, Jewish Apples to Apples, cool Jewish coloring pages, word searches, and more!

Sunday January 20, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am PST
R201

11:30am PST

Youth: What's Jewish About Saving the World? A Guide for Jewish Youth on Connecting Jewish Practices With Care for the Earth (Ages 7-12 + Parents too!)
A session for young environmental leaders. In the coming decades, human culture will need to transform if we are to live more harmoniously with the Earth and Creation. Jewish practices are designed to shape our lives as individuals and as a community. In this session, we will learn how they can also enable us to live more sustainably on the planet. Expect to come away with a new appreciation for Jewish practices you may have been taking for granted, as well as leadership tools you can use to build community around saving the Earth, Jewishly, within your family, friendship circles, youth groups, or summer camp.

Speakers
avatar for Deirdre Gabbay

Deirdre Gabbay

Director, Shmita Project Northwest
Deirdre Gabbay is the founder and director of the Shmita Project Northwest. She is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, and a member of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light's board of directors. She founded Ahavat v’Avodat HaAdamah, “Love and Service... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm PST
R201

11:30am PST

Lunch
Lunch

Sunday January 20, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm PST
R301 & R302

11:45am PST

Make 'Em Want to Sing! (Songleading Workshop)
Want your class, community gathering, or congregation to sing together more? Beth Hamon shares tips and strategies for teaching and encouraging communities to sing together. Regardless of your past experience as a song leader, after practice leading a small group in this workshop, you'll gain the confidence to lead participatory song sessions in your home community, large or small.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Hamon

Beth Hamon

Independent touring Jewish artist/educator
Beth Hamon is a creative autodidact whose songs straddle the fuzzy line between Jewish and secular themes of justice, hope, renewal and love. Based in Portland, Oregon, she serves Congregation Shaarie Torah as an Artist-in-Residence, and also tours as an artist- and educator-in-residence... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R306

11:45am PST

Jonah ben Amitai, Inc.: A Theatrical Midrash
The Book of Jonah is read on Yom Kippur because the rabbis viewed it as a tale of repentance and God’s forgiveness. But it is so much more—and less! It’s an existentialist tale with an abrupt beginning and no satisfying ending. A God and a prophet locked in a parade of self-doubt, wondrous conversions, smugness and outrage, concern and conceit, a toxic employer-employee relationship involving terrible work travel and a three-night stay at the Sheraton Leviathan. A one-man theatrical haftarah.

Speakers
avatar for Avi Dolgin

Avi Dolgin

Midrashist. Nudnik., Student. Teacher.
Though working for years in mental health and education, Avi kept a background hand in Jewish ritual and midrash. Marriage ceremonies, Bibliodrama, interfaith davening—the usual stuff! One year, hearing another boring haftarah of Jonah, he said, “There has to be a better way to... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R209

11:45am PST

A Hipster's Guide to Klezmer: A Record-Drop Tour of the Highlights
This is not your Zayde's klezmer music lit class. This is what you get when you sit down with a friend and a mid-shelf bottle of bronfen by their basement record player at 11pm, and they shout "WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU'VE NEVER HEARD NAFTULE BRANDWEIN??" This is the elevator pitch for the relevancy of modern klezmer. Not only will we cover the connecting stories of what happened in between, including the argument for a new revival circa 2005; we will needle-drop standards in different eras so you can hear the changes between bands' conventions in groove over the march of time. No experience necessary; only enthusiasm required.

Speakers
avatar for Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li is 6 years new to the Yiddishist and klezmer world since the start of their genre-busting neo-vaudevillian cabaret punk-klezmer band the Debaucherauntes. Winner of 2017 KrechtsFactor and KlezKanada and Yiddish New York scholarships with a portfolio of performances and original... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R206

11:45am PST

Girls in Trouble: A Creative Journey Through Women in Torah
Explore narratives of Biblical women through the prism of art, song and text study with Alicia Jo Rabins' Girls in Trouble Curriculum, a companion to her song-cycle about women in Torah. Learn how these mythic narratives of transformation can nourish you through the changes and challenges in your life, and gain insight into how artistic forms can help illuminate Jewish wisdom. (Appropriate for all teens and adults, from first-time learners curious about stories of women in Torah, to experienced educators looking to expand their toolbox.)

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, musician and Torah teacher. The NY Times calls her voice “gorgeous”; the SF Chronicle calls her writing “a poetry page-turner, both sexy and humble.” She is the author of Divinity School, winner of the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R204

11:45am PST

Where Heaven and Earth Kiss: Jewish Law, Moral Reflection and Environmental Ethics
Together we'll examine the relationship between theology, Jewish law and aggadah with an eye to how Jewish legal -- and spiritual -- teachings can inform present-day environmental issues. Focusing on issues of pollution, zoning and resource management, the goal is to consider how we might construct a moral philosophy of environmental ethics from the sources of halakhah

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Evan Mayse

Ariel Evan Mayse

Rabbi Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. He holds a PhD in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el. His research examines the role of... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R110

11:45am PST

Jewish Spiritual Practice: The Art of Blessing
Each of us longs to become our best selves. We might yearn to cultivate gratitude, self-reliance, or wonder or perhaps to seek adventure or pursue justice. Jewish tradition encourages us to develop these values in ourselves through blessings that can be part of daily life. Each blessing, connected with an action, can help us grow as individuals and community members. In this session we will explore seven Jewish blessings that lead to spiritual growth and how we might infuse our lives with the practice of these values.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Meyer

Emily Meyer

Rabbi Emily Meyer believes that both the process and the product of creativity enriches learning and deepens connection. She is the creator of Doodly Jew, a project designed to spark creativity in Hebrew learning. Rabbi Meyer was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2010 and holds an undergraduate... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R205

11:45am PST

Starting the New Year with the Trees
Tu B'shvat is described in the Talmud as the New Year for the trees, but it also represents the start of an arc of Jewish spiritual time that has great significance for all of us. Tu B'shvat asks us to be present to the organic rhythms of nature, before we are ready to experience the topsy turvy truths of Purim, the freedom within a new order of Passover, and the blessings of committment within Shavuot, that leads us into the new High Holiday season.Through study of key sources relating to Tu B'shvat we'll locate ourselves within this key point of the year. With that foundation, we'll then us a variety of materials to create interactive art objects that will allow us to view the world with the eyes of nature, and fully place ourselves as participants within nature as it was originally set in motion in the first days of creation.

Speakers
avatar for Adina Polen

Adina Polen

Adina Polen is founder of Atiq, a Jewish Maker Institute where people of all ages explore Jewish sources and create sacred material resources for deepening personal paths of meaning. Adina is an illustrator, graphic designer, musician, former middle school teacher, and current museum... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R202

11:45am PST

The Lifts and Blasts of Judaism
If you had fun at this active session last year, then you will certainly enjoy this year's presentation because we have added the powerful Jewish skill of blowing shofar. Students returning from last year will have a chance to practice advanced approaches and perfect Hagbah techniques. Additionally, this year we will study the techniques and challenges of the binding the Torah (Galilah). Half of this year's class will be about the shofar. Learning the Halachah and techniques of shofar blowing is a blast, and you will get hands-on experience with different sizes of shofarot!

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Coskey

Kevin Coskey

Kevin Coskey grew up in California and moved to Seattle to study at the University of Washington.  He is an enthusiastic advocate for all manner of Jewish learning.  He works as a software engineer at Tableau Software.
avatar for Daniel Markowitz

Daniel Markowitz

Daniel grew up in Berkeley, CA, and attended a Modern Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel. He was a Jewish educator through his college years at Stanford and was a member of CAJE. He is currently a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, where he and Alan Rodan have implemented... Read More →
avatar for Sam Perlin

Sam Perlin

Sam Perlin is the former Executive director of camp solomon schechter and also an active congregant at Beth Shalom. Sam has served on the board and the religious practice committee at CBS. Sam has been a leader among the shofar blowers at Beth Shalom.
avatar for Alan Rodan

Alan Rodan

Alan grew up in Seattle and attended Seattle Hebrew Academy. He has been a member of Congregation Beth Shalom for over 25 years and has been involved in many aspects, including Adult Ed, Torah study, and morning minyan.


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R106C

11:45am PST

Legitimate Criticism of Israel or Antisemitism? When Does it Cross the Line?
As Jews, we are all very sensitive to expressions of antisemitism. This hatred has morphed over time, taking on different forms depending on the political and social realities of the times. This session will explore what criticism of Israel is legitimate and when, according to many definitions, it crosses the line into antisemitism.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Kessler

Randy Kessler

Randy Kessler is executive director of StandWithUs Northwest, an international Israel-education organization. Randy is a Seattle native and lifelong member of the Jewish community, A third-generation Seattleite, Randy enjoyed a successful career in the corporate technology and education... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R210

11:45am PST

Israeli Education as a Catalyst for Strengthening Shared Society and Increasing Arab Workforce Integration
The Israeli government recognizes and has established as a strategic priority integrating the Arab minority into the workforce and has allocated substantial funds towards reaching that goal. This session will include a brief overview of Israel’s Arab community and why this issue is of utmost importance for the future of the Arab community and Israel in general. It will showcase promising initiatives and approaches funded by Israel’s Ministry of Education within the K-12 arena, and governmental plans to increase access to higher education. We will examine some of the successes, challenges and outcomes of these transformative strategic investments.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Richlen

Lisa Richlen

Lisa Richlen has worked for 15 years in social change and human rights in Israel, including on migration. She volunteered with HIAS Refugee Trust Kenya, coordinated the Faces of Exile project through HIAS’s Tel Aviv office, and participated in Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre International... Read More →
avatar for Gail Zucker

Gail Zucker

Prior to launching a philanthropic and organizational consulting practice, Gail Zucker held senior positions in the Jewish communal arena. She served as the chief planning officer for the SF Federation and as senior director of consulting and community development for the Jewish Federations... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R203

11:45am PST

Spiritual Gifts - How to Create an Ethical Will and Legacy Letter
What do you truly want to say to your family and/or your community? An ethical will allows you to communicate just that. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity for a hands-on writing experience through a reflection of their own morals, values, and hopes for the future. We will first briefly review the history of ethical wills, beginning with Bereishit 49, Jacob’s legacy speech to his sons; Devorim, Moses’s discourse to the children of Israel; working through the Talmud, and ending with modern examples. Through examining modern wills and considering "think about" prompts, participants will be creating their very own ethical wills.

Speakers
RW

Rochelle Wynne

retired
Rochelle Wynne has enjoyed being an educator, both secular religious, for over forty years in several areas of the US—Massachusetts, Texas, Ohio, and  Seattle. She became interested in ethical wills after her rabbi in Dayton, Ohio, Rabbi Jack Riemer, published the text "Ethical... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R106B

11:45am PST

Grandparenting Jewishly with Intention
Informed by a new major national study of Jewish grandparents, and with a wealth of personal experience, we’ll look at trends, challenges and opportunities to be intentional about the role of grandparents in positively supporting the Jewish lives of their kids and grandkids. Whether you're a grandparent looking for ideas and insights, or a parent wondering how to best cultivate the grandparent-grandchild relationship, we’ve got resources, stories and support to offer!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in dozens of regional and national publications, including ParentMap, Seattle Magazine and the Seattle Times. She is the author of Beyond Smart: Boosting Your Child’s Social, Emotional, and Academic Potential... Read More →
avatar for David Raphael

David Raphael

David Raphael is the co-founder of the Jewish Grandparents Network, which has conducted the first major study of this generation of Jewish grandparenting in the US. He previously was the executive director of Boston University Hillel and worked at the Hillel International Center... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R309

11:45am PST

Putting Jewish Values Into Practice in Healthcare Policymaking
This presentation explores the ways in which Jewish values affect medical policy decisions in Israel’s universal, public healthcare system. This session uses an anthropological study of one of Israel’s main medical policy-making mechanisms - the Committee for the Enhancement of Medical Services which determines state subsidies for new medical treatments – to explore what it means to use Jewish values as a criterion in healthcare policymaking. Through group text study, we focus on the Jewish notion of "Kdushat Ha'hayim" (sanctity of life). We will review and discuss the main interpretations given to this commandment in Jewish tradition and how these traditions informed the Committee’s most difficult controversies and bioethical challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Yael Assor

Yael Assor

Yael Assor is currently a PhD student at the Department of Anthropology, UCLA. Her research focuses on how culturally situated moral sensibilities contribute to negotiation processes in the Israeli Healthcare Committee (ועדת סל התרופות). Prior to her academic career... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R208

11:45am PST

Kabbalah and Object Oriented Programming, Or What Came first.
I will go over basics of Object Oriented Design in the beginning. That will create a point of reference for a Kabbalistic concepts that will be the main part of the lecture.
During the lecture I will cover concept of Partzuf and discuss how it relates to usage of Interfaces in software development. I will describe concept of 10 Sefiros and their relationship to each other and how it is similar to concept of inheritance and virtual functions.
In the end I will talk about general concept of Creation as it viewed in Kabbalah and suggest that since Object Oriented Programming uses the principles that are in the core of creation, it reflects real world and makes coding real world problems easy.

Speakers
avatar for Yechezkel Rapoport

Yechezkel Rapoport

Rabbi Yechezkel Rapoport was born in Moscow Russia, he studied in Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim in Moscow, Russia, Tzefat Israel, and Brooklyn, NY. Together with his wife Ora they founded Chabad Jewish Russian Center in Shoreline, WA. In his other life Yechezkel works as Software Development... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R102

11:45am PST

Law & Order: A Jewish Perspective
Judaism is a religion of many laws. One of the main purposes of Jewish law is the pursuit of Justice. How do our sacred texts instruct Jews wishing to pursue justice in 21st century America? Please join Kayla and David, an attorney and police officer, in discussing this question and others, including: Is making people account for their own wrongdoing part of the pursuit of Justice? Why were the sages ambivalent about defending those who break the law?  And what is the overarching role of law enforcement in maintaining a civilized society?
This session will begin with a brief introduction on contemporary issues faced by Jews in criminal justice careers. The introduction will be part historical and part personal as it will be drawn from their professional experiences. After the introduction there will be a brief text study, followed by a close-out discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Kayla Higgins

Kayla Higgins

Kayla hails from New York City, went to undergrad and law school in Chicago, and recently moved to Seattle to work in immigration law. Between college and law school she spent a year studying Torah at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She sharpened her Talmud skills... Read More →
avatar for David Warnock

David Warnock

David Warnock was born in Seattle, WA in 1987 and grew up on the West Coast. David served in the US Army for five years and then attained a B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Southern Slavic Languages and Cultures from The Ohio State University before attending law school at the Chicago-Kent... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R101

11:45am PST

Advanced Practice:  Dealing with Difficult People & Situations
It's all very nice to speak about spiritual growth - until we meet people or situations who push our buttons.  In this session we will examine two techniques or spiritual practices from the Hasidic tradition (Toldot Ya’akov Yosef and Likkutei Mohoran) to help us respond to the difficulties of life with greater wisdom and peacefulness.  

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Goldstein

Lisa Goldstein

Rabbi Lisa Goldstein is executive director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She studied history at Brown, was ordained at Hebrew Union College, and was assistant rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth (St. Louis) and executive director of Hillel–San Diego. She has led Jewish... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R103

11:45am PST

Do We Really Love Anyone Unconditionally? Even Our Kids?
We can't truly love another if we don't first love ourselves. Our job, then, is to learn how to love ourselves, because actually, most of us don't! The problem is that we have subconscious negative beliefs about ourselves that we've carried around with us since we were seven or eight years old and these beliefs act as barriers to love. The solution? A deep and personal understanding that we are all created In God's Image.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Andrew

Anne Andrew

Anne Andrew PhD worked over 20 years as the Principal of Temple Sholom Religious School and is currently on the education committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. Anne now focuses on prevention of bullying, addiction, depression, and suicide by teaching parents how... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
R308

12:15pm PST

Youth: Lunch
Lunch time and more!

Sunday January 20, 2019 12:15pm - 12:45pm PST
R201

12:45pm PST

Youth: Jewish Scribal Arts
Practice your Hebrew calligraphy skills with this hands on "safrut" workshop. Learn about the intricacies and beauty of Jewish Scribal arts from the Ketuba to the Mezuzah, and from the texts we use to the mystical secrets hidden within each Hebrew letter. Participants will be able to touch and feel real artifacts and try their hand at writing the holy Hebrew letters with both a standard calligraphy pen and a hand-carved feather pen. Everyone is welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Emlen

Scott Emlen

Rabbi Shimon Emlen is a Jewish educator with a passion for hands-on learning. Both as a teacher in his classroom and in the broader Seattle community, he is known for interactive programs like the Model Matzah Bakery and the Shofar Factory. Rabbi Emlen was raised both in the Northwest... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 12:45pm - 1:30pm PST
R201

1:15pm PST

Lunch
Lunch

Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R301 & R302

1:15pm PST

Music as a Powerful Gateway to Jewish Spirituality
Music is one of the most powerful gateways for connecting to our spiritual nature, our divine source, and our community. While the healing and spiritual powers of music are very real, the process of connecting through prayer and song remains a mystery on many levels. It’s unseen and untouchable, hard to verbalize and become tangible, and is often neglected. Why is it that sometimes we sing and pray and have a magical experience, and other times we don’t? What makes music spiritual? This experiential session will include old texts and teachings about music from Jewish scholars, and draw from 20+ years of experience performing and studying jazz, rock, and improvisational music. We will unpack some of the mystery of how to pray more meaningfully, and how to harmonize both physically and spiritually. The Jewish tradition is steeped in music and mysticism; prepare to dive into the depths with Ari Joshua.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Joshua

Ari Joshua

Ari Joshua studied jazz and contemporary music at the New School (NY) and is the founder and owner of the Music Factory, a Seattle music school that has taught over 3,000 kids and adults. Ari has made music and spirituality a lifelong study. He was Panim Hadashot's Musical Director... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R306

1:15pm PST

Jewish Great Stories
We will sit in circle together to learn about the power of great stories. We will have an indoor storytelling "fire" where we will have the opportunity to listen to an assortment of Jewish great stories that speak to universal human themes. Participants will have the opportunity to share in circle about how the stories speak to them, and we will "feed" the story with our own insights and reflections. A great story is a story that evokes personal reflection. It does not seek to teach a lesson or have a moral; rather, it is a story where all present will interpret the relevance and meaning for themselves in varying ways. Stories shared will come from a variety of Jewish cultural traditions and sources.

Speakers
avatar for Barrie Rein Thunemann

Barrie Rein Thunemann

Birth Professional, Full Moon Birth
Barrie is a certified childbirth educator, birth doula, Birthing From Within Mentor, and former middle school teacher. She started learning about great stories and storytelling as a way to speak to parents about the rite of passage that is parenthood. Along the way she became interested... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R209

1:15pm PST

Chavruta: A Drummer's Bat Mitzvah: Screening and Discussion
Chavruta: A Drummer's Bat Mitzvah is a 15-minute documentary short by Portland filmmaker Jodi Darby. The film follows drummer/writer/environmentalist Lisa Schonberg and musician/writer/Jewish educator Alicia Jo Rabins as the two prepare for Lisa's adult bat mitzvah. Together, they delve into a grassroots, feminist course of study informed by their Pacific Northwest home - exploring the intersections of Torah, performance, and the artist's path, and investigating the ancient Near Eastern roots of women's drumming and spiritual leadership. At its core, Chavruta is a film about everyday spiritual quests: the search for personal, authentic ways to express our Judaism; the importance of continuing to learn and grow as adults; and the power of friendship. This Seattle premiere includes a special Q&A with Alicia and Lisa!

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, musician and Torah teacher. The NY Times calls her voice “gorgeous”; the SF Chronicle calls her writing “a poetry page-turner, both sexy and humble.” She is the author of Divinity School, winner of the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Schonberg

Lisa Schonberg

Lisa Schonberg is a composer, percussionist, field recordist, writer, naturalist, environmental artist, and teacher. She integrates her interests through creative documentation of soundscapes, insects, and habitat to draw attention to endangered species and environmental issues. Lisa’s... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R103

1:15pm PST

Modern Jewish Klezmer Music: From Eastern Europe to America
Come hear and explore Jewish klezmer music from Eastern Europe as it existed around the time of the shetl in Eastern Europe, through its import and arrival into America. Learn how it mixed with American jazz and other music to become something different, which we have come to know as American klezmer music, something different than its roots in Eastern Europe. Come learn and hear about the early masters to the current masters of this wonderful music of ours, and share your own thoughts and reflections as we listen and learn together about the development and progression of Jewish klezmer music in the US, right up through the Klezmer Renaissance that is still going on today!

Speakers
avatar for Jay Krulewitch

Jay Krulewitch

As a longtime Jewish musician, and as a historian and sociologist, Jay Krulewitch studied Jewish music for many years, along with playing it with his main Jewish group, the Klez Katz. He has enjoyed presenting interactive, participatory lectures on the history of Jewish music. It... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R106C

1:15pm PST

The Aesthetics and Politics of Remembrance: Holocaust Memory in the German Capitol
Back from their recent trips to Berlin, Ilana Segal and Tamar Benzikry will take you on an interactive tour of the city’s many and varied sites of Jewish memory, ranging from the monumental "Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe"—an undulating grid of concrete slabs encompassing five-acres in central Berlin—to the ghost-filled halls of the Jüdische Mädchenschule, a former Jewish girls school that is now home to trendy art galleries and restaurants. Using video, image, text, and graphic novel, they will engage you in an exploration of the creation, reception, aesthetics, and after-lives of these public spaces, comparing them to sites of Holocaust remembrance in the United States and internationally.

Speakers
avatar for Tamar Benzikry

Tamar Benzikry

Tamar Benzikry has designed and managed 30+ regional mission-driven art programs and projects including SODO Track, the first mural to commission over 60 artists from 20 countries to explore one theme, transforming the daily commute for 50,000 people. Tamar holds an MA in Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Ilana Segal Robicsek

Ilana Segal Robicsek

Ilana Segal earned her Bachelors degree in Art History from Columbia College and graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University's joint Masters program in Jewish Art & Visual Culture. Ilana has worked as a Judaica advisor to Sotheby's auction house and has... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R206

1:15pm PST

The Heretic, the Cleric and the Maverick: Unlikely Neighbors in Old Amsterdam
Before the Lower East Side of New York, before the Marais district in Paris, even before London's East End, there was Vlooeinberg -- the heart of Amsterdam's Jewish world. And in that quarter, three figures: Menasseh Ben Israel, Baruch Spinoza and Rembrandt Van Rijn. This is the story of how their lives, interwoven by chance, changed the tide of cultural and intellectual history.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein

Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Previously he has been the Director of Re-Imagining Jewish Education Through Art at Yeshiva University Museum, New York, the Executive Director of the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R204

1:15pm PST

New! Holocaust Teaching Kits for Jewish Supplemental Schools
Come explore this new kit for teaching about the Holocaust in Jewish supplemental schools. Connecting history, Jewish values, local survivor testimony, and contemporary issues, this kit contains 10 interactive lessons, each designed for one class period. Lessons can be used independently or in combination. The kit includes artifacts, all supporting materials for the lessons, video testimony, easy-to-follow lesson plans, and optional activities for digging deeper. Great for both teachers who are new to teaching about the Holocaust, and those with more experience. Lessons challenge students to consider how their actions, even small ones, can make a difference in the world. Kits are free to borrow, and participants will have the option to sign up and reserve a kit for their classrooms. Created by the Holocaust Center for Humanity with support from Samis.

Speakers
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Ilana Kennedy

Director of Education at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle, Ilana Cone Kennedy has worked for 15 years to develop and provide teacher trainings, community programs, exhibits, and classroom resources. Ilana is a recipient of the Pamela Waechter award for Jewish Communal... Read More →
avatar for Debra Siroka

Debra Siroka

Debra Siroka, RJE is the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, WA. In her 20-plus years as a Jewish Educator, Debra has served congregations in the Midwest and Northeast, as an Educational Consultant and curriculum writer for the American Jewish Archives... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R208

1:15pm PST

Tips for an Easier Passover
Passover is a lot of work. There is stress about family expectations and religious expectations and it is a lot of work. This session will provide some tips for what you can do to make it easier, both in planning approach and getting it done.

Speakers
avatar for Linda-Jo Greenberg

Linda-Jo Greenberg

Linda-Jo has always been an organizer. Professionally as the Production Stage Manager at Seattle Children's Theatre for 27 years and for the last 7 years as a Department Coordinator at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She applies her skills to all aspects of holiday observances and has... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R205

1:15pm PST

Israel on Campus
On college campuses, there are many narratives about Israel being shared from all aspects of the spectrum. In a world that digests information in 140 characters or less, sound bites convey only a small portion of a greater story. Come dialogue with leaders at Hillel UW and Chabad UW to hear about the current status of Israel on campus, the work that is being done to create civil discourse, and what roles the local Jewish community can play to support all Jewish students on campus.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Benson

Dana Benson

Rabbi Dana Benson received her BA in Communications from Michigan State University and her Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. While at HUC-JIR, she worked with high school and college students and taught at Kulanu: The Cincinnati... Read More →
avatar for Amee Sherer

Amee Sherer

Amee Huppin Sherer has been a Jewish Educator in the Seattle area for over 25 years. She has taught almost every age group from first grade to adults, and most recently was on the faculty at the Seattle Jewish Community School for thirteen years. She has her BA in Jewish Studies and... Read More →
avatar for Mendel Weingarten

Mendel Weingarten

Born and raised into the fabric of Chabad's famous attitude of loving every Jew Rabbi Mendel Weingarten is the son of Chabad Shluchim (emissaries) in Flint Michigan. Together with his wife Miriam, Mendel directs the Chabad House at the University Of Washington where they bring the... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R110

1:15pm PST

Results Over Rhetoric: Bringing the Left, Right and Center Together to Keep Israel Safe
Israel is facing unprecedented challenges within a dangerous and volatile region. This interactive session will provide an overview of the current state of the region including each neighboring country’s relationship with Israel, and a brief summary of the recent history of the US-Israel relationship. We will explore effective, bipartisan strategies for keeping the Jewish state safe regardless of one’s political affiliation or outlook.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Rosen

Wendy Rosen

Wendy Rosen is the AIPAC Director in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, responsible for all AIPAC programs, events and activities in the area. Before joining AIPAC, Wendy was the Seattle Regional Director of American Jewish Committee, fostering relationships between the Seattle Jewish... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R210

1:15pm PST

Making Your Home Playful and Joyful: Using Play, Toys, Games and Creativity in Building a Jewish Family and Joyful Traditions
The American Academy of Pediatrics' report The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children explains how and why playing with parents and peers helps build thriving brains, bodies, and social bonds. Play not only improves children’s abilities to plan, organize, get along with others, and regulate emotions; it helps with language, math, social skills, and even stress management. Join early childhood experts for a hands-on, playful, creative workshop about using play to help build your family’s Jewish practice and your children’s Jewish identity. In addition to having a fun time and meeting other parents of young kids, you’ll leave with a long list of ideas for purposeful play with your family.

Speakers
avatar for Turhan Karabey

Turhan Karabey

Assistant Center Director, Jewish Council for Youth Services
After teaching at JCYS’s Lakeview center for 11 years, Turhan joined the leadership team at JCYS Wicker Park and played an integral role in opening the center in August 2016. Turhan passionately believes in a Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum based on cooperative, play-based... Read More →
avatar for Jenna Turner

Jenna Turner

Consultant/Partner, Paradigm Project
Jenna Turner’s passion for the field began when she graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education and a specialization in early childhood education.  She spent her first two years in a campus-based program.  She then moved back to the Chicagoland area... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R309

1:15pm PST

Textual and Social Activism in the Works of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev
An early Hassidic rabbi seems an unlikely place to look for inspiration for today's social change maker. Through traditionally radical textual interpretation -- textual activism -- R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev read an activist Torah, one that authorized him and his contemporaries to take bold action to build the religious movement of Hasidut. His textual activism and social agenda provide opportunities for us to understand traditional Jewish interpretation as an important tool for social transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Weisman

Josh Weisman

Rabbi Josh Weisman was recently ordained by the pluralistic Rabbinic School of Hebrew College, in Newton, Massachusetts. While there, he studied extensively with Rabbi Dr. Arthur Green, a leading scholar of Jewish mysticism and the early Hasidic masters. For twelve years, prior to... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R203

1:15pm PST

A Taste of Talmud: The Page, the People, the Pursuit
Want to join in on the 2,000-year-old conversation that takes place on each page of the Talmud? Ever wonder what the different parts of the page mean and who wrote them? Learn about Rashi, Tosephot, Rabeinu Chananel and others whose commentary surround the central text of the Talmud. Shlomo Goldberg will describe the layout of the page and the contributors to the conversation. We will look at the page of Talmud and decipher its parts and also discuss some alternatives that arose over the last hundred years. Participants will study a Sugya (section of Talmud) in chavruta (with a partner) before coming together as a group to join the ancient conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Goldberg

Sheldon Goldberg

Shlomo Goldberg is a Brooklyn native, who moved to Seattle some 30 years ago. He is a physician practicing in hematology and oncology at Swedish Hospital. He teaches daf yomi (Talmud – page of the day) at Minyan Ohr Chadash on Shabbat afternoons – in both Yiddish and English... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R101

1:15pm PST

Gender and the Non-binary in Torah and Kabbalah
Engaging with Torah, Jewish mystical texts, our own experience, and queer theory, this workshop will examine gender nonconforming and non-binary imagery in Jewish sacred thought. Some of the most obvious interpretations of Kabbalah involve problematic gender archetypes. Not only gender, but binaries of all sorts are reified in much of the popular imagery—the transcendent divine is associated with the male aspect of divinity, situated above the female/immanent aspect.
However, our tradition actually contains many diverse images for the divine interplay. We will explore how aspects of the divine flow, and stories of our biblical ancestors, express shifting genders, gender roles, and orientations in a rich interplay to create life, nourish the world, and bring redemption.

Speakers
avatar for Fern Feldman

Fern Feldman

Rabbi Fern Feldman is a teacher, spiritual director, and prayer/ritual leader interested in sacred dark in Jewish tradition, and non-dual approaches to gender in Kabbalah. She was ordained by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, has degrees in nursing and French literature, and is... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R102

1:15pm PST

3 Questions that Map the Journey to Your Soul
Questions can alter the way you think about the world, the way you relate to someone, and the way you engage. This session explores three questions posed in the Torah that have the capacity to change our lives. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of themselves and those around them. You will experience how the sharing of joy and pain with one another creates the potential for building new lifelong relationships.

Speakers
avatar for Shep Rosenman

Shep Rosenman

Shep Rosenman is an entertainment lawyer for talent, a musician and songwriter, an avid student and teacher about Jewish prayer, Bible, song-writing, community-building and respectful conversation. He posted 54Mosaics, which explores questions raised in the Torah through songwriting... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
R106B

1:30pm PST

Youth: Snack / Break Activities
We take a break for snacks and one of these fun activities: PJ Library books, gematria challenges, Jewish Spot-It, Jewish Apples to Apples, cool Jewish coloring pages, word searches, and more!

Sunday January 20, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm PST
R201

1:45pm PST

Youth: Waterville or Desertville: Why Does the Torah Tell Two Different Creation Stories? (Ages 9-12 + Parents too!)
This session is for learners who are nine years old and up, together with their parents and/or significant adults. Together we will look at the wild, wonderful mystery at the very beginning of our Torah. Chapters 1 and 2 tell us TWO completely contradictory stories. Why? Perhaps the answer can be found in finding the right question!

Speakers
avatar for Ruz Gulko

Ruz Gulko

Rabbi/Cantor/Educator, Gan Argaman
Rabbi Ruz has worked with many Jewish educational and religious institutions in greater Seattle since 1984, teaching Judaic studies, Hebrew, and leading prayer services, particularly at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue and at Herzl-Ner Tamid Congregation. Ruz also trains teachers... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm PST
R201

1:45pm PST

Youth: Yoga for Kids (Ages 7-9)
We take a break for snacks and one of these fun activities: PJ Library books, gematria challenges, Jewish Spot-It, Jewish Apples to Apples, cool Jewish coloring pages, word searches, and more!

Sunday January 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm PST
R202

2:30pm PST

Youth: Snack / Break Activities
We take a break for snacks and one of these fun activities: PJ Library books, gematria challenges, Jewish Spot-It, Jewish Apples to Apples, cool Jewish coloring pages, word searches, and more!

Sunday January 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm PST
R201

2:45pm PST

Jewish Creativity: Torah Tree, Poetry and Bird Song
Why are there so many Jewish Nobel Prize winners? Much of both scientific and Jewish practices follow proven recipes for success, and both progress through enlightened creativity. This session will expose you to the nuts and bolts of the creative process, through first hand experiences of Dr. Ken Shiovitz. You will gain insights into your own creative potential and become aware of some of the guiding principles of creative accomplishment. Do not expect that you or Ken will win a Nobel, or that your future will be any less aggravating, but you should emerge with expanded awareness. At the very least you will begin to know what the birds are saying, and how to look for ways to contribute creatively to both Judaism and the secular world.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Shiovitz

Ken Shiovitz

Ken Shiovitz has a PhD in animal behavior, birdsong, from Wayne State, and 2 years of postdoc studies at McGill. His lifelong interest in behavior includes regular Torah study, meditation, and poetry. His recent poetry book, Rules of the Universe, documents insights toward belief... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R209

2:45pm PST

Drumming, Women and Judaism
In this hands-on session led by drummer/composer/environmental artist Lisa Schonberg, you’ll learn the basics of how to play the drum set and much more. Drumming has historically been a woman's pursuit, and it is only in recent history that mainstream society has tried to make it seem otherwise. In the spirit of Miriam, who led drumming Jewish women after crossing the Red Sea, Lisa is excited to share her skills in order to carry on this important tradition. Lisa is the author of the instruction book The DIY Guide to Drums, and her teaching style makes drumming accessible and non-intimidating. In this workshop you will learn how to hold and use drumsticks, play basic warm-up rudiments, and learn a basic three-part beat, interspersed with information related to Jewish tradition, women and drumming! (All are welcome)

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Schonberg

Lisa Schonberg

Lisa Schonberg is a composer, percussionist, field recordist, writer, naturalist, environmental artist, and teacher. She integrates her interests through creative documentation of soundscapes, insects, and habitat to draw attention to endangered species and environmental issues. Lisa’s... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R306

2:45pm PST

Modern Day Immigration Insights from Sarah, Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael
In Genesis 21, Sarah demands that the Egyptian Hagar and Ishmael be expelled. Sarah turns to Abraham to make it happen. God gets involved communicating with Abraham, hearing Ishmael's cries and calling out to Hagar. This session will be a deep reading of Genesis 21:9-21 (and a few rabbinic interpretations on these verses) to see what insights we can learn about the Torah's message about treating immigrants, the impulse to expel that which threatens us and the process of dehumanizing. The Torah text has some powerful lessons about immigration and deportation, full of relevance for today's debates.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Borodin

Jill Borodin

Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom
Jill Borodin is the senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in the north end of Seattle. She has been in Seattle since 2005 and is a native of Toronto, Canada and loves text study, art, creativity and being outdoors. Jill Borodin is passionate about the issue of immigration and the... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R203

2:45pm PST

Chassidut and Modernity
This presentation will examine the historical context within which Chassidut developed and explore how it has developed over time. We will then discuss how the ideas that propelled Chassidut into being are still relevant to the Modern Jew. Let's discuss how to bring concepts such as joy, ahavat yisroel, mysticism and an emphasis on spirituality can enrich our daily lives.

Speakers
avatar for Yechezkel Kornfeld

Yechezkel Kornfeld

Rabbi Kornfeld moved to Seattle in 1975 as a shliach (emessary) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (of blessed memory). He has served as the Rabbi of Island Synagogue- Kehillat Shevet Achim in Mercer Island- for about two decades. He was also a campus rabbi at UW and has taught at Hebrew High... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R103

2:45pm PST

What's Jewish about Saving the World? Why and How to Weave Faith-Based Practices Into Your Environmentalism and Vice Versa
We are living in a time of tremendous urgency and opportunity - a time calling for rapid social transformation with respect to our relationship with the Earth. How can Judaism help achieve that? Our faith teaches that limits and boundaries protect the sacred. It offers opportunities for community-wide reflection and celebration. And it brings us together into groups whose express purpose is to be counter-cultural, asserting our own values in place of those received from the broader society. Its reach extends across national boundaries, and from generation to generation. It is meant to preserve us as "a people," and possibly "as people." In this session, we will look at the practices our tradition offers that can shape our lives toward harmony with Creation. You will come away with concrete goals for forming a group within your community or friendship circle to adopt these practices and make them real by living them. We need this perspective urgently if we are to confront the deep challenge of passing down the world we have been blessed to inherit to even one more generation.

Speakers
avatar for Deirdre Gabbay

Deirdre Gabbay

Director, Shmita Project Northwest
Deirdre Gabbay is the founder and director of the Shmita Project Northwest. She is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, and a member of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light's board of directors. She founded Ahavat v’Avodat HaAdamah, “Love and Service... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R208

2:45pm PST

Yiddish Lebt! (Yiddish Is Alive!)
Yiddish is alive and thriving in many different communities around the world. In addition to being the language of choice in Hasidic circles, Yiddish is being taught worldwide by organizations like the Workmen’s Circle (both online and in person), in universities and synagogues, and at festivals like KlezKanada, Yiddish New York, and Yiddish Summer Weimar. Yiddish is being used by many younger Jewish artists as a form of resistance, and the Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof” in NYC has been wildly popular. The Yiddish Book Center's new textbook, “In Eynem” ("as one"), uses a communicative approach to learning to reflect the vibrancy of the language rather than relying on native speakers for transmission or singling out the Holocaust and Israel for special treatment. We will look at the current status of Yiddish, review previous pedagogical techniques, and participate in activities from the new textbook.

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Tatom

Marianne Tatom

Marianne Tatom is a passionate Yiddishist who has taught language classes at Congregation Beth Shalom and Seattle Central College. She was a 2018–2019 Yiddish Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center, helping field-test the forthcoming Yiddish textbook (In Eynem), and is now a... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R206

2:45pm PST

The Hidden Joys of Researching a Holocaust Legacy
It began as a book project about my husband’s parents, Sam and Esther Goldberg, who escaped the Holocaust and arrived, penniless, on the shores of this country. Their stories of survival against all odds, both before and after they met in Poland in 1943, had always fascinated and inspired me: Sam was one of about 65 people to survive Treblinka; Esther evaded Nazi death squads twice. What I never expected was the people, the relationships and, indeed, the joys my family and I would discover in traveling back to uncover what really happened in those dark days. Come and be inspired by Sam and Esther’s story and how, with a bit of chutzpa, we can discover new things about our families and ourselves.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Treiger

Karen Treiger

A Seattle native and a lawyer, Karen Treiger retired from her practice to research and write a book about her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. She graduated in 1988 from New York University Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Law Review. Her work experience ranges... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R101

2:45pm PST

Israel’s Challenges from Within: Addressing the Fissures and Building Social Cohesion
Israeli society is comprised of many different “tribes”—Arab, Haredi, orthodox, and secular. The divisions between these communities are exacerbated by Israel’s divided school system and its changing demographic composition. We will discuss the challenges of building social cohesion, encouraging pluralistic expressions of Jewish belief and practice, and breaking down ethnic and religious barriers.

Speakers
avatar for Laurence Wolff

Laurence Wolff

Laurence Wolff is a senior editor at Moment Magazine, which offers perspectives on the political, cultural and social issues facing Jewish communities in the U.S. and Israel. He worked for many years at the World Bank and as a consultant for international and bilateral agencies on... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R110

2:45pm PST

Non-Jewish Migrants in a Jewish State: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrant Workers and their Children
Over the last 20 years, the issue of migration – and particularly the situation of African asylum seekers in Israel – has become much higher on the public agenda in Israel. This session will provide an overview of non-Jewish migration, including refugees and asylum seekers, labor migrants, and children of migrant workers. We will discuss the legal, social and policy context which shapes these migrants’ lives and the dilemmas they raise for a Jewish state.

Speakers
avatar for Yikealo Beyene

Yikealo Beyene

Originally from Eritrea, Yikealo Beyene was a refugee in Israel for eight years. He spent about two years in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. While in the camp, Yikealo translated the diary of Anne Frank, but he lost the manuscript along the journey to Israel. He is working to complete... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Richlen

Lisa Richlen

Lisa Richlen has worked for 15 years in social change and human rights in Israel, including on migration. She volunteered with HIAS Refugee Trust Kenya, coordinated the Faces of Exile project through HIAS’s Tel Aviv office, and participated in Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre International... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R210

2:45pm PST

Marriage and Love
Rabbi Mordechai and Rochie Farkash will present an engaging lecture on the legalities of the Chuppah and Marriage Ceremony and then transform the detailed legal requirments to a guide on how to find joy and fulfillment in the union of marriage.

Speakers
avatar for Mordechai Farkash

Mordechai Farkash

Rabbi Mordechai Farkash is founder and lead Rabbi of the Eastside Torah Center in Bellevue WA. He wrote "Seder Kidushin V'Nesuin" The Order of Bethrothal and Marriage , a book that is used around the world by hundreds of Rabbis conducting marriage ceremonies under the Huppah. Rabbi... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Farkash

Rachel Farkash

Rochie Farkash is the Co-Founder of the Eastside Torah Center. She is the Educational Director of the Chabad Hebrew School and lectures for women on multiple topics in Judaism, including finding joy and fulfillment in life.


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R205

2:45pm PST

Bar and Bat Mitzvah: Many Paths to a Meaningful Rite of Passage
Rites of passage are few and far between in our culture, which makes a bar or bat mitzvah a unique cultural opportunity as well as a religious one. While you may have an idea of the “typical” bar or bat mitzvah ceremony and celebration, there are MANY paths that look quite different depending on your family, child, and goals. This session will help you imagine what’s possible, clarify what’s important for your family, and learn from the stories of families who have successfully navigated that process, including those who don’t believe in G-d, are dyslexic, are artists, or didn’t want a rite of passage in a big social setting.

Moderators
avatar for Lisa Colton

Lisa Colton

Lisa Colton is a strategy and communications consultant working with nonprofits, social causes and small businesses. She works extensively in the Jewish community, as well as personally being involved with the Kavana Cooperative and Temple Beth Am. She has successfully navigated one... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sharon London

Sharon London

Sharon London is a board member of the Kavana Cooperative and a Regional Director of Philanthropy for the National Wildlife Federation. She's spent most of her career working for environmental nonprofits, including 4.5 years in SE Asia, both as Peace Corps volunteer and working for... Read More →
avatar for Scott Porad

Scott Porad

Scott Porad lives on Mercer Island with his wife Lisa and their kids Ari and Asher, ages 16 and 13.  He is a fourth-generation Seattleite who grew up at Temple De Hirsch Sinai and was among the founding families of the Kavana Cooperative.  Professionally, Scott is the Chief Technology... Read More →
avatar for Michael Sarko

Michael Sarko

Michael Sarko is an independent religious educator and consultant who has taught in a wide variety of Jewish educational settings in the greater Seattle area. He currently provides tutoring, Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation support, and Hebrew studies services.


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R309

2:45pm PST

A New Hasidism: Roots and Branches
This session will explore some of the founding figures of Neo-Hasidism, an approach to Jewish religious life that seeks to learn from the deep spiritual insights of the Hasidic masters and apply them to the lives of men and women who live as full participants in contemporary culture. Writers such as Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Buber, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and Hillel Zeitlin believed that the truths of Hasidism – the presence of God everywhere and always, the possibility of finding the magnificent within the everyday, the call to do all things with love and joy, the uplifting of all of life to become a vehicle of God’s service – can be of great value to Jews and others who choose not to live within the strictly bounded world of today’s Hasidic community. Come consider how Hasidism, a great popular Jewish revival movement of the 18th century, may offer important tools for the renewal of this ancient tradition in our own day as well.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Evan Mayse

Ariel Evan Mayse

Rabbi Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. He holds a PhD in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el. His research examines the role of... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R106C

2:45pm PST

Halacha of the Future
As we now have more Jews living in Eretz Yisrael under self-sovereignty, than anywhere else in the world (recently passed US, rapidly approaching the balance point of the majority of the world’s Jews living there), the nature and goals of Halacha, Jewish Practice, inevitably must change from the circle-the-wagons, defensive/survival mode, to steps that will lead to the ultimate perfection of the world, fulfilling our purpose in Creation.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Zeitlin

Harry Zeitlin

Rabbi Zeitlin first fell in love with Gemara as a Denver sixth grader studying with Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld (“Talmud for Beginners”). Rabbi Z has taught Torah, Tanach, Talmud, and Kabbalah to all ages, levels, and denominations. He specializes in adults with no previous experience... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R308

2:45pm PST

How'd This Get Canonized? A Synthesis of Biblical Text, Mythology, and Meta-Halacha in Sukkah 5b
While the Talmud serves as the basis of traditional Jewish law, its pages are replete with diversions and tangents, sometimes fantastical and sometimes super-technical. Later codes of law edited many of these details out in favor of a more linear and apparently logical presentation of Jewish law. These talmudic "digressions," however, remain crucial to our understanding of the basis for halachah and its philisophical underpinnings. In this session, we will examine one such "digression" in the first chapter of the Tractate Succah and analyze the significance of its structure to our understanding of Jewish law.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Popper

Daniel Popper

Danny Popper arrived in Seattle five years ago for technological pursuits, but has been an active member in multiple congregations, leading both text studies and services. He is proud to be married to Malka Adatto Popper, a lifelong educator currently serving as the Assistant Head... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R102

2:45pm PST

A Talmudic Witch-Hunt: Trans-ing the Boundaries of Identity, Magic, & Power
The session engages in a close literary reading of a captivating Talmudic narrative (BT Gittin 45a). Particular attention will be given to the power dynamics within rabbinic culture: how authority is consolidated by drawing boundaries that delimit an inside and an outside, an "us and a them." We will consider how this story, which is set on the margins of rabbinic society, unsettles, even suspends the established societal order. Indeed, it problematizes much of what we know about how the Talmud conceives of gender and sexual identity, knowledge and elite authority. Listening to the voices and counter-voices within this Talmudic tale will enable a broader, philosophically-informed, and relevant conversation about structural power and the prospects of its disruption.

Speakers
avatar for Gilah Kletenik

Gilah Kletenik

Gilah Kletenik is an academic, Jewish educator, and rabbi. She is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University where she focuses on philosophy and Jewish thought. Gilah was featured as a young leader re-imagining Jewish life in The Jewish Week’s “36... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R204

2:45pm PST

How Happiness Thinks
How Happiness Thinks' is much more than a tool to boost your happiness. It is an exciting journey into your own mind and psyche. Drawing on classical Jewish and mystical teachings, this session will present you with a deeper understanding of yourself, and help you flourish by suggesting practical advice which, when implemented, will radically enhance the happiness quotient of your life. We will explore the barriers to joy and discover how spirituality and meaning can help you take your happiness to greater heights. You'll also learn how the science of positive psychology is now corroborating what Judaism has always known about what makes us happy.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky

Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky

Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky is executive director of the Friendship Circle of Washington, a local nonprofit that supports children with special needs and their families. He teaches for the Jewish Learning Institute and hosts the only Jewish radio program in the area, Schmooze Radio, on... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R106B

3:00pm PST

Youth: The Music Factory at Limmud: Enjoy Singing and Learn the Basic Building Blocks of Music, Harmony and Rhythm
This session will engage us in Jewish culture and tradition through song. We will learn to sing and teach several songs, and will learn in a way that appeals to young people, parents, grandparents, educators, and mentors alike. If you have little knowledge of how music works or just love to sing, this is a good class for you!

Speakers
avatar for Ari Joshua

Ari Joshua

Ari Joshua studied jazz and contemporary music at the New School (NY) and is the founder and owner of the Music Factory, a Seattle music school that has taught over 3,000 kids and adults. Ari has made music and spirituality a lifelong study. He was Panim Hadashot's Musical Director... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm PST
R201

3:45pm PST

Youth: Closing Activity
We end the day with a special closing activity!

Sunday January 20, 2019 3:45pm - 4:00pm PST
R201

4:00pm PST

Mincha Service - Egalitarian Minyan
Mincha services have been independently organized.

Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm PST
R305

4:00pm PST

Mincha Service - Traditional Minyan
Mincha services have been independently organized.

Sunday January 20, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm PST
R311

4:15pm PST

Singing the New Jewish Songbook
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and Chava Mirel formed the Seattle Farbrangen, a Shabbat Singing Circle that meets monthly to sing new Jewish melodies composed by a new generation of Jewish songwriters, Joey Weisenberg, Nava Tehila, Epichorus, Hillel Tigay, and others. Come experience at Limmud the joy of Jewish group singing, harmonizing, and getting goosebumps from this beautiful new Jewish music.

Speakers
avatar for Dov Gartenberg

Dov Gartenberg

Convener, Panim Hadashot
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg is the Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot—New Faces. Rabbi Dov has been practicing Shabbat and Jewish hospitality from his college days. He loves to convene people to experience Shabbat joy, singing together, learning together, and improving the world... Read More →
avatar for Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel

Artist-in-residence
Chava Mirel is a unique being in the world of music and spirit, defying classifications of style or genre. A multi-award winning musician and composer whose voice was recently featured on a Grammy award-winning album, Chava is highly sought-after for collaborations and recordings... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R306

4:15pm PST

Make Your Own Challah!
Have you always wanted to learn how to make your own delicious fluffy challah, warm out of the oven? Come channel your inner bubbie! This fun session will combine a mix of hands-on and demonstration to make your own mini-challah. We will learn how to mix, knead, and braid the dough, and you can take your loaf to bake at home. We will learn 3, 4, 6-strand braiding patterns and round loaves for Rosh Hashanah. You will also gain strategies how to fit bread-baking around your schedule. The hands-on part of the session is limited to the first 24 participants.

Speakers
avatar for Masha Shtern

Masha Shtern

Masha Shtern is a Russian-speaking gal who has called Seattle home since 1994. She was a founding member of Moishe House Seattle (2008-2012) and is a volunteer on the marketing committee of Limmud Seattle. When she isn’t working for Seattle Parks and Recreation, she can be found... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R208

4:15pm PST

Jewish Art Jumping Off The Page
From small objects to an entire campus and with pottery, furniture, buildings, installations and educational programing in-between, David Moss will demonstrate how his artistic formula of attention, research, imagination and craft expand the notion of what Jewish art can mean.

Speakers
avatar for David Moss

David Moss

co-founder, Kol HaOt in Jerusalem and The Teachers Institute for the Arts
David Moss is a renowned Judaic artist who began his career by reviving the art of the illuminated Ketubah. He is most famous for the Moss Haggadah originally created as an unique private commission that took three years to complete. With Noah Greenberg he created the exquisitely... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R103

4:15pm PST

Limmud Leadership - Is This For You?
So, you're a Limmud volunteer (we all are!) - but the big question is, what's next? Would being a Team lead be for you? Would chairing a festival be exciting? And then what? Join Limmud Seattle Co-Chairs, Cara Abrams-Simonton and Robert Hovden in exploring being a Limmud planning team volunteer, a festival co-chair, and what could happen next on your Limmud journey.

Speakers
avatar for Cara Abrams-Simonton

Cara Abrams-Simonton

Cara Abrams-Simonton, a Northwest native, moved to Seattle in August 2016 after living in Jerusalem, San Francisco, and Manhattan. She is a Jewish educator who received her master’s of Jewish Education through the Pardes Educators Program. Cara currently works as the Director of... Read More →
avatar for Robert Hovden

Robert Hovden

Robert has been in Seattle since 1988. He grew up in Hawaii and California and still has an extensive collection of Hawaiian shirts. He has had the privilege of leading his synagogue's award-winning Mitzvah Corps program which provides families support during their times of need... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R204

4:15pm PST

LGBT Jewish History - a Brief and Highly Biased Account
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Leslie Feinberg, Mesha Irizzary and Aurora Levins Morales - through watching videos and lecture we will learn about the work these historical figures contributed to intersectional justice movements including the LGBT movement, Middle East peace movements, police accountability movements and labor struggles.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Finkelstein

Naomi Finkelstein

Naomi Finkelstein is a Hedgebrook alumnus and a published writer. She has been an anti-poverty, disability, and LGBT activist for 40 years and is a former member of both ACT UP and the Lesbian Avengers. She has also been active in Adapt, a disability rights organization, and the Poor... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R203

4:15pm PST

Reading Jewish Women: Modernization as Opportunity - A SpeakChorus
When a group is excluded from official realms and relegated to the domestic sphere, they essentially are ignored. The women in Eastern European shtetls had the freedom to think, discuss, and read amongst themselves and finally get to a place of moving into modernity almost clandestinely while the men were unaware and oblivious. The influence of this reading on women manifested in a wide set of changed behaviors including girls refusing marriage to rabbinic scholars, secret alliances forged to promote secular education, heretical tendencies, girls running away from home to seek an education, and joining revolutionary movements.
SpeakChorus, a spoken word cantata in the style of a Greek chorus, embodies this relatively unknown phenomenon of our history. Using poetry, midrash and song, we will explore the paradox that marginalization led to greater freedom, growth, and societal transformation. Participants will also have the opportunity to tell their own stories as well as those of their mothers and grandmothers.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Shamash

Susan Shamash

Rabbi
Rabbi Susan Shamash embraces contemporary egalitarian Judaism as a profound spiritual practice, reaching beyond religious boundaries and institutional structures. She serves interfaith families and unaffiliated Jews in metropolitan Vancouver, BC. Susan had a long and fulfilling administrative... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R209

4:15pm PST

From Yizkor Book to Facebook and Screens to Genes: 25 Ways to Find your Family Story
No one is ordinary. Every person has a unique story to tell. It is by finding and telling our own family stories that we figure out who we are and where we come from. Our personal stories take us inside history, values, identity, meaning--and Torah. In this genealogy workshop, we will explore methods, tools and resources that we can use to research, preserve, and share our stories. Easy access to DNA testing is the newest addition to the growing sources of genealogical information. This session will conclude with Jeff Schwartz discussing several DNA testing services used by those seeking to discover family and family stories.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz recently retired from the University of Washington, where he was a professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology for over 20 years. Dr. Schwartz taught residents about the biology underlying their radiotherapy procedures and he also ran a laboratory where he studied... Read More →
avatar for Carol Starin

Carol Starin

Carol Oseran Starin is a Seattle native with 50 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings. The author of Let Me Count the Ways: Practical Innovations for Jewish Teachers (Volumes I and II), she talks endlessly about genealogical research to anyone who will listen.


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R206

4:15pm PST

Judaism Decoded
Judaism Decoded sheds light on the mysteries surrounding biblical interpretation. How do we know our interpretation is true? If it is true, why is it subject to differences of opinion? And with so many interpretations to choose from, how do we know which one reflects its original intent? Discover the sheer elegance of the "source code" on which Torah law is built; enjoy the razor-sharp reasoning, intelligent debate, and compelling arguments of the Talmudic dialectic; and get a fascinating, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the most intellectually sophisticated religion in existence.

Speakers
avatar for Nissan Kornfeld

Nissan Kornfeld

Rabbi Nissan Kornfeld is the Executive Director of Chabad Mercer Island & Judaics Teacher at the Northwest Yeshiva High School. He received his Rabbinical Ordination and Bachelors of Jewish studies from Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, New Jersey. Before moving back to... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R308

4:15pm PST

A 115 Year Old Siddur and so Much More
A century ago, an extraordinary prayerbook was published in Belgrade by Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Chai Altaras. It presents Levantine, Sephardic prayers and practices for daily and Sabbath services and many lifecycle and calendar events, with a partial translation, commentary and instruction in Ladino, including tributes from community leaders, a history of the Belgrade Jewish community, and essays on
Zionism, Serbian national pride, and the role of women in Jewish life.

Speakers
avatar for Albert S Maimon

Albert S Maimon

Al Maimon was born and raised in Seattle, into the Sephardic community. He has been active in the larger Jewish community in many ways here, in New York, Israel, and elsewhere. His Jewish education, formal and informal, encompasses many aspects of Judaism, Jewish history, traditions... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R106B

4:15pm PST

The One Thing You Can Never Lose: Your Unique Relationship with G-d
A hospice chaplain/rabbi shares texts, discussion, reflections and meditative niggunim relating to Jewish paths to seeking and deepening your unique relationship to your Creator!

Speakers
avatar for Avram (Avi) Rosenfeld

Avram (Avi) Rosenfeld

Avi Rosenfeld grew up as a secular Western wandering Jew. His first trip to Israel at age 20 and subsequent time spent living in Israel and learning in Israeli yeshivot helped begin his evolving path into Torah, G-d, and Israel. Avi’s work as a hospice chaplain continues to inspire... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R205

4:15pm PST

Gamify Your Passover Seder
In this session you'll learn about engaging children, teenagers, and adults with games in your next Seder. We’ll cover Seder tested ideas such as the prize shuk, plague dice, TorahLine game, Crossing the Sea game, and Matzah-Maror-Pesach game. We’ll get hands on with some of the gaming ideas to ensure this year’s Seder is the best yet. At the end we'll raffle off a copy of the TorahLine game.

Speakers
avatar for Chesley Akiva Coughlin

Chesley Akiva Coughlin

Akiva is an Amazon veteran with more than 20 years of experience leading multiple teams of engineers to build consumer, business, and technical products and services. Akiva grew up playing games with his family and friends. He’s authored several games and one children’s book... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R202

4:15pm PST

The Settlements Debate
Israeli settlements in the West Bank—or, to their supporters, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria—are controversial and often misunderstood. This session will explore the competing claims to the land and the different opinions on where Jews should or should not be allowed to build and live. Without advocating for any specific view or promoting a specific resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, we will take a “deep dive” into the settlement issue.

Speakers
avatar for Nevet Basker

Nevet Basker

Nevet Basker is an independent educator, public speaker, writer, and policy adviser specializing in modern-day Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Born and raised in Israel, she is the founder and director of Broader View, an Israel Resource Center. Nevet’s approach is... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R210

4:15pm PST

How Reframing the Israel-Diaspora Relationship Could Spark Global Jewish Transformation
Many Israelis see Judaism as primarily a tool to preserve Diaspora Jewish identity, and of secondary importance in the Jewish State. But, some Zionist thinkers imagine the future of Israel as the center of world Jewish civilization, deeply rooted in Jewish values and practices. Is Israeli Judaism forever fated to swing between radical secularism and ultra-Orthodoxy? We will explore how re-framing the Israel-Diaspora conversation around Jewish values could transform Israel, world Jewry and Judaism itself.

Moderators
avatar for Jill Borodin

Jill Borodin

Rabbi, Congregation Beth Shalom
Jill Borodin is the senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in the north end of Seattle. She has been in Seattle since 2005 and is a native of Toronto, Canada and loves text study, art, creativity and being outdoors. Jill Borodin is passionate about the issue of immigration and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Feld

Jason Feld

Administrator, Northwest Yeshiva High School
Jason Feld is Head of School at the Northwest Yeshiva High School since 2017. Before moving to Seattle, he worked for 12 years at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, most recently as the Dean of Students. Jason is known for his cutting-edge pedagogy and for creating a nationally... Read More →
avatar for Ariel Lapson

Ariel Lapson

Ariel Lapson is the Israel and World Jewry Program Manager at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Prior to moving to Seattle in January 2018, she was the Assistant Director of Israel at the Jewish United Fund in Chicago. She holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University... Read More →
avatar for Jay Rosenbaum

Jay Rosenbaum

Jay Rosenbaum is in his sixteenth year as senior rabbi at Herzl-Ner Tamid. He has a passion for baseball, movies, and intergroup relations. The Muslim-Jewish dialogue group he established at HNT is now in its sixth year. This fall, he led a six-session civil discourse series on immigration... Read More →
avatar for Laurence Wolff

Laurence Wolff

Laurence Wolff is a senior editor at Moment Magazine, which offers perspectives on the political, cultural and social issues facing Jewish communities in the U.S. and Israel. He worked for many years at the World Bank and as a consultant for international and bilateral agencies on... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R110

4:15pm PST

Transmitting Values and Building Identity Through Storytelling
How can you build up your children’s identity and understanding of their family history and family values through storytelling? Learn about the importance of storytelling, and how to tell stories intentionally and effectively! Parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who wants to perfect their cocktail party storytelling will love this workshop. We’ll also share resources on writing a family history, interviewing your parents (or grand- or great-grand-parents) to document their stories.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau is a nonprofit strategy and communications consultant, who loves to teach people how to tell impactful stories. She’s a mom of 2 boys, and the producer of a podcast on Jewish demonology called “Throwing Sheyd”.  Miriam comes to us from Chicago.
avatar for David Raphael

David Raphael

David Raphael is the co-founder of the Jewish Grandparents Network, which has conducted the first major study of this generation of Jewish grandparenting in the US. He previously was the executive director of Boston University Hillel and worked at the Hillel International Center... Read More →
avatar for Elana Zaiman

Elana Zaiman

Elana Zaiman is a rabbi who was the chaplain for elders at The Kline Galland Home, and continues in this role at The Summit at First Hill.  She is also an adjunct faculty member with the Harborview Clinical Pastoral Education program at Harborview Medical Center and an Institute... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R309

4:15pm PST

Dr. King and the Jews
Why do we celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a national holiday? We will revisit tales of his life & cause, along with accounts of the rabbis, attorneys & Jewish communities who supported, advised & marched in the streets with him [Rabbi Heschel foremost]. Dr. King was far more radical & impatient than the placid image of him we see today. We will also study the Biblical models for his civil disobedience, Shifra & Puah.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Wolf

Jon Wolf

Community organizer & adult Jewish educator, YASHAR: the institute for Jewish Activism
Jonathan Wolf was a founder of CAJE and is executive director of YASHAR, the Institute for Jewish Activism. He served as chair of Orthodox Jews for Obama, as Social Policy Director of the Synagogue Council of America, and as Jewish community liaison to Cesar Chavez and the United... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R106C

4:15pm PST

Spinoza’s Theology: Crypto-Atheism or Ultra-Theism?
Spinoza- a 17th century dutch Jewish philosopher - has been accused of being both a radical atheist and 'God-intoxicated' Was Spinoza one of the first truly modern Jewish theologians? Or was he merely sugar-coating his atheism? In this session, we will engage in close readings of some key passages from Spinoza's philosophical writings on God and gain a deeper understanding of the controversial but highly influential philosopher.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Marshall

Colin Marshall

Dr. Colin Marshall is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. Born in New Mexico, he received his BA from Reed College and attended NYU for graduate school. While in New York, he became intrigued by Spinoza. After meeting his partner, Naomi, he converted... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R101

4:15pm PST

What Makes a Decent Person? Exploring the Rabbis' Imagination of Basic Morality
The rabbis imagine that the basic minimum of human decency is to adhere to the seven Noahide laws, given by God after the flood.  But they disagree on what those seven laws actually are, and only a few of them are made explicit in the Noah story in the Torah!  Together, we will dive into rabbinic texts exploring these laws and question their perspective.  What motivates the rabbis to include or exclude traits from this list?  What would we include on our own list of components of morality?  Learners of all backgrounds are welcome to join and enrich our own understanding of human ethics together! 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Rose

Paula Rose

Paula Rose serves as the assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle's North End. She was ordained in 2017 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she also received a master's degree in Talmud. She loves much of her rabbinic work, especially teaching Talmud to learners... Read More →


Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
R102
 
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