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On Sunday June 25, 2017
  • 9am-1pm at Kevah: 2095 Rose St., Suite 202, Berkeley
  • 12pm-4pm at Contemporary Jewish Museum: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco
  • 4pm-8pm at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center: 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
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Sunday, June 25
 

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Taxes, Charity and the Wealthy Few
In today's heated political climate, the question of communal responsibility is at the forefront of our national debate. In what ways is a community obligated to ensure the health, safety and happiness of its members? Find out how Judaism deals with the balance between individuals' obligations to care for themselves and the community's responsibility to ensure their basic needs.

Presenters
avatar for Jenna Englender

Jenna Englender

Jenna Englender is a member of the class of 2019 at Yeshivat Maharat in New York. She has served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, as well as Communications Fellow for the Samuel Bronfman Foundation. Jenna has facilitated communi... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 TBA
TBA

9:30am

Campus Anti-Semitism: Separating Reality from Hysteria

Recent news reports suggest that anti-Semitism on college campuses is skyrocketing and Jewish students are cowering in fear.  But how can we separate reality from hysteria? Using the most up-to-date data, we will explore the following questions:  

  • What does campus anti-Semitism look like and who are its perpetrators?
  • How many Jewish students are affected by anti-Jewish hostility and at which schools is the problem most severe?
  • What kinds of strategies have been used to address campus anti-Semitism and how effective have they been?
  • What lessons can campus anti-Semitism teach us about the broader challenges facing the Jewish community and how we can overcome them?

Presenters
avatar for Tammi Benjamin

Tammi Benjamin

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is cofounder and director of AMCHA Initiative, a non-profit organization that investigates, documents and combats anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America. She was a faculty member in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of California from 1996 - 2016... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

9:30am

Shhh! Somebody Might Hear You: Silence in Biblical Narrative

In this session, we’ll be exploring texts from Chumash that both explicitly and implicitly highlight individual silence. We’ll lean on select rabbinic commentaries which attempt to hear what these silent voices are saying (or not saying), and pair those perspectives our own parsing of the texts. 

 

Presenters
avatar for Max Edwards

Max Edwards

Max Edwards was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota - known to loyal midwesterners as the true heartland. He attended Macalester College and earning a B.A. in Religious Studies and Classics. After Macalester, Max went out east to pursue an MTS at Harvard Divinity School, grad... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

10:40am

When a Bulgarian and a Turkish Jew meet, they speak Ladino
After the expulsion from Spain & Portugal, Jews fled to many different places.  Most made their way to other parts of Europe and the powerful Ottoman Empire in search of safety.  But some joined the fleets destined for the New World, India, or South Asia, playing pivotal roles in the exploration, commerce, and expansion of the 15th century. 
Wherever they settled, they brought with them their own language, music, and memories of the Golden Age on the Iberian Peninsula.  In a voyage through time, we will meet the Sephardim, hear their stories, and sing their songs. 

Presenters
avatar for Rivka Amado

Rivka Amado

Rivka Amado, PhD is a lecturer, musician, and yoga teacher, specializing in Judeo-Spanish music, culture, and history.  


Sunday June 25, 2017 10:40am - 11:40am
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

10:40am

Do all Lives Matter? Case Studies in Balancing Particularism and Universalism

Do All Lives Matter, or just Jewish Lives? What demands does having privilege make on us as we relate to others? In this class, we will mine through biblical and rabbinic texts that deal with the tension between loyalty to fellow Jews and commitment to the well-being of those outside of our religious communities. Though the class will not be political in nature, participants are encouraged to consider how the sources we learn may be relevant in light of current events.


Presenters
avatar for Loren Berman

Loren Berman

Loren Berman just completed his first year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York. He has served as a volunteer rabbinic chaplain at Riker's Island Correctional Facility and recently completed the Limmud-Shalom Hartman Rabbinic Fellowship. As an avid traveler, he has taken his te... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 10:40am - 11:40am
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

11:50am

Life , Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness in Jewish Law

Comparative analysis of the legal system of the United States demonstrates how the  basic human rights were formed and developed in biblical law and rabbinic Halakhah.


Presenters
avatar for Nitzhia Shaked

Nitzhia Shaked

Nitzhia Shaked received her LL.B (Juris Doctor) degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received an LL.M degree (masters in law) from Harvard Law School. She has been a member of both the Israel and California Bar associations. Alongside her law career, Nitzhia has been en... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 11:50am - 12:50pm
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

11:50am

Wandering the Desert through the Eyes of a Chaplain: the spiritual encounters of Bamidbar

From Exodus in Egypt until the preparations to enter Canaan, the Israelite journey in the wilderness was more than just a long transformation from slavery to freedom.  It was a journey of loss, growth, and renewal.  Come join interfaith chaplain Ari Weber as we attempt to walk through 40 years of spiritual and emotional experiences through the eyes, ears, and hearts of the Israelites.


Presenters
avatar for Ari Weber

Ari Weber

Ari Weber graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in social welfare and Hebrew. Following college, he spent four years living in Israel, where he learned in yeshiva and served in the Nachal Infantry Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.  Ari returned to the United States for his rabbinic studies at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and clinical pastoral education residency towards certification as a hospital... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 11:50am - 12:50pm
Kevah 2095 Rose St., Suite 202 Berkeley

12:30pm

Hebrew Letter Illuminations - A Multi-Media Presentation

There is more than one way to read a book if that book contains Hebrew illuminated letters. Using images and live demonstrations we will journey into the long, inventive, expressive, humorous, exotic, figurative, and abstract history of Hebrew letter illuminations.   We will find esthetic enjoyment in the artistry as wonder as we decode the allusions, metaphors, and meaning to be discovered in ketuboth, manuscripts, printed books, and synagogue walls and ceilings.  


Presenters
avatar for Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art. From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

12:30pm

The Technology of Theology

Over the 4000 years that we have been thinking about G_d, our technology has come along way. Together we'll explore how changes in the technological landscape affect our beliefs about G_d, holiness, and each other.

 


Presenters
avatar for Tobias Divack Moss

Tobias Divack Moss

Tobias Divack Moss is a rooftop fiddler, intrepid backpacker, and an unrequited Knicks lover. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis he began working in international economics and business positions before pivoting towards the rabbinate by way of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Now entering his fourth year at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in... Read More →



Sunday June 25, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

1:40pm

Retelling the Shoah: Finding Nobility in Non-Militant Resistance

Shoah memorialization focuses primarily on the Horror Story - what perpetrators did TO Jewish victims. We overlook the Help Story - what Jewish victims tried to do FOR one another. At risk of life, many secretly aided the survival of kin and strangers alike, though American Jewry knows far too little about this. Non-militant acts of forbidden stealth altruism drew on the Altruistic Impulse (Darwin) and empowering Jewish values. We must reset the Shoah Narrative, schooling, and commemoration to include the Help Story lest Holocaust "fatigue" overcome the entire matter. Fortunately, many pragmatic reform ideas are available, and a few outstanding Holocaust museums already show the way. Reset ... or lose the way.


Presenters
avatar for Arthur Shostak

Arthur Shostak

Art Shostak, after a 43-year long career as an Applied Sociologist, reinvented himself in 2003 as a Holocaust scholar. He has since studied 195 survivor memoirs, visited 48 Holocaust museums worldwide, and interviewed scores of survivors here and abroad. His 2017 book - Stealth Altruism: Forbidden Care as Jewish Resistance in the... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

1:40pm

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Serving God With Our Whole Bodies

Come learn how we can pray, learn, and resist with our bodies, through the wisdom of the Kabbalah and the ethical teachings of Rabbi Moses Cordovero. 


Presenters
avatar for Eliyahu Freedman

Eliyahu Freedman

Eliyahu Freedman is an avid cyclist, meditator, and lover of Jewish learning and practice. Born in Canada and raised during the Quebec student strike, he now lives in New York City where he studies at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Eliyahu is a proud descendent of Iraqi Jews and Galitzianer Chasidim and enjoys exploring questions of Jewish... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

2:50pm

I’m Not An Imposter, YOU’RE The Imposter!

You're not the only one; the Rabbis of the Talmud also had that little voice in their head saying, “You’re a fraud!" "Who gave you permission to revolutionize Judaism?” It might have asked, "Who do you think you are?" The very human stories of our Sages reveal feelings of self-doubt as they vied for their place in the chain of tradition, and fought to gain authenticity and authority. Together, we will explore the moving and enduring emotion of these stories, and look at how the Rabbis dealt with their Imposter Syndrome. 


Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Crawley

Stephanie Crawley

Stephanie Crawley is entering her final year of rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She has served as a Jewish educator and musician for communities in Manhattan, Connecticut, D.C., Jerusalem, Czech Republic, Belarus, Washington, California, an... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

2:50pm

LGBT Equality in Jewish and American Legal Thought

We will explore various Jewish and American legal texts to trace the evolution over time to create a more inclusive environment for our LGBT community. We will examine problematic texts in Torah and U.S. law, tracing the interpretations that led to the legalization of gay marriage and greater inclusion of the LGBT community in the broader Jewish Community. We will discuss whether similarities in the two legal traditions share a common moral world view.


Presenters
avatar for Mark Fickes

Mark Fickes

Mark Fickes is a Bay Area native. He and his husband Billy are the proud parents of two children who attend the Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette, California. Mark is a trial attorney focusing on white-collar defense. He was a vice-president and board member at Contra C... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St, San Francisco

4:30pm

The Legend of Serah bat Asher: Exploring a Jewish legacy of artistic inclination

Serah bat Asher is mentioned only three times in the Torah, but the midrashic tradition gives her a central role in the history of the Jewish people.  “Songster, poet, and woman of wisdom,” as the Bible scholar Rachel Adelman describes her, Serah demonstrated the remarkable capacity of art to both transform and tell the truth.  In this class, we will explore the legacy of this lesser known Jewish figure, and what she can teach us about the power of art and beauty in our times today.


Presenters
avatar for Sara Himeles

Sara Himeles

Sara recently completed her second year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College. Previously, she wrote for Seventeen Magazine and a tech company, and was a political appointee at the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security. Then, on one fateful evening in a class with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Sara realized she wanted to become a rabbi to pursue her newfound goals of teaching Torah. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

4:30pm

Don’t Wait to Tell them What Matters to you!

This workshop will provide participants with guidelines and templates for finding their own voice and message for meaningful occasions and life transitions: children leaving home to attend college, marriage, birth of a child, purchase of a home, passing of a beloved relative, or any time or circumstance you choose.

Jeff Saperstein will explain legacy circles, process, and ways to communicate—live speech, written letter, audio and video recording, website.

The participants will interact and express to one another stories, insights, reflections, feelings, and principles each may wish to say to a loved one.

You should come away with more confidence that you can initiate a legacy communication and overcome your fears to do what you so much want to do.

 

 

 


Presenters
avatar for Jeff Saperstein

Jeff Saperstein

 Jeff is a Certified Coach, Communications Consultant, and San Francisco State University lecturer.  He is the author of eight books, three business case studies, and many articles and blogposts. Jeff has taught workshops in Ethical Wills at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon.  He has given legacy letters to his family, celebrating life passage occasions. Check out his LinkedIn profile for testimonials from those he has coached to see how he weaves values into helpful guidance to better, conscious living and working... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

5:40pm

From Outsiders to Insiders: Differences and disabilities through a rabbinic lens

How did the sages respond to people whose minds or bodies worked differently from their own? This class will explore ways that rabbinic texts view various types of differences and disabilities.  We will aim to glean wisdom from these texts to uncover how our communities can become more inclusive today.


Presenters
avatar for Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn is a rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.  Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she received her B.A. and Masters in Teaching from Brown University.  Rachel spent three years teaching at the Pacific Boychoir Academy in Oakland, CA, then completed the Adamah Jewish Farming Fellowship in Connecticut and the Pardes program in Experiential Jewish Education in... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

5:40pm

Empowering Israel to transform the world!

I-SAEF:  Funding Alternative Energy research projects at Israeli universities

  • By supporting only high-impact projects, peer-reviewed, based on merit and not internal university politics. 
  • By taking action now, because the race for alternative energy technology has already begun. 
  • By empowering Israel to leverage its tremendous intellectual capital and business expertise, filling a critical gap in early-stage research funding.

Presenters
avatar for Galina Leytes

Galina Leytes

Galina Leytes is co-founder and vice president of I-SAEF, a nonprofit that is funding alternative energy research in Israeli academia, such as converting CO2 into fuel using solar energy. She holds a graduate degree in Computer Science from Kiev Institute of Engineering, has comp... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

6:50pm

Thou Shalt Be a Mensch

In perhaps no other religious tradition does Law hold more central place than it does in Judaism. In their founding code, The Mishnah, the rabbis mapped out a system of laws that are meant to regulate nearly every sphere of human life. Yet of out 63 tractates there is one - Avot - that does not seem to dictate legal obligations, but simply to advise good behavior. What is the role of this exceptional volume in the larger work of the Mishnah, and what does it tell us about the relationship between Law and Ethics in Judaism?


Presenters
avatar for David Kasher

David Kasher

David Kasher is the Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah, a Bay Area-based organization dedicated to expanding the role of Torah Study across the diverse spectrum of the American Jewish community. He was raised in Oakland, went to college at Wesleyan University and, after several ye... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 6:50pm - 7:50pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

6:50pm

Is Prayer Only for Men Without Children?!
For the majority of its history, Jewish liturgy has been developed by (and primarily for) single men or men whose wives were taking care of the kids. In this class, we'll look at the relationship between prayer and children, asking whether and how it is possible to imagine a liturgy built on the assumption that the whole family is going to shul.

Presenters
avatar for David Zvi Kalman

David Zvi Kalman

He doesn't know when or how it happened, but David Zvi is suburban dad. When he is not mowing the lawn or soldering copper pipe, he is writing...about different types of hammers. And clocks, probably. He is currently scholar-in-residence at Home Depot. Also he is writing a disser... Read More →


Sunday June 25, 2017 6:50pm - 7:50pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto