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Sunday, May 24
 

1:00pm EDT

The New Face(s) of American Jewish Life
Limited Capacity seats available

In a pioneering national project called Kenissa (entrance-way): Communities of Meaning Network, Rabbi Sid and his team have uncovered an array of organizations across North America that are literally re-inventing conceptions of Jewish identity and Jewish life. Many of these organizations are operating under the radar screen of the organized Jewish community yet they are attracting the next generation of American Jews who are, for the most part, bypassing the legacy institutions of the organized Jewish community. This talk will provide some insight into the people and ideas that make these Jewish communities of meaning tick.

Presenters
avatar for Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Senior Fellow, Hazon
Rabbi Sid Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, author and teacher. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Hazon. Rabbi Sid founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years; its work centered on integrating Jewish learning, Jewish values and social responsibility... Read More →


Sunday May 24, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

The Secret Jews of Majorca
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about the fascinating Jewish history of a Spanish island where a segregated group of devout Catholics were forced to marry amongst themselves and have suffered discrimination up until the last century for carrying last names that have Jewish roots. Some have decided to return to their ancestors' faith. They are the Chuetas and their story must be told.

Presenters
avatar for Dani Rotstein

Dani Rotstein

Founder, Jewish Majorca
Dani Rotstein is a TV commercial producer, life-long Young Judaean, ROI member, NGF Alumnus, Rikud-aholic, and Limud Mallorca co-founder who recently created Jewish Majorca - a tourism company connecting the island's past with its present in hopes of building a brighter future. He... Read More →


Sunday May 24, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Zoom

2:00pm EDT

A Jewish Journey in the White House and Beyond
Limited Capacity filling up

After years as a political speechwriter—serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign—Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her communication skills to writing a book…about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is. In this session, she'll talk about what led her to engage in deep Jewish learning and the life-changing wisdom and insight that she discovered during her journey. Sarah will also speak about her time as a political speechwriter and share her best tips for effecitve speechwriting and communication.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Hurwitz

Sarah Hurwitz

Obama Speechwriter
From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Sarah was chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton... Read More →


Sunday May 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Blame the Jews: Conspiracy Theories and Dual Loyalties in Jewish History
Limited Capacity seats available

Throughout Jewish history, allegations of dual loyalties have been projected on Jews. Looking at TaNaKh, the Black Plague, the Red Scare, the emergence of Modern Zionism, and the current Coronavirus crisis we will look at primary sources in a text study about the history of these allegations and modern manifestations of these anti-Semitic tropes.

Presenters
avatar for Rabbi Melissa B. Simon

Rabbi Melissa B. Simon

Senior Jewish Educator and Rabbi, North Carolina Hillel
Rabbi Melissa B. Simon is the Senior Jewish Educator and Rabbi at UNC-Chapel Hill, providing students with rabbinic support, facilitating students’ meaningful Jewish experiences and playing a central role in crafting the Jewish educational vision for UNC Hillel. Under Rabbi Melissa's... Read More →



Sunday May 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

It Started With a Box
Limited Capacity seats available

We each go on many journeys during our lifetime and some are more noteworthy than others. One of the most important journeys I’ve taken, connected me with my ancestral family. This journey began in the early 1980s and continues to this day. It started as a way to assuage my seemingly endless curiosity about my grandmother who died when I was very young. No one would tell me her story, and I wanted to know her. My dad and I began an adventure to discover what seemed to be lost forever. During this journey I discovered the fate of my family in Europe and surprisingly met relatives who still remain in my ancestral home.

Presenters
avatar for Janette Silverman

Janette Silverman

Genealogist, Ancestry.com
Janette Silverman manages a team of researchers at AncestryProGenealogists®, specializing in Eastern European & Jewish research. She has masters & doctorate degrees in Jewish studies from Spertus Institute. A longtime JewishGen volunteer, until recently was UkraineSIG coordinator... Read More →


Sunday May 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

The New Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Future
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we deal with today's new-old Antisemitism? And how do we guarantee a vibrant future for our people with the many threats from within and from without? Join us as we explore three distinct approaches on Antisemitism and Jewish Continuity, as they are reflected in Jewish History, and modern-day perspectives. This course promises to inspire us with a passion and love for we are, a determination to build communities and alliances, and a commitment to the spiritual calling of our people.

Presenters
avatar for Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

Founding Rabbi / Spiritual Leader, Congregation Beth Tefillah
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche is the founding Rabbi of one of the most vibrant and fastest-growing synagogues in the United States, Congregation Beth Tefillah of Scottsdale, Arizona, where he resides with his wife, Esther, and nine children.He is a recognized rabbinic figure, a respected... Read More →



Sunday May 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Ensuring the Future of Jewish Communal Institutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Jewish communal institutions face acute financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jewish Community Response Impact Fund (JCRIF), a currently $92 million philanthropic partnership of 8 foundations, was recently launched in order to provide both emergency and strategic funding in loans and grants to American Jewish organizations that advance Jewish education, engagement, and leadership. What is the vision for this extraordinary investment? What are the risks and the opportunities of building coordinated, collaborative philanthropic funds? Join Felicia Herman, who directs JCRIF's grant program, and Shira Hutt, who directs its no-interest loan fund, in conversation moderated by Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, about the future of our Jewish communal infrastructure during and beyond the pandemic.

Moderators
avatar for Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer

President, Shalom Hartman Insitute of North America
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is the President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life.Yehuda led... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Felicia Herman

Felicia Herman

Executive Director, The Natan Fund
Felicia Herman is Director of the Aligned Grant Program for the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund. She has been Executive Director of Natan, a giving circle that supports Jewish and Israeli social innovation, since 2005. Felicia is Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of... Read More →
avatar for Shira Hutt

Shira Hutt

Jewish Federations of North America
Shira joined the Jewish Federations of North America as its Chief of Staff in January 2020, where she oversees the strategy and implementation of the organization's core operations aimed at broadening the impact of the Federation system on the Jewish community in North America and... Read More →


Sunday May 24, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

Richmond’s Rabbi: Dispatches From the Capital of the Confederacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Why does a rabbi driven by the core Jewish teaching that all people are equal choose to live and work in the enduring epicenter of American racial segregation? Join the rabbi of Central Virginia’s oldest and largest Conservative synagogue for a personal peek and candid conversation about the unique challenges and opportunities for building inclusive community, speaking out against oppression, and working for a just society in the heart of the Old South.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Knopf

Mike Knopf

Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward, Rabbi Michael Rose Knopf is the author of Thirty Days of Liberation: Pathways for Personal and Social Transformation Inspired by the Book of Exodus and the spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, Virginia... Read More →


Sunday May 24, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:00pm EDT

We’ve Been Here Before: Taking Jewish Mythology Seriously as a Guide to Navigating the Digital Wilderness
Limited Capacity seats available

 A plague results in the sudden exodus of all the Jews from a place in which they know how to be Jewish to a new geography in which it’s not clear that anything they knew makes sense anymore. Whether the plague we are talking about is the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Romans, the Inquisition, the Cossacks, or the original 10 Plagues, it’s happened to us many times, and it’s just happened to us again in shocking fashion and incredible speed. Those who are saying, “We don’t have a playbook for how to deal with this” are wrong. Our ancestors left us messages in bottles as to what to do in just such a time.  We have at least two playbooks — the Torah and the Talmud — whose stories are vehicles to pass on Judaism’s “Wisdom of the Wilderness.” Hint: Don’t look back or you will turn into a pillar of salt. This session will help you kickstart your exploration of the Jewish mythic canon for the Jewish Wisdom of the Wilderness through a combination of text exploration, historical analogies, and application of that wisdom to the case study of the launch of jewishLIVE as a new startup, specifically designed to help navigate the Digital Wilderness and without an expectation that we will “return to Egypt” when the pandemic ends.

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Sunday May 24, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
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