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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.

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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

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.

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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 →

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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 →
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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

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.

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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

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.


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