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Saturday, January 13
 

7:15pm

Civil Discourse on Israel? Can We Make Space in Seattle?
Have you been wondering how Limmud Seattle will handle topics related to Israel? The answer is—with civility. This panel of three experts will discuss the challenges and possibilities of civil discourse on Israel. The first step as a Jewish community is to learn how to speak to each other and, perhaps more important, how to listen to each other about Israel. This panel, moderated by Karen Treiger, will invite three experts to share their thoughts: Doug Kahn, Executive Director Emeritus of the San Francisco–based Jewish Community Relations Council; Elisheva Goldberg, former aide to member of Knesset Tzipi Livni; and Stanley Wulf, worldwide speaker on the challenges of Diaspora Jews in hearing and sharing views on Israel. They will trade ideas on this elephant-in-the-room topic and why practicing how we talk about Israel is the crucial first step for Jews today.

Moderators
avatar for Karen Treiger

Karen Treiger

Karen I. Treiger is a writer, currently working on a book about Sam and Esther Goldberg’s experience during the Holocaust. Earlier in her career she practiced law with Thompson Howle Vaughn, specializing in elder law. She lives in Seattle and is a founding member of Minyan Ohr Ch... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg previously served as an advisor to member of Knesset Tzipi Livni, the co-leader of the Israeli opposition. She moved to Israel in 2012 to join a Jerusalem-based think tank called Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy as an analyst and editor. Prior to her work in Israel, she was assistant editor of a Daily Beast blog called Open Zion. Hailing from Seattle, she has lived at various points in Israel, Egypt, and Morocco. She currently lives in New York and is fluent in Hebrew and proficient in... Read More →
avatar for Doug Kahn

Doug Kahn

Rabbi Douglas Kahn is the Executive Director Emeritus of the San Francisco–based Jewish Community Relations Council and founder of Broad Tent Consulting, a JCRC consulting practice. He joined the JCRC in 1982 and became Executive Director in 1989, a position he held until his retirement in June... Read More →
avatar for Stanley Wulf

Stanley Wulf

Dr. Stanley Wulf speaks internationally about the conflict in the Middle East and the difficulties we experience as Diaspora Jews in hearing and sharing differing views. The model he presents centers on "The 3 No's," the three areas that most often lead to conflict and how to avoid them. More information is at... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Spartan

7:15pm

Women Talmud Scholars
More info to come. Stay tuned!

Moderators
avatar for Beth Huppin

Beth Huppin

Beth Huppin has enjoyed teaching adults and children of all ages in both formal and informal settings. She currently is the director of Project Kavod/Dignity, the Jewish educational program of Jewish Family Service of Seattle. She was the recipient of a Covenant Award for excelle... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon is one of Israel’s leading figures spearheading efforts to revive Hebrew culture and a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity. In 1989 she co-established Beit Midrash Elul in Jerusalem. In 1996, in Tel Aviv, she founded ALMA, Home for Hebrew Culture. Ruth is the author of A Bride for One Night (2001) and Talmudic Alpha Beta... Read More →
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America, for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud In... Read More →
avatar for Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, a Covenant Award winner, is in her twelfth year as Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Rivy has taught several long-standing weekly classes for the community, including a women’s Talmud class now in its 24th year. Her column “What’s Your JQ” appeared in the JT News and now runs in the new Jewish in Seattle magazine... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Auditorium

7:15pm

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Cannabis: Jewish Attitudes Ancient and Modern
We will examine traditional texts and modern responses to mind-altering substances, beginning with the annointing oils in the Torah to current halakhic and medical perspectives.

Presenters
avatar for James Mirel

James Mirel

Rabbi Mirel has served the community for over 40 years as rabbi and Jewish educator. He is a graduate of Reed College and the Hebrew Union College.


Saturday January 13, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Highlander

8:45pm

Hannah's Journey
Ambitious Berliner Hanna decides that if she is going to succeed in business, she will need some volunteer service on her resume. She heads to Israel to work with disabled Jews, cynically saying, “Helping Jews always gets you points, and disabled Jews count double.” Probing the effects of the Holocaust’s looming shadow on third-generation Israelis and Germans, the film deftly weaves the personal and the political, illustrating how they are inextricably linked.

Presenters
avatar for Seattle Jewish Film Festival

Seattle Jewish Film Festival

Founded in 1995, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an annual, 10-day, and year-round cinematic exploration and celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture, and film for everyone. SJFF is the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest and a mainstay in the Seattle arts calendar, attracting approximately 7,500 diverse patrons annually to the festival and garnering international acclaim as one of the largest and longest-running high-caliber Jewish film festivals in the US. Each year, SJFF showcases the best international, independent, and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, and enhances audience and community engagement with special social events and discussion forums with filmmakers and guest speakers. Seattle... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Highlander

8:45pm

Convergence: Spirituals from the Shtetl, Davening from the Delta
Convergence combines a hundred years of traditional Ashkenazi Jewish and African American music directly at historic, melodic, and textual crossroads. Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, in collaboration with acclaimed klezmer consort Josh Horowitz from Veretski Pass, creates a new repertoire of works exploring exile, spirituality, hope, and redemption. The musical sources are diverse: Chassidic piyyutim, negro spirituals, Yiddish labor union songs, Civil Rights anthems, Israeli folksong, and traditional Ashkenazi synagogue music.

Presenters
avatar for Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz is the director of the Budowitz klezmer ensemble and co-founder of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio. Performing on tsimbl (Yiddish dulcimer), 19th-century button accordion, and piano, he has recorded with numerous artists, including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Itzhak Perlman. He has received more than forty... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Russell

Anthony Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Russell is now a vocalist, composer, and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones, and Chasidic nigunim. Inspired by the phenomena of diaspora culture, his work in traditional Ashkenazi musical forms has led to an exploration of his own roots through the research, arrangement, and performance of a hundred years of African American traditional music. The result of this work is his ongoing project with klezmer consort Veretski Pass, Convergence (2014 New Jewish Culture Network Music Commission Finalist), combining Ashkenazi and African American traditional musical forms to create singular narratives. Anthony's work in Jewish music has brought him to stages in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, New York, and Tel Aviv; JCCs in Manhattan and San Francisco; Symphony Space in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and Limmud fests across the US and Europe. Upcoming engagements include performances in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and London. Anthony lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his husband, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum. Photo... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Auditorium

8:45pm

Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Threats to Living with Safety and Dignity
The Jewish value of b’tzelem elohim (a biblical quote translated as "[Humans are created] in the Divine Image”) teaches us that every person’s life is sacred and deserves to live with safety and dignity. Across the country and here in Seattle, many refugees and immigrants are seeking safety and dignity as they face new threats to their rights. In this presentation, local leaders Will Berkovitz, CEO of Jewish Family Service, and Jorge L. Barón, Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, will shine a light on how recent changes in immigration and refugee policy affect our community and what you can do about it. Learn more about the detention of immigrants, deportation, the refugee travel ban, the end of the DACA program, and Jewish teachings on this topic—and how to take a stand to help our community members and those seeking refuge to live with safety and dignity.

Presenters
avatar for Jorge Barón

Jorge Barón

Jorge L. Barón has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as an NWIRP staff attorney, serving immigrants detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Jorge’s passion in advocating on behalf of immigrants is firmly rooted in his own immigrant experience: he is originally from... Read More →
avatar for Will Berkovitz

Will Berkovitz

Rabbi Will Berkovitz is the CEO of Jewish Family Service, where he is responsible for the organization’s vision and strategic direction. His responsibilities include program oversight and mobilization of philanthropic, volunteer and advocacy support to meet the needs of vulnerabl... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Mt. Rainier
 
Sunday, January 14
 

8:45am

Israel's Jewish Renaissance
Three decades ago, Elul, the first egalitarian secular-religious Beit Midrash (house of study), was founded in Jerusalem. Today there are some hundred organizations that are trying to reclaim classic Jewish sources and make Torah study relevant for us today. *A house of study is a space in which both prayer and Torah study take place.

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon is one of Israel’s leading figures spearheading efforts to revive Hebrew culture and a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity. In 1989 she co-established Beit Midrash Elul in Jerusalem. In 1996, in Tel Aviv, she founded ALMA, Home for Hebrew Culture. Ruth is the author of A Bride for One Night (2001) and Talmudic Alpha Beta... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Mt. Rainier

8:45am

Shalom, My Name Is _____________ (Insert your name here)
Start your day at Limmud with a workshop designed to build relationships among participants in fun and creative ways. What brought you to Limmud? What is something you love about Judaism? What challenges you? Who inspires you and why? Through a series of facilitated, arts-based activities that incorporate poetry, movement, theater, and singing, this session will provide opportunities to explore these questions (and more!) while getting to know the other people at Limmud. This is a participatory workshop designed for all levels, no art experience necessary! Come ready to try new things, play, think, feel, create, enjoy yourselves, and maybe make a friend or two along the way. All are welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Diana Falchuk

Diana Falchuk

Diana Falchuk is a Seattle-based artist, consultant, strategist, and organizer with nearly two decades’ experience designing public and social arts projects, trainings, and policies that advance racial equity and social justice. She works as an independent consultant and artist, and as Manager of Arts... Read More →
avatar for Rebekka Goldsmith

Rebekka Goldsmith

Trained as a professional singer, group facilitator, and professional coach, Rebekka has spent over 15 years guiding individuals and groups in explorations of voice, creativity, and justice. She has worked in public, nonprofit, and education sectors designing and facilitating experiential workshops that support and inspire people to learn, deepen their relationships with others, and take action on the issues they care about. Rebekka leads vocal improvisation workshops throughout the country and directs... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
McAleer

8:45am

A Virtual Tour of Jewish Seattle
Washington's Jewish history began around the 1850's—mostly not in Seattle. However, as Seattle grew, so did its Jewish population. The first wave of Jewish population were German Jews, followed by the Eastern Europeans and then the Sephardim. This presentation will take a virtual tour of institutions that reflected Seattle's growth into the mid-20th century.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Elman

Linda Elman

Linda Elman is a native Seattleite, a Garfield graduate who left and returned to the Pacific Northwest over 30 years ago. Having retired from a career as a public school research and evaluation guru, she now has time to invest in things she enjoys. She teaches Hebrew school for Temple de Hirsch Sinai, gives school tours of the Pike Place Market and tours of... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Cromwell

8:45am

Mindful Jewish Parenting
Bringing together Mussar (Jewish practical ethics) and modern-day parenting advice, we will learn together how to bring Judaism into our homes as we parent and raise our families. Jewish values are for every day, and the best way to teach them in the home is to model them through our parenting. From birth to teens, we are our children's greatest Jewish teachers. We will study the middot (Jewish virtues) of humility, patience, generosity, and simplicity. We will take a special look at the Jewish holidays and how we can bring Jewish values into our homes and parenting through the cycle of the Jewish year.

Presenters
avatar for Yohanna Kinberg

Yohanna Kinberg

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg has been working, teaching, and learning Jewishly in the Seattle area since 2003. She served as one of the rabbis of Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue for 11 years and in 2014 moved north to serve as the senior rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville. R... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Hamlin

8:45am

How Can I Even Talk to This Person? A How-To Guide for Healthier Conversations
In this first session of the Israel Civil Discourse Room, Stanley Wulf will confront the challenges that we have in speaking to each other about Israel. The first crucial step is understanding why we have difficulty, and then learning how we can talk about Israel without hurtful judgement and high emotions. In this session, Stanley presents a model that offers concepts and guidelines for navigating such sensitive conversations—including “The 3 No’s,” the 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, how to sidestep pitfalls, and how to facilitate a more constructive discussion. This session will be limited to 20 participants.

Presenters
avatar for Stanley Wulf

Stanley Wulf

Dr. Stanley Wulf speaks internationally about the conflict in the Middle East and the difficulties we experience as Diaspora Jews in hearing and sharing differing views. The model he presents centers on "The 3 No's," the three areas that most often lead to conflict and how to avoid them. More information is at... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Arden

8:45am

Music and Midrash
Music has been one of the most effective conveyors of meaning and feeling throughout the history of human civilization. Engaging melodies bound to inspiring texts have transmitted transcendent values for generations. And text-based music within a worship context has elevated intellectual, emotional, and spiritual experiences for Jews and the synagogue. Join Rabbi Daniel Weiner and Cantorial Soloist Chava Mirel for an exploration of liturgical and contemporary songs that secure sacred stories for a needy future.

Presenters
avatar for Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep-pocket rhythms to bring a new approach to Jewish music. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, balance, and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring comfort and uplift the... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Weiner

Daniel Weiner

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


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Ballinger

8:45am

Calling Each Other In
In our liberal, individualized dominant society, giving and receiving feedback can seem daunting. Learn some of what Jewish tradition has elevated in the practice of tochecha—the art and obligation of providing each other with critical feedback. We will look at sacred texts from Jewish tradition as well as some non-Jewish contemporary conversations on the topic before studying a case study in the world of racial justice activism. No prior knowledge is necessary, simply a desire to be more connected to Jewish teachings and a willingness to try to apply these teachings to issues in society today.

Presenters
avatar for David Basior

David Basior

Rabbi David Basior serves as rabbi and education director at Kadima Reconstructionist Community, a 40-year-old progressive Jewish community meeting in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. David has worked with and for a variety of Seattle’s Jewish communities—Hillel, Jconnect, and BBY... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Highlander

8:45am

Of Many: Multifaith Leadership on American Campuses
Set against the dramatic backdrop of violence in the Middle East and the tension between Jewish and Muslim students on college campuses, Of Many focuses on the surprising and transformative relationship between an Orthodox rabbi and an imam who serve as university chaplains in New York City. Through a series of voyages to communities struck by catastrophe, we witness young religious Jews and Muslims working together and overcoming long-standing divides. Timely and humorous, this short documentary offers an inspiring and hopeful narrative in the face of a seemingly irreconcilable conflict. Join interfaith activist Chelsea Garbell, who was one of the students portrayed in the documentary, for a talkback following the film.

Presenters
avatar for Chelsea Garbell

Chelsea Garbell

Chelsea Garbell is an MPA candidate and Lisa Ellen Goldberg fellow in international policy and management at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She previously served as a program coordinator for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Religion and Foreign... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Alumni

8:45am

Uppity Women of the Bible: The True Stories of Our Mothers
The Talmud states: "Were it not for the valor of the Israelite women, Israel would have never been redeemed." What if all those Bible stories we learned in Hebrew school only contained pieces of what the Torah actually teaches? And what if, because of those holes, vitally basic and profound ideas were missing? Are you curious? Come hear the whole and holy stories about the women of the Torah, the real movers and shapers of Israel's redemption and destiny every step of the way. Not a shrinking violet among them, the vision and righteousness embodied by our foremothers make them role models for the whole nation.

Presenters
avatar for Ruz Gulko

Ruz Gulko

Ruz has worked with most of the Jewish educational and religious institutions in the greater Seattle area 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, writes curriculum, lectures, and leads services in the general community. Her biggest passion, other than the grandchildren, is for exploring and sharing... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Aurora

8:45am

Cartooning a Split Jewish Identity: The Autobiographical Comics of Miriam Libicki
Nonfiction graphic novelist Miriam Libicki will read from her works on identity, politics, and Israel-diaspora relations, and encourage the audience to explore their own stereotype fears by leading them in drawing their own cartoon self-portraits.

Presenters
avatar for Miriam Libicki

Miriam Libicki

Miriam Libicki is a graphic novelist living in Vancouver, Canada. Her short comics have been published by Alternate History Comics, Rutgers University Press, and the Journal of Jewish Identities, and her Israeli Army memoir jobnik! has been used in over a dozen university courses... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Horizon

10:15am

The Beauty of Sephardic Life
We will learn about Sam Maimon, the author of The Beauty of Sephardic Life: Scholarly, Humorous & Personal Reflections to appreciate his perspective and style. Explore various facets of Sephardic history, literature, music, world view and practice. Selected Ladino language, literature and sayings will be reviewed; Sephardic customs, as connected to life cycle and calendar cycle events will be highlighted and described; a brief number of biographies of Sephardic personalities - their life and times and finally, a "snap shot" of important Sephardic communities over time.

Presenters
avatar for Al Maimon

Al 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, traditi... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Alumni

10:15am

What Being Raised Buddhist and Jewish Taught Me About Leadership
Aaron Hurst was born to Jewish parents and raised in the Buddhist community, even attending a Buddhist elementary school. Being raised a “BuJew” shaped Aaron as a social entrepreneur, and informs his work to increase consciousness and repair the world (tikkun olam): Aaron founded the Taproot Foundation, whose mission is to lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change, and co-founded Imperative, which has worked with over 100,000 professionals and hundreds of organizations globally to uncover and apply purpose in our work. Learn about Aaron’s journey and how you can apply tikkun olam to derive more purpose from your work.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst

Aaron Hurst is a globally recognized social entrepreneur who works to create communities that are empowered to realize their potential. He is the CEO of Imperative, a B Corp advocating for Purpose-Oriented Workers and supporting the organizations that embrace them. Widely known for his thought leadership, he is the author of The Purpose Economy (2014) and a regular advisor and thought partner for many global brands. He has written for or been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, and was named a LinkedIn Influencer. He is the author of Fast Company's Purposeful CEO profile series. Aaron is the founder and an active advisor to the Taproot Foundation, where he was the catalyst and lead architect of the $15 billion pro bono service market. He was the creative force behind the conception of the White House's Billion + Change... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
McAleer

10:15am

Tell Me a Story: Children of Holocaust Survivors Take on Their Legacy
Who will testify when survivors cannot? Come see the answer! Children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are telling the story of their legacy in classrooms of Washington State. The Holocaust Center for Humanity has worked with the children and grandchildren of survivors to help them research and share the stories of their families. In this session, three children of survivors—Michal Lotzkar, Jack Schaloum, and Naomi Newman—will offer a look into the process of uncovering their parents' stories, finding the documents, and the challenge of confronting their family histories to become classroom witnesses. These new speakers are part of the Holocaust Center's Speakers Bureau, sharing these stories with students throughout the Pacific Northwest. The session will offer visual and audio presentations with interaction from session attendees.

Presenters
avatar for Laurie Warshal Cohen

Laurie Warshal Cohen

Laurie Warshal Cohen, EdD, Holocaust Center for Humanity, developed and taught an award-winning Holocaust literature class at Seattle Central Community College, where she was a faculty member for 32 years. She served as Co-Executive Director of the Holocaust Center from 2002 to 2... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Spartan

10:15am

Hagbah, an Uplifting and Hands-On Experience: Are You Hagbah-Curious?
Did you know that most Torahs only weigh 15–25 lb but everyone always thinks that the mitzvah of Hagbah can only be performed by the same 5 guys in their community who have always been asked to perform the mitzvah? At the end of this course, each person should be able to: 1) handle a Torah scroll confidently and successfully; 2) understand the mitzvah’s history, customs, and spiritual meaning; and 3) be able to answer, “Hineini…I am here,” when your Gabbai next asks, “Is there anybody who can do Hagbah?” All people welcome! And no, you’re not too old to learn. Remember, you only need to be strong to do it wrong. Come enjoy the learning and lifting with us. Inspire yourselves. Inspire your congregations.

Presenters
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 implem... Read More →
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 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Lobby

10:15am

From Settlements to the Kotel: Is Public Criticism of Israel Helpful or Harmful to the Jewish People?
In this second session in the Israel Civil Discourse Room, Doug Kahn will explore the topic of public criticism of Israel. This session will be limited to 20 participants and will provide space to learn and practice speaking to each other about Israel. Understanding why we have difficulty and then practicing how we can talk about Israel are the crucial first step for Jews today. Doug will not be advocating for a “right answer,” but rather will create a space to discuss different viewpoints respectfully. Come and be ready to share your views and listen to others as they share their own.

Presenters
avatar for Doug Kahn

Doug Kahn

Rabbi Douglas Kahn is the Executive Director Emeritus of the San Francisco–based Jewish Community Relations Council and founder of Broad Tent Consulting, a JCRC consulting practice. He joined the JCRC in 1982 and became Executive Director in 1989, a position he held until his retirement in June... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Arden

10:15am

Let's All Sing Favorite Yiddish Folksongs: Lomir Alle Zingen
Albert Einstein said: "The Yiddish folk songs, why, they are the most sincere, the most heartfelt I have heard anywhere. They are the truest expression of the soul of a people." Yiddish language, songs, and theater were the foundations of Broadway, comedy, swing music, and much more. Let's sing old favorites (“Bei Mir Bistu Shayn,” “Grine Kusine,” “Raisins and Almonds,” “Oyfn Pripichik”) and new songs together "oyf mame loshen." All are welcome and we'll pace ourselves accordingly. Copies of all songs (with transliteration) will be provided. If the spirit moves you, please bring copies of your favorite song to share.

Presenters
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 sings and teaches Yiddish songs and klezmer music in the Seattle area at several venues, including the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and beyond, with klezmorim in his local bands Orkestyr Farfeleh, Duo Rymanow, and the Klez... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Ballinger

10:15am

Accountable Communities or What to Do When the #MeToo Meteor Hits
The #MeToo national phenomenon raises questions about Jewish community accountability. These observations from a thousand years ago resonate today: Rabbi Elazar said, "I would be surprised if there is anyone in this generation who is able to accept reproach." Rabbi Akiva answered, "I would be surprised if there is anyone in this generation who knows how to give reproach." Supporting survivors and holding accountable those doing harm doesn’t have to fracture communities. Explore a no-nonsense accountability framework that holds on to Jewish imperatives of community and connection, the dignity and safety of survivors, and the humanity of people who abuse their power.

Presenters
avatar for Connie Burk

Connie Burk

Since 1997, Connie Burk has directed the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse in Seattle, establishing the National LGBTQ Institute on IPV. She focuses particular attention on strengthening alliances among marginalized communities while centering liberation values in her work. She co-authored Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, is an executive producer of the award-winning documentary A Lot Like You, and is a contributing author to The Revolution Starts at Home and the third edition of Child Welfare Law... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Hamlin

10:15am

Ferguson/Fargesn: Racism, Jewishness, and the Movement for Black Lives
In 1902, in a stuffy room on the Lower East Side, countless Jews testified to a local "Indignation Committee" about abuses suffered at the hands of New York City police officers. In our day, for perhaps the first time, many Americans are coming to terms with the abuses suffered by African Americans at the hands of our nation's criminal justice system. Are these experiences similar? Different? What are the implications for white Jews’ particular role in the struggle for racial justice?

Presenters
avatar for Mike Rothbaum

Mike Rothbaum

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Acton, MA, and lives with his husband, Yiddish singer Anthony Russell, in Concord. Rabbi Mike has received accolades for his achievements in religious school, B'nai Mitzvah, youth group, and camp settings. He has also done extensive work with faith-based social justice organizations, including Bend the Arc and... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Highlander

10:15am

Levinas and the Talmud: Understanding the Concept of Infinite Obligation
According to the French Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, ‘‘Everything begins with the right of the other man and with my infinite obligation toward him." He described this position in both his secular and religious writings, where this "difficult condition" became the basis for his definition of Judaism. Levinas finds a concrete example of this fairly radical worldview, surprisingly, in the Talmud (the passage begins: “Rabbi Johanan ben Mathia said to his son: ‘Go hire some workers.’”). We'll explore the Talmudic text and how Levinas makes sense of it, and discuss how this "difficult condition" for Judaism can serve as a deeply appealing view of our moral universe.

Presenters
avatar for Marc Cohen

Marc Cohen

Marc A. Cohen is an Associate Professor at Seattle University with a shared appointment in the Department of Management and the Department of Philosophy. He earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and, prior to joining Seattle University, worked in the banking and management consulting industries. His published work addresses questions in social and political philosophy about trust, management theory... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Aurora

10:15am

On the Road Again: Travel as Transformation in the Talmud
Today we live in an age where travel is commonplace and extremely convenient. However, in the Rabbinic world, travel was an adventure, an experience, and a potential conduit for transformation. In this session, we'll explore several stories from the Talmud that describe journeys the Rabbis took, the characters they met, and the lessons they learned in their travels—and what these lessons can teach us today! The session is open to all levels of experience with Talmud, and all texts will be both in the original and in translation.

Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America, for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud In... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Mt. Rainier

10:15am

Reel Jew-ISH: Seattle's Jewish Women in Film
This panel features five (5) local, Jewish women filmmakers whose Jewish upbringing, education, values, film subjects, families, workplaces, and faith/religious/support communities influence their artistic vision and fuel their passions for (reel Jewish) stories on screen - explicitly or implicitly. View clips from their various films, works in progress, and learn about their journey from curious questioners to cinematic sisters.

Moderators
avatar for Pamela Lavitt

Pamela Lavitt

Pamela Lavitt is the Director of Arts+Ideas (since 2012) and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (since 2005) at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, bringing over 100 international artists, films, and filmmakers annually to the Greater Seattle region. Trained as an oral historian, folklorist, and theater scholar, Lavitt has taught at New York University and University of Washington and has shaped exhibits locally and nationally, such as... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Cohen

Lisa Cohen

Lisa Cohen worked as a post producer for over 15 years, and has extensive expertise in shepherding film and video projects through the post-production process. During her seven years managing the digital-to-film department at Alpha Cine Seattle, Lisa oversaw the digital transfers of several award-winning films, including Oscar... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Hurwitz

Lisa Hurwitz

Lisa Hurwitz is a first-time feature director who was among five emerging filmmakers invited to compete in the 2016 Paley DocPitch and is a 2017 recipient of the City of Seattle's 4Culture grant. Lisa works for the Stroum JCC as a programmer for their Arts+Ideas stage and as part of the admin team for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival... Read More →
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Elisa Levine

Elisa Levine is a Seattle-based film director and producer. Her new film, Sweetheart Deal, represents a 20-year fascination with story-driven documentaries about marginalized subcultures. Elisa initiated the film with an extensive investigation of Seattle’s Aurora Avenue, and eventually gained access behind the scenes. Sweetheart Deal has received support from the Sundance Institute, Northwest Film Forum, SIFF/True Productions, Wright Education Fund, Longhouse Media, Pacific Pioneer Fund, and Women in Film/Seattle, among others. Elisa lives in North... Read More →
avatar for Leah Warshawski

Leah Warshawski

(Note: Leah cannot be at the panel, but will participate with Pamela Lavitt reading and showing clips.) Leah Warshawski produces and directs documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Her first feature, Finding... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Zweiback

Sharon Zweiback

Sharon Zweiback’s first film, pearls, a documentary about domestic violence, was sponsored by the Seattle Channel. It was screened at the 2012 UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival in Ithaca, NY. Her recent work What If, a dance film shot in Discovery Park, WA, is currently in post-production. Sharon choreographed, danced, and... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Cromwell

10:15am

Jewish Taboos: Transforming Our Lives by Addressing the Unthinkable
There are many topics Jews don’t like to talk about publicly, especially those that relate to mental health—addiction, child abuse, and infertility, chief among them. Failing to address these issues often limits opportunities for help and growth. This conversation will look at these “taboo” subjects and discuss the healthy ways we can improve ourselves and our relationships by addressing the darkness in our lives. We will also look at transforming our lives through the long Jewish tradition of changing our stories and our names. This session will be informative and affirming of the power we have to live better.

Presenters
avatar for Ahuva Batya Scharff

Ahuva Batya Scharff

Dr. Ahuva Batya [Constance] Scharff has a PhD in transformative studies, specializing in addiction recovery and spiritual experience. She is coauthor of the Amazon.com #1 bestselling book Ending Addiction for Good. Dr. Scharff speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery. She also wrote an award-winning book of Jewish-themed poetry... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Horizon

11:45am

Should Jews Seek Converts? Exploring the Boundary Between Hospitality and Proselytizing
In the ancient world, rabbis and Jews actively proselytized. Many modern Jews are surprised to learn this. Jewish Shabbat table fellowship was greatly admired by pagans of the ancient world. I will discuss texts on the role of "modern Shabbat table fellowship" and newer understandings of Jewish traditions of hospitality. What are the limits and opportunities of Shabbat hospitality? How do Christian hospitality traditions differ from Jewish traditions? I will share some of the things we have learned in Panim Hadashot and its mission to revitalize Shabbat hospitality.

Presenters
avatar for Dov Gartenberg

Dov Gartenberg

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg came to Seattle in 1988 to serve as rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom. After a sojourn in Alaska from 2011 to 2015, Rabbi Gartenberg returned to Seattle to form Panim Hadashot–New Faces, which seeks to build community on the foundation of Shabbat hospitality... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Ballinger

11:45am

What Your Jewish Teen Is Really Doing and What to Do about It
Your parents didn't know everything you were up to when you were a teen, so why do you think your kids are any different? Through his entertaining stories and anecdotes from 20 years of organizing youth activities, Ari Hoffman will help you find the best way to guide your Jewish teen through the challenges of the 21st century. Yes, there are ways to get your teen to talk to you and stop looking at their cell phone. Learn the keys to success of keeping your child connected after the bar/bat mitzvah and how to instill in them Jewish identity that will last a lifetime. Ari also shares his parenting mistakes, because no one is perfect, and is always happy to host a lively Q&A after his presentations.

Presenters
avatar for Ari Hoffman

Ari Hoffman

Though a businessman by trade, Ari's life has been spent volunteering for and organizing youth and Jewish outreach programs for the majority of his life. Ari is known for his entertaining stories and energetic and interactive speaking style. In addition to working in real esta... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Horizon

11:45am

The Gefilte Manifesto: Reimagining Old World Jewish Foods (lecture with slides)
From holidays to delis, the foods of Eastern European Jews tell a beautiful story of Jewish life. And yet, these foods were being forgotten by the younger generation. Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern penned a manifesto and spent five years researching and cooking, looking back to Eastern Europe and to the Lower East Side to glean kitchen wisdom from generations past. Their work is dedicated to reclaiming time-honored techniques and ingredients to produce dishes that will make you rethink all you thought you knew about traditional cooking. Jeffrey and Liz will paint a picture of the past, present, and future of Ashkenazi cuisine, and they’ll share wisdom gleaned during their whirlwind travels to communities across the world and the Jewish food renaissance they saw afoot.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz are on a mission to reclaim and revolutionize Ashkenazi cuisine. The Gefilteria is a new kind of food venture launched in 2012 with the mission of reimagining Eastern European Jewish cuisine, adapting classic dishes to the values and tastes of a new generation... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Mt. Rainier

11:45am

Bridging Cultures: The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng
What can an almost-extinct Jewish community teach contemporary Jews? Often cited as a cautionary tale about the dangers of assimilation, in fact, the Kaifeng Jewish community has survived for over 1000 years by blending Jewish and Chinese cultures, just as Jews have done in every age and place. Come and explore their history, and learn about the community in its heyday and the current crackdown against them. More significantly, we will discuss what we post-Holocaust Jews can learn from their ideas about G-d and Torah, and the question of what constitutes Jewish identity.

Presenters
avatar for Anson Laytner

Anson Laytner

Rabbi Anson Laytner retired from his position as program manager of the Interreligious Initiative at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry in 2015. He also was adjunct faculty with SU’s Department of Theology and Ministry. Prior to this he worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in Seattle. He is the author of Arguing with God; with Dan Bridge, of The... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Cromwell

11:45am

History of the Dreidel: From Children’s Toy to Global Icon
The dreidel is recognized universally as a festive symbol of Hanukkah. It has become one of the most iconic images of Jewish culture. But how much do we really know about this humble Judaica object?

Presenters
avatar for Jason Feld

Jason Feld

Jason Feld is the Head of School for Northwest Yeshiva High School. He has over a decade of experience in Israel education.


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Alumni

11:45am

What We Talk about When We Talk about Israeli Security
In this third session in the Israel Civil Discourse Room, Elisheva Goldberg will attempt to help us get at the heart of what we talk about when we talk about Israel. When we talk about Israel and its security, what we are really doing is expressing a certain amount of our own underlying emotional experience. The work is to ask genuinely curious questions and make room for other people's experience—only then can we really hear what people in our own community are saying. Come and be ready to share your relationship to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and listen to others as they share their own. This session will be limited to 20 participants.

Presenters
avatar for Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg previously served as an advisor to member of Knesset Tzipi Livni, the co-leader of the Israeli opposition. She moved to Israel in 2012 to join a Jerusalem-based think tank called Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy as an analyst and editor. Prior to her work in Israel, she was assistant editor of a Daily Beast blog called Open Zion. Hailing from Seattle, she has lived at various points in Israel, Egypt, and Morocco. She currently lives in New York and is fluent in Hebrew and proficient in... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Arden

11:45am

Ladino Romansas and How One Family’s Story from Spain to Seattle Changed the Way Sepharadim Pray
Ladino, the language of Sephardic Jews, has been passed down since the golden age of Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries. For Hazzan Isaac Azose, it was passed down as his family was exiled from Spain in 1492, moved to Turkey, and then in the early 1900s to Seattle. While Seattle’s Sephardic Jews no longer converse in Ladino, they retain much of its deep richness. Ladino romansas—love songs—are some of Hazzan Azose’s favorite Ladino songs. He incorporated their melodies into the Sephardic prayer service at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, where he served as Hazzan (Cantor) for 34 years. Come and enjoy stories and romansas with Hazzan Azose!

Presenters
avatar for Isaac Azose

Isaac Azose

Isaac Azose was born July 1930 in Seattle, Washington. His parents, Jack and Louise Azose, born in Turkey, met for the first time in Seattle in 1928 and were married in June 1929. He married the former Lily Shemia of Egypt in March 1962, a marriage that produced four children. Lily... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Spartan

11:45am

Torah against Patriarchy: Men Confronting Toxic Masculinity in Jewish Culture
The Jewish community is not immune to misogyny or gender violence. That has been made clear by accounts of the conduct of Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein, and others; it was made clear last year by sexist and racist emails sent out by a Chicago AEPi chapter. The hard work of tikkun olam requires us, especially men, to recognize this oppression against women and hold each other accountable. But how? This session will explore the impact of toxic norms of masculinity and oppression of non-male people in our Jewish spaces. Driven by personal reflection, we will study texts and video stories about sexist dynamics in American Jewish culture and steps to change. How have Torah, anti-Semitism, assimilation, Zionism, and historic trauma shaped our current situation? And where can tradition point us to a better world, where the swords of sexist violence are beaten into plowshares, where men listen to women and learn to love? This session is primarily directed toward fostering discussion of accountability among men. All, however, are welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Wood

Jeremy Wood

Jeremy is an attorney and law clerk on the Washington Court of Appeals. Before law school, he taught English and coexistence to youth living in Israel, and served as an Avodah Corps member, where he advocated for the care of youth living with HIV. There he provided sexual health... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
McAleer

11:45am

Jocks and Nerds, Priests and Rabbis: Characterizations of Jewish Leadership
We'll be studying classical Jewish texts that imagine the character traits, skills, and knowledge of priests and rabbis. Through our learning, we will explore how the sages of the Talmud imagine and construct their own power, and think about what their model can teach us about Jewish leadership today. Learners of all backgrounds welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Paula Rose

Paula Rose

Rabbi Paula Rose serves as the assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle's North End. She was recently ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she also received a master’s degree in Talmud. She loves much of her rabbinic work, but her passion is teaching T... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Aurora

11:45am

Opening the Gates of Study: A Talmud Shiur for Everyone
The early rabbis were engaged in a radical project to entirely reimagine the Jewish world as they knew it. Part of that meant opening text study and interpretation to the entire Jewish world. Come explore their world and follow in their footsteps by learning a Talmudic text—in the original Hebrew and Aramaic! You will learn with a chevruta (study partner) and walk away as part of this new reopening of text study. Please note: You must know the aleph bet to participate in this session. Reading comprehension of Hebrew is not required. All materials will be provided.

Presenters
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Isaac Cowhey

Isaac Cowhey teaches the Gaymara class at Kadima, which offers queer-centric Talmud study in the original Hebrew and Aramaic for all students, even beginners. Isaac's main interests are rabbinic approaches to power structures, reworking tradition in the wake of destruction, and w... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Hamlin

11:45am

Chagall Was Not Alone: Jews, Art, and Change In Revolutionary Russia…and Now
Marc Chagall was a very significant artist, but he did not stand alone, nor did his styles emerge from nowhere. Learn about the influences of radical universalist art movements, cooperation, fertile imaginations, and the radically important work of Jewish artists, including Chagall, at the intersections of Jewish culture, modernity, and the Russian Revolution—and discuss whether the cultural, artistic, and political revolution represented by these artists intersects with our own times.

Presenters
avatar for Rainer Waldman Adkins

Rainer Waldman Adkins

Rainer Waldman Adkins is a Hebrew calligrapher, draughtsman, painter, muralist, and printmaker, with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington. Artworks by Rainer are highly visible at Congregation Beth Shalom and the Kline Galland Home. He is the Program/Art Specialist with Launch at Kimball Elementary School, Seattle, teaches... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Highlander

1:15pm

Learn to Radically Transform Divisive Issues by Asking the Right Questions!
Are our brains wired to disagree? Are we stuck with a Red/Blue divide forever? Can we overcome our evolutionary need for conflict? Dr. René Levy and Amy Paquette will share and engage session participants in a deep look at our “emotional brain.” In doing so, we learn that our political positions are the result of deeply felt moral choices. As a result, political polarization between liberals and conservatives starts to make sense. With that understanding and an awareness of our shared humanity, we can learn to avoid “zero-empathy” and listen to each other and perceive how it is possible to create a community that is strong, caring, pluralistic and respectful—the perfect Limmud community. Dr. Levy will explain his ideas and walk us to the edge and back. Following an introduction, the topic “After Trump” will be the jumping-off point for a hands-on group discussion to employ meaningful tools that can trick our brains into answering “yes” to Cain’s question to G-d, after he murdered his brother, Abel—“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Presenters
avatar for René Levy

René Levy

René H. Levy, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Pharmaceutics and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as department chair for 26 years, published 330 research articles and several books on the treatment of epilepsy, and received several scientific awards. Dr. Levy has applied his neuroscience background to understand divisiveness and fracturing of the American Jewish community around... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Aurora

1:15pm

Beneath the Layers of Sephardic Jewish History
Sephardic Jews began in Spain (Sepharad), where many came after the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. Muslims took over Spain in 711, a good period for Jews. The Christians brought hardships, including forced conversion of many Jews in 1391 and the expulsion of remaining Jews in 1492. Expelled Sephardim were successful in the Ottoman Empire, but by the late 1800s these Jews began emigrating. A few young Turkish Jews made their way to US cities such as Seattle, where the community grew rapidly until the stricter 1920s immigration laws. Groups came from Tekirdag, Rhodes, and Marmara; their descendants are the backbone of synagogues Ezra Bessaroth (Rhodes) and Sephardic Bikur Holim (Tekirdag, Marmara).

Presenters
avatar for Eugene Normand

Eugene Normand

Dr. Eugene Normand, a recognized aerospace engineer, has been involved with Jewish institutions for more than four decades (Chicago and Seattle). He has served as the President of the Seattle Hebrew Academy and Chair of the Education Committee of Northwest Yeshiva High School. He... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Cromwell

1:15pm

American Jews and Israel: What Is Our Duty to Each Other . . . Indeed, Do We Have a Duty to Each Other?
In this fourth session in the Israel Civil Discourse Room, Doug Kahn will ask the tough question: Do American Jews and Israel have a duty to each other, and if we do, how does that play out in our lives personally and communally? This session will be limited to 20 participants and will provide space to learn and practice speaking to each other about Israel. Creating new ways to communicate about Israel is the crucial first step for Jews today. Doug will not be advocating for a “right answer,” but rather will create a space to discuss different viewpoints respectfully. Come and be ready to share your views and listen to others as they share their own.

Presenters
avatar for Doug Kahn

Doug Kahn

Rabbi Douglas Kahn is the Executive Director Emeritus of the San Francisco–based Jewish Community Relations Council and founder of Broad Tent Consulting, a JCRC consulting practice. He joined the JCRC in 1982 and became Executive Director in 1989, a position he held until his retirement in June... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Arden

1:15pm

How Leonard Bernstein Used the Music of the S'lichot Service to Create West Side Story
In creating West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein transformed Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's story about chance and fate, into a story about choice and T'shuvah. In this presentation, Carl will show you how Leonard Bernstein used the musical modes of the S'lichot service (part of the High Holiday liturgy) to not only write the music but also infuse the score with Jewish concepts of S'lichot and T'shuvah, forgiveness and repentance.

Presenters
avatar for Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres is a composer of new Jewish liturgical music and is passionate about traditional Eastern European nusach and davening. Carl loves sharing this passion with individuals, groups, and congregations. He strives to involve congregations in innovative davening experiences s... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ballinger

1:15pm

Jewish Values in Action: Responding to Rohingya Persecution in Burma
Since August 25, 2017, the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority in Burma (Myanmar), have suffered brutally at the hands of Burmese forces. Soldiers have burned Rohingya villages to the ground and indiscriminately massacred Rohingya men, women, and children. More than 620,000 people have been forced to flee by foot and boats to refugee camps in Bangladesh, joining 300,000 Rohingya refugees already there. What should the Jewish response be? Hear from American Jewish World Service Executive Director of San Francisco and the Western Region, Alon Shalev, on the latest updates concerning the Rohingya. Learn how AJWS is working to support them and how Jewish values guide AJWS initiatives there and in 19 countries in the developing world.

Presenters
avatar for Alon Shalev

Alon Shalev

Alon Shalev is the Executive Director of AJWS–San Francisco and the Western Region, where he works to broaden and deepen AJWS’s presence, manages major gift fund-raising campaigns, and mobilizes supporters to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Alon joined AJWS after nine years as Executive Director of San Francisco Hillel. As a lifelong activist for human rights, and a proud Jew, Alon sees social justice as an integral part of his and many... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Highlander

1:15pm

Midrash 101
You hear it all the time; “a Midrash teaches...” What are these Midrashim? Where did they come from? In this text study we will consider the different types of Midrash, history, and consider some approaches to the study of Midrash. And, of course, study Midrash!

Presenters
avatar for Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, a Covenant Award winner, is in her twelfth year as Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Rivy has taught several long-standing weekly classes for the community, including a women’s Talmud class now in its 24th year. Her column “What’s Your JQ” appeared in the JT News and now runs in the new Jewish in Seattle magazine... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Mt. Rainier

1:15pm

Expressing the Parsha through Art
Text and art—they have gone hand in hand for centuries. David Moss, an American-born, Jerusalem artist tells stories of the Hebrew Bible through art. One of my favorites is his artistic expression of the akeida—the binding of Isaac. Using color and shape, Moss brings this story alive and tells the story without using words, offering a new perspective on understanding the text. We will examine the akeida story and how David Moss brings it to life and also think about how we might apply this technique to other texts and what that might look like. This class promises to provide you with a new lens for studying Torah, noticing patterns, language choices, and movement between the biblical characters. This class is designed for both longtime and new students of Torah.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Borodin

Jill Borodin

Jill Borodin is the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom, a traditional egalitarian Conservative synagogue in the North End of Seattle. She is a native of Toronto, Canada. She graduated with a joint honors degree in Jewish and Middle East Studies from McGill University. In 20... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Alumni

1:15pm

Accepting Death in Order to Live Life with Joy
Through music/niggunim, texts, chevruta, and discussion, we will explore daily, weekly, and annual Jewish rituals that invite us to face death and loss in order to live more actualized, grateful, and joyful lives.

Presenters
avatar for Avi Rosenfeld

Avi Rosenfeld

Avi grew up as a secular "western wandering Jew" in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington. Avi began the lifelong process of tshuva (returning to the image of G?d within and searching for It in all humanity) on his first trip to Israel at the age of 20. He spent many years in Israel, learning at Yeshivat Bat Ayin and the Hebrew University before attending Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, where he was ordained. Upon ordination, Avi returned to Washington along with his wife, Rachel, and 3 kids (now 4 kids!). Avi is a staff chaplain at Evergreen Hospital and Hospice in addition to his work for... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Horizon

2:45pm

From Cairo to Kindle: Jewish Identity, Values, and Books
David Naggar’s parents came to this country via Europe from Egypt, where they lived in residences that now house ambassadorial residences. The world they lived in ended in 1956 when the Jews were expelled by Gamal Abdel Nasser, and they had 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 last eight years at Amazon, where he is currently the leader of the global Kindle Books team, David looks forward to sharing his story, how it shaped him as a person and a Jew, and to hearing about, discussing, and exploring the common threads in many Jewish families.

Presenters
avatar for David Naggar

David Naggar

David Naggar was born in NYC to Jewish immigrant parents who had both been born in Egypt, but whose families no longer found themselves welcome in the country of their birth after the events of Suez in 1956. David grew up in New York and attended Stuyvesant High School and Cornell University before beginning a career in book publishing at Warner Books in 1986. He also went to... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Hamlin

2:45pm

Transgender in Jewish Law and Ritual
What does Jewish law have to say about being transgender? What is the proper blessing before taking one's hormones? Is there a special ritual for going to the mikveh when one is transitioning gender? This session will discuss the history of transgender ritual and halacha (law), and explore some of the innovations being made by transgender Jews to adapt ancient customs for our needs.

Presenters
avatar for Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater

Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater

Rabbi Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater is a transgender rabbi, author, and activist. Her rabbinic work celebrates the margins of Judaism and the marginalized people who inhabit those spaces. She is the founder of the Transgender Halacha Project, focused on celebrating and affirming trans... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cromwell

2:45pm

What’s the Latest? Exploring New Models of Jewish Community
In this session, we’ll explore some of the new models of Jewish community and spiritual expression that have sprung up over the past decade or so across the country. These range from independent minyanim to niggun collectives, and from Jewish meditation groups to rabbi-led “emergent” communities. Rachel will share some of what she’s learned through her work at Kavana and with the Jewish Emergent Network. We’ll also consider a variety of questions: What values and qualities do these new models share, and what best practices have emerged from them? What impact might these new models have on other Jewish communal institutions, and on the American Jewish landscape as a whole? What might the next wave of contemporary religious institutions look like, and what should professional training institutions (e.g., rabbinical schools) be doing and teaching now in order to prepare the next generation of Jewish spiritual leaders?

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Nussbaum

Rachel Nussbaum

Rachel Nussbaum is the Rabbi and Executive Director of the Kavana Cooperative, which she co-founded in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle in 2006. On any given day, you might find Rachel talking about Jewish identity over a cup of coffee, teaching Torah, pondering next... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Ballinger

2:45pm

Jews, America, and Politics—Examined through Primary Sources: Sometimes Inspiring, Sometimes Revolting, but Always Intertwined
In every generation, beginning long before our nation’s birth in 1776, our Jewish voice has been deeply intertwined with America’s politics and development, built into the very fabric of this country. At times we stood as a moral voice, influencing presidents and people of great power. In other times we had to fight to survive, pushing back against waves of bigotry and xenophobia. Our discussion will examine numerous important primary sources, some you may have heard of, and some that may be a shock. These foundational documents may perhaps even inspire us with the challenges of today’s political landscape. In a time when American politics is tested and strained, have we learned from our history? American Jewish history has an incredible wealth of wisdom, so together, let us learn from our past, to enrich the present, in order to build our future.

Presenters
avatar for Jason Levine

Jason Levine

Rabbi Jason Levine serves as the associate rabbi at Temple Beth Am in North Seattle. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally from the Midwest, he studied neurobiology and behavior and Near Eastern studies at Cornell University before working in bot... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Alumni

2:45pm

Tsadiks and Socialists
Jewish immigrants were instrumental in the labor struggles at the turn of the 20th century, a force that has been termed the Jewish Labor Movement. Conventional wisdom understands this labor struggle to be secular in nature_x0097_even anti-religious. But is that true? In text and song, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum and Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell will lead an exploration of the religious character of the Jewish Labor Movement.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Rothbaum

Mike Rothbaum

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum serves as rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Acton, MA, and lives with his husband, Yiddish singer Anthony Russell, in Concord. Rabbi Mike has received accolades for his achievements in religious school, B'nai Mitzvah, youth group, and camp settings. He has also done extensive work with faith-based social justice organizations, including Bend the Arc and... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Russell

Anthony Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Russell is now a vocalist, composer, and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones, and Chasidic nigunim. Inspired by the phenomena of diaspora culture, his work in traditional Ashkenazi musical forms has led to an exploration of his own roots through the research, arrangement, and performance of a hundred years of African American traditional music. The result of this work is his ongoing project with klezmer consort Veretski Pass, Convergence (2014 New Jewish Culture Network Music Commission Finalist), combining Ashkenazi and African American traditional musical forms to create singular narratives. Anthony's work in Jewish music has brought him to stages in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, New York, and Tel Aviv; JCCs in Manhattan and San Francisco; Symphony Space in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and Limmud fests across the US and Europe. Upcoming engagements include performances in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and London. Anthony lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his husband, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum. Photo... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Mt. Rainier

2:45pm

Tu B'shevat at Home in Seattle: Ashkenazi and Sephardic Traditions for the New Year of the Trees
More info to come. Stay tuned!

Presenters
avatar for Al Maimon

Al 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, traditi... Read More →
avatar for Kate Speizer

Kate Speizer

Rabbi Kate Speizer serves as the Adult Engagement Director at Temple De Hirsch Sinai and coordinates the citywide Jewish seniors program called Endless Opportunities. Her passion is to make Jewish living and learning accessible and relevant, building community by connecting people to their Jewish identity and the greater community. Jewish values are the anchor within the work Kate pursues as a teacher, parent, partner, and friend. Born and raised in Northern California, Kate returned to the West Coast with her husband, Ilan, and their two children in the summer of 2013 after having served as campus rabbi at Cornell University for five years. The Speizer family loves living in... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
McAleer

2:45pm

How Can I Even Talk to This Person? A How-To Guide for Healthier Conversations
In this fifth session of the Israel Civil Discourse Room, Stanley Wulf will confront the challenges that we have in speaking to each other about Israel. The first crucial step is understanding why we have difficulty, and then learning how we can talk about Israel without hurtful judgement and high emotions. In this session, Stanley presents a model that offers concepts and guidelines for navigating such sensitive conversations—including “The 3 No’s,” the 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, how to sidestep pitfalls, and how to facilitate a more constructive discussion. This session will be limited to 20 participants.

Presenters
avatar for Stanley Wulf

Stanley Wulf

Dr. Stanley Wulf speaks internationally about the conflict in the Middle East and the difficulties we experience as Diaspora Jews in hearing and sharing differing views. The model he presents centers on "The 3 No's," the three areas that most often lead to conflict and how to avoid them. More information is at... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Arden

2:45pm

Hasidic Music and the Elevation of the Soul
The music of Hasidic Jews is built upon a fascinating array of both Jewish and non-Jewish influences. In this multimedia presentation, focusing on the area in and around Uman, Ukraine, Josh Horowitz will unearth hidden Kabbalistic musical symbolisms and examine connections between Ottoman, Napoleonic, and Russian military bands, part of the Hasidic proclivity for assimilating neighboring musical cultures. The presentation will feature music examples, film clips, fun facts, insightful music analyses, and anecdotes about the styles of the different Hasidic dynasties as Horowitz asks, “What is Jewish in this music?”

Presenters
avatar for Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz is the director of the Budowitz klezmer ensemble and co-founder of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio. Performing on tsimbl (Yiddish dulcimer), 19th-century button accordion, and piano, he has recorded with numerous artists, including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Itzhak Perlman. He has received more than forty... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Spartan

2:45pm

Midrashic Explorations of the First Murder
We will explore the first family’s murderous sibling rivalry, Cain’s killing his brother, Abel. Why does he do this? Who’s to blame? His parents, Adam and Eve? G-d? Following a close reading of the narrative, we will then turn to midrashim employed by Nechama Leibowitz in her Studies in Breshit. Noting how Nechama uses these midrashim, we’ll also depart from Nechama’s approach to highlight how the authors of the Midrash, our Sages, were themselves astute close readers of Tanakh, to communicate their profound insights into one of the major themes of the entire book of Genesis: brotherly conflict: Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, and Joseph and his brothers. Time permitting, we consider the closing narrative of Breshit, how Yehuda’s heroism provides an antidote to the poison of Cain’s murdering his brother, Abel.

Presenters
avatar for Rob Toren

Rob Toren

God, Torah and Israel, and classical music.


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Horizon

2:45pm

The Torah Is So Great—Even the Angels Want It!
The Talmud tells us that when Moses went up to receive the Torah, the Angels did not want to give it up! What follows is an epic battle of wits between Moses and the Angels. We will examine this story and attempt to gain an understanding of how the Talmud sees the role of the Human in the world and in leadership.

Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America, for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud In... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Highlander

2:45pm

Art out of Poetry: A Visual Study of Yehuda Amichai's Poems
Yehuda Amichai is considered by many to be modern Hebrew’s foremost poet. His poetry is straightforward yet laced with deep emotion, striking imagery, and allusions to Jewish texts and traditions. Together we will read a few of Yehuda Amichai’s poems and discuss them as a group. We will then use a variety of techniques such as collage, drawing, painting, and simple printmaking to create works of art inspired by the poems we have studied. We will reconvene at the end of the session to discuss the art we have made.

Presenters
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 artist Robin Atl... 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.


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cascade

2:45pm

Tanya on One Foot
Do you have conflicting desires and emotions? How can you determine what you really want out of life? Come explore the wisdom of the Kabbalah. It is waiting to help you overcome barriers to self-fulfillment. Through the lens of the Tanya, a book written by the first Chabad Rebbe in 1796, we will dig deep into the human psyche. This is no ordinary self-help lecture; it will provide you with the perspective to understand who you are and what you can become. No previous Jewish experience or knowledge is needed—come chart a new course for a life filled with purpose, all in 75 minutes. Can’t beat that, can you?

Presenters
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 two years ago with his wife and children to establish Chab... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Aurora

4:15pm

Jewish Responses to Countering Extremism
Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will explore how to combat extremism and promote dialogue. Through the medium of documentary film, we will explore some of the Jewish responses to extremism—an area the presenter studied and worked in for over a decade—touching on a number of approaches and texts. Participants will debate the most apt response since, given the times we live in, noresponse is not a viable option!

Presenters
avatar for Eli Ovits

Eli Ovits

Eli Ovits is chief executive of Limmud International. Representing Limmud in 43 countries, Eli supports the development of Limmud, its programs, and its volunteers. Eli is a Captain (res) in the IDF Spokespersons Unit and a graduate of Hebrew University. He has lectured/traveled... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Horizon

4:15pm

What Have You Got for Me, Judaism? A Guide for Environmentalists Looking to Connect Judaism with Advocacy
Judaism is rich with themes and instructions that directly speak to our relationship with the earth. Our religious calendar, which includes the little-known Shmita cycle, is likewise rooted in earthly cycles and opens up further chambers of the religious imagination in which to gestate a vision of “the world to come.” You will leave this session wanting to learn more about the beautiful teachings of our faith, with an awareness of what is going on in the interfaith environmental community in the Pacific Northwest, and with the relationship connections that will enable you to become leaders in the Pacific Northwest and in your own community.

Presenters
avatar for Deirdre Gabbay

Deirdre Gabbay

Deirdre Gabbay is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, where she helped start the group Ahavat v'Avodat HaAdamah, which means "love and service of the earth," a Jewish-based environmental group that strives to deepen understanding of Judaism's teachings with respect to the land, engages in direct actions such as tree planting and maintaining a large food garden through which we support the JFS food bank, and undertakes political advocacy. Deirdre has given numerous divrei Torah interpreting the environmental messages found in Hebrew scripture for Jewish and interfaith audiences. She is author of the blog... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Cromwell

4:15pm

Carp in a Bathtub: Gefilte Fish 101
Gefilte fish was once a way of honoring the most precious days of the Jewish calendar. Today, it is most often stuffed in jars and found on dusty store shelves. Upon founding the Gefilteria, Liz and Jeffrey knew that if they could make gefilte fish relevant again for a new generation, then they could do anything. Come learn how simple it is to make gefilte fish in your own home while diving into the history of this unique dish. Tastings will be provided!

Presenters
avatar for Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz are on a mission to reclaim and revolutionize Ashkenazi cuisine. The Gefilteria is a new kind of food venture launched in 2012 with the mission of reimagining Eastern European Jewish cuisine, adapting classic dishes to the values and tastes of a new generation... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Cascade

4:15pm

What We Talk about When We Talk about Israeli Security
In this sixth session in the Israel Civil Discourse Room, Elisheva Goldberg will attempt to help us get at the heart of what we talk about when we talk about Israel. When we talk about Israel and its security, what we are really doing is expressing a certain amount of our own underlying emotional experience. The work is to ask genuinely curious questions and make room for other people's experience—only then can we really hear what people in our own community are saying. Come and be ready to share your relationship to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and listen to others as they share their own. This session will be limited to 20 participants.

Presenters
avatar for Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg

Elisheva Goldberg previously served as an advisor to member of Knesset Tzipi Livni, the co-leader of the Israeli opposition. She moved to Israel in 2012 to join a Jerusalem-based think tank called Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy as an analyst and editor. Prior to her work in Israel, she was assistant editor of a Daily Beast blog called Open Zion. Hailing from Seattle, she has lived at various points in Israel, Egypt, and Morocco. She currently lives in New York and is fluent in Hebrew and proficient in... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Arden

4:15pm

Jewish Music Jam—Let's All Play, Sing, and Dance Together!
Learn to play the finest freylakhs, horas, waltzes, and Israeli melodies together. Let's sing and dance! Join us onstage for the closing concert if the ruach moves you! Join us whether you're a “nu”-b or an experienced klezmer or dancer. This program of favorites is accessible for all levels. Our enthusiastic, patient, and experienced dance master, Bernice Maslan, will lead as we kick up our heels and tantz until we plotz! Sheet music and lyrics in Hebrew and Yiddish (with transliteration) provided. All instruments welcome; please bring music stands.

Presenters
avatar for Jay Krulewitch

Jay Krulewitch

As a longtime Jewish musician, and as a historian and sociologist, Jay has studied Jewish music along with playing it with his main Jewish group, the Klez Katz. As such, he has enjoyed presenting interactive lectures on the history of Jewish music. It is a passion of his to teach... Read More →
avatar for Bernice Maslan

Bernice Maslan

Bernice Maslan first learned Israeli dances in Sunday School. She continues to love many forms of dance, among them folkdance, contradance, and Yiddish dance. She is currently president of Northwest Folkdancers Inc. Bernice describes herself as a clarinetist and klezmer enthusias... 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 sings and teaches Yiddish songs and klezmer music in the Seattle area at several venues, including the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and beyond, with klezmorim in his local bands Orkestyr Farfeleh, Duo Rymanow, and the Klez... Read More →
avatar for Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li Pittard

Miles (Mai Li Pittard, she/her or they/them) has been a freelance musician and performer serving the Seattle area since 2005. Holding a BM in composition from Florida State University, she drifted back toward the music of her youth, klezmer, in 2009 while scoring a theater produc... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Dance

4:15pm

We Walked with Heschel; Now What? -- Undoing Racism as Jews
Racism has become increasingly, viscerally visible in America--and yet, many of us have never had to seriously grapple with it beyond the sometimes intersecting context of antisemitism. How do Jews--who are white; who are people of color; who are part of a people that holds unique, and diverse, histories and communal narratives of navigating oppression--fit into this landscape? How can we work toward racial justice in this country, given our individual and collective experiences? Reflective dialogue and Jewish text will ground this timely exploration of how we can work to understand and undo racism in ourselves and in our institutions, with Jewishness in heart and mind.

Presenters

Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Highlander

4:15pm

Talmudic Stories: Love
The Talmud does not use the word "love" to describe romantic relationships, and yet we can find a lot of that love when reading stories of the Rabbis and their wives.

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon is one of Israel’s leading figures spearheading efforts to revive Hebrew culture and a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity. In 1989 she co-established Beit Midrash Elul in Jerusalem. In 1996, in Tel Aviv, she founded ALMA, Home for Hebrew Culture. Ruth is the author of A Bride for One Night (2001) and Talmudic Alpha Beta... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Mt. Rainier

4:15pm

On Our Doorposts—Never Forget! A New Mezuzah
We are exhorted to remember Torah teaching on our doorposts and our eyes...to teach, pray, remember, and share with the future. Mezuzah scrolls and covers are critical to Jewish life. If the traditional mezuzah represents our commitment to Torah commandments and values, how can we create a second kind of mezuzah to remind us to honor the courage and resilience of survivors of the Shoah? We will discuss and create a mezuzah and cover as an endless physical, spiritual, moral reminder of the Shoah. There will be a wide variety of materials to work with.

Presenters
avatar for sooze bloom deLeon grossman

sooze bloom deLeon grossman

Artist, educator, revolutionary bon vivant. Gardens of love, flowers and food, community, solidarity and learning, art and making...alchemy of co-creation lived in the splendid, amazing Now. My central spiritual practice is radical appreciation and gratitude. My primary life task is continuing to make the work of my... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Olympic

4:15pm

Intro to Jewish Meditation
What makes meditation “Jewish”? Come explore the history and concepts of Jewish meditation with Rabbi Shmuel Brody, the rabbi of Ashreichem Yisrael, a young and vibrant shul in South Seattle. Rabbi Brody will lead participants in a meditation practice using the uniquely Jewish ideas and thoughts. He will be your guide. Come and explore your mind.

Presenters
avatar for Shmuel Brody

Shmuel Brody

Rabbi Shmuel Brody is the founding rabbi of Ashreichem Yisrael, a young and vibrant shul in South Seattle. Rabbi Brody leads the Jewish Meditation Group, a community of diverse Jews who gather monthly for meditation, where kugel is enjoyed at its conclusion. Rabbi Brody is joined... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Aurora

5:45pm

Songs of Freedom: A Concert and Celebratory Singalong
Let’s conclude Limmud Seattle on a high note (!). Come together to sing in celebration of freedom, justice, and unity with wonderful musicians and singers Anthony Russell, Josh Horowitz, Chava Mirel, TBD, our klezmer jam players, and Carl Sayres (also our concert producer).

Presenters
avatar for Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz

Josh Horowitz is the director of the Budowitz klezmer ensemble and co-founder of the Veretski Pass klezmer trio. Performing on tsimbl (Yiddish dulcimer), 19th-century button accordion, and piano, he has recorded with numerous artists, including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Itzhak Perlman. He has received more than forty... Read More →
avatar for Jay Krulewitch

Jay Krulewitch

As a longtime Jewish musician, and as a historian and sociologist, Jay has studied Jewish music along with playing it with his main Jewish group, the Klez Katz. As such, he has enjoyed presenting interactive lectures on the history of Jewish music. It is a passion of his to teach... Read More →
avatar for Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist who combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep-pocket rhythms to bring a new approach to Jewish music. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, balance, and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring comfort and uplift the... 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 sings and teaches Yiddish songs and klezmer music in the Seattle area at several venues, including the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and beyond, with klezmorim in his local bands Orkestyr Farfeleh, Duo Rymanow, and the Klez... Read More →
avatar for Mai Li Pittard

Mai Li Pittard

Miles (Mai Li Pittard, she/her or they/them) has been a freelance musician and performer serving the Seattle area since 2005. Holding a BM in composition from Florida State University, she drifted back toward the music of her youth, klezmer, in 2009 while scoring a theater produc... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Russell

Anthony Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Russell is now a vocalist, composer, and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones, and Chasidic nigunim. Inspired by the phenomena of diaspora culture, his work in traditional Ashkenazi musical forms has led to an exploration of his own roots through the research, arrangement, and performance of a hundred years of African American traditional music. The result of this work is his ongoing project with klezmer consort Veretski Pass, Convergence (2014 New Jewish Culture Network Music Commission Finalist), combining Ashkenazi and African American traditional musical forms to create singular narratives. Anthony's work in Jewish music has brought him to stages in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, New York, and Tel Aviv; JCCs in Manhattan and San Francisco; Symphony Space in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and Limmud fests across the US and Europe. Upcoming engagements include performances in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and London. Anthony lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with his husband, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum. Photo... Read More →
avatar for Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres is a composer of new Jewish liturgical music and is passionate about traditional Eastern European nusach and davening. Carl loves sharing this passion with individuals, groups, and congregations. He strives to involve congregations in innovative davening experiences s... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Auditorium