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Saturday, January 13
 

6:00pm

Check-In
Check-in is located in the Auditotium Lobby (North).  Please enter from the East entrance.

Saturday January 13, 2018 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Auditorium Lobby (North)

6:45pm

Havdalah
Presenters
avatar for Jason Kintzer

Jason Kintzer

Jason Kintzer is a Seattle communitarian with over 30 years’ Jewish teaching experience in Tefilah, Torah, and middot. Singing is his passion, and connecting Jews with their Yiddishkeit is a life goal. Originally from New York, Jason is a graduate of the joint program of JTS and... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 6:45pm - 7:00pm
Auditorium (North)

7:00pm

Pub Le Mood
Come hang out with friends old and new, debrief on the sessions you’ve been to, and compare schedules for Sunday while enjoying beer, wine, and “Ashkenazi cocktails” (recipes courtesy of Liz and Jeffrey from the Gefilteria in Brooklyn, who will be on hand after 9:45pm to chat informally about their concoctions, love of all things Ashkenazi, and their Sunday sessions).

Saturday January 13, 2018 7:00pm - 11:30pm
Shoreline (North)

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 Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, 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 Jay Rosenbaum

Jay Rosenbaum

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

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... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Kahn

Douglas 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... Read More →
avatar for STANLEY WULF

STANLEY WULF

Speaker, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com
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 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, and how to avoid them... Read More →


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

7:15pm

You’re Invited: Taking a Place at the Table of Talmud
Join us as we explore the complexities of “who has a seat” at the Table of Talmud. Panelists will share their experiences of “sitting at the Table of Talmud.” Until recently, access to the “table” has been limited by accessibility to the text, the teachers, and the settings. In what ways is broader access positive? What does it offer to the “Table of Talmud”? In what ways does diversity of learners impact the world of study? How can you get a seat at the table?

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 excellence... 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... Read More →
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa serves as the director of education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Yaffa received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. Rabbah Epstein has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and liturgy at Pardes... 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... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Mr. Rainier (North)

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 anointing 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 (North)

8:45pm

Hanna'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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi 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... Read More →


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

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 deserving of safety and dignity. Across the country and here in Seattle, many refugees and immigrants are seeking these conditions as they face new threats to their rights. In this session, 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. Learn about immigrant detention and deportation, the travel ban, the end of DACA, and Jewish teachings on this topic—and how to take a stand to help our community members and those in need of b'tzelem elohim.

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... 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 vulnerable... Read More →


Saturday January 13, 2018 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Mr. Rainier (North)
 
Sunday, January 14
 

8:00am

Check-In & Breakfast
Check-in is located in the North Lobby on Sunday morning and a Continental breakfast is in Shoreline (North)

Sunday January 14, 2018 8:00am - 8:45am
Main Entrance Lobby

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... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Mr. Rainier (North)

8:45am

Shalom, My Name Is _____________ (Insert your name here)
Start your day with a workshop designed to build relationships among participants in fun and creative ways. What brought you to Limmud? What do you love about Judaism? What challenges and inspires you? Through a series of facilitated, arts-based activities that incorporate poetry, movement, theater, and singing, this session will provide opportunities to explore many such questions while getting to know fellow participants. Come ready to try new things, play, think, feel, create, enjoy yourselves, and maybe make new friends along the way. Designed for all levels—no art experience necessary!

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... 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... Read More →


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

8:45am

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 and later expulsion. After waves of emigration, a few young Turkish Jews ultimately made their way to US cities such as Seattle, where the community grew rapidly until the stricter 1920s immigration laws. Explore the journeys of groups from Tekirdag, Rhodes, and Marmar and their descendants, to the founding of synagogues Ezra Bessaroth and Sephardic Bikur Holim.

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 8:45am - 10:00am
McAleer (South)

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... Read More →


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

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

Speaker, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com
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 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, and how to avoid them... Read More →


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

8:45am

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... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am
Spartan (North)

8:45am

Of Many: Multifaith Leadership on American Campuses
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Middle East violence and tension between Jewish and Muslim students on college campuses, this short documentary focuses on the surprising and transformative relationship between an Orthodox rabbi and an imam who serve as university chaplains in New York. We'll learn of communities struck by catastrophe where young religious Jews and Muslims work together and overcome long-standing divides. Timely and humorous, Of Many offers a hopeful narrative in the face of a seemingly irreconcilable conflict. Interfaith activist Chelsea Garbell, featured in the documentary, joins us 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
Highlander (North)

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... Read More →


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

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 (South)

10:15am

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 10:15am - 11:30am
Ballinger (South)

10:15am

The Beauty of Sephardic Life: Up Close and Personal
The Seattle Sephardic community is rich in history and traditions. Come learn about “Levantine,” Ladino-speaking Sephardic traditions and practices as described in The Beauty of Sephardic Life: Scholarly, Humorous & Personal Reflections, by Sam Bension Maimon, the presenter’s father. This session will provide snapshots of community practices and traditions in “the old country” and in Seattle, looking at language, life cycle events, holidays, and music from the island of Rhodes, Tekirdag, Gallipoli, and Marmara. We’ll also learn about the author, his interests, and his service to the community.

Presenters
avatar for Albert Maimon

Albert Maimon

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


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

10:15am

Tell Me a Story: Children of Holocaust Survivors Take on Their Legacy
Who will testify when survivors cannot? Children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are telling the stories of their legacy in classrooms of our state. The Holocaust Center for Humanity has worked with the children and grandchildren of survivors to help them research and share their family histories. In this session Michal Lotzkar and Naomi Newman, children of survivors, and Ingrid Steppic, child of Righteous Among the Nations, will offer a look into the process of uncovering their parents' stories, finding documents, and the challenge of confronting their family histories to become classroom witnesses. Learn of the work of Legacy Speakers in the Pacific Northwest, featuring video/audio presentations.

Moderators
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 2012... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Michal Lotzkar

Michal Lotzkar

Michal Lotzkar’s father, Arieh Engelberg, was caught up in the partitioning of Eastern Europe when the Nazis invaded his home country of Poland in 1939. After moving into Soviet territory, the family was exiled to Siberian labor camps during the war. Using primary sources, maps... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Newman

Naomi Newman

Naomi Newman is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. As a Legacy Speaker for the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Speakers Bureau, she tells both her parents’ amazing stories using primary source documents. Naomi’s father escaped Austria for the US via Russia and Japan before... Read More →
avatar for Ingrid Steppic

Ingrid Steppic

Born during World War II in Holland, some of Ingrid Kanis Steppic’s earliest memories include the Canadian liberation of her town and her father’s return from Dachau. As a Legacy Speaker with the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Speakers Bureau, Ingrid shares with students and... Read More →


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

10:15am

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 Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg

Rabbi 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. Rabbi... Read More →


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

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 Douglas Kahn

Douglas 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... Read More →


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

10:15am

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... Read More →


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

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 Congregation 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... Read More →


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

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

Yaffa serves as the director of education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Yaffa received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. Rabbah Epstein has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and liturgy at Pardes... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Mr. Rainier (North)

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." This "difficult condition" became the basis for his definition of Judaism in his writings. Levinas finds a concrete example of this fairly radical worldview in the Talmud. We'll explore the Talmudic text and how Levinas makes sense of it, and how this challenge 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... Read More →


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

10:15am

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... Read More →


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

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 scie... Read More →


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

11:30am

Lunch
Enjoy a Seattle Va'ad–certified kosher lunch while sharing the things you learned with old and new friends. Or get a "grab-and-go" lunch and head to the next session so you don't miss a thing!

Sunday January 14, 2018 11:30am - 2:30pm
Shoreline (North)

11:45am

What Your Jewish Teen Is Really Doing and What to Do about It
Your parents didn't know everything your teenage self was up to, so why do you think your kids are any different? With 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 modern challenges. Yes, there are ways to get your teen to talk to you and turn from their screens. Learn the keys to success of keeping your child connected after the bar/bat mitzvah and how to instill in them a Jewish identity that will last a lifetime. Mistakes will be shared, and a lively Q&A will follow.

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 estate... Read More →


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

11:45am

The Gefilte Manifesto: Reimagining Old World Jewish Foods (lecture with slides)
Ready for the Jewish food renaissance? 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—covering Eastern Europe and the Lower East Side—to gather kitchen wisdom from generations past. Learn of their work to reclaim time-honored techniques and ingredients to produce dishes that will make you rethink traditional cooking. Share in their wisdom of Ashkenazi cuisine gleaned during their whirlwind worldwide travels.

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. They’re the people with the chutzpah to believe that Old World Jewish foods can be beautiful, inspiri... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Mr. Rainier (North)

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
Hamlin (South)

11:45am

What We Talk about When We Talk about Israeli Security
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 Israeli security, what we're 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 third session of the Israel Civil Discourse Room 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... Read More →


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

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 (North)

11:45am

Torah against Patriarchy: Men Confronting Toxic Masculinity in Jewish Culture
The Jewish community is not immune to misogyny or gender violence, made clear by accounts of the conduct of Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein, and others, and 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 in our Jewish spaces, along with texts and video stories about sexist dynamics in American Jewish culture and steps to change. How have Torah, anti-Semitism, assimilation, Zionism, and historical trauma shaped the present? Where can tradition point us to a better world? Primarily directed toward discussion among men, but all 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 education... Read More →


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

11:45am

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

11:45am

Reel Jew-ISH: Seattle's Jewish Women in Film
This panel features five 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 onscreen—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... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Emily Alhadeff

Emily Alhadeff

Emily Keeler Alhadeff is a Seattle-based writer focused on religion, technology, travel, arts, and culture. She is the editor of the award-winning Jewish in Seattle magazine, a glossy lifestyle publication in the Puget Sound region. Her work has appeared in Tablet, Moment, and... Read More →
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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Elisa Levine

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... 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 Hillywood (2013... 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... Read More →


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

1:15pm

Learn to Radically Transform Divisive Issues by Asking the Right Questions!
Are our brains wired to disagree? Is the Red/Blue divide and our evolutionary need for conflict inevitable? Dr. René Levy and Amy Paquette will engage participants to look deeply at our “emotional brain," and explore how our political positions are the result of deeply felt moral choices. We will learn to avoid “zero-empathy,” and to actively listen and create a community that is strong, caring, pluralistic, and respectful—the perfect Limmud community. In the age of Trump, learn meaningful tools that can trick our brains into answering “yes” to Cain’s question to G-d, after his murder of Abel—“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Presenters
avatar for Rene Levy

Rene 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... Read More →
avatar for Amy Paquette

Amy Paquette

Amy Paquette moved to Seattle from Montana in 1996. After completing her BA at Gonzaga University, she immediately started working in the nonprofit field. Passionate about ideas, creative solutions, and changing the world, Amy worked for over 10 years at the Jewish Federation of Greater... Read More →


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

1:15pm

What Being Raised Buddhist and Jewish Taught Me about Leadership
Born to Jews but raised in Buddhist teachings, Aaron Hurst's upbringing as a “BuJew” shapes his social entrepreneurship as he works 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, and co-founded Imperative, helping organizations globally uncover and apply purpose in their work. Learn 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... Read More →


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

1:15pm

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... Read More →


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

1:15pm

Judaism at Home in Seattle: Ashkenazi and Sephardi Traditions for the New Year of the Trees
In our homes, opportunities to engage Jewishly are in every corner. From bedtime blessings to doorpost marking, we are more present to our days when we participate in Jewish rituals, new and ancient. At holiday time, beyond celebrating communally, the ways we bring Jewish festivities into our homes is invaluable. In this session, we'll use the upcoming holiday of the trees and nature, Tu B’Shevat, to demonstrate how it is possible to “do Jewish” at home. Experience the celebratory Sephardic practice of “Fruticas,” and join in breaking down perceived barriers to discover a wealth of resources—for Tu B’Shevat and beyond. All experience levels and backgrounds welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Albert Maimon

Albert Maimon

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


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

1:15pm

American Jews and Israel: What Is Our Duty to Each Other . . . Indeed, Do We Have a Duty to Each Other?
Do American Jews and Israel have a duty to each other, and if so, how does that play out in our lives personally and communally? Led by Doug Kahn, this fourth session of the Israel Civil Discourse Room will be limited to 20 participants and 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. Avoiding advocacy of a “right answer,” Doug will create a space to discuss different viewpoints respectfully. Come share your views and listen to those of others!

Presenters
avatar for Douglas Kahn

Douglas 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... Read More →


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

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 such... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Spartan (North)

1:15pm

Jewish Values in Action: Responding to Rohingya Persecution in Burma
Since August, the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority in Burma (Myanmar), have suffered brutally, as soldiers burn their villages to the ground and indiscriminately massacre their men, women, and children. More than 620,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee by foot and boats to refugee camps in Bangladesh, joining 300,000 refugees already there. What should the Jewish response be? Hear from Alon Shalev, American Jewish World Service Executive Director of San Francisco & Western Region, on the latest from the area, their work to support the Rohingya, and how Jewish values guide AJWS initiatives there and in 19 other developing countries.

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Mr. Rainier (North)

1:15pm

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.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 chavrutah (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 wordplay... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Hamlin (South)

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. Using color and shape, Moss brings alive stories like "The Akeida"—the binding of Isaac—without using words, and offers a new perspective on understanding the text. We'll examine this story and how David Moss brings it to life, and think about how we might apply this technique to other texts. This class promises to provide a new lens for studying Torah, noticing patterns, language choices, and movement between biblical characters. 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 2001... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm
McAleer (South)

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... Read More →


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

2:45pm

What’s the Latest? Exploring New Models of Jewish Community
Explore the past decade's new models of Jewish community and spiritual expression, ranging from independent minyanim to niggun collectives, from meditation groups to rabbi-led “emergent” communities. Rachel will share learnings from her work at Kavana and with the Jewish Emergent Network. Explore what values and qualities these new models share, the best practices that have emerged, and the impact they might have on other Jewish communal institutions—and the broader American Jewish landscape. What might the next wave of religious institutions look like, and what training will best 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 year’s... Read More →


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

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 identities... Read More →


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

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 Congregation 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... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi 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... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Mr. Rainier (North)

2:45pm

Jews, America, and Politics—Examined through Primary Sources: Sometimes Inspiring, Sometimes Revolting, but Always Intertwined
For generations, our Jewish voice has been deeply intertwined with America’s politics and development—and built into the fabric of this country. We've stood as a moral voice, influencing presidents and the powerful, or we've fought to survive, pushing back against waves of bigotry and xenophobia. Our discussion will examine numerous important sources, some familiar, some that might shock. These foundational documents may even inspire us with the challenges of today’s political landscape. In a time when our politics are tested and strained, dive into American Jewish history and its incredible wealth of wisdom—and together learn from our past to enrich 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 both... Read More →


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

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

Speaker, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com
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 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, and how to avoid them... Read More →


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

2:45pm

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... 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... Read More →


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

2:45pm

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 power.

Presenters
avatar for Connie Burk

Connie Burk

NW Network
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... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Midrashic Explorations of the First Murder
We will explore the first family’s murderous sibling rivalry, Why did Cain kill Abel? 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. We'll move on 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. We'll consider the closing narrative of Breshit, how Yehuda’s heroism provides an antidote to the poison of fratricide.

Presenters
avatar for Rob Toren

Rob Toren

Rabbi Rob Toren served as the Samis Foundation’s first Chief Grants Officer when he moved to Seattle in 1997 and then as Executive Director since 2010. The Samis Foundation was begun by Sam Israel to continue his philanthropic legacy and concentrates its philanthropy in the areas... Read More →


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

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

Yaffa serves as the director of education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Yaffa received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. Rabbah Epstein has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and liturgy at Pardes... Read More →


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

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 Atlas... 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 (East)

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 Chabad... Read More →


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

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 widely... Read More →


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

4:15pm

The Best of Israel’s Youth – Right Here in Seattle: A Panel Discussion
Seattle is excited to host talented young Israelis who are living here for a year. Come and engage in a panel discussion, moderated by Amy Amiel, to hear why these young Israelis came to Seattle, what they hope to achieve, what positive messages they are conveying about Israel, and what they are learning about Seattle’s Jewish community. Lidar Efrati and Tal Bronstain are with the Shinshin program (shnat sheirut—year of volunteer service) through the Jewish Agency. For them this is a gap year between high school and the army. Udi Asaraf is the current StandWithUs Northwest shaliach. He has educated dozens of student groups and others across the Pacific Northwest about Israeli history, politics, and culture. 

Moderators
avatar for Amy Amiel

Amy Amiel

Amy Z. Amiel serves as the senior program officer of the Samis Foundation, a Seattle-based funder focused on local, quality Jewish education and support for the State of Israel. With more than 20 years’ experience as a professional in Jewish life, Amy continues to be intrigued... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ehud

Ehud "Udi" Asaraf

Ehud “Udi” Asaraf, 27, was born and grew up in Netivot, a small town in southern Israel, which is located between Gaza and Beersheva. He is the second child of four siblings. Udi comes from a traditional Mizrachi (the term that describes Jews who have historically lived in Arab... Read More →
avatar for Tal Bronstain

Tal Bronstain

Tal Bronstain is an 18-year-old woman from Haifa, Israel. She has two younger twin sisters that started first grade this year. She studied at Leo Baeck High School, majoring in art and photography. She really enjoys practicing photography in her free time. She also loves swimming... Read More →
avatar for Lidar Efrati

Lidar Efrati

Lidar Efrati is an 18-year-old woman from Ramat Gan, Israel. She has two older brothers. She studied at Haroe High School, majoring in physics and Talmud. She enjoys surfing, hiking, baking, and sewing. She was a counselor for the Bnei Akiva youth group and was a counselor in Krembo... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Ballinger (South)

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, opening up further chambers of the religious imagination in which to gestate a vision of “the world to come.” Leave this session wanting to learn more about the beautiful teachings of our faith, with an awareness of what's going on in the interfaith environmental community in the Pacific Northwest, and with 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... Read More →


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

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. They’re the people with the chutzpah to believe that Old World Jewish foods can be beautiful, inspiri... Read More →


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

4:15pm

Hagbah, an Uplifting and Hands-On Experience: Are You Hagbah-Curious?
Did you know that most Torahs weigh only 15–25 lb—despite the common belief that the mitzvah of Hagbah can be performed only by the same 5 guys in their community? Leave this session able to: 1) handle a Torah scroll confidently and successfully; 2) understand the mitzvah’s history, customs, and spiritual meaning; and 3) answer, “Hineini…I am here,” when your Gabbai next asks, “Is there anybody who can do Hagbah?” All welcome, regardless of age or body strength. "You only need to be strong to do it wrong," so come enjoy the learning and lifting, and inspire yourselves and 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 implemented... 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 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Alumni (South)

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 Israeli security, what we're 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 those of others. 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... Read More →


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

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 enthusiast... 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... 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 production... Read More →


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

4:15pm

Following in Heschel’s Footsteps: White Jews Working for Racial Justice
It’s a beloved snapshot: Dr. King and other civil rights leaders march, arms linked, from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, accompanied by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. With racism in America increasingly revealed in new forms, Jews proudly recall this symbol of Jewish solidarity in the fight for civil rights—though many of us have never had to seriously grapple with racism beyond the sometimes intersecting context of anti-Semitism. What do today’s realities of racial violence and inequity require of us, as Jewish people, with our diverse histories and narratives of navigating oppression? Explore how we can work to understand and undo racism in ourselves and in our institutions, with Jewishness in heart and mind.

Presenters
avatar for Talya Gillman

Talya Gillman

Talya Gillman (she/her) yearns for a world in which all people experience dignity, freedom, and a sense of interconnectedness. She develops service-learning programs and curricula, planting seeds for the kinds of qualities and skills that, when cultivated, enable us to be effective... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Mr. Rainier (North)

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... Read More →


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

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 (South)

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... 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... 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... 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 production... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Eight years after making his professional operatic debut, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi 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... 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 such... Read More →


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