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Sunday, January 14
 

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

Convener, Panim Hadashot
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg is the Convener and Director of Panim Hadashot—New Faces. Rabbi Dov has been practicing Shabbat and Jewish hospitality from his college days. He loves to convene people to experience Shabbat joy, singing together, learning together, and improving the world... Read More →


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

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)

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

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. His first trip to Israel at age 20 and subsequent time spent living in Israel and learning in Israeli yeshivot helped start his life-long dynamic relationship to G-d. Avi's work as a hospice chaplain continues to inspire his ever changing... Read More →


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

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 founded Ahavat v'Avodat HaAdamah, "Love and Service of the Earth," in 2015 to establish an environmental presence for the Pacific Northwest rooted in Jewish text, tradition and practice, specifically to support a response to climate change. She teaches and speaks in... Read More →


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