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Sunday, January 14

1:15pm PST

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!

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Albert S 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 →
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Kate Speizer

Director of Adult Engagement & Endless Opportunities, Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Rabbi Kate Speizer loves to make Jewish living and learning accessible for individuals through community and connection. 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... Read More →

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

4:15pm PST

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.

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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 PST
Cromwell (South)