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Sunday, January 14
 

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
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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)

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 Head of School at the Northwest Yeshiva High School since 2017. Before moving to Seattle, he worked for 12 years at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles, most recently as the Dean of Students. Jason is known for his cutting-edge pedagogy and for creating a nationally... Read More →


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

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 →
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

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)

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

Seattle-based Chava Mirel is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep pocket rhythms to bring a new sound to Jewish music. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, balance and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring... 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)

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)