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Sunday, January 14

10:15am PST

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.


Yohanna Kinberg

Rabbi, Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life (Congregation Kol Ami)
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 PST
Cromwell (South)

11:45am PST

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.

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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 PST
Horizon (South)

1:15pm PST

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.

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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 PST
Spartan (North)

2:45pm PST

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.

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Emily 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 PST
Hamlin (South)