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Saturday, February 9
 

8:15pm

'Go Backwards': Judaism and Israel
Based on a short text from the Babylonian Talmud, this session will attempt to explain what Judaism is and why it is no longer relevant for life in Israel.

Presenters
avatar for Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Prof., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Chaim (Harvey) Hames is chair of the General History Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance Jewish and Christian mysticism and philosophy, apocalypticism, inter-religious polemics and religious conversion. He recently... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Conference D

8:15pm

Buber's 'I and Thou': Encountering the Divine Through Meaningful Relationships

Martin Buber was an influential existentialist Jewish thinker whose writings impacted the fields of religious philosophy and psychology. In this presentation and conversation, we will discuss Buber's relational philosophy, specifically the three types of "I-Thou" encounters which he considers central to human identity. We will also discuss Buber's radical theology in which people and the Divine are interdependent in a world where God's immanence is experienced by hallowing ordinary life.


Presenters
avatar for Lior Lapid

Lior Lapid

Lior Lapid recently started a chess academy for children in the Greater Denver area. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Political Science from New Mexico State University. He is passionate about Judaism has a strong interest in the history of Jewish thought. Lior studied... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Conference 16

9:45pm

In Search of the Lost Tribes (Double Session - runs through next session slot)

Come and watch Simcha Jacobovici's (the Naked Archaeologist) Documentary: "Quest for the Lost Tribes". Who are the Lost Tribes?  Are they a myth or a fairy tale? Are these tribes really lost? The film will take us through space and time to discover a long lost chapter in Jewish history. You will be in for a surprise!   Following the film, we will analyze the documentary by learning with Carlos, the intricate lost chapter of the 10 lost tribes saga.  Who are they? Where are they located? The Pashtuns, the so called Bene Menashe, the Jews of Kaifeng, The Ethiopian Jews, The Bukharian Jews, The Samaritans, among others... are these the heirs of the Lost Tribes?


Presenters
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Conference F

11:15pm

From Holocaust Survivors to Thrivers to Coasters: A Cross-Generational Look at Personality in Our Jewish World

Over the last 70 years there have been changes in attitudes toward social, political and communal areas of life. The goal of the Holocaust survivor generation was to regenerate. That generation gave birth to children focused on creating safety and comfort. The lesson for the children of this generation became tinged with entitlement. Survivors envy grandchildren’s comfort, but there is concern regarding the strength needed to survive. This session will encourage input from participants.


Presenters
avatar for Michael J. Salamon

Michael J. Salamon

Senior Psychologist, ADC Psychological Services, PLLC
Dr. Michael Salamon received his doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America's Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and a board certified... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 11:15pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Conference D

11:15pm

In Search of the Lost Tribes (Double Session - continued from previous session slot)

Come and watch Simcha Jacobovici's (the Naked Archaeologist) Documentary: "Quest for the Lost Tribes". Who are the Lost Tribes?  Are they a myth or a fairy tale? Are these tribes really lost? The film will take us through space and time to discover a long lost chapter in Jewish history. You will be in for a surprise!   Following the film, we will analyze the documentary by learning with Carlos, the intricate lost chapter of the 10 lost tribes saga.  Who are they? Where are they located? The Pashtuns, the so called Bene Menashe, the Jews of Kaifeng, The Ethiopian Jews, The Bukharian Jews, The Samaritans, among others... are these the heirs of the Lost Tribes?


Presenters
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 11:15pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Conference F
 
Sunday, February 10
 

9:00am

Through the Lens of Cinema: Borders, Identity & Vulnerability
What is the relationship between borders, identities, and vulnerability, and how has is relationship explored in cinema? How are borderlands also testing grounds - the sites of serious ethical dilemmas? By examining powerful selections from films by Jewish and Israeli filmmakers, we will explore ways in which identities are defined and re-defined (at the personal and communal level) through the complex process of bordering.

Presenters
avatar for Ilana Lapid

Ilana Lapid

Assistant Professor, Creative Media Institute, New Mexico State University
Ilana Lapid is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Media Institute of New Mexico State University. She grew up in NYC, Jerusalem and Ottawa, before moving to Las Cruces, NM. Ilana has a strong interest in the transformative power of visual storytelling and in comparative border... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference F

9:00am

Gathering Sparks: Telling Your Story
Everyone has a story, though not everyone is aware of it. In this workshop, we will first show stories from the Community Narratives Project collection currently at the Mizel Museum’s exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. Participants will then join a “story circle” to discover your own story and facilitate others finding theirs. We will discuss dynamic tools that enliven our storytelling as well as learn about different types of digital formats with which to present them.

Presenters
avatar for Sari Horovitz

Sari Horovitz

Gathering Sparks Project, Mizel Museum
Deanne Kapnik and Sari Horovitz have a long history of partnering on creative projects, including the yearly retreats of the Jewish Women's Resource Center. They have been working together with the Mizel Museum since 2008, creating the Community Narratives Project, a project of... Read More →
avatar for Deanne Kapnik

Deanne Kapnik

Director of Special Events and Projects, Mizel Museum
Deanne Kapnik is the Director of Special Projects at the Mizel Museum. She and Sari Horovitz have spearheaded the Community Narratives Project, a collection of digital stories, which have become integral elements of the museum's exhibit. These reveal the heart of our Jewish community... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference 13

9:00am

The Rabbis' Panel: Open Dor, The Generation of Change

With Marc Soloway (Conservative), Gavriel Goldfeder (Orthodox), and Josh Rose (Reform). Each of these rabbis grew up with a Judaism different from the one they now practice. In addition, as they matured in their understanding of Judaism, they also came to question the denominational boundaries each one, in theory, today represents. In this moderated panel, they will discuss how the Judaism they grew up with became the Judaism they now practice, what was lost and gained in the transition, how the movements they find themselves in now have changed, and why, despite their challenges to the very idea of denominations, they remain in those movements.


Moderators
avatar for Caryn Aviv

Caryn Aviv

Senior Instructor (CU), Associate Director (JYW), University of Colorado, Boulder and Judaism Your Way
Over the past 15 years, Caryn Aviv has worked as a professor of Jewish Studies and sociology and as a Jewish social entrepreneur. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and serves as Associate Director of Judaism Your Way. She was also co-founder/director of research with... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Gavriel Goldfeder

Gavriel Goldfeder

Rabbi, Aish Kodesh
Gavriel Goldfeder currently works with MIT Hillel helping young geniuses relate to their Jewishness as a resource. This requires substantial updating of approach, terminology, and articulation of goals. Before that, he was a Rabbi in Boulder, CO, and before that he spent 6 years at... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Rose

Joshua Rose

Senior Rabbi, Congregation Har HaShem
Rabbi Joshua Rose is at Har HaShem, a Reform synagogue in Boulder that is a home for social justice, liturgical experimentation, rich music, serious adult learning, vibrant youth programming & community building. The congregation is using community organizing tools to deepen relationships... Read More →
avatar for Marc Soloway

Marc Soloway

Rabbi, Congregation Bonai Shalom
Marc Soloway is the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder. He was recognized by the Forward as one of America’s most inspiring rabbis and honored by the White House as one of 12 faith leaders who are “Champions of Change” for their environmental leadership. He is a member... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference D

10:30am

'Circle for the Planet' -- Sacred Chant from Tu B'Shvat to Earth Day

Sacred Chant is a meditative practice that can clear the mind, focus and refine intentions, and connect us to each other in a healing vibration. Shulamit (Sally) Klein is a student of Rabbi Shefa Gold. Her current focus is our relationship to the planet, based on Judaism's Biblical agricultural roots and our dreams for the world of our children's children. No prior expertise in singing, chanting, or Hebrew language is necessary. With an open mind/heart; come ready to envision a new paradigm.


Presenters
avatar for Shulamit (Sally) Klein

Shulamit (Sally) Klein

Sacred Chanting Leader/Teacher
A licenced clincial social worker, they said Sally Klein sang in her crib before she talked. Picking up this memory during divorce at age 60, she decided to sing again after nearly 25 years silence. Then, she joined Kol Zimra 1 under Rabbi Shefa Gold. She uses chant to reach people... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference 15

10:30am

Blue Like Me: Paintings by Siona Benjamin
Siona Benjamin is an artist originally from India, of Bene Israel Jewish descent. Having grown up in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim society, having been educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, having been raised Jewish and now living in America,she has always had to reflect upon the cultural boundary zones in which she has lived. She feels a need to make art that will speak to her audience through similarities, not differences as she contributes to a much-needed "repair" (Tikkun) through art.

Presenters
avatar for Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin

Artist
Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay. Her work - exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia - reflects being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference C

10:30am

The Gospels into Hebrew: Why, For Whom, By Whom and How?'
An anonymous fifteenth-century manuscript now in the Vatican Library contains the first complete translation into Hebrew of all Four Gospels: The Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This presentation will examine the context of the translation addressing the question of why such a translation was needed, by who and for what purposes.

Presenters
avatar for Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Prof., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Chaim (Harvey) Hames is chair of the General History Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance Jewish and Christian mysticism and philosophy, apocalypticism, inter-religious polemics and religious conversion. He recently... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference H

10:30am

Intersex and Halacha: Standing in the Divide

Have you ever heard the term “Intersex” and wondered what it was, but never had the chance to find out? Join Bobbie Rosenberg on an intimate journey through his life as he sheds light on what '"Intersex" really is, what the rabbis had to say, how the medical community treats intersex babies, and what it was like growing up as a Hasidic Jew and Intersex.


Presenters
avatar for Bobbie Rosenberg

Bobbie Rosenberg

Intersex Community Liaison, Marriage Equality USA
Bobbie Rosenberg, a Hasidic born Jew, teaches at Temple Emanuel, is the Kadima Youth Advisor at Rodef Shalom, and the Intersex Community Liaison for Marriage Equality USA. He is currently on the Keshet Planning Team and Young Adult Planning Team, a Maven with Storahtelling Colorado... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference G

10:30am

More to Live For (Film)
Come for the stories, stay for the music! This award-winning film powerfully presents the deeply personal accounts of three individuals: Michael Brecker, 15-time Grammy winner, one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, founder of Love Hope Strength, the largest music centric cancer charity in the world, and Seun Adebiyi, training to become the first Nigerian winter Olympic athlete. Each is dependent upon the one vital bone marrow match that could save him.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Marcus

Susan Marcus

This film is presented by Love, Hope, Strength, an organization dedicated to saving lives by building the bone marrow database.  Be sure to get swabbed, so you can help save a life. After all, the Talmud says that if you save one life, you save the world.


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Conference F

12:00pm

Rebels with a Cause: Jewish Women, Feminism, and Social Change in America

Did you know that Jewish women in America were rebels…with a cause? Since the early 1960s, Jewish women have transformed our lives in almost every area of civil society and within American Judaism. This interactive workshop introduces the idea of the ‘heroine’s journey’ (building on the work of Joseph Campbell) to explore gender and social change in recent Jewish history, contemporary culture, and our own life experiences. All genders are warmly welcome to participate!


Presenters
avatar for Caryn Aviv

Caryn Aviv

Senior Instructor (CU), Associate Director (JYW), University of Colorado, Boulder and Judaism Your Way
Over the past 15 years, Caryn Aviv has worked as a professor of Jewish Studies and sociology and as a Jewish social entrepreneur. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and serves as Associate Director of Judaism Your Way. She was also co-founder/director of research with... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference H

12:00pm

The Reality of Sephardic Crypto-Jews in the 21st Century

One of the most contemporary controversial issues within the Jewish world, the deconstruction of the myth facing Crypto Jews in the XXI century: from a World Historic and Halakhic (Jewish Law) perspectives. Scholar Carlos Zarur; Beatriz Pestana-Osuna and Van-Troi Perozo, both Sephardic Jews from Converso background, will present the multiple issues faced, one being the issue of conversion or not conversion for Bene Anusim, from a Sephardic perspective versus Ashkenazi position.


Presenters
avatar for Beatriz Pestana-Osuna

Beatriz Pestana-Osuna

Beatriz Pestana-Osuna, originally from Venezuela is an artist and printmaker, who exhibits her work locally and internationally. She works as a speech/language pathologist in education. Bea is also an independent researcher in the areas of Crypto-Judaism and Inquisition as well as... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference C

12:00pm

Transgender Judaism
Join Rafi Daugherty as he shares pieces of his transgender journey and how it has been impacted by and continues to impact his experiences as an ex-Orthodox Jew. We will explore some texts on gender diversity in Judaism and also discover some modern rabbinical thought on the transgender question.

Presenters
avatar for Rafi Daugherty

Rafi Daugherty

Community Organizer, Keshet
Rafi Daugherty is Keshet's community organizer in Colorado.  He came out as queer in 2004 and trans in 2007. He graduated from Hunter College with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. He received an MA from Tel Aviv University in Crisis and Trauma Studies. While in school... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference G

1:30pm

Boiled in Oil: Becoming the First Syrian Jewish Female Rabbi
Dianne Cohler-Esses recounts her journey from an insular community of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn to becoming a Conservative rabbi, reflecting on generational change, shifting cultures from East to West, and finally asking -- was it all worth it?

Presenters
avatar for Dianne Cohler-Esses

Dianne Cohler-Esses

Director of Education, Kehilat Romemu
Dianne Cohler-Esses, ordained by JTS in 1995, is the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to become a rabbi. Since then she has worked in the field of Jewish education. In 2007 she was named one of fifty top rabbis by the Washington Post online. Currently Rabbi Dianne is Director... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference G

1:30pm

Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship

This session will preview the groundbreaking curriculum, "Engagin israel," from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, which will be offered in the fall by the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. Going deeper than politics or advocacy, Engaging Israel re-frames the discussion about the significance of Israel for contemporary Jews worldwide and equips communities with a Jewish values-based vocabulary to articulate why Israel can and should be fundamental to their Jewish identity.


Presenters
avatar for Salomon Gruenwald

Salomon Gruenwald

Associate Rabbi, Congregation HEA - Denver
Salomon Gruenwald has served as Associate Rabbi of Congregation HEA in Denver since his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2008. He is also a volunteer chaplain with the Denver Police Department. Salomon holds an M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from... Read More →
MP

Michal Peleg-Uziyahu

Israel shlichah, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, and the Jewish Agency for Israel
Michal Peleg-Uziyahu is Israel's shlichah (emissary) to the Jewish community of Colorado. She works with schools, synagogues and organizations throughout the area to provide educational programming, commentary on current and historical events, and counsel about travel to and volunteer... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference F

1:30pm

What’s missing from your Jewish community?

What gaps exist in Denver and Boulder's Jewish communities and what can you do to help fill them? Each year, Rose Community Foundation and Limmud Colorado team up to invite Conference attendees to apply for Jewish Learning Grants to create new, collaborative Jewish learning opportunities. Join us for an interactive conversation about what's missing from our Jewish communities and learn how you can apply for a Jewish Learning Grant to help fund the change you want to create.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Indyk

Sarah Indyk

Philanthropic Initiatives Manager, Rose Community Foundation
Sarah Indky works at Rose Community Foundation in Denver, Colorado overseeing three initiatives to help connect the next generations of Jewish people to Jewish life in accessible, meaningful, and innovative ways. Sarah grew up mostly in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Yale in... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Weinger

Cynthia Weinger

Cynthia Weinger has dedicated over 15 years to working in the Jewish community, and now works as an organizational consultant.  She volunteered in leadership capacities with Limmud NY for four years before relocating to Colorado, where she was delighted to become part of the Limmud... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference H

1:30pm

Jewish Denominationalism, Gender, and Sexual Identity

In this session, based on a lesson from the Melton Scholars Curriculum, we will learn how various Jewish denominations relate to the role of women in public ritual and in religious leadership, as well as the positions of the movements regarding same-sex relationships and identity.


Presenters
avatar for Sue Parker Gerson

Sue Parker Gerson

Director of Education, CAJE
Sue Parker Gerson is the Director of Education at CAJE, serves as the Colorado Melton Director, and has taught children, teens and adults in a wide variety of settings for 25+ years. Sue earned an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Jewish History, is licensed... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference D

3:00pm

Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives
This workshop explores Benjamin's Fulbright-funded project, Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Faces raises Western awareness about the long standing history of the Indian Jewish communities in India by documenting, using photography and painting, the individual faces and stories of this ancient group and their heritage before their existence becomes a cultural relic of India.

Presenters
avatar for Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin

Artist
Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay. Her work - exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia - reflects being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference C

3:00pm

Religious Autonomy, Interfaith Dialogue and the Boston Crisis of 1967

We will examine fundamental themes such as the boundaries between faiths, inter-religious cooperation and the pivotal events that surrounded the second ecumenical conference post-Vatican II in 1967 in Boston that have come to shape Jewish-Christian relations to this day. We will focus on the thinking of three of the most intellectually important Orthodox rabbis of the twentieth century: Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg.


Presenters
avatar for Ben Greenberg

Ben Greenberg

Senior Rabbi, BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue
Rabbi Ben Greenberg is the Senior Rabbi of BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue, Denver's oldest and largest Modern Orthodox synagogue. Previously Rabbi Greenberg was the Jewish Chaplain of Harvard University and the Rabbi of Harvard Hillel. Rabbi Greenberg has written two books and blogs... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference H

3:00pm

Two Cups of Coffee: Building Community among NextGen Jews
Despite the conventional wisdom about younger Jewish adults’ lack of attachment to the Jewish community, new studies and outreach projects indicate that Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s are actively seeking meaningful Jewish experiences. In this interactive session, we will discuss what we have learned about Jewish community organizing in the 21st century through our experience leading JConnect-Denver, one of the most successful young professional outreach organizations in Colorado.

Presenters
avatar for Salomon Gruenwald

Salomon Gruenwald

Associate Rabbi, Congregation HEA - Denver
Salomon Gruenwald has served as Associate Rabbi of Congregation HEA in Denver since his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2008. He is also a volunteer chaplain with the Denver Police Department. Salomon holds an M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Menditch

Danielle Menditch

JConnect-Denver Coordinator, JConnect-Denver
Danielle Menditch is coordinator of JConnect at the Hebrew Educational Alliance.  She is also a world traveller, attended the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work and co-directs We Make the Place.  Learn more about Danielle at http://wemaketheplace.com/about-me... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference 16

3:00pm

Yachad: Together
Join your peers with disabilities as we explore fun, hands-on activities for people of all ages in a Jewish inclusion experience. Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community. No experience necessary.

Presenters
avatar for Emily Kieval

Emily Kieval

Director, Denver Region, Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities
Emily Kieval is the director of Denver Yachad and a Jewish educator working with children and adults with disabilities and special needs. She runs a weekly program for kids and young adults with learning differences and developmental disabilities, which includes Torah, holidays, and... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Conference E

4:30pm

Tefilah: Music in Progressive Judaism from Louis Lewandowski to Debbie Friedman
Tefilah (“Prayer”) features a concert by the Colorado Hebrew Chorale focusing on liturgical music associated with Progressive and Reform Judaism, from Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894) to Debbie Friedman (1951-2011), with additional music by Kurt Weil, Max Janowski, Meir Finkelstein and others. This Limmud Performance will contextualize the liturgical selections and their ramifications for Jewish spiritual and cultural life.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Auditorium 2

4:30pm

Yachad: Together

Join your peers with disabilities as we explore fun, hands-on activities for people of all ages in a Jewish inclusion experience. Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community. No experience necessary.


Presenters
avatar for Emily Kieval

Emily Kieval

Director, Denver Region, Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities
Emily Kieval is the director of Denver Yachad and a Jewish educator working with children and adults with disabilities and special needs. She runs a weekly program for kids and young adults with learning differences and developmental disabilities, which includes Torah, holidays, and... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference E

4:30pm

Mental Health: Tamei (Ritually Impure) or Tahor (Pure)?

How do we as Jews understand and reckon with mental illness? Our society tends to equate one’s identity with the functioning of his or her rational mind. Yet statistics point to the growing prevalence of mental disorders, from Alzheimer’s to depression. This session will be an interactive discussion of how we might de-stigmatize and bring compassion to those with mental illness. Conversation will be structured around Jewish texts, including the command to “welcome the stranger.”


Presenters
avatar for Debra Rappaport

Debra Rappaport

Rabbi, B'nai Vail Congregation
Debra Rappaport has been Rabbi of B’nai Vail Congregation since her Reconstructionist ordination in 2007. Prior to rabbinical school, Debra earned degrees from Vassar College and the Wharton School, and worked in business for 10 years. She currently serves on six boards(!) Debra... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference F

4:30pm

Deinstitutionalizing Abuse in the Jewish Community
Abuse occurs in all communities, religions, social, and cultural groups. In the last several years media attention has been directed at the Catholic Church, and while there has been some attention to other groups, much remains hidden. In this presentation, we will define abuse, discover where abusers in the Jewish community are found and whom they target, and explore how in Judaism, there are religious and communal factors that have been used to protect offenders and vilify victims.

Presenters
avatar for Michael J. Salamon

Michael J. Salamon

Senior Psychologist, ADC Psychological Services, PLLC
Dr. Michael Salamon received his doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America's Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and a board certified... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference D

4:30pm

Heretical Judaism
Rebels, radicals, and rapscallions have questioned what it means to be a Jew. Jews have historically been in the vanguard of social change. Among them have been people of Jewish heritage who have no affiliation or sympathy with the theological basis of the religion but who have been so instilled with a Jewish ethnic upbringing that they are part of the greater Jewish community. The interaction of these themes will be the subject of this program, which will encourage audience participation.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Goodstein

Phil Goodstein

Editor-in-chief, New Social Publications
Myth-busting historian Phil Goodstein holds a PhD in history from the University of Colorado. His areas of expertise range from East European history to American urban development to struggles of people trying to change society. He has written nearly 20 books and frequently appears... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference 13

4:30pm

Ms. President: The Obligation for Jewish Women to Exercise Leadership

This session will explore rabbinic sources in order to open a discussion about the chiyuv (obligation) for women to exercise leadership in the Jewish community. We will also discuss the obligation of the community to empower women.


Presenters
avatar for Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Director of Recruitment, Yeshivat Maharat
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg currently serves as the Director of Recruitment for Yeshivat Maharat and teaches at Denver Academy of Torah (DAT) High School. Sharon is a PhD candidate at NYU. Sharon previously taught at Harvard Hillel. She also studied Talmud and Halakha at The Drisha Institute... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference H

6:45pm

Multifaith Connections
Growing Branches to Deepen Our Roots: A Muslim and a Jew speak about how multifaith engagement both deepens their connection with their own faith traditions, and builds a more G!dly world. Relevant Jewish and Muslim texts will also be shared and discussed.

Presenters
avatar for Stephen Booth-Nadav

Stephen Booth-Nadav

Director, Wisdom House Denver
Rabbi Steve Booth-Nadav is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and has been a rabbi for 20 yrs. He currently runs Wisdom House Denver: A Center for Multifaith Engagement and Spiritual Inquiry. He is also the chaplain at Allied Jewish Senior Housing in Denver and... Read More →
avatar for Monir Ludin

Monir Ludin

Chair, Abrahamic Initiative
Monir Ludin has been an active member of the Muslim community of Colorado since 1989 in various capacities at the Colorado Muslim Society and Colorado Muslim Council. Currently he is a member of the Steering Committee of Muslims Intent on Learning & Activism (MILA). Monir has been... Read More →
avatar for Linda Ludin

Linda Ludin

Abrahamic Initiative
Linda Ludin converted to Islam more than thiry year ago. By profession she is a dentist. She has been involved in the Muslim community of Colorado for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (MILA). She has been a member... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Conference G

6:45pm

Religious Faith versus Political Activism
This session focuses on two interrelated principles, freedom of religion and separation of church and state. The purpose is to clarify attributes of each principle and delineate features connecting them. The presenter will address the issues as a congregant rather than from the perspective of either the clergy or politicians. Topics will include: divine and secular faith and religions; freedom of religion, freedom from religion; spiritual belonging, civic affiliation; trust and dialogue.

Presenters
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Alexander Maller

Professor (ret)
Alexander Maller is a retired professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, he was with the Technion in Haifa, Israel and in private practice. Maller is author of Reform Judaism for the Rest of Us: Faith versus Political Activism (2012). Member Temple Sinai congregation, Denver CO. Author, painter, teacher. Married, two grown sons... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
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