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Saturday, February 9
 

8:15pm

A Choice of Compassion: Judaism and End of Life Decision Making

New spiritual challenges face us as we age. Questions emerge about living wills, “Do Not Resuscitate” orders, medical powers-of-attorney, and hospice services. Learn about the unique type of care for those who are very frail or have received a terminal diagnosis that focuses on comfort and improved quality of life as patients and loved ones prepare medically, emotionally and spiritually for the end of life.


Presenters
avatar for Sara L. Gilbert

Sara L. Gilbert

Hospice Chaplain, Shalom Cares
Blessed to be busy in a variety of professional ways, Rabbi Sara L. Gilbert is spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Greeley, a warm, venerable community. In Denver, Sara serves the patients of Shalom Hospice as a chaplain, finding assisting patients and families to be challenging... Read More →


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

8:15pm

Freedom of Expression in Israel: Challenges of Free Speech in Times of Conflict
In Israel, where political views are intense and polarized, and radical views expressed can lead to violent actions taken, what are the boundaries between freedom of expression, incitement and hate speech? An interactive look into these dilemmas with case studies from on the ground.

Presenters
avatar for Libby Lenkinski

Libby Lenkinski

Field Director for the Western US, New Israel Fund
Libby Lenkinski recently moved back to the United States after 7 years living in Tel Aviv, where she served as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the leading human rights organization in Israel. She has led audience engagement... Read More →


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

11:15pm

Decentralized Leadership: An Insider’s Look at the 2012 Israeli Social Justice Struggle
The social justice struggle of summer 2012 caught most of us off guard, and the confusion that overtook organized Jewish communities was rooted in the gap between the leadership models that they were familiar with and the models that formalized as part of the struggle. We will attempt to understand the roots of the social justice struggle and review findings from a field survey conducted over the course of the protests and look at several insights from the parallel U.S. struggle.

Presenters
avatar for Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi

CEO, Nettiot - Communities as a Solution
Aharon Ariel Lavi is founder of Nettiot Mission-Driven Communities Network, reengaging Haredi Ba'aley Teshuva into Israeli society.  He is also founder of Garin Shuva and a member of the National Council of MDC's. He is CEO of the Hitzim social project, development manager at Atachlit... Read More →


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

9:00am

On Economy and On the Sustenance: Judaism, Society and Economics
We will get to know and study various fundamental economic issues, the principles of modern economic theory and the structure of society and welfare policy in light of the Jewish sources in directions most of which have not yet been studied. This session is based on the anthology, "On Economy and On the Sustenance", edited by Itamar Brenner and Aharon Ariel Lavi, Reuven Mass House.

Presenters
avatar for Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi

CEO, Nettiot - Communities as a Solution
Aharon Ariel Lavi is founder of Nettiot Mission-Driven Communities Network, reengaging Haredi Ba'aley Teshuva into Israeli society.  He is also founder of Garin Shuva and a member of the National Council of MDC's. He is CEO of the Hitzim social project, development manager at Atachlit... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference 16

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

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

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

Organ & Tissue Donation Through a Jewish Lens

Explore the phenomenon of organ transplants through the personal stories of a donor family, a recipient, and a local rabbi. This session will address how Judaism understands organ donation, clear up misunderstood objection, and clarify the rubrics of permissibility.


Presenters
avatar for Bernard Gerson

Bernard Gerson

Rabbi, Congregation Rodef Shalom
Rabbi Bernard R. Gerson, a native of the Boston area, has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Rodef Shalom since 1993. He also teaches Bible and Talmud at Denver Jewish Day School. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), he holds a BA in Judaic Studies... Read More →
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Robin Mitchell

Volunteer, Donor Alliance
Robin Mitchell is a donor mother who has been an “Advocate for Life” for four years.  She lost her son Joe who was a donor in 2008.  Robin has met the heart and lung recipients, and knows their life is better because of the heroic decision that Joe had made.
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Dale Sparks

Volunteer, Donor Alliance
Dale’s wife Sharon is a kidney recipient who received her gift of life in 2008.  Sadly, their daughter Kelly passed away in 2009 and had chosen to become a donor.  Dale has a unique perspective on the importance of donation because of what he has been through.


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

3:00pm

Parenting Children and Adults with Disabilities and the Jewish Community
Parents of children with disabilities often struggle to find acceptance for their children and emotional support for their families within the Jewish community. During this panel, moderated by David Shneer, parents will talk about what has worked for them and what has been lacking in areas ranging from finding Jewish education and Jewish programming that meets their children's needs to their families' search for inclusion, compassion and sensitivity.

Presenters
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Jennie Feiger

Boulder Jewish Inclusion Project for People with Disabilities
Jennie Feiger is the parent of an 11 year old "tween," who has high functioning autism. Jennie navigated challenging times when her son suffered a severe regression and psychotic break at age 4. He was expelled from a Jewish preschool, an experience that tested Jennie's faith on many... Read More →
avatar for David Shneer

David Shneer

Director and Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History, Program in Jewish Studies
David Shneer is a writer, lecture, and the Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He also directs the university's Program in Jewish Studies.  By day, he is a “pathbreaking” scholar, at least according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in his spare time, he is vice chair of the board for Keshet, and the Limmud Colorado co-chair.  He has been married to Gregg Drinkwater since 1996 and is papa to his lovely, biling... Read More →
avatar for Seth Ward

Seth Ward

University of Wyoming
Dr. Seth Ward he has been teaching Islam and the Middle East at the University of Wyoming since January 2003. Previously, he directed the University of Denver’s Institute for Islamic-Judaic Studies, and taught in New York, Haifa, Beer Sheva, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. Ward's... Read More →


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

3:00pm

The World After Newton: A New Look at Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Could the seemingly simple concept of loving your neighbor be the key to peace and serenity today? This session will be built upon the presenter's paper, "Love Your Neighbor: An In-depth Look at the Way Religions Discuss the Concept and an Action Plan for Delivery that Meets the World's Needs Today."


Presenters
avatar for Dafna Michaelson

Dafna Michaelson

President, Journey Institute
Dafna Michaelson is the founder, president and JourneyWoman for the 50 in 52 Journey, a project for which she traveled across America to all 50 states and Washington DC, spanning the 52 weeks of 2009 to collect and share stories of people shaping their communities. Michaelson’s... Read More →


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

4:30pm

Love, Hate and the Great Debate: Taking Boxing Gloves Off to Talk about Israel

Love, Hate, and the Great Debate is a civil dialogue session for those wanting to share our personal experiences about Israel and social justice. It will be a space where authentic discourse and diverse opinions are welcome – about love and hate, and everything in between. You get to own and author the content of the discussion. We will just provide exercises to help you talk, listen, ask questions, and create meaningful interactions around Israel and social justice.


Presenters
avatar for Libby Lenkinski

Libby Lenkinski

Field Director for the Western US, New Israel Fund
Libby Lenkinski recently moved back to the United States after 7 years living in Tel Aviv, where she served as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the leading human rights organization in Israel. She has led audience engagement... Read More →


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