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Sunday, December 2
 

9:00am EST

Jewish Food, The History of The Famous Triumvirate: Bagels, Cream Cheese and Lox
Food migration and climate influence the foods we eat. The history of these three foods is enlightening, humorous, and not all Jewish in origin. It begins with a close relationship between Muslim and Jewish women in the Iberian Peninsula. We will discuss these products while tasting variations of bagels, cream cheese and lox.

Presenters
avatar for Joni Schockett

Joni Schockett

Joni Schockett's love of food, writing and passion for creating recipes come together on a joyous career path that has allowed her to teach and learn in many settings. She currently writes for Boston's Jewish Advocate and New York's Jewish Star.


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 109 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

Understanding the Jewish Moments in Mainstream Feature Films
Jewish moments may unexpectedly appear in many mainstream films. From The Jazz Singer to Call Me By Your Name, let us discuss the characters' typical ambivalence about their Jewishness, whether healthy or unhealthy, from a psychological perspective.

Presenters
avatar for Barry Schneider

Barry Schneider

Barry H. Schneider, Ph.D. teaches psychology at Boston College, where his course offerings include a seminar on mental illness in film and several courses in cultural psychology. He brings 35 years of experience in clinical psychology to his work. Jewish film is his personal pass... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 104 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

Adoption and the Jewish Community
This session with Adoption Associates and the Adoption & Jewish Identity Project will foster dialogue about the experience of adoption and its impact on the lives of parents and children. Participants will learn how adoptees may struggle to answer questions about their own Jewish identities and how they fit into their Jewish communities, even as they explore their relationships with their birth cultures and families.

Presenters
avatar for Debra Olshever

Debra Olshever

Debra Olshever, M.ED, LCSW, is a post adoption therapist who works with parents, young adults, teens and children, in groups or individually. She also leads workshops that increase the public?s knowledge of adoption issues
avatar for Sandra Orenstein

Sandra Orenstein

Sandy Orenstein, MSW, LICSW, is a post adoption therapist helping clients who have experienced loss, trauma, substance abuse and/or other risky behaviors, especially older teens & young-adult adoptees. She also runs groups for Parents of young adults.
avatar for Jennifer Sartori

Jennifer Sartori

Jennifer Sartori is Co-Director of the  Adoption & Jewish Identity Project,  which supports Jewish adoptees and their families in creating personal, family, and communal identities and advocates for an inclusive Jewish community.  She is co-authoring a book about adoption and identity... Read More →
avatar for Toby Zaitchik

Toby Zaitchik

Toby Zaitchik is a post adoption therapist. She supports all members of the adoptive family to foster understanding, communication and strengthen family connections. She works individually and offers support groups for parents and children.
avatar for Jayne Guberman

Jayne Guberman

Jayne Guberman is Co-Director of the  Adoption & Jewish Identity Project,  an educational and advocacy initiative dedicated to supporting Jewish adoptees and their families and creating an inclusive Jewish community.  She is co-authoring a book with Co-Director Jennifer Sartori... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 106 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

Is There Life After Death (For a Synagogue)?
What do we do with sacred objects when synagogues close or merge? The Maavar program from the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts helps synagogues that are struggling or closing with everything from technical assistance to management support. Let's discuss synagogues within the context of ongoing demographic changes in Massachusetts.

Presenters
avatar for Carol Clingan

Carol Clingan

Carol Clingan is a genealogist and historian. She has traced her own family in Ukraine and Belarus back to 1800, and does both genealogical research and teaching for would-be genealogists. She has served for many years in leadership positions at Temple Beth Elohim, Action for Post... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 102 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

A Summer at Seeds of Peace: Engaging Conflict, Finding One Another
The Seeds of Peace program, provides Jewish and Arab teens the opportunity to spend a summer together. I was with teens from the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Jordan, India, and Pakistan. Participating in this Middle East dialogue group was transformative, and offered us the chance to engage deeply, sometimes painfully. We found the humanity in one another.

Presenters
avatar for Elie Berman

Elie Berman

Elie Berman is a 11th grade student at Newton South High School. She attended the Jewish Community Day School from K-8. She loves theater and music and performs at the Watertown Children's Theater and at school.


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 110 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

Whose Hanukkah? The Maccabees, the Rabbis, the Halutzim, the Americans?
Over the centuries, Hanukkah has gone through several transformations, with different meanings throughout the centuries. We'll read excerpts of classic sources that tell the story in a variety of ways to see how the Festival of Lights came to its present meaning.

Presenters
avatar for Allan Lehmann

Allan Lehmann

Allan Lehmann is a rabbi who serves as Associate Dean and Co-Director of the Bet Midrash at Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He teaches, advises, and mentors students, drawing upon decades of pastoral experience in the pulpit and on campus.



Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 112 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

A Very Narrow Bridge: Kabbalah and the Bipolar Experience
During my struggle with mental illness, mystical practice played a large role in my ascent into madness, recovery, and my process of coming to terms with myself as a healthy bipolar person. Together we will learn how kabbalistic concepts of balance relate to living with mental illness.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Newman

Benjamin Newman

Ben Newman is a mystic and singer/songwriter who has struggled with mental illness and returned to a place of balance.


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Lobby 4 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

Na L'Haveer Mayim - Just Add Water - Swimming and Skiing as Jewish Passions
We will take a lighthearted text-based look at family recreation and personal physicality as Jewish values. From Max Nordau to Mark Spitz, we will consider the impact of "muscle Judaism" and learn about some of the Jewish stars on the snow today such as snowboard sensations, Arielle and Taylor Gold. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their own perspectives on the role of sports in their Jewish journey.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Rosenberg

Mark Rosenberg

Mark Rosenberg teaches at Bentley University and is a ski instructor. He and his family spend winters on ski slopes and summers at the beach.


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 113 Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

The Art and Spirit of Mikveh: A Creative Experience
Together we will use art to explore mikveh as a spiritual practice to heal, transform, and transition from one state to another. Come with an open and creative mind to find your own understanding of this ancient practice using texts, paint, breath, song, and silence.

Presenters
avatar for Ceceley Chambers

Ceceley Chambers

Ceceley Chambers is a board-certified chaplain, a Jewish spiritual director, a Mikveh Guide and Educator at Mayyim Hayyim, and a certified CREATOR through PeaceLove. 


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Mayyim Hayyim 1 Mayyim Hayyim

9:00am EST

Great Big Love: Why Ahavah Rabbah is the Most Jewish Musical Mode
Let's learn a new Ahavah Rabbah in the Freygish musical mode/scale. Hear an interpretation and explanation of the meaning and power of the mode and the uses of the mode in Jewish liturgy. We will also cover several other tunes that use this musical scale, including original Jewish liturgical compositions and niggunim (wordless melodies). 

Presenters
avatar for Louis Polisson

Louis Polisson

Louis Polisson is thrilled to have recently joined Congregation Or Atid of Wayland, MA as rabbi. He is also  a musician and a composer.



Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
6 Main Street Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

Jewish Contemplation and Meditation
 In this experiential program we will learn three meditation exercises with a goal of focusing on deepening a more meaningful prayer experience. Learn tips for a daily davenen and/or meditation practice

Presenters
SG

Steven Green

Steven Green is Vice President of Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams, and Board and Chair of the Spiritual Life Committee. He is a former Zen student and a 20+ year meditator.


Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
5 Main Street Temple Reyim

9:00am EST

The Uses of Desire: What, In Theological Terms, Are We to Make of Sexual Desire?
We will bring two very different voices into conversation with each other: the Hasidic masters of the late eighteenth century and the contemporary American poet and novelist Jamie Quatro. While separated by 200 years and distinct theological perspectives (Jewish and Christian), these two voices share a remarkable assertion in common, that even illicit desire is rooted in Divine love.  

Presenters
avatar for Naftali Brawer

Naftali Brawer

Naftali Brawer, a rabbi, is the Neubauer Executive Director at Tufts Hillel and the University's Jewish chaplain. He has been Chief Executive of the Spiritual Capital Foundation and senior rabbi to the Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue in London. He has taught Torah to diverse audiences... Read More →



Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Room 105 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

From Sinai to Boston: What a Long Strange Trip We’re On: Teaching Jewish Peoplehood to Middle School Students
Discover new way to teach Jewish peoplehood when you experience the magic of the Kesher classroom, where Jewish history is taught with respect for the natural questions any middle school student carries when trying to make sense of their Jewish lives here, in the Boston area. See how we layer the Boston Jewish experience on top of Biblical history, and the evolution of Jewish practices.

This session is brought to LimmudBoston by a grant from Limmud North America and the EJE Network.

Presenters
avatar for Joe Wolke

Joe Wolke

Kesher Newton
Joe Wolke, a recently retired technology consultant, is teaching his passion, the study of Jewish history and culture. He is a lifelong student who regularly participates in Shalom Hartman, synagogue and community based classes. He loves helping students develop their own passions... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 112 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Building Community Through Music
We will listen, learn, and make music using our voices. We will consider the use and power of music throughout history to the present day, in times of unity and times of dissolution. A willingness to sing is preferred, but no musical experience necessary! 

Presenters
avatar for Carol Marton

Carol Marton

Carol Marton is the founding Artistic Director of Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus. She is also a singer and conductor with Triad: Choral Collective. Carol has directed Sharon's MA Temple Sinai Choir and has been on the faculty of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew Col... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
6 Main Street Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Concert: The World of Salamone Rossi Hebreo, Musician of Mantua
Enjoy a live performance of Salamone Rossi's secular and sacred works, by "Il Concerto di Salamone Rossi Hebreo," an ensemble devoted to bringing Rossi's music back to the synagogue. Rossi, a prolific Italian composer from the 16th century, was the first to set the Jewish liturgy to choral music. Hear an overview of Rossi's life and musical achievements, set within the context of the Jewish experience in early 17th century Italy.

Moderators
avatar for Richard Lustig

Richard Lustig

Richard Lustig is an active amateur musician who has performed for 18 years with the Zamir Chorale of Boston, where he currently serves as bass section leader.  Along with Cantor Louise Treitman, he is co-founder of "Il Concerto di Salamone Rossi Hebreo, an ensemble featured at synagogues... Read More →
avatar for Louise Treitman

Louise Treitman

Louise Treitman is a cantor, and Senior Advisor at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. She served Temple Beth David of Westwood for 20 years, and is Cantor Emerita. Her HHD pulpit is in Rome, Italy. She sings with the Zamir Chorale of Boston and was formerly assistant conductor... Read More →

Presenters
BB

Betty Bauman

Betty Bauman currently works as a vocal music specialist and chorus teacher in the Stoughton Public Schools and is the artistic director of Arbah Kanfote, a Jewish women's chorus in Sharon. Betty sings with Zamir Chorale, where she also serves as the Soprano Section Leader.
avatar for Anne Levy

Anne Levy

Anne Levy sang in the New Haven Chorale and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. While living in Paris, she performed as a soloist in Michael Haydn’s Vespers. Anne joined the Zamir Chorale of Boston in 2005 and sings at High Holiday services at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, C... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Melkin

Deborah Melkin

Deborah Melkin has been singing with the Zamir Chorale of Boston since 1998. She is a past vice-president and is now the alto section leader. Deborah has also been one of the High Holiday service leaders at the Vilna Shul since 2006. 
avatar for Kyler Taustin

Kyler Taustin

Kyler Taustin has been a member of the Zamir Chorale of Boston since 2012. He has regularly served as a guest soloist at his childhood synagogue, Temple Bat Yam, in Berlin, Maryland since 2009. He is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Brown Box Theatre Project.
PW

Phyllis Werlin

Phyllis Werlin has been with the Zamir Chorale of Boston since 1989. She is the High Holiday soloist at Congregation Agudas Achim-Ezrath Israel in Malden and recently graduated from the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College with a certificate in Jewish Sacred Music.
SE

Steve Ebstein

Steve Ebstein has been singing in the synagogue since his childhood. He has sung in and soloed with the Zamir Chorale of Boston since 1980 as well as other choruses and early music ensembles in the Boston area. He serves as High Holiday cantorial leader at Temple Emanuel in Newto... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
5 Main Street Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Gems of Jewish Poetry
Jewish poetry can transform us to a higher spiritual plane. Hear and discuss poems by Allen Ginsberg, Yehuda Amichai, Ya'akov Glatshteyn, Gerald Stern, C.K. Williams, and Maya Bejarano that elevate the mundane and articulate the Jewish experience with language that virtually sings.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Elber

Mark Elber

Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Fall River, MA
Mark Elber, rabbi of Temple Beth El, in Fall River, MA, has an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College, and is a prize-winning poet, songwriter, and author.


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Lobby 4 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Jewish Influence on Superheroes
A discussion of the Jewish influences on comic superheroes, including Superman, Spider-Man, and The Thing.

Presenters
avatar for Michael A. Burstein

Michael A. Burstein

Michael Burstein won the 1997 Campbell Award. His short fiction, collected in I Remember the Future, has been nominated for ten Hugos and four Nebulas. 


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 105 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Satchmo's Second Family: The Karnofskys Did a Jewish Act of Kindness Change the Music of America?
Although Louis Armstrong was born dirt-poor,  his artistry and pulsating swing rhythm forever changed American music. He may never have made it without a family of Lithuanian refugees named Karnofsky. As Louis wrote, “The Jewish family…instilled in me singing from the heart.”

Presenters
avatar for Peter Gerler

Peter Gerler

Peter Gerler has been published in American Legacy, DownBeat, JazzTimes, Humanities, The Boston Globe, New Orleans Gambit, WBGO Upbeat, and www.nejazz.com. He lived in New Orleans during the 1990s and is working on a book about the jazz legend Joe "King" Oliver (Armstrong’s men... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 101 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Savoring the Sephardic Diaspora: Understanding Jewish Cultural Heritage through Flavors and Stories
Sephardic Jewish cuisine came from ancient Spain into the diaspora. After their expulsion in 1492, Sephardim carried a new repertoire of dishes to their homes in the diaspora. Sephardic cuisine helped with the preservation and adaptation of Sephardic cultural identity. Let's talk about how Jewish food, across cultural and geographic subgroups, tells the story of Jewish identity.

Presenters
avatar for Sara Gardner

Sara Gardner

Sara Gardner
From the second largest progressive community of Spain – Comunidad Judía Reformista de Madrid or the Reform Jewish Community of Madrid – comes a collection of recipes inspired by and organized around the Sephardic tradition of holding a Seder on Rosh Hashanah. All together there... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 102 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Holiness Isn't Either/Or, It Is Both/And!
When it comes to religion and identity, we are often trapped in either/or dilemmas. But the natural world doesn't work this way and neither does Jewish spirituality. Find out how Jewish spirituality works to create sanctuaries for ourselves, both inside and out. Discover paths for spiritual and practical applications. Meet in Lobby to walk together to Natan's session at Mayyim Hayyim.

Presenters
avatar for Natan Margalit

Natan Margalit

Natan Margalit has taught at Bard College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, and currently serves as rabbi of The Coalition in Western Connecticut. He is Founder of Organic Torah, a non-profit which fosters holistic thinking about... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Mayyim Hayyim 1 Mayyim Hayyim

10:10am EST

First Impressions and Social Perception: Autism in our Congregations and Classrooms
How do we perceive and interpret social signals?  How do we sensitively perceive others? How do we create more welcoming congregations and classrooms? Where do we draw the line between asking some of us to change how we present ourselves vs educating the majority on how better to understand those who are different?

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Grossman

Ruth Grossman

Ruth Grossman teaches Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College. Her research is focused on face-to-face communication in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She is specifically interested in how children with ASD integrate and produce verbal and nonverbal... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 104 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Derech Eretz: Care for the Earth by Minimizing Your Carbon Foot Print
How do you determine your own carbon footprint? What do you want to do about it?  Derech Eretz guides us in ethical and responsible ways of living. We will discuss real options for applying your Jewish values in the modern world through realistic energy efficiency, green or solar electricity, and appropriate car choices.

Presenters
avatar for Ellie Goldberg

Ellie Goldberg

Ellie Goldberg is an educational consultant at www.healthy-kids.info and an environmental health advocate for healthy children, safe schools and sustainable communities. She is active in Mothers Out Front, Green Newton, Newton Coalition for Climate Action, Clean Water Action and Cong... Read More →
avatar for Michael Gevelber

Michael Gevelber

Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley
Michael Gevelber is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, who’s research focuses on optimizing energy use in commercial and residential buildings.  He serves on Newton’s Energy Commission, BU’s Climate Task Force, and is a co-leader of Congregation Beth... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 113 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Building Israeli-Palestinian Peace from Boston
Boston Partners for Peace is a new initiative to promote efforts that advance peace between Israelis & Palestinians by working toward a shared future of mutual recognition and prosperity. We will discuss our approaches to peace-building and how the community can get involved. Moderated by Eli Cohn-Postell of JCRC Boston.

Moderators
avatar for Eli Cohn-Postell

Eli Cohn-Postell

Eli Cohn-Postell is the Director of Israel Engagement at JCRC Boston, which along with CJP organizes the Boston Partners for Peace initiative.

Presenters
avatar for Miriam May

Miriam May

Miriam May is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Arava Institute. The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is a leading research & academic institution for Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and students from around the world working to advance cross-border environmental... Read More →
avatar for Sindy Wayne

Sindy Wayne

Sindy Wayne serves as the Executive Director of Kids4Peace Boston, a non-profit organization that trains a diverse group of interfaith middle school and high school youth from the Boston area to become peace leaders.
avatar for Maya Norton

Maya Norton

Maya Norton is the Fundraising Manager for Hand In Hand, the only network of bilingual Jewish-Arab schools in Israel. In 6 schools, 1900 Jewish, Muslim & Christian students learn side-by-side from preschool through high school, putting into daily practice the values of equality and... Read More →
avatar for Kim Kronenberg

Kim Kronenberg

Kim Kronenberg is the Associate Director of Science Training Encouraging Peace - Graduate Training Program (STEP), a person-to-person, cross-border program that funds the graduate education of Israeli and Palestinian scholars, in pairs, in academic health science programs in Isra... Read More →
avatar for Etai Freedman

Etai Freedman

Etai Freedman  joined MEET (Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow) as its Development Director in 2014. Etai works to educate and empower young Israeli and Palestinian leaders, teaching them how to build an infrastructure for peace through binational social, economic and political... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 109 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Between Hubris and Humility (And the Space In-Between)
In a polarized world, the ability to engage in civil discourse is becoming more and more difficult.  You say red, I say blue;; you say up, I say down. What can one Talmudic figure, Rabbi El’azar, teach how about our attitude to the good, the bad and the ugly and how to engage in our pursuit to make the world a better place?

Presenters
avatar for Sara Hurwitz

Sara Hurwitz

Rabba, Yeshivat Maharat
 Sara Hurwitz, a rabba, is Co-Founder and President of Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy. She also serves on the rabbinic staff at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. In 2009, she was the first Orthodox woman to receive ordination.



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Room 106 Temple Reyim

10:10am EST

Older Than Forever: The Deathless Serach bat Asher
In Jewish legend, Serach bat Asher, only briefly mentioned in the genealogical lists of the Torah, lives on for ages, saving the Jewish people from oblivion. We will explore these legends about a Jewish heroine from the Talmud and classic Midrashic sources. Through this lens, we'll discover that Serach has much to teach us about survival, aging, and the rabbinic imagination.

Presenters
avatar for Neal Gold

Neal Gold

Rabbi, Babson College
Neal Gold, a rabbi, teaches for Me 'ah, a Hebrew College program, and serves as Jewish Chaplain & Hillel Director at Babson College. He is currently President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.



Sunday December 2, 2018 10:10am - 11:10am EST
Lobby 1 Temple Reyim

11:10am EST

LUNCHTIME! And So Much More
Lunchtime! For those who purchased in advance, your lunch can be found at 1 Main Street.  A limited number of additional lunch tickets are available at the the Registration Desk. You may take your lunch to the scheduled panels, sessions and concerts.  Please do not bring any other food into this kosher building!  Visit our Exhibitors! Bid in the Silent Auction!

Sunday December 2, 2018 11:10am - 1:30pm EST
1 Main Street Temple Reyim

11:20am EST

America, American Jews and the Land of Israel -- from Colonial Days to Our Days
Jonathan Sarna, a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life, will place contemporary developments into context, providing an historical overview of the relationship between America and the Land of Israel, and American Jews and the Land of Israel.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Sarna

Jonathan Sarna

Brandeis University
Jonathan Sarna is professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper as one of America's fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 11:20am - 12:20pm EST
Room 109 Temple Reyim
  History & Politics
  • Encores Books by the presenter: American Judaism: A History, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, Lincoln and the Jews: A History
  • about <br>Dr. Jonathan Sarna is University Professor and the Joseph H. &amp; Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. He is also past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America's fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life. In 2009, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.<br>

11:20am EST

How Can Jewish History Inform Our Response to Climate Change?
Jewish history is replete with disasters, from ancient days to modern times: the Flood, the destruction of the Temple and the national entity of the Jewish people, pogroms, the Holocaust. Through texts we will pull out messages from history that are pertinent to our lives today. We'll envision a look-back from the near future and ask: all the evidence about climate disaster was there in 2018, so what did the Jews do? Both pessimists and optimists are welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Katy Allen

Katy Allen

Co-founder and President, pro tem, Jewish Climate Action Network
Katy Allen is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, and the co-founder and President of Jewish Climate Action Network-MA. She is a board certified chaplain and a former healthcare chaplain and now considers herself an eco-chaplain.
avatar for Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Clean Energy Professional, JCAN Vice President
Fred is VP of JCAN, offering webinars to reduce synagogue carbon. A professional in clean energy since 1978, he is former president of Urban Solar Energy Assoc. and received the 2019 NESEA Lifetime Achievement Award.


Sunday December 2, 2018 11:20am - 12:20pm EST
Room 102 Temple Reyim

11:20am EST

What's Jewish About Veg?
Let's explore the connections between the Torah, Jewish ethics, and great Jewish philosophers concerning the treatment of and care for animals and our planet. We'll discuss the first-ever vegans (hint: check Genesis), why humans were granted permission to eat meat, what a plant-based future looks like according to both science and our prophets, and plenty more. There will be time for questions at the end.

Presenters
avatar for Sara Eifler

Sara Eifler

Program Manager, Jewish Veg
Sara Eifler is the Program Manager of Jewish Veg, a nonprofit organization that encourages and helps Jews to adopt plant-based diets as an expression of Jewish values.


Sunday December 2, 2018 11:20am - 12:20pm EST
Room 104 Temple Reyim

12:15pm EST

Egalitarian Mincha Pickup Service
Please come to the Chapel (Lobby 1) at 12:15PM to make an egalitarian mincha service. Everyone is welcome. Siddurim provided.

Sunday December 2, 2018 12:15pm - 12:30pm EST
Lobby 1 Temple Reyim

12:15pm EST

Orthodox Mincha Pickup Service
Come promptly to daven mincha in kehilla (community). All welcome. Ten men needed to make the minyan. Books provided. Sign the sign-up sheet outside the door to commit to making minyan, or just show up.

Sunday December 2, 2018 12:15pm - 12:30pm EST
Lobby 4 Temple Reyim

12:30pm EST

Standing With Israel: What Does That Mean For Us in This Political Era?
Standing alongside Israel has long been a core commitment of the American Jewish community. What does it mean to stand with Israel in 2018? Have recent political and governmental decisions changed the relationship? How do we navigate these questions with integrity with regard to identity, relationships, and politics?

Moderators
avatar for Daniel Berman

Daniel Berman

Temple Reyim
Daniel Berman is the rabbi at Temple Reyim. He received his B.A in Jewish History from Columbia University under the guidance of Professors Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi and Michael Stanislawski. He studied political science at Hebrew University, and received his J.D. from Northeastern University... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Eliana Jacobowitz

Eliana Jacobowitz

Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Brith in Somerville. In supplementary Jewish education, she focuses on Holocaust education, and Jewish mysticism for teens. She is the facilitator of the Gvanim Leadership program of the American Israel Council in Boston... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob

Ameinu
Kenneth Bob is national President of Ameinu,  Chair of Project Rozana USA, on the J Street Board of Directors and a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors Executive Committee.
avatar for Andrew Pessin

Andrew Pessin

Andrew Pessin is Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College, as well as Campus Bureau Editor of The Algemeiner, among the fastest growing Jewish news outlets in America. His most recent book is Anti-Zionism on Campus: Free Speech, the University, and BDS. His current research... Read More →
avatar for Talia Stein

Talia Stein

T'ruah
Talia is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College Rabbinical School. She is a proud alumna of T’ruah’s summer Human Rights fellowship and Year-in-Israel fellowship. Before rabbinical school, Talia served as the Director of Jewish Student Life at Hillel at the University... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Room 109 Temple Reyim

12:30pm EST

Healthy Habits for Busy People
In our Jewish tradition we are commanded to protect our physical health and soul. In Healthy Habits for Busy People, we will focus on ways to honor that mitzvah in a program that offers strategies in the areas of motion, eating habits, and stress, including tips to fuse healthy living into our busy lives. 

Presenters
avatar for Mitzi Weinman Perlmutter

Mitzi Weinman Perlmutter

TimeFinder
TimeFinder is offering one-hour of coaching. Our coaching is for anyone who want to increase their productivity or work toward optimal health. Working one-on-one with you, I will: •Develop custom approach to self-management practices; at home or at work •Focus on practical planning... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Room 102 Temple Reyim

12:30pm EST

Light in the Darkness: An Embodied Approach to Hanukkah
Using the unique process of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, we'll explore our own experience of light as it comes into our eyes, and relate it to Jewish texts and concepts about light and vision, both literal and metaphorical. Anyone with a body is welcome -- no experience necessary.

Presenters
avatar for Josh Schreiber Shalem

Josh Schreiber Shalem

Josh Schreiber Shalem is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College, musician, and teacher of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. He combines these pursuits to create an experience he calls Embodied Judaism.


Sunday December 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Room 112 Temple Reyim

12:30pm EST

Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Mikveh Tour
Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Mikveh is right next door! Come for a guided tour of our gem of a community mikveh; see the beautiful space and learn how it is being used by more than 4,000 people each year. Your Mikveh Guide will meet you in the Main Lobby of Temple Reyim. The group will walk over together.

Sunday December 2, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Lobby Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington Street, Auburndale, MA 02466

1:40pm EST

Kippah Decoration
This will be a hands on session for decorating kippot using fabric paints or ribbons or beads or whatever takes your fancy. . Kippot will be supplied, and may require additional work at home. Embellishment supplies will be provided. If you have one, bring a thimble. A perfect session for families.

Presenters
avatar for Iris Lavine

Iris Lavine

Iris Lavine has been making & wearing her own decorated kipot for many years. She began making them as an alternative to wearing hats or doilies as head coverings at shul. 


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 109 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Stories Live and Local! A Jewish Story Concert
The Jewish Storytelling Coalition invites you to a curated Story Concert with local performers and an emcee telling in a variety of styles. Aimed for adults and teens.

Moderators
avatar for Andrea Kamens

Andrea Kamens

Jewish Storyteller Coalition
Andrea Kamens is a professional storyteller. She is on the board of The Story Space, New England's longest running weekly story venue, a teacher at Dorshei Tzedek, a writer, community volunteer, and a flaming Jew.

Presenters
avatar for Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall

Storyteller, Intergenerational Educator, Consultant, Story Arc
Cindy Rivka Marshall is an award-winning storyteller, workshop facilitator and story coach. She trains educators and leaders and consults on story-based learning and community building in congregational settings. Cindy is a frequently invited presenter at conferences including Limmud... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Marcus

Bruce Marcus

Bruce Marcus is a storyteller who has been wowing audiences since 1990 with his original stories, poems, crowd-pleasing rhyming tales, and interactive activities, while conveying the cleverness, warmth and humor of Jewish, and other, stories.
avatar for Mark Binder

Mark Binder

Storyteller
Mark Binder is an author, storyteller, and a nice guy. The former editor of the Rhode Island Jewish Herald--back when there was such a thing as a for-profit Jewish newspaper--he writes the award-winning "Life in Chelm" series of books and stories.
avatar for Rona Leventhal

Rona Leventhal

Storyteller
Rona Leventhal has been sharing her passion for the power of story for 27 years, touching the minds and imaginations of her listeners. She is an educator, teller of tales, and workshop leader. 


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
6 Main Street Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

You Won't Hear This in Shul: An Eclectic Overview of Contemporary Jewish Music
This is your chance to hear music from some emerging musicians across the globe who find inspiration in their Jewishness. These works are originally made for rock clubs, cabarets or concert halls, not synagogues. 

Presenters
avatar for Joey Baron

Joey Baron

Jewish ArtsCollaborative
Joey Baron is the Artistic Director of the Jewish Arts Collaborative and was formerly the CoFounder and Executive Director of the Boston Jewish Music Festival. His feature, Joey's Gems, can be heard the Chagigah radio show every Sunday on WERS.


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Lobby 1 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Most of All, I Want My Child to be a Good Person
We hope our children develop a robust moral and ethical framework through the lens of Judaism. However, rare is the religious school curriculum that explicitly articulates the specific  qualities we want students to attain. How do we assess that growth? How do we create such a program?

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Gorelick

Benjamin Gorelick

Benjamin Gorelick is a passionate educator. He is the former president of a 4-year college and now works at Mifneh L'Kedusha. He lives with his wife, Pookey and a dog, Stromsmoe.


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Lobby 4 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Peace, Love and Chaos: 1968, Fifty Years Later
1968 was The Year That Changed America. What was its lasting effect for the US and for Jews? Did Jewish tradition endorse the societal changes, or oppose them? Right On, brothers & sisters!

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Wolf

Jonathan Wolf

Community organizer & adult Jewish educator, YASHAR: the institute for Jewish Activism
Jonathan Wolf  is executive director of YASHAR; the Institute for Jewish Activism. He served as chair of Orthodox Jews for Obama, as Social Policy Director of the Synagogue Council of America, and as Jewish community liaison to Cesar Chavez & the United Farmworkers. He’s published... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 112 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Finding Happiness: Resilience in the Face of Challenges
Almost everyone in our community has experienced depression and anxiety or is close to someone that has. In 2016, in the wake of a terrible spate of suicides at MIT, I set out to make a gallery of images and stories of people who had suffered and yet found resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable troubles. In this session, I'll share some of the highlights of what I learned from these remarkable people, and will connect their experiences and insights to classic strategies of resilience as expressed in Jewish texts, notably the writings of Rabbi Nachman of Bretslav.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson
Photographs and stories of people who have coped with and overcome depression, anxiety, trauma, and other challenges. "In MIT professor Daniel Jackson's recent book, Portraits of Resilience, being resilient means being vulnerable. It a gives a glimpse into how students at the Massachusetts... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 102 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Don't Say "Non-Jew": How to Embrace Interfaith Families
Studies show that 71% of progressive Jews marry someone of a different faith. Learn from InterfaithFamily.org how to make sure that interfaith family members feel welcome in our organizations.

Presenters
avatar for Stacie Garnett-Cook

Stacie Garnett-Cook

Stacie is the Chief Program Officer at InterfaithFamily and is in an interfaith marriage. She has been working on interfaith issues for 6 years and diversity and inclusion for 20. She has a passion for bringing people together around issues they care about.


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
5 Main Street Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

James Baldwin as Mirror: Jewish American Whiteness Then And Now
We will engage with the words of African American writer, James Baldwin, to see how they reflect relations between Blacks and Jews, then and now. Are these works relevant to our lives as Jews today? Does Baldwin give us tools to engage in further conversations about race & Jewishness?

Presenters

Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 106 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Comfort: "Nechama" Is that all?
The most common Hebrew word for "comfort" is "Nechama". This word, however, has some very different meanings as well in the Bible. By looking at some biblical verses (all texts provided in Hebrew and English) we'll find out what else this word means, how that relates to "comfort" and what other surprising word, known to all of us, it goes along with.

Presenters
avatar for Aliza Arzt

Aliza Arzt

Aliza Arzt is a home care speech therapist and long-time member of Havurat Shalom of Somerville MA. She loves researching questions about Biblical Hebrew and often discovers new insights. In her free time in this new world she enjoys making pottery, keeping geckos, and reading cool... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 101 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Shabbos Candles, Hidden Light--CANCELLED
Shabbat is central to sustaining the world. What is our role in this process? We will use music, reflections and open discussion to immerse ourselves in the words of the Netivot Shalom, the Slonimer rebbe, as well as our ancient texts to see how they might guide us into a more meaningful Shabbat practice. 

Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 113 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

The Status of Women According to the Two Stories of Creation in Genesis and the Koran
Let us compare the creation of woman in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, and discuss their impact on culture today. We will also look at these descriptions in the Koran for similarities and differences. If we have enough Hebrew speakers this session will be mostly in Hebrew.

Presenters
avatar for Iris Yaniv

Iris Yaniv

Iris Yaniv lives in Israel where she is a secular humanistic rabbi and Bible scholar.  She has been studying and teaching Bible and other Jewish texts for about 30 years, and leads at Yahel,  liberal humanistic congregation in Haifa.



Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 110 Temple Reyim

1:40pm EST

Weaving the Messianic Light: Modern Midrash on the Book of Ruth
Through the lens of modern midrash, we will explore the seduction scenes in the Bible that lead up to the Messianic lineage--the Daughters of Lot, Tamar and Judah, and Ruth and Boaz in the granary. Drawing from Dirshuni, as well as her own poetry, Rachel Adelman will take you on a journey through the worlds of Biblical interpretation and imaginative feminist re-readings. 

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Adelman

Rachel Adelman

Hebrew College
Rachel Adelman (Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is currently an associate professor of Hebrew Bible in the rabbinical program at Hebrew College in Boston. She published two books and when not writing articles, or divrei torah, it is poetry that flows from her pen.



Sunday December 2, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST
Room 104 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

S.Y. Agnon: An Introduction to Israel's Nobel Laureate in Literature
An Introduction to Israel's Nobel Laureate in Literature, S.Y. Agnon. We will review Agnon's background. We will then read his very short "The Fable of the Goat" in English translation, examining it as as both a children's story and a story for adults. 

Presenters
avatar for Michael Bohnen

Michael Bohnen

Michael Bohnen is a lawyer and foundation executive and active volunteer in the Jewish community.
avatar for David Link

David Link

David Link is a retired pediatric nephrologist whose interest in Agnon dates from his childhood..


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:05pm EST
Room 106 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

American Jewish Philanthropy: Engaging the Data
In recent decades, studies on charitable giving by communities with a shared faith and ethnicity have flourished. We will discuss the scientific study of the philanthropic activities of ethno-religious communities by drawing from a research American Jewish philanthropy and the shifts in its structure and grant making activities.

Presenters
avatar for Hannah Shaul bar Nissim

Hannah Shaul bar Nissim

Ruderman Family Foundation
Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim is a Visiting Scholar at CMJS, Brandeis University. Her research interests include the contemporary structure of American Jewish philanthropy, religion and philanthropic organizations, public policy and philanthropy, intergenerational transfer of philanthropic... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:05pm EST
Room 102 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

Stories Connect Communities
Stories are a powerful tool for congregations to build connections, teach values, and continue Jewish tradition, for adults as well as children. Join us to experience and learn tips about how to craft a personal oral story linked to a Jewish theme. Find ways to create a story slam event for your community.

Presenters
avatar for Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall

Storyteller, Intergenerational Educator, Consultant, Story Arc
Cindy Rivka Marshall is an award-winning storyteller, workshop facilitator and story coach. She trains educators and leaders and consults on story-based learning and community building in congregational settings. Cindy is a frequently invited presenter at conferences including Limmud... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 113 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

This is Israel Today...A Personal Video Journey Experiencing the Culture Israel
Using the power of video and social media, we will explore show the world what it's like to really live in Israel, through the eyes of a lover of culture, food, and adventure! See what Israel is really like compared to the Israel you see in mainstream media. Yalla! Let's go!

Presenters
avatar for Mona Henoch

Mona Henoch

Mona was raised on Nantucket, MA as a Protestant and moved to NYC at age 19. She met her future (now ex) Jewish husband and converted to Judaism. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School and the proud mother of two IDF soldiers. She moved to Israel in 2008 and has never looked back and or... Read More →
avatar for Malky Wandel

Malky Wandel

Malky Wandel, loves showing the real Israel through the most powerful thing, the camera!


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Lobby 1 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

Yiddish Music for the Home
Come hear selections from the 1912 the Society of Jewish Folk Music works, "Lider-zamelbukh far der Yidisher shul un familie," featuring liturgical settings, arrangements of art music, and folk songs from the Pale of Settlement. Come hear an overview and performance of this anthology.
 

Presenters
avatar for Zoe Lang

Zoe Lang

Zoë Lang is a musicologist whose research examines Germany and Austria during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is also a violinist and plays in the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra.



Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
6 Main Street Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

Embracing Conflict: Tools for a Healthier Synagogue (or Relationship, or Job)
Using tools and lessons learned from teaching at the Harvard Program on Negotiation and Conflict Management Group, this session will look at the difference between Impact and Intent and how using better methods of communication and listening we can achieve understanding.

Presenters
avatar for Mitch Gordon

Mitch Gordon

Founder/Director, Gesher: Building Bridges
Mitch Gordon is a mediator, meditation guide and teacher, educator, professional musician and a conflict resolution specialist. He has trained and taught at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, Conflict Management Group, The World Food Programme in Rome, The World Bank, the Israeli-Palestinian... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
5 Main Street Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

Moses Baskets: Saving Children on the Lusitania
In 1915 when the Lusitania sunk by disaster, it took the lives of 1201, many of them children, and helped bring America into World War I. Two prominent men lashed together “Moses baskets” to help children survive. Hear the stories of these heroes, and compare them to the Biblical Moses.

Presenters
avatar for Len Abram

Len Abram

Len Abram has taught writing and authored three novels, along with many articles. His older brother, an amateur boxer, introduced him to the sport.


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 104 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

Creating Your Own Haggadah
December may seem too early to talk about Passover. However, it is the perfect time to start working on your own haggadah that will have meaning for those attending your seder. This session is an opportunity to share ideas on developing a creative haggadah to use at your seder.

Presenters
avatar for Barry Bergman

Barry Bergman

Barry Bergman's goal in writing haggadot is to create a sedar where everyone participates, learns, and has fun. Come join the session to create the best haggadah for your family and friends.


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 101 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

The Kedushah: The Meaning Behind the Prayer
Do you know the message hidden in the Kedushah, the "holiest" part of the prayer service? Join in this text-study to explore the contexts of the biblical passages that were assembled to constitute this prayer. As we do so, we will open up a deeper layer of meaning behind this text.

Presenters
avatar for David Lerner

David Lerner

Rabbi, Temple Emunah
David Lerner has served as the rabbi of Temple Emunah in Lexington since 2004, teaching tefillah, halakhah, Jewish thought and spirituality. He has served as the vice-president of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, the chair of the Rabbinical Assembly's Commission on Keruv, Conversion... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 112 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

A Torah Group Will Change Your Life
Twenty years ago Mel had an idea: Ten guys, every second Wednesday, study one verse of Torah for an hour. See how far we get. The group connected us in ever-growing ways, transforming our relationship to Torah and each other. Learn the no-prep recipe for running such a group with two founding members. 

Presenters
avatar for Joel Segel

Joel Segel

Joel Segel plays and sings his own compositions at Beth El Sudbury, Temple Sinai Brookline, the ALEPH Kallah, and Shabbat by the Creek. He co-authored two books with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Jewish with Feeling, listed among Publishers Weekly's Best Spiritual Books of the year... Read More →
avatar for Mel Brown

Mel Brown

Mel Brown & Joel Segel are co-founders of the Shabbat by the Creek minyan. Mel is the founder of several lay Torah-study groups.


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Lobby 4 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

Genesis ~ An Artistic View
What makes Torah one of the most widely studied books in human history? While there is copious literary commentary on the text, artists and composers have also been inspired to respond to the challenge in their own unique expressive way, and often the vision, the lyrics, the harmonies created, inspire us with unique insights. This workshop will explore Creation and the Garden of Eden through the visual, musical, film and dance midrash applied by various artists. 

Presenters
avatar for Suri Krieger

Suri Krieger

Rabbi, Bnai Or Jewish Renewal Boston
Suri Levow Krieger is a rabbi and spiritual leader of B'nai Or: Jewish Renewal of Greater Boston. She was ordained by AJR Academy for Jewish Religion. She studied with Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Suri is also an Adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, serving as Rabbi on a... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 105 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

Our Common Ancestors: Sacred Shared Stories in Judaism and Islam
Islam and Judaism have many similarities,including some of our sacred stories. An Islamic scholar and a rabbi will compare some of our most famous shared stories, including Hagar and Ishmael, and Moses. Study Torah and Koran as we learn from each other.

Presenters
avatar for Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb is the rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Brookline. She has studied with Islamic scholars in many interfaith settings and has found it engaging, moving and necessary for the sake of our shared history and a future of peace.
avatar for Carl Sharif El-Tobgui

Carl Sharif El-Tobgui

Dr Carl Sharif El-Tobgui is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Director of the Arabic Language Program, at Brandeis University. His specialty is Islamic thought. He taught at Harvard and Middlebury College. He is involved in interfaith work.


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 109 Temple Reyim

2:50pm EST

The Tragic Irony of Halakhic Development: How the Agunah Crisis Was Born From the Best of Intentions
The modern-day agunah crisis is one of Orthodoxy's great tragedies. What happened? Laws were developed to grant women greater freedoms in divorce. This session will trace divorce law through halakhic history, and how, despite solving many issues of the past, it created many more for our present.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Glass

Mark Glass

Mark Glass is the rabbi of the Adams Street Shul in Newton, MA. From Manchester, UK, he received his BA in Philosophy, MA in Jewish Philosophy, and Semikhah at Yeshiva University. He was previously an Assistant Director of Advocacy at ORA, the Organization for the Resolution of A... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 110 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Modern Hebrew in a Supplementary Setting
Kesher Newton is transforming their Hebrew program and seeing the results. Gain an understanding of the proficiency approach to language acquisition and how it can be applied in a Hebrew school setting.

This session is sponsored by Limmud North America & the EJE Network for Jewish educators. 

Presenters
avatar for Lori Kipnes

Lori Kipnes

Kesher Newton
Lori Kipnes is the director of Hebrew learning at Kesher in Newton. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience in pluralistic settings, for students with different learning styles. In her spare time (ha!) Lori enjoys reading, cooking, theater, and Cape Cod.
avatar for Ilana Snapstailer

Ilana Snapstailer

Kesher Newton
Ilana Snapstailer became the Executive Director of Kesher Newton in 20145. She has over 13 years of informal and formal classroom teaching experience. Ilana is passionate about bridging the knowledge and skills gap between Jewish supplementary school and Jewish day school student... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
5 Main Street Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Hanukkah Around the World: Music Exploration through Singing and Playing Instruments
Throughout history, the magical holiday of light has been celebrated all around the world. What does it sound like in the Middle East? In Europe? In Israel? Let's listen to a selection of easy and fun-to-sing-songs from different Jewish traditions around the world and explore their surprising origins. We will learn about different customs, communities, and languages. Musical fun guaranteed! No musical background is required. Come sing, play, and learn with us!

Presenters
avatar for Shirel Gidekel

Shirel Gidekel

Shirel has degrees from both the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, as well as a Masters in Arts Performance from Brooklyn College CUNY. She is currently Director of Music at The Rashi School.


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Lobby 1 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

So You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves
What does Jewish tradition teach us about our obligations to our aging parents? How is this connected to our own aging? This workshop will explore Jewish texts and stories and compare it to our own lived experience, offering both a practical and spiritual understanding of the challenges facing our parents as they age.  How does this inform our own growing older in the community?

Presenters
avatar for Malka Young

Malka Young

Malka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Care Manager. For the past 32 years, Malka has worked with older adults and their families in the community and health care settings.


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 104 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Childhood Depression and Synagogue Awareness
Then Adonoi said to Moses, ”Hold our your arm toward the sky that there may be darkness upon the land of Egypt.” Depression can be a darkness so deep that connecting to others feels impossible. We will read from “Celia and the Little Boy,” a beautiful and powerful book that offers a view of darkness, light and hope in childhood depression.  We will explore ways to make our synagogues more aware and sensitive to the struggles of individuals who have lived with this. 

Presenters
avatar for Sandy Slavet

Sandy Slavet

Sandy Slavet holds a Master of Education and has served as the Director of Jewish Life Services for People with Disabilities and the Director of the Disabilities Resource Network at Jewish Family & Children's Services. Sandy is currently chairperson of the Temple Sinai of Sharon Inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Irene Buchine

Irene Buchine

Irene Buchine has worked in early childhood settings for more than a decade. Her interest in art and communication led her to start a successful design and marketing studio. From her personal experience raising a child with depression and her own challenges as someone who struggled... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Lobby 4 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Consent Is A Jewish Value
Why didn't we learn about sexual consent - the vital importance of a clear "yes" - in Hebrew School? Looking at Talmudic law around sex and the body, and specifically laws around sexual consent, this session explores the Jewish history of sex education in a gender, sex and LGBTQ-inclusive way. This session is based on Merissa's 2018 ELI Talk, "Law of the Land: Boundaries, Atonement and Consent."

Presenters
avatar for Merissa Gerson

Merissa Gerson

Merissa Nathan Gerson is Adjunct Professor of Jewish Civilization at Tulane University. Her MA in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, focused on inherited trauma,sex, and Judaism. She speaks on these topics nationwide and was the consultant... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 110 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Grandparenting Then and Now: What's the Same? What's Different?
In this interactive session, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of grandparenting. Exploring Jewish and secular sources of wisdom, to find a deeper understanding of the virtues of those who aspire to be the best grandparents they can be in today's frenzied world.

Presenters
avatar for Bernice Lerner

Bernice Lerner

Dean of Adult Learning, Hebrew College
Bernice Lerner, Dean of Adult Learning at Hebrew College, formerly directed Boston University's Center for Character and Social Responsibility. She is the author of The Triumph of Wounded Souls: Seven Holocaust Survivors' Lives, and several book chapters and essays pertaining to ethics... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 105 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Mindfulness and Mikveh
Noise and hurriedness are part of our daily lives. We will explore the mindfulness of Mikveh, and how the use of the Mikvah can grant ustime and the space for solitude,  gratitude and true mindfulness? We'll explore how a weekly, monthly or occasional visit to the Mikvah can provide us with time to reflect and contemplate in an atmosphere that supports peace and tranquility.

Presenters
avatar for Leann Shamash

Leann Shamash

Master Urban Gardener; Veteran Jewish Educator, Independent
Leann Shamash is a Jewish educator. Through her career she has worked in both formal and informal Jewish educational settings. More recently Leann has been pursuing photography, writing and the art of movement. She was recently certified from the Leven Institute in "Shake Your Soul... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Mayyim Hayyim 1 Mayyim Hayyim

4:00pm EST

Spirituality of Beekeeping
Beekeeping involves so many loves - love of Torah, love of earth, love of gardening, love of beings and the tending of all those things. As a rabbi, I consider myself an embodied theologian and beekeeping is just another manifestation of that. We will talk about knowing before whom you stand, the interconnected world, love, and how to love bees and other stinging pollinators!

Presenters
avatar for Suzanne Offit

Suzanne Offit

Suzanne Offit is a rabbi and board certified chaplain working at Hebrew SeniorLife as in post acute services in Roslindale. She was ordained at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Suzanne lives in Newton with her husband, Andy. They have three grown boys and 12 hives of hone... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 109 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

The Living Psalms: How to Infuse the Poetry of the Torah into our Daily Lives
The Psalms contain the emotional highs and lows of human life. Let's examine some of the more well-known psalms to see what themes apply to our lives, and listen to contemporary artistic renditions us to the court of King David.

Presenters
avatar for Misha Clebaner

Misha Clebaner

Reb Misha, is currently in his final year of studies to receive his Masters in Jewish Education as well as Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew College in Boston. He has served with many organizations including the AmeriCorps and American Jewish World Service in India.
JH

Jake Harris

Jake Harris came to the pursuit of the cantorate after obtaining a degree in voice from the Longy School of Music. Jake's music has been performed around Boston and on WBUR. He is the great-great-great-great nephew of the liturgical composer Louis Lewandowski and hopes to follow in... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
6 Main Street Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Radical Hospitality and the Jewish Responses to the Refugee Crisis
In this session we will explore the Jewish principal of hachnasat orchim - hospitality, and discuss how it guides our response to current political issues around immigration and the refugee crisis. This session will include both a text study and discussion. No prior knowledge necessary.

Presenters
avatar for Eliana Jacobowitz

Eliana Jacobowitz

Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Brith in Somerville. In supplementary Jewish education, she focuses on Holocaust education, and Jewish mysticism for teens. She is the facilitator of the Gvanim Leadership program of the American Israel Council in Boston... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 113 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Earth Etudes for Elul: Spiritual Reflections for the Season, Author Readings
Contributors to the new, exciting anthology, "Earth Etudes for Elul," will share their writings about turning and returning to G!d, and to our best selves, and connecting to this planet Earth. Come hear rabbis, environmentalists, gardeners, and spiritual leaders who will share and discuss way to apply these themes to Kislev and throughout the year.


Presenters
avatar for Thea Iberall

Thea Iberall

Writer
Thea Iberall is a shimmering bridge between heart and mind. An inductee into the International Educators Hall of Fame, she is featured in the documentary Poets, Passion and Poetry. Thea's stories springboard from the personal into moral issues, scientific questions, and emotional... Read More →
avatar for Katy Allen

Katy Allen

Co-founder and President, pro tem, Jewish Climate Action Network
Katy Allen is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, and the co-founder and President of Jewish Climate Action Network-MA. She is a board certified chaplain and a former healthcare chaplain and now considers herself an eco-chaplain.
avatar for Jeff Foust

Jeff Foust

Jeff Foust is a rabbi, a Jewish Chaplain and a Mindfulness Meditation Coordinator for the Spiritual Life Center at Bentley University. He is a long time student and teacher of Kabbalah, emphasizing embodied spirituality, where one learns to breathe, live, and dance Kabbalah into our... Read More →
avatar for Judith Kummer

Judith Kummer

Judith Kummer is a rabbi who serves as Executive Director of the Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts. She is an avid organic gardener, a potter, hiker, and a social activist.
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Susie Davidson

Susie Davidson contributes to HuffPost, the Jewish Daily Forward, JewishBoston.com, Shalom Magazine, WickedLocal.com and other national and international media, and authored a 2005 book and documentary film, "I Refused to Die," about local Holocaust survivors and liberating WWII... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 112 Temple Reyim

4:00pm EST

Evolution of Halacha: A Case Study in Disability
The Torah tells us that a Kohen with a disability is disqualified from serving in the Temple. The mishna tells us that a deaf person cannot give testimony. However, today we strive to include all individuals in our services and communities. How has this evolution happened?  This session will appeal to those interested in the development of Halacha and Judaism's changing perspectives on disability. 

Presenters
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Claudia Marbach

Rabba Claudia Marbach recently received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat, and has launched One Night Shtender, a pop-up beit midrash for women. She co-runs a partnership minyan called Yedid Nefesh, and participates in interfaith dialogue through the Daughters of Abraham network.


Sunday December 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Room 106 Temple Reyim

5:00pm EST

CHANUKAH CANDLE-LIGHTING & MUSICAL FINALE
Once sundown comes, Chanukah begins! Moishe House friends will lead us in candle-lighting before a raucous sing-along and musical send-off.
At the five Boston area Moishe Houses, young adults come together to create vibrant Jewish moments.

This event is taking place in the lobby of Temple Reyim. (Please ignore the words Mayyim Hayyim!)

Sunday December 2, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Lobby Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington Street, Auburndale, MA 02466

5:30pm EST

Cleanup Party - Volunticipation at its Finest
We count on you, to help us look through each room to check for leftover LimmudBoston signs, papers, cups, handouts, so that we leave Temple Reyim in beautiful condition.

Sunday December 2, 2018 5:30pm - 5:45pm EST
Lobby Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington Street, Auburndale, MA 02466
 
Monday, December 3
 

6:00pm EST

LimmudBoston Debrief Party
Join us for a light dinner on Monday December 3 at 6PM at Temple Reyim. Let's discuss this year's LimmudBoston. And kick off plans for next year.
Ideas? We want them! Suggestions? Bring 'em on!
LimmudBoston is created from teamwork and volunteers.
Volunteer + Participate = VOLUNTICIPATE
RSVP at Registration Desk, or online at www.LimmudBoston.org

Monday December 3, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
TBA