Purple 29 (Monarch Overflow)
This is the third part in the series the Mirror and the Law. In looking at the biblical characters of Hannah and Abraham the rabbis see a bold and daring challenge to divine justice. We will look at how there characters challenge God and how they may serve as a model for a contemporary demand for just and equality.
It has proven hard to beat Israel on the military battle ground and through economic warfare. But the enemies of Israel have successfully employed a "narrative war" against the Jewish State which has undermined the good name and the once popular story of Israel. What are the enemy's techniques and is there a way to win back the Israeli narrative?
Hear Ben Gurion advocate immigration for everyone, Abba Hillel Silver plead with the world to save German Jewry. These will be a few of the treasures presented in this session.
This illustrated talk explores how Second Wave Jewish feminism engaged in a form of idoloclastic religious politics encapsulated by Cynthia Ozick's 11th Commandment: "Thou shalt not lessen the humanity of women" (1979). Those attending will be asked to consider the impact of Second Wave Jewish feminism in today's Jewish world.
What might sound like the beginning of a good joke is the story of an unprecedented coalition building project: a child survivor dancing with an Armenian poet to Roma tunes, a conference in the European Parliament and many new synergies and stories came up. Hear more about this unprecedented network called "A Europe of Diasporas".
This summer Ethan Herman spent 6 weeks volunteering in Ghana with Tzedek. In this session he shares his experiences and explores the battle between volunteering and voluntourism: Are they really making a difference? Who benefits the most? If you've ever considered volunteering abroad, come and learn about this amazing trip and how you can make a difference.
Barbershop quartet, The Ashatones, perform arrangements from a variety of genres spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. From motown to musicals, traditional barbershop to Disney, and from Jewish to pop music, The Ashatones provide an enjoyable evening of quality entertainment.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing international crime, but difficult to combat effectively. We will look at why religious groups are tackling human trafficking and how we can work within the Jewish community and with other faiths to create a cohesive, effective response. Join the movement to end human trafficking together.
Test your word power in an hour. Join us for Scrabble and brainstorm your brain - we will even allow common Hebrew words!
This session will feature a live recording of the popular podcast Responsa Radio (listen to an episode or two in advance to get a sense of the format - www.responsaradio.com). Please come with your questions on Jewish law and practice and we will do our best to answer them!
Rav Shagar (1949-2007) was arguably the most important Israeli religious thinker of the past 50 years. His ideas are indispensable for grasping the intellectual and spiritual ferment of today's Israel. This introduction to his thinking will focus on his revitalisation of Talmud study, his "Post-Modern-Orthodoxy" and rethinking of Zionism.
Believe it or not, but meat doesn't just miraculously appear on a styrofoam tray at the market. We may not want to think about how our meat gets to our tables, but the Jewish tradition says we should. In this session, we’ll watch a video of a “live” Shechitah (Kosher slaughter) demonstration, pausing throughout for explanations and discussion.
This stand-alone session is a chance for book lovers to share insights. We will discuss our favourite extracts, characters and theories - for those who've already read the book and those who haven't but want to find out more. Today's choice is Alice Hoffman’s New York Times bestseller about the family of Jewish artist Camille Pissarro.
What is happening around the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals? Is any of this a concern for the Jewish community? How can people concerned about these issues stay informed and active?
L'Chaim! is an intimate portrait of Chaim Lubelski, a hippie and drug dealer who became a successful businessman and professional chess player. When his mother needed care, Chaim decided to move into a care-home with her. Shaped by his mother's history as a Holocaust survivor, Chaim feels his mission is to ease her pain. Despite all of the obstacles that come his way, Chaim chooses to respond with humour, joy and humanity. This film documents how the legacy of trauma still affects the second generation of Holocaust survivors. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Elkan Spiller
I’m about as mainstream as we come. My family lights Sabbath candles and belongs to a synagogue. My daughter goes to religious school and Jewish summer camp. I even grow etrogs in my backyard. But I am also a Jew of color. An estimated 20% of the Jewish population today is racially and ethnically diverse. So what does a multiracial, intersectional Jewish community look like today?
Anthony Clavane looks at a century of Jewish involvement in the beautiful game; how players, fans, owners and administrators have shaped the sport.
It's obvious that we all live as part of the world, yet very often we look at our money as distinct from the world. Social action and caring for others are one thing. Investments and money are another. We will explore concepts of investing with Jewish values, drawing from impact, environmental, and social investing - as well as historical ideas.
Modern armies face a series of moral choices, often requiring instant decisions. Warfare has become asymmetrical, remotely fought and instantly reportable. Individuals face personal and public scrutiny. The Occupation has lasted almost 50 years. Is too much expected of the Israeli Defense Force or any army of a liberal democratic nation?
Hear more of award-winning songwriter Daniel Cainer's unique stories in song that aren't in the other show, plus a chance for requests and some discussion. "An extraordinary performer. At times heartbreakingly poignant, at others laugh out loud funny." - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. "Honest, touching and unpredictable" - New York Jewish Week.
Some of the saddest texts we have in our tradition describe Jewish martyrdom. Should they inspire us, shame us or shock us? We will study different versions of the ‘seven brothers’ story in Talmud, midrash and the Book of Maccabees in order to try to find some answers and meaning for today.
This session looks at how regional development banks such as the Asian Development Bank operate and how NGOs and national development agencies fit. Underlying the large financiers is the same philosophy as for small Jewish NGOs - to strengthen the hand of those facing challenges until they need no longer be dependent upon others.
This is a guided movement workshop exploring our inner wisdom and intelligence of the body. An opportunity to move and to explore the present moment. Leave with some tools to take into your daily life. Join us to discover mindfulness in a new way through music, dance and movement. Open to all ages.
Clelia Piperno is head of the Italian translation of the Babylonian Talmud project - the first Jewish woman to be appointed head of a publicly funded Roman Jewish community project. This session will detail some of her insights and the challenges of her role.
Learn about and discuss Maktabat al Fanoos, a groundbreaking initiative that gifts Arabic children's books to nearly 100,000 Arab Israeli children and families each month - reaching 100% of 3-5 year olds in government schools. MaF is a partnership of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Price Family Philanthropies and Israel's Ministry of Education.
In social justice work, or the desire to do social justice work, we can get stuck. What can we learn from biblical and rabbinic texts about being stuck and unstuck?