Is there anything good about bearing a grudge? Should we forgive ourselves? If we do, does that encourage or discourage bad behaviour in the future? This session uses the story of Joseph and his brothers to look at the role social and private incentives play in our lives along with broader questions about internet shaming and freedom of the press.
Come consider the surprisingly modern activism of Biblical women! We will explore these fascinating characters through text study, midrash, song, visual art, using the Girls in Trouble curriculum, which brings teens and adults into the texts which inspire Alicia Jo Rabins' indie-folk song cycle about Biblical women. Alicia's participation was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.
I will explain why the drug laws are such a grave danger to both drug users and the rest of the citizens in the UK. As part of this we will explore who makes the most money from drugs and why some drugs are legal and others not.
The figure of the Apiqoros (made famous by the Talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah) is one that is spoken of but often little known about. We will look at some of the key passages in which the Apiqoros is mentioned, paying particular attention to the way in which the presentation developed over the centuries, as well as its role in Judaism today.
Are mainstream Jewish institutions silencing critics of Israel? Can you say what you really think without fear of a backlash ? Can we create a dialogue in the community where we can be frank and open, yet also tolerant of opinions we find deeply uncomfortable ?
Maurice Sendak is best known for “Where The Wild Things Are”. Five years after his death, a previously unpublished picture book has just been released. Sendak’s influences are diverse: they include Mozart, Jewish stories, and American popular culture. This talk draws on Sendak’s own eloquent words to trace the sources of the artist’s inspiration.
How do we remain a people in the age of individualism and, as dependencies and loyalties change, is the diaspora worth saving, no matter what? In this session, Annika uses her extensive travels throughout the diaspora to look at the state of the Jewish Diaspora and how it relates to the Jewish State as it grows stronger.
What made the Likud Israel’s leading and most popular party and in the same time Netanyahu it’s unshakable leader? Could they go on without each other? What are Bibi’s aspirations towards the upcoming elections and what are his chances?
What's it like living in a far-flung Jewish community in the Middle of America? Violinist Lior Kaminetsky and photographer Joe Shalmoni visited small Jewish communities and documented a glimpse into life in those communities, their stories and challenges past, present and future. Film and discussion.