The cultures of the millennia-old Bukharian, Georgian, and Mountain/Kavkazi Jewish communities are situated at the unique, and lesser known, intersection of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-speaking Jewish identities. In this multimedia session, we will explore the rich histories and experiences of these three Former Soviet Union communities.
When can we coexist with 'the other' and when do we need to separate to protect 'our own'? This question will be explored through both classical Jewish and Islamic readings of the story detailing the expulsion of Ishmael from the Abrahamic family, and their implications for the relationship between Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Muslims today.
We live in a world of social media, naming and shaming but also GDPR and the right to be forgotten. How to balance confidentiality, rights to privacy, public responsibility and OUTRAGE! We explore underlying religious principles, salacious stories and scandal, and the sometimes tricky relationship between civil/secular legislation and halacha.
Albert Einstein is a universal icon of intelligence, humanity, and imagination. His ideas are still relevant in the development of science, humanism and Judaism. However, his work remains widely unknown by most people. We will discuss some highlights of his scientific and cultural legacy and the historical context in which his ideas originated.
Richard Verber, an educator on March of the Living UK, will be in conversation with Mala Tribich. Mala will give her survivor's testimony of her time during the war and how she survived Ravensbruck and Bergen Belsen.
Usually thought of as one of the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, Isaac Rosenberg studied painting at the Slade alongside the Bloomsbury Group and found success as a poet thanks to their support. One hundred years after his death in WWII, we’ll trace his remarkable journey from the East End to the West End to the trenches where he wrote his most famous poems.
Let's learn a few tunes together by ear; put in some harmony, old-fashioned klezmer style and have some fun playing our own Jewish folk music together. For instrumentalists Grade 4 and above. If you play a loud instrument (trumpet/heavy brass) please bring a mute you are happy to use in case the room needs it.
Join each afternoon to knit and natter. Want to learn how? Come we'll help you learn. Want a knitting project you can do while you're at Festival? We'll be working together to create hats and blankets to distribute in Eastern Europe through the Together Plan. We'll have limited supplies to share but please bring needles and wool if you have.
Many people revel in our tradition that speaks with so many voices. But how can two or more things be true at the same time? And is there a limit to our creativity and interpretation? This class claims that we have to see the world through a variety of lenses and enlists Marilyn Monroe to help us do that.
After #MeToo and 15 years of quest, how to rethink this specific place of beit haknesset ? How to rethink the place of the women, the ezrat nashim? We will question the issues raised by the mixed and non-mixed sitting in this place dedicated to kedusha. How to harmonize verticality towards God and horizontality of socialization? For whom a mehitza?
Siona will present on her commission of making a 15 foot long Megillat Esther. Participants will be supplied with copies of parts of Siona’s megillah and will take parts of the scene from the scroll (copies) to re-transform them into their words or compositions. We will then lay out our work together in this re-created long scroll.Esther.pdf 1.jpg 1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg
Who is orthodox? Who isn't? Time to decide. We will cross-examine several well-known Jewish figures and establish once and for all in which camp they belong. And we'll learn a great deal along the way about modern Jewish history, thought, and the unreliable nature of the paradigm most of us are familiar with.
I am often asked why a Jewish scholar would choose to study, of all ancient figures, the notorious Apostle Paul. In fact, many of today's leading Pauline scholars are Jews. This presentation explores the writings of Paul and asks why Jews have begun to take such interest in them.
How do I sit shiva for my same gender partner? How can our shul better think about the needs of our queer members? Queer Jews face a unique set of halachic questions. Together we’ll begin to write the first pages of a guidebook to observant LGBTQ Jewish life.
The bible mentions race and ethnicity right from the start. We shall examine the treatment of race in our traditions and how this is understood both traditionally and in the light of modernity.
Roman Vishniac’s photographs of the ‘vanished world’ of pre-war Jewish Poland are iconic. However, he was also an important modernist photographer whose work spanned more than six decades. This session will examine his work which is currently on exhibition at the Jewish Museum.
Renaissance scholar Pico della Mirandola believed Kabbalah proved Christianity to be true and was the only defence against black magic. Johannes Reuchlin used its symbols to commune with angels. John Dee was advised by a green angel. Eventually Christian Kabbalah became part of the occult. Based on my book: Kabbalah: Secrecy, Scandal and the Soul.The Strange Story of Christian Cabala.pptx
Nicky's decision to become a conductor threw her in to an unexpected gendered discourse. As women grapple with how to be accepted on the podium, she came to ask, is there a way to dissociate gender from a discussion of leadership. Or, if this is not possible, is there a way to reframe the position of gender within this discussion? Enter Kabbalah.
Exploring why Israeli perspectives of the Trump administration differ so greatly from liberal views in the US and elsewhere.