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Friday, February 13
 

1:00pm EST

I'm Not Spielberg: A Contemporary Jewish Filmmaker's Life
Freelance film-maker Saul Sudin realized in college that he wanted to combine his passion for cinema with his religion. Since then, he has produced documentaries, narrative shorts, commercials, and music videos where he has highlighted his heritage. Join Saul as he screens various examples of his work and talks about what goes into balancing life, work, and art.

Presenters
SS

Saul Sudin

Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker advocating a new voice for Judaism in visual media. His production Punk Jews is in distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film and he is the co-founder of Jewish Art Now, a resource for contemporary Jewish visual art and design. He... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Cove

1:00pm EST

Learning from Superheroes: Folklore, Comics and Jewish Education
Jewish stories and history are full of superheroes, whether they be biblical figures like Samson, imbued with divine power; sages like Shimon Bar Yochai, whose learning leads them to the supernatural; or creatures of folklore like the Maharal's Golem. This session explores the place of these and other figures in Jewish culture, their influence on the modern superhero, and the place of heroes and monsters in contemporary Jewish education.

Presenters
AD

Aliza Donath

Aliza is a Jewish artist, writer and educator from New York. She recently earned her Masters degree in Jewish Education with a concentration in arts education from NYU and she currently teaches Judaic Studies full time - with as much cartooning and writing on the side as possible... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Springdale

2:30pm EST

Art, Kabbalah, Jungian Archetypes and Tikun Olam
Two years ago, the late abstract expressionist artist Annette Heller began to paint the ten Kabbalistic sefirot (emanations) of God. Her husband researched the hundreds of interpretations of the sefirot, from traditional Jewish readings to a comparison with Jung's archetypes. His session will summarize that research, focusing on Kabbalistic thought as a response to historical crises and on Tikun Olam (repairing the world) as a result of recognizing each of the sefirot. He will also show her work.

Presenters
HH

Harry Heller

Harry holds a PhD in Social/Industrial Psychology from NYU. He formed The Heller Research Group, with ad agencies and Fortune 500 companies as clients. He has also done strategy work for the UJA and for Zionist causes. In 2004 he was elected to the Marketing Research Hall of Fame... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EST
Springdale

2:30pm EST

New Jewish Iconography and Block Printing Workshop
Sick of seeing Stars of David? The original Jewish symbols were a menorah, lulav & etrog, and the Cohan's hands. In this workshop you will learn to create your own Jewish symbol and get to replicate it with a DIY blockprinting technique. Part graphic design, part printmaking, part recreating history. No experience necessary. All materials provided.

Presenters
ES

Elke Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by cross-cultural intersections as they converge with her Jewish identity. She received acclaim for her “Hipsters & Hassids” series and has been featured in The NY Times, Haaretz, & EL PAÍS. She received a BFA in Illustration from Pratt... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EST
Belltown

10:15pm EST

Rachel Rose Reid: Spoken Word, Stories Sung
An intimate session of poetry, story and song with Rachel Rose Reid, who blends her immigrant, urban and folk traditions into unique creations and re-workings. "Queen of the New Wave of Storytellers" - BBC Radio 3 "There's no faulting Reid's command of her craft" - The Times

Presenters
RR

Rachel Rose Reid

Raised in the UK on folk music, migrant heritage and urban jungle, Rachel Rose Reid combines all three to build bridges between oral tradition and contemporary spoken word. She has written and performed for BBC Radio 3, Nuyorican Poets’ Café, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 10:15pm - 11:30pm EST
Springdale
 
Saturday, February 14
 

10:00am EST

Chesed: What Does Judaism Have to Say?
What is chesed (kindness/mercy) and why is it such a fundamental part of Judaism? Choosing to feel and/or hear another person’s hurt or pain and then choosing to act to heal their hurt or pain without any expectation of reward or calculation is exceptionally difficult to do in a genuine way (especially if fear gets in the way). Come explore chesed with the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series.

Please note that this session will use a projector. 

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Springdale

11:30am EST

Kernels of a Pomegranate: The Art of Storytelling
Stories have the power to transform and inspire. With our voices, we can create bond and wonder, as well as lasting memories, between people while we transmit Jewish values and traditions. In this digital technological world, we need storytelling more than ever. There is no substitute for the human voice. Peninnah Schram will explore the power of storytelling, what makes a story Jewish and share some stories from the Jewish oral tradition.

Presenters
PS

Peninnah Schram

Storyteller Peninnah Schram is a professor of Speech and Drama at Yeshiva University. She has authored twelve books of Jewish folktales, including Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another. The book Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning was published in her honor... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Cove

3:45pm EST

Yiddish Translation Matters
Very few Yiddish literary texts have ever been translated into English, yet a handful have been translated several times. Interpretations of these stories and poems change over time, revealing a great deal about transformations in Jewish American culture and the changing status of Yiddish.

Presenters
AN

Anita Norich

Anita Norich is the Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her books include Writing in Tongues: Yiddish Translation in the Twentieth Century; Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Literature in America During... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Willow

5:15pm EST

Are You There God? It's Me. A Spiritual Open-Mic (without the Mic) Event
This is an "Open Mic" event - without the actual mic because it is Shabbat - that invites participants to speak their spiritual truth in a safe and interactive setting. Each participant will be given three minutes to riff about their relationship (or lack of relationship) with God and/or spirituality through spoken word or song.

Presenters
SD

Shira Dicker

Shira Dicker is a restless writer-at-large, astute social observer, cultural critic, strategic thinker, master networker, activist, and entrepreneur. Her literary and often irreverent blog, Bungalow Babe in the Big City, enjoys a global readership. Captivated by contemporary culture... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Long Ridge

8:15pm EST

Studio Aggadah: New Ideas Lab
Play an interactive game delving into the creative process through a live art  and historical study session that riffs on aggadah, the traditional exegetic texts and folk stories of the Jews. The challenge is to reinvent Jewish visual expression, but don’t worry - no prior artistic experience is necessary.
Part parlor game, part the Hebrew school you wish you had, an after-hours new ideas lab brought to you by JEWISH ART NOW.

Presenters
ES

Elke Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by cross-cultural intersections as they converge with her Jewish identity. She received acclaim for her “Hipsters & Hassids” series and has been featured in The NY Times, Haaretz, & EL PAÍS. She received a BFA in Illustration from Pratt... Read More →
SS

Saul Sudin

Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker advocating a new voice for Judaism in visual media. His production Punk Jews is in distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film and he is the co-founder of Jewish Art Now, a resource for contemporary Jewish visual art and design. He... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Elm

9:45pm EST

“Yes, and…”: An IMPROV workshop
Bring your love of play, a willingness to say yes, and your generous heart to this improvisational theater workshop. You will learn theater games and the basic rules of improv, as you have fun performing in scenes, developing characters, and laughing with your fellow participants. Learners of all ages and all levels of experience are welcome to participate. 

Presenters
YO

Yoni Oppenheim

Yoni Oppenheim is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company. He is a NY-based director, dramaturg, and teaching artist, who has worked in the US, Israel, and Norway. He has consulted for JOFA, Drisha Arts Fellowship, Theater Talk-PBS, and taught theater at... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST
Waterside

9:45pm EST

Concert: Basya Schechter and Pharaoh's Daughter
Enjoy this psychedelic, ethereal, mystical, powerful and eclectic concert with singer-songwriter Basya Schechter and Pharaoh's Daughter. They will perform material from their most recent album Dumiya as well as earlier work.

Presenters
PD

Pharaoh's Daughter

Founded by Basya Schechter, Pharaoh's Daughter is a psychedelic, multi-dimensional ensemble. The sound is Turkish hash bar meets Hasidic Brooklyn juke joints, and incorporates Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic liturgical chants. With music that is "intricately detailed, inventive and endlessly... Read More →
BS

Basya Schechter

Basya Schechter is the lead singer of Pharaoh’s Daughter, a seven-piece ensemble that effortlessly crosses continents, key signatures, and languages with a genre-bending sound. Her earthy, soulful voice rings out over instruments forming a vibrant collage of East/West, Ashkenaz... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST
Grove

9:45pm EST

The Last Jews of Baghdad (Film)
Iraq was once home to 160,000 Jews; today only five remain. This documentary film by Carole Basri takes a personal and historical look at the persecution, torture, escape and exodus of Iraqi Jews between 1940-2003. The film utilizes documentary footage, as well as interviews with Jews who fled their beloved homeland.

Presenters
CB

Carole Basri

Carole Basri is a filmmaker and lawyer of Iraqi Jewish descent. Her films provide a historical and personal view of the persecution, torture, escape and flight of over 160,000 Jews from Iraq between 1940- 2003. A graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, Carole is an... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 9:45pm - 11:30pm EST
Springdale
 
Sunday, February 15
 

10:00am EST

Jewhooing the Sixties
Based on the book of the same title, this session will describe the phenomenon of "Jewhooing"—that is, Jewish celebrity consciousness. Everyone knows Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song," but rarely do we think more seriously about "people who are Jewish, just like you and me." Using four case studies of Jewish celebrity—Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand—we will further explore the dynamics of Jewish identity, expressed by our persistent desire to identify famous Jews.

Presenters
DK

David Kaufman

David Kaufman is a lifelong Jewish educator, with an MA in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a PhD in American Jewish history from Brandeis. He has taught at the Hebrew Union College and Hofstra University and is the author of Shul with a Pool: The Synagogue-Center... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Elm

10:00am EST

Portraits of Jewish Bulgaria
You are invited to a visually breathtaking journey through contemporary Jewish life in Bulgaria. Images by one of the country’s leading photographers and the fascinating new documentary The Ladino Ladies' Club will grant you a tangible sense of the rich past and vibrant present of this unique Jewish community.

Presenters
JB

Joseph Benatov

Joseph Benatov holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He has translated fiction, poetry, and drama, including several plays which were staged to wide acclaim in Bulgaria. Benatov lectures regularly on the history of Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Cove

10:00am EST

Forgiveness: Whom Is It For? A session for teens and parents
Why would you want to forgive someone who has wronged you? Is there any benefit to forgiving? Is there a “right” time to forgive? And what does Judaism have to teach us? Come explore forgiveness with Hanan Harchol, the creator of Jewish Food For Thought, a collection of animated shorts that teach Jewish ethics to adults and teens using thought-provoking and funny conversations between animated versions of Hanan and his parents. This session is for teens. Adults and parents welcome. Created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Alder

11:30am EST

Mural Workshop: Collaborative Conceptual Graffiti Wall
Join us in the creation of a collaborative mural using techniques from contemporary street art and the Exquisite Corpse process. No experience necessary. All materials provided.

Presenters
ES

Elke Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by cross-cultural intersections as they converge with her Jewish identity. She received acclaim for her “Hipsters & Hassids” series and has been featured in The NY Times, Haaretz, & EL PAÍS. She received a BFA in Illustration from Pratt... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Long Ridge

12:00pm EST

Street Art and Tikkun Olam - a session for teens
In this session, participants from age 12 and over are invited to think about creating art that makes a difference in the world. We will explore Jewish texts and artistic sources from Israel and around the world, and ask the question: How can art be a force to change the world for better? We will learn basic stenciling techniques and create our own street art inspired by the work of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Know Hope and more. 

Presenters
TB

Timna Burston

Timna Burston is an Israeli artist educator who focuses on combining the arts with Jewish and Israeli culture. She teaches art at Beit Rabban Day School in NYC and is the coordinator of Kashkesh: A Hebrew immersion program in Art, Music and Dance at Congregation Kol Ami in Westchester... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Alder

1:30pm EST

Finish Your Song: A Workshop for Songwriters
Bring your half-written or three-quarters-written song to this session with professional musician Basya Schechter of Pharaoh's Daughter. Songs will be workshopped with the group. Instruments welcome, but not required.

Presenters
BS

Basya Schechter

Basya Schechter is the lead singer of Pharaoh’s Daughter, a seven-piece ensemble that effortlessly crosses continents, key signatures, and languages with a genre-bending sound. Her earthy, soulful voice rings out over instruments forming a vibrant collage of East/West, Ashkenaz... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Willow

1:30pm EST

Uncle Vanya
Anton Chekhov’s visionary environmentalist Dr. Astrov, along with the rest of Uncle Vanya’s tragi-comically depressed cast of characters encounter the Kabbalistically infused Tu Bishvat (Jewish Arbor Day) seder in 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company’s Uncle Vanya. Successfully produced as a full production in New York in 2014, 24/6 shares its unique take on Chekhov’s classic with Limmud NY, in the form of a staged reading.

Presenters
2A

24/6: A Jewish Theater Company

24/6: A JEWISH THEATER COMPANY is a home for professional Sabbath observant artists. 24/6 cultivates innovative theater grounded in a rigorous engagement with Jewish tradition, and believes that the performing arts play a critical role in American Jewish life. 24/6 shows include A... Read More →
YO

Yoni Oppenheim

Yoni Oppenheim is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company. He is a NY-based director, dramaturg, and teaching artist, who has worked in the US, Israel, and Norway. He has consulted for JOFA, Drisha Arts Fellowship, Theater Talk-PBS, and taught theater at... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Grove

1:30pm EST

The Sturgeon Queens (Film)
A documentary tracing the 100-year history, including sometimes hilarious ups and downs, of iconic Lower East Side lox emporium Russ & Daughters. Starring two of the original daughters, Anne and Hattie, as well as younger generations of the family, and including interviews with prominent customers such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Mario Batali. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with fourth-generation owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper, and with filmmaker Julie Cohen.

Presenters
JC

Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen has directed, produced and written eleven documentaries for NY PBS and other outlets on topics ranging from South African opera singers to World War II veterans to smoked fish on the Lower East Side. Three of her films have won New York Emmy Awards since 2012. After years... Read More →
NR

Niki Russ Federman

In 2009 Niki Russ Federman became an owner of Russ & Daughters, the appetizing shop on East Houston Street, with her cousin Josh Russ Tupper. In 2014 they opened Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard Street, near where their great grandfather founded the business with a herring barrel... Read More →
JR

Josh Russ Tupper

In 2009 Josh Russ Tupper became an owner of Russ & Daughters with his cousin Niki Russ Federman. In 2014 they opened Russ & Daughters Cafe near the site where their great grandfather founded the business with a herring barrel and pushcart a century ago. Josh began his career as an... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Cove

1:30pm EST

Sketches of our Fathers: Medieval Jewish Art as 'Visual Torah Commentary'

Can an artist be a 'mefareish' (traditional Torah commentator)? While Rashi and Nachmanides were writing their respective Torah commentaries, some medieval Jews were drawing their own examples of Biblical interpretation. Uncover a colorful tradition of "visual Torah commentary" in illuminated Hebrew manuscripts, based on research at Oxford's Bodleian Library.

Presenters
BG

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield is Wexner Fellow, a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and an intern at the International Beit Din. Ben is currently a proud resident of the UWS Moishe House and a founder of the partnership Minyan Maarav.


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Belltown

3:00pm EST

New York Andalus Ensemble
The spirit of intercultural exchange so characteristic of al-Andalus is reborn in NYC with the New York Andalus Ensemble, a multiethnic, multifaith group that performs in Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Ladino. Drawing upon a repertoire spanning the ninth century to the 1960s, the ensemble incorporates vocals and a wide array of traditional and modern acoustic instruments. Under the direction of Samuel R. Torjman Thomas, the NYAE is dedicated to conjuring anew the cosmopolitanism of Córdoba.

Presenters
ST

Samuel Torjman Thomas

Samuel R. Torjman Thomas, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, and ethnomusicologist, has been forging an artist/scholar model for over fifteen years. His scholarship centers on musics of the Middle East and North Africa, worldwide Jewish musics, and jazz traditions. He is the artistic... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Springdale

3:00pm EST

Personal Stories of Iraqi Jews (Two Short Films)
The Life of Frank Iny tells the story of a Baghdadi Jew whose search for religious freedom took him from Baghdad to India, Belgium, Berlin, Israel and ultimately New York. Searching For Baghdad documents his Iraqi-American granddaughter’s journey to find the remnants of her Jewish heritage outside of Iraq.

Presenters
CB

Carole Basri

Carole Basri is a filmmaker and lawyer of Iraqi Jewish descent. Her films provide a historical and personal view of the persecution, torture, escape and flight of over 160,000 Jews from Iraq between 1940- 2003. A graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, Carole is an... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Elm

3:00pm EST

Three Singers, One Family: Esther, Israel Joshua, and Isaac Bashevis Singer
These three siblings—Esther Singer Kreitman, Israel Joshua Singer, and Isaac Bashevis Singer—have very different reputations nowadays, and had very different versions of the family stories they told in their own day. We'll consider these differences and their significance for the writers, their autobiographical stories, and our understanding of family dynamics and the past.

Presenters
AN

Anita Norich

Anita Norich is the Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her books include Writing in Tongues: Yiddish Translation in the Twentieth Century; Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Literature in America During... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Waterside

6:00pm EST

This is Not a Gaga Class
Gaga is a movement language created by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin of the Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga classes invite you to connect to the pleasure of moving, bring sensation and awareness to different parts of the body, and lighten the senses and imagination. Gaga classes are taught by certified instructors, so this is not a Gaga class; but this class will be taught by a dancer and Gaga practitioner. Seasoned movers and first-timers are all welcome!

Presenters
EF

Erica Frankel

Erica Frankel began taking dance classes and playing soccer at age three. By five, she quit soccer (after kicking the ball to the other team "because they wanted it more" and winning "Best Singer on the Field") and told her parents she wanted to grow up to be a "multi-talented artist... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:00pm - 7:15pm EST
Long Ridge

6:00pm EST

The Jewish Brain on Music: What I Learned When I Picked up My Cello in Middle Age
Many of us put aside some of our dreams to accommodate family obligations and careers. But it's never too late to recapture the dreams of your youth. That's the message of Ari Goldman's new book, The Late Starters Orchestra. Goldman had a long-standing flirtation with the cello for most of his adult life, but he didn't embrace it fully until he was about to turn sixty. In this session he will talk about how the music of the synagogue helped him achieve his goal. He will also play cello.

Presenters
AG

Ari Goldman

Ari Goldman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the author of four books, including the best-seller The Search for God at Harvard. His latest book is The Late Starters Orchestra. He and his wife Shira Dicker are the parents of three children. Ari is also a cellist... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:00pm - 7:15pm EST
Springdale

6:45pm EST

Concert: Nefesh Mountain
Nefesh Mountain’s spiritual music blends Jewish tradition with Bluegrass, Old-Time, Folk, and Celtic Music. From the Jewish prayerbook, to the mid 1800s, to the present, Doni Zasloff and
Eric Lindberg’s magical and soulful songs are filled with rich harmonies combined with the sounds of the banjo, guitar and mandolin.

Presenters
DZ

Doni Zasloff (Mama Doni)

Doni Zasloff (aka Mama Doni) is a mom, music teacher, songwriter, and lead singer in The Mama Doni Band, honored with a 2011 Parents Choice® Award for their CD, Shabbat Shaboom, and winner of the Simcha Award for “Inspiring Joy Through Music”. Mama Doni celebrates Jewish culture... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm EST
Aspen

6:45pm EST

The Scribal Arts
This session will cover the writing of Sifrei Torah, Tefillin, and Mezuzot. What skills and tools are needed to be a Sofer (scribe)? See and touch samples to understand the intricacies as well as the simplicity of writing our most precious Jewish artifacts. Along the journey, hear anecdotes, history, and exciting stories, including how Greenfield saved fifty-four Sifrei Torah from destruction by Saddam Hussein.

Presenters
ZG

Zerach Greenfield

Born in the United States, Zerach moved to Israel in 1980. He has served as a Shaliach (emissary) for the Jewish Agency. For the last thirty years he has been active as a Sofer STAM (scribe), writing, teaching, restoring and evaluating Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls), tefillin and other... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm EST
Westover

8:15pm EST

TuBishVanya: Creating a Tu Bishvat (Jewish Arbor Day) Uncle Vanya
Join the director and writer of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company’s Uncle Vanya, as they share with you their process for creating 24/6’s unique Tu Bishvat adaptation of Chekhov’s classic. In conjunction with 24/6’s Sunday stage reading of Uncle Vanya, we will explore a scene in Chekhov’s original play, and how 24/6 went about adapting it for their Tu Bishvat Seder production of the play. Bring your love of theater and a willingness to act to this interactive session. Wallflowers welcome.

Presenters
YO

Yoni Oppenheim

Yoni Oppenheim is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company. He is a NY-based director, dramaturg, and teaching artist, who has worked in the US, Israel, and Norway. He has consulted for JOFA, Drisha Arts Fellowship, Theater Talk-PBS, and taught theater at... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Westover

8:15pm EST

Punk Jews (Film)
This documentary profiles stereotype-smashing Hassidic punk rockers, Yiddish street performers, African-American Jewish activists and others who are defying norms and expressing their Jewish identities in unconventional ways. Punk Jews explores an emerging movement of provocateurs and committed Jews who are asking, each in his or her own way, what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. Followed by Q&A with co-producer Saul Sudin.

Presenters
SS

Saul Sudin

Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker advocating a new voice for Judaism in visual media. His production Punk Jews is in distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film and he is the co-founder of Jewish Art Now, a resource for contemporary Jewish visual art and design. He... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Springdale

8:15pm EST

Tevye: The Milkman and the Fiddler

Sholem Aleichem's "Tevye" is known throughout the world, but the Yiddish milkman has become an English fiddler (on a roof). We'll consider this transformation by looking at excerpts from films from different cultures and in different languages: Yiddish, English, Hebrew and Russian. (We'll also take a passing glance at some others, including Japanese and Hindi!)  What happens to Sholem Aleichem's story in these different contexts?


Presenters
AN

Anita Norich

Anita Norich is the Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her books include Writing in Tongues: Yiddish Translation in the Twentieth Century; Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Literature in America During... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Aspen

8:15pm EST

Songs of the Heart
How do the tunes we sing interpret the liturgy we pray? In this session, we encounter some masterful musical compositions which allow us to connect to the text of the siddur in new and surprising ways. Come learn and sing some old-new niggunim (wordless melodies) and deepen your experience of prayer!

Presenters
JK

Jonathan Kelsen

Jon Kelsen is the Rosh Kollel and Director of the June Kollel and a full-time faculty member at Drisha. He received ordination from Daniel Landes and holds an MA in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
High Ridge

9:45pm EST

Concert: Zusha
While borrowing lines from ancient liturgy, Zusha’s music is a blend of jazz, reggae, folk, ska, gypsy swing, and traditional Jewish soul—The Times of Israel called them "Wordless melodies to soothe the soul". The resulting sound is dynamic; at times it feels raw and rustic, at times gentle and poignant. And then sometimes you just can’t help but get up and dance. Join Zusha for an experiential spiritual journey through the world of wordless neegunim featuring nostalgic layered harmonies with imaginative scatting.

Presenters
Z

Zusha

Zusha was formed in the East Village of New York City by three neo-Hasidic friends with little enthusiasm for college and a great passion for music. Borrowing lines from ancient liturgy, Zusha’s music is a blend of folk, jazz, reggae, ska, gypsy swing, and traditional Jewish soul... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST
Grove

9:45pm EST

Envy: What Does Judaism Have to Say?
Where does envy originate? Does it always have to be bad? Is there anything you can learn about yourself from being envious of others? What is the key to understanding Judaism’s seemingly contradictory response to feelings of envy? Come explore envy with the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series.

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST
Springdale
 
Monday, February 16
 

10:00am EST

My Life, My Art
Struggling to find creativity in WASP New England, Elke Reva Sudin found her path as an artist and as a Jew in the urban jungle. She has painted Jewish world champion boxers, sketched TV celebrities, & designed packaging for designer products. She has exhibited at Art Basel Miami, brought rabbis into clubs for art battles, appeared in music videos, & brought together hipsters and Hassidic Jews. Elke’s paintings mix contemporary life and Jewish themes showing where she stands as an artist and a Jew.

Presenters
ES

Elke Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by cross-cultural intersections as they converge with her Jewish identity. She received acclaim for her “Hipsters & Hassids” series and has been featured in The NY Times, Haaretz, & EL PAÍS. She received a BFA in Illustration from Pratt... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Springdale

10:00am EST

Love and Fear: What Does Judaism Have to Say?
What is love really all about? Are there different kinds of love? How much does giving have to do with love? How much of love is about yourself, how much is about others, and what do fish have to do with it?! Come explore love and fear with the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series.

Presenters
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Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Elm

11:30am EST

Jewish Film in 2009: A Serious Man Versus Inglourious Basterds
Two major Jewish-content films were nominated for Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards:  The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In this session we will compare, contrast, and discuss how they inadvertently reveal a stark divide in the media's approach to religion both in their production, the content on screen, and their greater place in Jewish cinema.

Presenters
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Saul Sudin

Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker advocating a new voice for Judaism in visual media. His production Punk Jews is in distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film and he is the co-founder of Jewish Art Now, a resource for contemporary Jewish visual art and design. He... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
High Ridge

11:30am EST

Skills for Telling Stories to (and with!) Children
In this practical workshop you will gain confidence and skills for finding and telling stories to children, particularly those of kindergarten and elementary school age. Explore how and why expression, interactivity and direct telling (as opposed to reading alone) can enhance child development. This workshop is suitable for teachers, parents, caregivers and new storytellers.

Presenters
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Rachel Rose Reid

Raised in the UK on folk music, migrant heritage and urban jungle, Rachel Rose Reid combines all three to build bridges between oral tradition and contemporary spoken word. She has written and performed for BBC Radio 3, Nuyorican Poets’ Café, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Grove

1:00pm EST

Artists’ Beit Midrash
Who is an artist? What is the role and responsibility of an artist? Together we will consider a handful of biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary Jewish texts that propose a few surprising answers! This session aspires to be part learning circle and part artists’ coffee klatch. Calling all creatives (broadly defined!).

Presenters
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Erica Frankel

Erica Frankel began taking dance classes and playing soccer at age three. By five, she quit soccer (after kicking the ball to the other team "because they wanted it more" and winning "Best Singer on the Field") and told her parents she wanted to grow up to be a "multi-talented artist... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Belltown