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Friday, February 13

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.


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
Saturday, February 14

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. 


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
Sunday, February 15

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.


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

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!


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