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Identity & Global Culture [clear filter]
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

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
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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
 
Sunday, February 15
 

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

10:00am EST

The Making of Tefillin
This session will explain how Tefillin are made, the different types of Tefillin housings, and all the structural aspects of Tefillin as well as the parchments that go into making them.

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 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Westover

8:15pm EST

Models of Jewish Leadership: Women in America
We will consider questions of avocation and vocation, a sense of calling versus that of profession, by looking into the lives and accomplishments of a number of trailblazing Jewish women. They were performance artists, educators, academics, political figures, and much, much more. What can we learn from these American leaders, each of whom had the courage and conviction to create a more just and equitable world?

Presenters
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Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her love of "hands-on" education stems from a background with USY and Ramah, both organizations for... Read More →


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

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

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
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 →


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

10:00am EST

A Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter
Heschel once asked: What would Judaism have looked like on the Ganges? Jews know little of Hinduism except to ask about its monotheism. This talk will start to answer the question of looking at the two faiths differently after the encounter. Brill recently spent a Fulbright Sabbatical year in India encountering Hinduism from within the Brahmin world. Explore the commonalities in priestly rituals, dietary restrictions, and purity, as well as tantra, meditation, and text study.

Presenters
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Alan Brill

Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. Brill’s books include Judaism and Other Religions (2010) and Judaism and World Religions (2012). Last year, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Varanasi, India. He is currently... Read More →


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