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Friday, February 12
 

2:45pm

Making Sense of Kabbalat Shabbat
The melodies and experience of Kabbalat Shabbat are one facet of this service that attracts us. But is there a meaning to the words that could help us start our Shabbat with a different mindset? Can we use Kabbalat Shabbat as a way of approaching our relationship with G-d, with the world, with others, and with ourselves that can enhance our neshamot (souls) during this upcoming Shabbat? Join us for a pre-Kabbalat Shabbat session for parents, children, and anyone who wants to "feel" Shabbat more!

Presenters
avatar for Koren Publishers Jerusalem

Koren Publishers Jerusalem

Sales Director, Koren Publishers Jerusalem
Books (especially Siddurim!)



Friday February 12, 2016 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Long Ridge
 
Saturday, February 13
 

12:15pm

Melodies of Esther
Ever want to learn the Esther trope? Tired of memorizing your verses from a recording? Now is the time to learn while you still have a few weeks before Purim! We will learn the melodies of the most common trope, symbols, and examine the various ins and outs of the megillah reading. No chanting or musical background necessary, though familiarity with Hebrew
would be helpful.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Arbisser

Lisa Arbisser

cantor, Society for the Advancement of Judaism
Lisa Shapanka Arbisser has been the cantor at The Society for the Advancement of Judaism in New York City since 2009. She brings a passion for Jewish music and a profound dedication to Jewish community life and learning to her role as cantor. Her thesis and recital at Hebrew Union... Read More →


Saturday February 13, 2016 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Belltown

3:30pm

How To Teach Your Kids (and Yourself) to Talk To God
In many Jewish contexts, especially schools, prayer is presented as words one must learn to say. How can we make prayer into a meaningful experience of connection and reflection? Join us to see the innovative Koren Educational Siddur Series, and learn about the vision that inspired it. Then, participate as a classroom teacher with experience using these materials presents a model lesson of how this can be put into practice. Learn techniques for tefillah that might help your kids (and you!)

Presenters
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Daphna Bittan

Daphna is a Hebrew and Judaic teacher at a Montessori day school in Brooklyn, NY. Her students come from all over the religious spectrum, and she always looks to bring new angles of study into her classroom. She loves to learn, see new perspectives, and meet people who share her passion... Read More →
avatar for Koren Publishers Jerusalem

Koren Publishers Jerusalem

Sales Director, Koren Publishers Jerusalem
Books (especially Siddurim!)


Saturday February 13, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Belltown
 
Sunday, February 14
 

7:30am

Siddur Sababa Tfillah Experience
This is an interactive Shaharit Workshop for people looking to engage in community building and meaning making in preparation for prayer.  All are welcome- educators and non-educators alike.  Attendees will spend 10 minutes building their own weekday Amidah parallel to the traditional set of topics in the Amidah before coming together in an alternative prayer experience with their original content.  It will be Sababa!

Presenters
avatar for Sara Beckerman

Sara Beckerman

Sara Beckerman is a Jewish educator, currently teaching at the Schechter School of Long Island. She is the creator of Siddur Sababa, an interactive curriculum for teaching Jewish prayer. She also writes curriculum for teaching Hebrew, TaNaKh and Talmud.


Sunday February 14, 2016 7:30am - 8:15am
Glenbrook

10:15am

God Granted Me My Request: Hannah’s Power Play Before God
Hannah prays for a child and becomes a paradigm for how an individual should stand before God in impassioned petition. This session argues that Hannah does more than pour out her heart in supplication before God. We will see how Hannah actively ensures that her prayer will be answered and offers a paradigm of what it means to be in a reciprocal relationship with God.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Kalmanofsky

Amy Kalmanofsky

Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, Blanche and Romie Shapiro Associate Professor of Bible, became the dean of Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, JTS’s undergraduate school, in 2018. Previously, Dr. Kalmanofsky was associate vice chancellor, serving as an ambassador for JTS, teaching in... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
Willow

12:00pm

Chazak Chazak V'Nitchazek: When and Why Do We Need Strength?
Why do Ashkenazi congregations say "Chazak Chazak V'Nitchazek" ("Strong, strong, and let us strengthen ourselves") when they finish reading a book from the Torah? Where does this custom originate and how old is it? What about finishing Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy makes this singular invocation necessary? Why do we say (almost) the same thing three times? This session will look at texts from the Tanakh, Talmud, and halakhic (law) codes to unravel this mystery.

Presenters
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Adina Gerver

Adina is a student at NYU, pursuing an MPA in non-profit management and MA in Judaic studies. Adina’s interests include writing and editing, Jewish adult and family education, public history, urban design, walking in Fort Tryon Park, fine wine, and exquisite dark chocolate. Adina... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Willow

1:45pm

Writing Personal Prayer
What is prayer? In this class, it is a personal holy conversation with the Divine (however you define that). Using a siddur (prayerbook) prayer as a jumping off point, we think & talk about what a prayer is, learn the basic Jewish liturgical structure, do some guided meditation on the kavannah (spiritual intention), then write. Sharing is optional but fabulous. This is not a writing class. No one, including the teacher, will critique writing style or abilities. Attendees should bring something to write with.

Presenters
avatar for Trisha Arlin

Trisha Arlin

Trisha Arlin is a liturgist, teacher and rabbinic student at the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR). She has taught at NHC Summer Institute, Shavuot Across Brooklyn, Drisha Institute & congregations in Brooklyn, Westchester and New Jersey, and was the Liturgist In Residence at the... Read More →



Sunday February 14, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Willow
 
Monday, February 15
 

8:30am

Tfillah Educators Panel
This panel will feature Tfillah (prayer) educators such as Sara Stave Beckerman (Siddur Sababa), Yossi Pollack (Koren), and Daphna Bittan. We will discuss methods and vision and how these may be used with learners.


Presenters
avatar for Sara Beckerman

Sara Beckerman

Sara Beckerman is a Jewish educator, currently teaching at the Schechter School of Long Island. She is the creator of Siddur Sababa, an interactive curriculum for teaching Jewish prayer. She also writes curriculum for teaching Hebrew, TaNaKh and Talmud.
DB

Daphna Bittan

Daphna is a Hebrew and Judaic teacher at a Montessori day school in Brooklyn, NY. Her students come from all over the religious spectrum, and she always looks to bring new angles of study into her classroom. She loves to learn, see new perspectives, and meet people who share her passion... Read More →
avatar for Koren Publishers Jerusalem

Koren Publishers Jerusalem

Sales Director, Koren Publishers Jerusalem
Books (especially Siddurim!)



Monday February 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Springdale