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Saturday, November 7
 

7:30pm PST

KEYNOTE SPEAKER PRESENTATION: Stabilize Your Mindset, Stay Grounded, Focus on your Core Values - Through a Jewish Lens
We are all living in very unprecedented times and experiencing rapid change and acceleration. To address these circumstances many of us will be in need of stabilization, but our first goal should be to stabilize our own emotions, spirituality, and mindset. In times of great stress, we need to dig deep to rediscover our core tenets. Doing this will ensure that every decision we make is aligned with the Jewish values that we hold dear. Be grateful, forgiving, accountable, and work to connect with what inspires you to pursue your best self.

Speakers
avatar for David Meltzer

David Meltzer

David is the Co-Founder of Sports 1 Marketing, a marketing agency that he co-founded with Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback, Warren Moon. As executive producer, and main judge, of Entrepreneur’s Elevator Pitch, David provides constructive insight for thousands of businesses... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2020 7:30pm - 9:00pm PST
Zoom
 
Sunday, November 8
 

9:30am PST

Tapestry 2020 Welcome
Sunday November 8, 2020 9:30am - 9:50am PST
Zoom

10:00am PST

Acting and Prayer
When an actor performs Shakespeare, he has to take ancient unfamiliar words and speak them with passion and meaning.  He has to find focus, purpose, and urgency in words and thoughts written by someone else. And if his show is a hit, he has to repeat them daily for months and keep them fresh and alive.  Doesn’t this sound a lot like the challenges of Jewish prayer?  Award-winning theatre director and UCSD instructor Todd Salovey, who has taught acting and directing for more than thirty years leads an interactive workshop in which acting techniques are the basis for more soulful, meaningful, and purposeful prayer.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Salovey

Todd Salovey

Todd Salovey is in his 29th season as Associate Artistic Director of San Diego REP, and 28th year on the faculty of UCSD. He is a director, producer, playwright, and teacher. He is founding artistic director of the REP’s Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival and last year... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:50am PST
Zoom

10:00am PST

Divine Limitation and Human Responsibility
How do we respond to events that question our identity as God's partner? When the world appears as unjust where do we find justice? What in our tradition provides comfort with our lived reality?

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Raymond Fink

Dr. Raymond Fink

Dr. Raymond Fink is a physician in private practice in San Diego. He has been involved in Jewish education and had leadership roles at Congregation Beth El, the San Diego Jewish Academy, and Jewish Federation. Currently, he serves as a National Board member of the Shalom Hartman Institute... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:50am PST
Zoom

10:00am PST

Drumming Up Joy During Covid
In this class we will drum together to help you increase your well being by boosting your immune system, body, mind, and spirit. Learn to place your joyous intention into rhythm, be inspired by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s famous saying ("It is a great mitzvah to live in the state of happiness”), and explore guided imagery with drumming. No music experience is necessary - beginners welcome!

Don't have a drum? No problem. Click the following link to see some great ideas for items around the house that can work well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsflA15l6PA&feature=youtu.be

Speakers
avatar for Galit Gigi Shezifi

Galit Gigi Shezifi

Expressive Arts and Drumming For Wellness, Galit Gigi
Here is info about myself and the upcoming classwith over 20 years of experience Galit Shezifi, MSW, combines her professional knowledge of social work with a post-graduate certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy.  She inspires groups to access and express their innermost feelings... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:50am PST
Zoom

10:00am PST

Instruments of the Bible, Precursors of the Symphony Orchestra
In this session we will read biblical passages about musical instruments, e.g. from Exodus, from the Psalms, illustrate the instruments, and discuss their relationship to modern day instruments of the symphony orchestra.

Speakers
avatar for Eileen Wingard

Eileen Wingard

Eileen Wingard, B.A., M.A. Phi Beta Kappa, received her B.A. in Music, M.A. in Music Education, Teaching Credential and Performance Certificate from UCLA. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart, Germany. She taught instrumental music at John Adams and... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:50am PST
Zoom

10:00am PST

Social Justice and the Jews
In this session, we'll examine the role of Judaism and Jews in America's burgeoning social justice movements, including Black Lives Matter, The Women's March, The Resistance, and others. We'll study texts from the Jewish tradition which shed light on the sometimes complicated relationship between Judaism, Jews and movements for social change. We'll also discuss which key Jewish values should inform our collective social conscience.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Philip Graubart

Rabbi Philip Graubart

Rabbi Philip Graubart has served pulpits in New York City, Massachusetts, and, for fifteen years, La Jolla. He's also had leadership positions at the National Yiddish Book Center, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the San Diego Jewish Academy. He's currently writing and teaching part-time... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:50am PST
Zoom

10:00am PST

Was Shakespeare's Shylock really an Italian Jew?
Who was Shakespeare's Shylock? What image of a Jew is in the mind of this ingenious playwright and why particularly did he write the play in 1596? What did Shakespeare really know about Jews in Venice in the 16th century? These questions will form the basis of our exploration.

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Aron-Beller

Katherine Aron-Beller

Dr. Katherine Aron-Beller grew up in London and attended Manchester University where she obtained her first and second degrees in History. After moving to Israel in 1993, she completed a Ph.D. at Haifa University in Jewish History in 2002. Her area of academic specialization is trials... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:50am PST
Zoom

11:00am PST

Book Groups with Purpose: The Daughters of Abraham
This workshop will provide access to book lists and a discussion of how to develop a local Daughters of Abraham book group. Our goal is grow meaningful understanding and relationships. Our books demonstrate how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are lived in America. Books provide a jumping-off point that cultivates a safe space to examine how morality and life decisions are influenced by religious belief.

Speakers
avatar for Rona Fischman

Rona Fischman

Daughters of Abraham
Rona Fischman is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham Book group. The Daughters of Abraham is a book group model, founded in 2002 with over 400 members, nationwide. She holds a master's degree in counselor education and runs an exclusive buyer's agency (real estate) in Cambridge... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Zoom
  Session 2
  • about Rona Fischman is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham Book group. The Daughters of Abraham is a book group model, founded in 2002 with over 400 members, nationwide. She holds a master's degree in counselor education and runs an exclusive buyer's agency (real estate) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

11:00am PST

Every Poem Paints a Different Picture: A New Look at Israel
Poetry, even in translation, allows us to peek behind the covers of any society. Contemporary Israeli verse will serve as our tool to examine the Israel that is more than "three score and ten", but is often idealistically portrayed as a newborn state.

Speakers
avatar for Haim Aronovitz

Haim Aronovitz

Director of Travel Seminars, Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Haim Aronovitz made his home in Jerusalem nearly 47 years ago, and has been engaged in various educational frameworks for most of that time. For the past 20 years, he has headed the Florence Melton School's Travel Seminars, taking our participants on any of ten different text-based... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Zoom

11:00am PST

Jerusalem: Feeling Groovy
Join me as we visit the spiritual world of Chassidic Niggunim. The power of a good niggun (melody) can help our spirits transcend to levels that words cannot describe. A place so high that only a simple melody can get us there and cradle us while we experience the heights of heaven and the depths of our souls. 

Speakers
avatar for Hanan Leberman

Hanan Leberman

Cantor, Tifereth Israel
Hanan moved to Israel from the United States when he was 20 years old. He joined the IDF’s undercover-counter terrorist unit Duvdevan, where he served three years and continues his reserve duty to this day. Hanan started his studies in classical vocal performance as a lyric tenor... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Zoom

11:00am PST

Reading to Understand Racism
Tikkun Olam, repair the world.  There is a great need for this now as our country begins to see how racism has lived from the founding of our country until this very moment. This session will help you choose which resources might be right for you to help educate yourself on the history of racism in our country as well as teach you to engage in self-examination. Brief summaries of several books will help you make choices which are best for your own reading.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Kraus

Nancy Kraus

Nancy Kraus is a children’s librarian, artist, and Jewish educator who has had a passion for promoting antiracism through education and actions her whole adult life. An avid reader, she has given talks at libraries and her synagogue about new books which help readers take a hard... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Zoom

11:00am PST

Socioeconomic and environmental challenges facing Israel today & practical solutions for a prosperous future
Israel is a new nation that has quickly become a beacon of innovation among nations. While Israel is haled as the "Start-Up Nation" (and rightly so), the Jewish State indeed faces unique and global challenges that may prove to be serious threats if not addressed urgently and strategically. This session will give a an overview of pervasive socioeconomic and environmental issues facing Israel today, and will explore innovative and holistic solutions to ensure a prosperous future for the Jewish State. Please note that this session will not cover religious, political or military-related topics.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Edelman

Monica Edelman

Director, San Diego, Jewish National Fund
Monica Edelman is the Director of Jewish National Fund in San Diego. She holds a BA in International Business from San Diego State University, a Masters in Environmental Engineering from AgroParisTech in Paris, France, and a Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Zoom

11:00am PST

What Can We Learn from this Turbulent Time?
In 2020 we have faced multiple struggles -- including the spread of Coronavirus, wildfires, racism, anti-Semitism, and other kinds of hatred. How do we move forward from here? What can keep us afloat? In this session, Rabbi Ilana will reflect back on the spiritual lessons from this past year and share texts and insights we can bring with us to move forward with strength in the year ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

Rabbi Ilana Grinblat serves as the Vice-President of Community Engagement for the Board of Rabbis of Southern California at the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. She is the author of two books, Blessings and Baby Steps: The Spiritual Path of Parenthood (published by Behrman House in... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Zoom

11:00am PST

What is a miracle, and what is not?
Miracles are everywhere...or they are nowhere. It depends on who you ask. Have you ever been asked if you believe in miracles? This session will delve deep into the question of miracles, exploring the perspectives of classic and modern thinkers in a quest to revisit a timeless, universal question through a distinctly Jewish lens.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Morey Schwartz, EdD

Rabbi Morey Schwartz, EdD

International Director, Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Rabbi Dr. Morey Schwartz is the International Director of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, with a Master’s from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, ordination from the Rabbi... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Art of Jewish Interest in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
We will visit one of the world's greatest museums - The Hermitage. The combination of beautiful historical palace interiors and incredible art collection makes this museum unique. We will find the paintings of Jewish significance among the masterpieces of Italian and Dutch art. We will walk along the impressive halls of the museum and have a close and attentive look at the unique artworks.

Speakers
avatar for Evgenia Kempinski

Evgenia Kempinski

Jane Kempinski is a Russian Jew having been born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jane has been a tour guide in St. Petersburg for over 15 years. She is the founder and the owner of St.Petersburg Jewish Tours – a company that offers Jewish travelers from across the world a... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Bias and Oppression: What's the Difference?
Please join us for a discussion with Kelsey Greenberg Young on bias and systemic oppression. Kelsey will share her perspective as a white, Jewish, woman working every day to fight hate and build hope via her work with ADL San Diego.

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Greenberg Young

Kelsey Greenberg Young

Education Director, Anti Defamation League (ADL)
Kelsey Greenberg Young is the Education Director for ADL San Diego. She coordinates partnerships with schools in San Diego county, supporting the implementation of the No Place for Hate® program to sustain safe and inclusive school climates. She manages a team in facilitating ADL’s... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Kabbalah and the Tree of Life
According to Kabbalah, God used the ten spheres of the Tree of Life as a blueprint to create the universe. By following this same blueprint you too can create miracles in your own life. This in-depth workshop will aquatint you with this ancient spiritual technology and teach you how to apply it in your everyday life.
The Ten Spheres include:
  • Crown - The Will of God, the One, and the Beginning
  • Wisdom - Intuition, Inspiration, and the Father
  • Understanding - The Goddess Principle, Discipline, Time and Space
  • Mercy - Compassion, Expansion, Forgiveness, and Unconditional Love
  • Severity - Energy, Strength, Decisiveness, and Judgment
  • Beauty - Creativity, Balance, and Sacrifice
  • Eternity - Mother Nature and Relationships
  • Splendor - Communication and Magic
  • Foundation - Sexuality, Death and Transformation
  • Kingdom - The Material World, Experiencing Life and Receiving Gifts

Connect to the ten archetypes of the Tree of Life and foster spiritual, emotional, and material growth using comparative mysticism, guided meditations, and astrology. Now it is your turn to create miracles.

Speakers
avatar for Gahl Eden Sasson

Gahl Eden Sasson

Gahl Sasson is an established author and has been teaching workshops on Storytelling, Kabbalah, Astrology, and Mysticism around the globe for over 20 years. His first book, A Wish Can Change Your Life, has been translated into over eight languages and is endorsed by HH the 14th Dalai... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Omnicide as Theodicy and Theology
Jews have never been biblical literalists, so the Torah is not a theological problem because the Rabbis bracketed theology.  A uniform practice is what kept us a people for 1800 years of exile.  But in the wake of Darwinism and the Shoah, is there anything left to believe in?  Our sages and mystics, during those centuries of exile, created a rich literature that can serve as resources to articulating a God in whom Jews can believe.

Speakers
avatar for Shai Cherry

Shai Cherry

Rabbi, Congregation Adath Jeshurun
Shai Cherry, PhD, is the rabbi of Congregation Adath Jeshurun outside of Philadelphia. His doctoral dissertation from Brandeis University was on Jewish responses to Darwinism.  He served on the faculties of Vanderbilt University and University of San Diego.  His rabbinic ordination... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm PST
Zoom

12:00pm PST

Working Together to Prevent Another Pandemic
We'll look at the root causes of the Covid-19 pandemic and other major epidemics in recent decades. Then we'll look at what we can do individually and collectively to move toward a Pandemic-Free World -- and how the solution aligns with Jewish values.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Spitz Cohan

Jeffrey Spitz Cohan

Executive Direttor, Jewish Veg
Jeffrey Spitz Cohan is the Executive Director of Jewish Veg. Jeffrey became a vegetarian in 2007 and a vegan in 2011 after studying what the Torah instructs us about our dietary choices. An experienced public speaker, he worked in print and broadcast journalism for 18 years before... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm PST
Zoom
 
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