Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Taste of Honey 2017
Congregation Mishkan Israel

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Join the Greater New Haven Jewish Community for its annual Evening of Jewish Learning. Scholars, Rabbis, and community leaders will come together for enriching and inspiring spiritual, political, social, and intellectual explorations of “Community.”  

7 p.m............................... Registration Opens

7:30 p.m.......................... Havdalah
8 p.m................................ Session I

9 p.m............................... Session II

10 p.m............................. Coffee & Dessert Reception

 


First Session: 8-8:45 p.m.


1a.    A Community of Palestinians and Jews: why & how­­—A Social Perspective
         (offered in both sessions)

         A short discussion of the value systems of Israeli Jews, Israeli Muslim Arabs and Palestinians, and the authoritarian and xenophobic aspects of each of these communities vs. conventional secular/liberal community model. What are the values that can meaningfully be engaged, over what time frame, and to what result to form a “community” among these parties?

         Daniel Nadis, Westville Synagogue          

 

1b.    The Community of Doubters

         One of the unique features of Judaism, from early biblical religion to our present day, is the way “blind faith” is not required or even desirable. Those who doubt the existence or justice of God are not “outsiders” to this faith community but community members and leaders. We’ll look at biblical paradigms: Abraham, Moses and Job.

         Leslie Brisman, Yale University, Professor 

 

1c.    CANCELLED Engaging Children in Community

         Meaningful, developmentally appropriate (ages 5-14) and Jewish ways of engaging children in community. Mitzvot (tzedakah), Maasim Tovim (good deeds) and Torah (learning).

         Melanie Waynik, Ezra Academy, Head of School

 

1d.    The Life of Joseph Gerber: Community Building through Invention, Innovation, and Survival (Delivered in Russian) 

         Josef Gerber, the only child in a prosperous Austrian Jewish family, emigrated to Hartford with his mother in 1940 after escaping Nazi occupation. Gerber received hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents, and pioneered the computer-automated manufacturing systems for almost every industry imaginable. Fifty-four years later, he received the National Medal of Technology.

         Irina Polyakova, Retired Engineer

 

1e.    A Taste of Chasidic Views of the Self (offered in both sessions) 

         Chasidism gazes heavenward and ponders lofty spiritual truths, but it also guides us to turn that gaze inward—to the raw, real self within each of us. Join our discussion of the Chasidic approach to self-awareness, self-appraisal and self-refinement.             
         Rochel Baila Yaffe, Chabad of the Shoreline, Co-Director
 

 

1f.     Impact The People (offered in both sessions) 

         Discussion surrounding the Jewish obligation to participate in Tikun Olam, beyond the Jewish community. Topics explored will include the impact of mobilizing the Jewish people behind important causes and envisioning the Jewish future. Teen-led food drive will partner with discussion.

         Tyler Pepe, Jen Kruzansky and Teens, BBYO and Jewish Teen Education

 

1g.    Building a Community Culture of Giving

         Nonprofit Jewish communities rely heavily on philanthropic efforts to sustain programs, maintain buildings, and provide essential services. This session will explore successful methods of leveraging support in communities of all sizes to create a long-term culture of giving.
         Fern and Barry Feldman, Temple Beth David, Chairs: Life and Legacy Committee
 

 

1h.    A Taste of Yesod

         An introduction of the Jewish Federation’s community leadership program that supports the professional development of community volunteers. Yesod instructors, as well as alumni from the 2017 class, will lead discussion about the growing needs and impact of excellent volunteer leadership across the Greater New Haven Jewish community.
         Olga Markus, Yesod Coordinator and Sydney Perry, Yesod Leadership Program Facilitator
 

 

1i.      Empowered Teaching: Teacher Leadership Skills

         Study empowered leadership with Rabbi Ellenson as he draws on his experiences in day schools, religious schools, and summer camps. Explore techniques for building community through educational leadership.

         Rabbi Micah Ellenson, Temple Beth David 

 

1j.      Jewish Meditative Chanting

         Are you curious about using sacred Hebrew words as Meditative Mantra in a group? Come sit in chairs, learn meditative breathing practices, and experience the beauty of Jewish Spirituality one Hebrew word at a time. No experience required.           
         Robin Goldberg, DMD, BEKI Member, Dentist, Meditation Teacher
 

 

 

Second Session: 9-9:45 p.m.


2a.    A community of Palestinians and Jews: Why and How – A social perspective (offered in both sessions)

         A short discussion of the value systems of Israeli Jews, Israeli Muslim Arabs and Palestinians, and the authoritarian and xenophobic aspects of each of these communities vs. conventional secular/liberal community model. What are the values that can meaningfully be engaged, over what time frame, and to what result to form a “community” among these parties?

         Daniel Nadis, Westville Synagogue 

 

2b.    Are we still ONE? Controversies Over Davening at the Kotel and On
         Conversion

         Discussion will focus on recent events surrounding prayer at Israel’s Western Wall that inspired heated debate across the global Jewish community. As legal, religious, and political negotiations ensue, questions of pluralism, conversion blacklists, and the Robinson’s Arch “compromise” have sparked extreme controversy about Israel’s holiest site of worship.       
         Rabbi Ben Scolnic & Sydney Perry,
Temple Beth Sholom

        

2c.    A Taste of Chasidic Views of the Self (offered in both sessions)

         Chasidism gazes heavenward and ponders lofty spiritual truths, but it also guides us to turn that gaze inward—to the raw, real self within each of us. Join our discussion of the Chasidic approach to self-awareness, self-appraisal and self-refinement.             
         Rochel Baila Yaffe, Co-Director, Chabad of the Shoreline

 

2d.    Impact The People (offered in both sessions)

         Discussion surrounding the Jewish obligation to participate in Tikun Olam, beyond the Jewish community. Topics explored will include the impact of mobilizing the Jewish people behind important causes and envisioning the Jewish future ‘at our best’ in five, 25, and 50 years.

         Tyler Pepe, Jen Kruzansky and Teens, BBYO & Jewish Teen Education

 

2e.    A Taste of Mishnah
         This year, Temple Emanuel Adult Education will be offering a Mishnah Class with Rabbi Farbman, giving a first hand opportunity to engage with the ancient rabbinic text - this session will offer a small ‘taste’ of the class. No previous knowledge required (but always welcome!)

         Rabbi Michael Farbman, Temple Emanuel             

 

2f.     The Scenes at Long Wharf Theatre

         Josh Borenstein, will lead a discussion about LWT’s role as a major force in the regional theater movement and its importance in the theater world today. He will also offer a peek at this year’s season with a special focus on THE CHOSEN.              
         Joshua Borenstein, Long Wharf Theatre, Managing Director

 

2g.    Maintaining Community Amidst Catastrophe

         Panelists will discuss the ways in which communities can respond, both individually and together, to terroristic, environmental, and hateful events. Local and global events that inspire divisive and traumatic speech and actions are difficult to navigate. How can communities respond positively and productively to mend wounds at all levels?                              
         Judy Alperin, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
         Rabbi Herb Brockman, Congregation Mishkan Israel
         Andy Friedland, Assistant Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

 

2h.    Israel: 70 Years - 70 Facts

               Discussion of milestones across Israel’s 70-year history through the eyes of Greater New Haven’s 2017-2018 young Israeli emissaries.       
               Rotem Linchevski and Talya Machpood, Young Emissaries, JFGNH



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