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Since 2008, LearningFest has been a signature annual event, providing the Dallas Jewish community an opportunity to sample an educational menu that offers varied personalities, teaching styles, and content comprised of the rich educational resources that are available in Dallas. 

The cost for the entire day of learning is $18 (no cost for teachers in Federation affiliated schools) and students with a valid ID).
For more information, contact Karen Schlosberg, kschlosberg@jfgd.org or 214-239-7131. 

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Friday, November 4
 

6:00pm CDT

It's All About Lifting Up Yourself and Others
6:00 PM Carlbach Shabbat Service
7:00 PM Shabbat Dinner

All Ages Encouraged to Attend
Babysitting ProvidedCost for dinner: $13 per adult / 9 per child / $36 family maximum 

To RSVP for Shabbat Dinner visit shearith.org or contact Chantal Umana at cumana@shearith.org or 214-939-7325.

 

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul D. Schneider received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as the headmaster of Chizuk Amuno’s Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore for 29 years... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Congregation Shearith Israel 9401 Douglas Ave, Dallas, TX 75225

6:00pm CDT

Jonah and Joel: Prophets of Humor

New discoveries about two of the shortest books in the Bible.  Both books involve satire.  What is the connection between these two books?  What are they doing in the Bible?  Jews have a long history with comedy — but in the Bible?!


Speakers
avatar for Richard Elliot Friedman

Richard Elliot Friedman

Ann and Jay David Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Georgia


Friday November 4, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm CDT
Temple Shalom 6930 Alpha Rd, Dallas, TX 75240

6:30pm CDT

Starving for Light: Affluence, Radicalization, and the Irreducible Needs of Youth

Rabbi Taub will lecture during dinner. Cost for dinner is $10 per person; $5 for kids (12 & under) with a $25 maximum.
RVSP to chabadplano.org/Shabbaton.

Most Jews today enjoy a level of comfort and freedom that our great-grandparents never dreamed of. But in what ways do our newfound comforts fail to capture the hearts and minds of the next generation? Rabbi Taub will discuss what can we learn from the plague of extremism spreading through the world today as well as, how we can gain invaluable insights into how to inspire a positive and passionate identity in our youth.


Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shais Taub

Rabbi Shais Taub

Conscious Contact
Rabbi Shais Taub is an internationally known speaker, writer and teacher on topics of Jewish spirituality who is also known for his work in the field of addiction recovery. NPR dubbed him “an expert in Jewish mysticism and the 12 Steps” and The New York Times called him “a... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
Chabad of Plano 3904 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75075

6:45pm CDT

Prayer: Making It Real
Of course we pray. The question is: How real are our prayers? How alive? How meaningful? How inspiring?

It often seems that our prayers are more talking to the walls than talking to G-d.

By focusing on our relationship with our Creator and His involvement in the running of this world, this lecture helps us focus on some of the most basic principles in Judaism, concepts that we often take for granted, yet are vital for our growth as Jews and thinking people.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

The Shmuz
Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier was a high school rebbe for 15 years before creating Shmuz.com. The Shmuz, a popular website that dispenses weekly Torah inspiration to 10,000 people across the globe, reflects the down-to-earth, practical voice of Rabbi Shafier. Offering refreshing parasha... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 6:45pm - 7:15pm CDT
Ohev Shalom 6821 McCallum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75252

7:30pm CDT

How to Create Your Own Comic Books
Whether you're looking to break into the comic book business or just having fun on your own or with your kids, anyone can create their own comics. Professional comics writer Paul Benjamin will take you through process of creating comics from idea to script to art to production. 

By the end of the night, you'll have all the tools you need to tell your own stories in comic book form (or just a better understanding of the comics you love).

Program begins with services, then the presentation, followed by an Oneg.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Adat Chaverim 6300 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023

9:00pm CDT

Aspiring for Greatness: The Path Towards Fulfillment
People have accomplished some extraordinary things. Muhammad Ali fought his way to becoming heavyweight champion of the world. Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile. 

What is the difference between them and us? Surprisingly, nothing at all. The Almighty gave every human the ability to soar to great heights – if only we’d believe in ourselves. So dust off those dreams you’ve put on the shelf. This lecture will give you the focus and motivation to turn them into reality.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

The Shmuz
Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier was a high school rebbe for 15 years before creating Shmuz.com. The Shmuz, a popular website that dispenses weekly Torah inspiration to 10,000 people across the globe, reflects the down-to-earth, practical voice of Rabbi Shafier. Offering refreshing parasha... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 9:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Ohev Shalom 6821 McCallum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75252

9:00pm CDT

It's Ok to be Human: Judaism's Unique Sensitivity to the Human Condition
(During Oneg Shabbat Festivities)
How does Jewish law take into account human emotion and imperfection? We shall explore some fascinating legal and moral issues in Jewish tradition in light of the famous statement of the Talmud that "the Torah was not given to angels." Is ego always a bad thing? Are there times when it is acceptable to become angry, to take revenge, or to insult someone?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
Ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Becher holds an MA in medieval Jewish history and is currently pursuing a PhD in that field. Rabbi Becher has written three major books on Jewish law and philosophy (one is currently in its 9th printing). He is on the speaker bureau... Read More →


Friday November 4, 2016 9:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
At the Sionit Home 6614 Hyacinth Ln, Dallas, TX 75252
 
Saturday, November 5
 

8:45am CDT

Who Wrote the Bible

Professor Friedman will discuss his book, Who Wrote the Bible? His discussion will explore how he determined the authors of the bible, as well as how he condensed his ten years of research into a very readable and thought provoking product. 

Please RSVP for this session to Howard Gottlieb, hjg@att.net. 


Speakers
avatar for Richard Elliot Friedman

Richard Elliot Friedman

Ann and Jay David Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Georgia


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am CDT
Temple Shalom 6930 Alpha Rd, Dallas, TX 75240

9:30am CDT

Who Influenced You to Embrace Your Judaism?
Who Influenced You to Embrace Your Judaism?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul D. Schneider received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as the headmaster of Chizuk Amuno’s Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore for 29 years... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am CDT
Congregation Shearith Israel 9401 Douglas Ave, Dallas, TX 75225

10:30am CDT

Understanding Life Settings

It almost seems as if some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, while others are destined to suffer.

  • Why are some people blessed with success and others not?
  • Why is there Autism and Down Syndrome in the world?
  • If G-d is just, why doesn’t He mete out talents and abilities in an equal manner to all people?

Using the backdrop of a famous event brought in the Talmud, this lecture focuses us on some of the big picture issues of life, helping us understand "life settings" as they apply to each person.


Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

The Shmuz
Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier was a high school rebbe for 15 years before creating Shmuz.com. The Shmuz, a popular website that dispenses weekly Torah inspiration to 10,000 people across the globe, reflects the down-to-earth, practical voice of Rabbi Shafier. Offering refreshing parasha... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Ohev Shalom 6821 McCallum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75252

11:30am CDT

G-d In Love: A Romantic View on the Purpose of the Universe

Why are we here? What is our purpose? What does G-d want from us? Sometimes the most rational approach is the one that makes no sense. 


Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shais Taub

Rabbi Shais Taub

Conscious Contact
Rabbi Shais Taub is an internationally known speaker, writer and teacher on topics of Jewish spirituality who is also known for his work in the field of addiction recovery. NPR dubbed him “an expert in Jewish mysticism and the 12 Steps” and The New York Times called him “a... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Chabad of Plano 3904 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75075

11:30am CDT

What Can Judaism Teach U.S. Law?

Like all other citizens, American Jews have a civic responsibility to actively participate in debates over U.S. law and policy.  However, rising tensions in our political discourse present the U.S. Jewish community with a unique challenge as well as an opportunity.  How can we translate our own values to address some of most salient contemporary legal controversies?  How should the American Jewish community leverage its own halachic commitments and collective experiences to ensure that U.S. law can better promote and protect all of its citizens?  


Speakers
avatar for Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, Pepperdine University School of Law
Professor Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how U.S. law treats religious law, custom and practice, focusing on the intersection of private law and religion in contexts such as religious arbitration... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:15pm CDT

Masterplan: The Torah’s Program for Transformation

Learn how to bring enduring change into all areas of your life and relationships.


Speakers
avatar for Aliza Bulow

Aliza Bulow

National Director, Ner LeElef's North American Women's Program
Aliza Bulow is the national director of Ner LeElef’s North American Women’s Program, and the Senior Educator for The Jewish Experience in Denver, Colorado.  She teaches ongoing classes in Jewish philosophy, basic Judaism and textual learning skills, as well as lecturing on a... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 12:15pm - 12:45pm CDT
DATA of Plano 3251 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023

12:30pm CDT

Pleasure, Unity and the New York Jets: Judaism's Key to Ultimate Pleasure
(During Kiddush)
This class combines insights into sociology, history, science and kabbalah.  We explore the idea that our souls are "programmed" for unity and that we seek unity in everything from sports to love to food and music. Judaism's unique monotheistic outlook will be seen as a guiding principle behind the totality of Jewish practice, ritual and thought. 

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
Ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Becher holds an MA in medieval Jewish history and is currently pursuing a PhD in that field. Rabbi Becher has written three major books on Jewish law and philosophy (one is currently in its 9th printing). He is on the speaker bureau... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Sephardic Torah Center 6715 Levelland Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

1:00pm CDT

What Makes a Story a Jewish Story
What Makes a Story a Jewish Story? In honor of some dear friends, I will share with you my favorite Jewish story.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul D. Schneider received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as the headmaster of Chizuk Amuno’s Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore for 29 years... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Congregation Shearith Israel 9401 Douglas Ave, Dallas, TX 75225

4:30pm CDT

The Songs of Spain: Jewish Poetry in the Spanish Golden Age
The great Jewish scholars of medieval Spain, living together with Muslims and Christians produced not only works of philosophy and law, but also beautiful works of poetry. We will explore poems of love, comedy, spirituality and yearning.  Through these poems will open windows into the lives and feeling of Jews in Spain, and into the very souls of some of our greatest of scholars.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
Ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Becher holds an MA in medieval Jewish history and is currently pursuing a PhD in that field. Rabbi Becher has written three major books on Jewish law and philosophy (one is currently in its 9th printing). He is on the speaker bureau... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Sephardic Torah Center 6715 Levelland Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

5:00pm CDT

The Difference between Faith and Action

We know that everything is from the Almighty. We also know that we must do our part. In theory, it is easy to find the balance. One must act according to the ways of the world, knowing all the while that G-d runs everything. But actually personifying that tightrope walk between faith and proper effort is one of the great challenges of life. How hard should a person be working? How seriously should one take medical reports and new findings? When is it appropriate for me to say, "I have done my part; now it is in the Almighty's hand?”

By defining the difference between knowing that G-d runs the world - and trusting in Him, this lecture helps us put our belief system into practice.


Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

The Shmuz
Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier was a high school rebbe for 15 years before creating Shmuz.com. The Shmuz, a popular website that dispenses weekly Torah inspiration to 10,000 people across the globe, reflects the down-to-earth, practical voice of Rabbi Shafier. Offering refreshing parasha... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Ohev Shalom 6821 McCallum Blvd, Dallas, TX 75252

5:00pm CDT

The Journey of the Soul - Understand the Purpose of Your Existence and the Mystical Trip You Take in Living a Meaningful Life
Speakers
avatar for Aliza Bulow

Aliza Bulow

National Director, Ner LeElef's North American Women's Program
Aliza Bulow is the national director of Ner LeElef’s North American Women’s Program, and the Senior Educator for The Jewish Experience in Denver, Colorado.  She teaches ongoing classes in Jewish philosophy, basic Judaism and textual learning skills, as well as lecturing on a... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 5:00pm - 5:45pm CDT
DATA of Plano 3251 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023

5:00pm CDT

Female Testimony: A Halachic Blueprint for the Evolving Role of Women in Beit Din

Do battei din (rabbinical courts) refuse to accept female testimony?  Contrary to the common perception, the reality is that halachic rules prohibiting female testimony before a beit din have changed over time to the point where battei din almost uniformly now accept such testimony in commercial cases.  These changes tell us something important not only about the evolving role of women in beit din, but also about halacha’s core commitment to justice.  


Speakers
avatar for Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, Pepperdine University School of Law
Professor Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how U.S. law treats religious law, custom and practice, focusing on the intersection of private law and religion in contexts such as religious arbitration... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Shaare Tefilla 6131 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230

6:15pm CDT

Who Invented the Weekend: The Philosophy of Shabbat
(During Se'uda Shelishit)
The Jewish concept of Shabbat is not merely a day of rest and recreation.  Shabbat is a return to the soul, a return to paradise and a time of harmony. "More than the Jews kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat kept the Jews" - we will see that this statement is quite literally true, and that the Shabbat holds the secret to a beautiful life.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
Ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Becher holds an MA in medieval Jewish history and is currently pursuing a PhD in that field. Rabbi Becher has written three major books on Jewish law and philosophy (one is currently in its 9th printing). He is on the speaker bureau... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 6:15pm - 6:45pm CDT
Sephardic Torah Center 6715 Levelland Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

6:20pm CDT

Does Jewish Law Like Lawyers?

One of the central features of the American legal system is the right to an attorney, which—at its best—ensures that litigants enter the courtroom with access to the legal know-how to get a fair shake.  However, the legal maneuverings employed by attorneys are often criticized as obscuring the substance of the law and thereby subverting justice.  How does Jewish law view the role of lawyers?  Does Jewish law see lawyers as promoting or undermining the cause of justice?  Can lawyers co-exist with halacha’s commitment to justice within the Jewish legal system?


Speakers
avatar for Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, Pepperdine University School of Law
Professor Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how U.S. law treats religious law, custom and practice, focusing on the intersection of private law and religion in contexts such as religious arbitration... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 6:20pm - 7:05pm CDT
Shaare Tefilla 6131 Churchill Way, Dallas, TX 75230

8:00pm CDT

Jewish Comic Book Characters

Which well known comic book characters are Jewish? Which ones are just Jewish at heart? The answers may surprise you. Join professional comics writer Paul Benjamin as he discusses the variety of Jewish themes and characters in your favorite comics and movies.

Dessert reception will follow. For more information, contact Dotty Fox, dottyfox@adatchaverim.org. 

Sponsored by Linda and Steve Blasnik. 


Speakers
avatar for Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Adat Chaverim 6300 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023

8:30pm CDT

The Blood Libels, from Ancient Greece to New York State
(During Melave Malka Festivites)
An historical, multi-media exploration of the most ancient libel about the Jewish people.  Beginning with Greek historians, continuing through medieval Europe and 20th century Russia, to the United States and the Gulf States, the blood libel has an almost supernatural longevity.  
 

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
Ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Becher holds an MA in medieval Jewish history and is currently pursuing a PhD in that field. Rabbi Becher has written three major books on Jewish law and philosophy (one is currently in its 9th printing). He is on the speaker bureau... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Sephardic Torah Center 6715 Levelland Rd, Dallas, TX 75252

8:30pm CDT

Five Habits of Spiritually Effective Jews

Use Torah wisdom as the blueprint for achieving a meaningful and vibrant Jewish life.


Speakers
avatar for Aliza Bulow

Aliza Bulow

National Director, Ner LeElef's North American Women's Program
Aliza Bulow is the national director of Ner LeElef’s North American Women’s Program, and the Senior Educator for The Jewish Experience in Denver, Colorado.  She teaches ongoing classes in Jewish philosophy, basic Judaism and textual learning skills, as well as lecturing on a... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30pm - 9:15pm CDT
DATA of Plano 3251 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023

8:30pm CDT

Blood Libels, from Ancient Greece to New York State
An historical, multi-media exploration of the most ancient libel about the Jewish people. Beginning with Greek historians, continuing through medieval Europe and 20th century Russia, to the United States and the Gulf States, the blood libel has an almost supernatural longevity.  

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
Ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Becher holds an MA in medieval Jewish history and is currently pursuing a PhD in that field. Rabbi Becher has written three major books on Jewish law and philosophy (one is currently in its 9th printing). He is on the speaker bureau... Read More →


Saturday November 5, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Sephardic Torah Center 6715 Levelland Rd, Dallas, TX 75252
 
Sunday, November 6
 

9:00am CST

The Great Exodus Debate
The exodus from Egypt, in some form, really did happen. This is not an opinion. It is based on a combination of textual and archaeological evidence. What's more, the exodus made a difference. It played a determining role in the rise of monotheism and in the concept of loving one's fellow human beings.

Sponsored by Helen and Frank Risch

Speakers
avatar for Richard Elliot Friedman

Richard Elliot Friedman

Ann and Jay David Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Georgia


Sunday November 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

9:00am CST

Why the Brothers Hate Joseph
Who doesn’t love the story of Joseph? Individually, we have history’s first rags to riches tale, a seventeen year old braggart transformed into a consummate administrator. As a family, sibling rivalry gives way to sincere repentance. Nationally, we see a Court Jew serving Pharaoh, but looking after his own. God never speaks to the hero, but Joseph finds success in divine goals. I retell Genesis 37-50, focusing on characters and incidents that have prompted the most contested responses. We start with the beginning: Why do the brothers hate Joseph?

Speakers
avatar for Alan T. Levenson, PhD

Alan T. Levenson, PhD

Dr. Levenson has written extensively on the Jewish experience for both scholarly and popular audiences. He is the author of five books and many articles. Between Philosemitism and Antisemitism: Defenses of Jews and Judaism in Germany, 1871-1932 was nominated for a National Jewish... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

9:00am CST

Religious Freedom in the 21st Century: What it Means for the Jewish Community
Given the current state of the law, what religious liberty protections are currently available to the Jewish community?  While religious liberty is often described as America’s “first freedom,” the reality is that legal trends may give us reason to worry.  From the attempted circumcision ban in San Francisco to the constitutionality of overtly Christian legislative prayers, new legal developments raise questions about how U.S. law treats Jewish practices—and therefore require a communal reassessment that focuses increasingly on the importance of pluralism to Jewish flourishing.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Professor Michael Avi Helfand

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, Pepperdine University School of Law
Professor Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty. A frequent author and lecturer, his work considers how U.S. law treats religious law, custom and practice, focusing on the intersection of private law and religion in contexts such as religious arbitration... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

9:00am CST

A Tour Inside a Mezuza
Discover the mundane and the spiritual of a Mezuza. Hold the parchment in your hand and learn about what are the essentials that create the holiness of a Mezuza.

Sponsored by Shelley and Richard Glazer 

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ezra Sarna

Rabbi Ezra Sarna

Rabbi Ezra Sarna originally from Montreal, Quebec, studied in Baltimore where he received his ordination from Ner Israel and Masters Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. He is passionate about learning and engaging in Torah discussions with anyone available. When not... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

Cloning, Stem Cell Research and Genetic Enginering in Jewish Law
Using classical and contemporary Jewish legal and ethical texts, this class will examine definitions of life, humanity and therapy. When does a life start and when does it end? Does Judaism consider it acceptable, praiseworthy or evil for physicians to "play G-d"? Does the obligation to heal include "improvements" on humanity and if so, with what, if any limitations? 

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Rabbi Mordechai Becher

Senior Lecturer, Gateways Organization
Ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, Rabbi Becher holds an MA in medieval Jewish history and is currently pursuing a PhD in that field. Rabbi Becher has written three major books on Jewish law and philosophy (one is currently in its 9th printing). He is on the speaker bureau... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

Genesis and Exodus: Two Models of Jewish Peoplehood
The topic of Jewish Peoplehood raises important questions about the nature of Jewish identity.  What is the essence of Jewish identity according to Jewish tradition?  “The Genesis Model” offers an understanding of peoplehood as a familial, tribal, national identity based upon the inheritance of an unconditional covenant.  The “Exodus Model” offers an understanding of peoplehood based upon a conditional covenant of laws and ethical aspirations.  Comparing and contrasting these examples allows teachers and students to find themselves in one of the models and further identify the nature of Jewish identity. 

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Andrew Paley

Rabbi Andrew Paley

Senior Rabbi, Temple Shalom
Rabbi Andrew Marc Paley is the Senior Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Temple Shalom in Dallas, Texas.  Ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, Rabbi Paley also holds a master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from H.U.C. – J.I.R. and a bachelor’s... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

Three Israel Stories
Rabbi Schnider will discuss what he learned from leading twenty 8th grade trips to Israel along with his thoughts about Binyamin Nitanyahu.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul Schneider

Rabbi Paul D. Schneider received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He served as the headmaster of Chizuk Amuno’s Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore for 29 years... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

G-d and the Addict: A Spiritual Look at Addiction and Recovery.
Millions of people today credit their recovery from addiction to help from a “higher power.” Rabbi Shais Taub, an expert in the field, takes a look at the connection between addiction, recovery, and spirituality. Based on the author's bestselling book, G-d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction.              

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shais Taub

Rabbi Shais Taub

Conscious Contact
Rabbi Shais Taub is an internationally known speaker, writer and teacher on topics of Jewish spirituality who is also known for his work in the field of addiction recovery. NPR dubbed him “an expert in Jewish mysticism and the 12 Steps” and The New York Times called him “a... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

Appreciating Our Wealth
Never in the history of man have so many people enjoyed so much material wealth and possessions. The average tax paying citizens of today enjoys riches and comforts that kings of yesteryear could not envision or imagine. Yet, we do not appreciate what we have. We have become so accustomed to the extraordinary wealth we possess, that we no longer think of it as riches. We even start asking "how could anyone live without it?" 

This lecture focuses on the wealth that we enjoy, and helps us come to a sense of appreciation to our Creator for all that He gives us. 

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier

The Shmuz
Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier was a high school rebbe for 15 years before creating Shmuz.com. The Shmuz, a popular website that dispenses weekly Torah inspiration to 10,000 people across the globe, reflects the down-to-earth, practical voice of Rabbi Shafier. Offering refreshing parasha... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

Elections 2016: Jewish View of Democracy
The cornerstone of democracy is the ability of the people to elect their leaders. Democratic election empowers each voter. Is there a Jewish view on elections? Is democracy a concept that the Torah endorses? Do voters have specific responsibilities? May elected officials show favor to those who supported their election?

We will examine and discuss Jewish sources on these concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Howard Wolk

Rabbi Howard Wolk

Community Chaplain, Jewish Family Services
Rabbi Howard Wolk serves as community chaplain with the Jewish Family Service in Dallas, TX, as well as the menahel of the Dallas branch of the Southeast Regional Beit Din for Conversions, under the auspices the RCA's GPS Conversion system. Rabbi Wolk is now in his fourth year working... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

Soul Sparks: Spiritual Insights of the Sefat Emet

The Sefat Emet (Language of Truth) is the Torah commentary of Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter of Ger, one of the great Chasidic teachers of the nineteenth century whose magnificent and accessible commentary offers a profound source of Jewish spiritual insight for our own day.  Join us as we read and discuss a sampling of the Sefat Emet’s teachings that will shed inspiring light on the spiritual challenges and possibilities of our 21st century lives.


Speakers
avatar for Rabbi David Stern

Rabbi David Stern

Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El
Rabbi David Stern is Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas. He joined Temple Emanu-El in June of 1989, serving as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi until his appointment as Senior Rabbi in August, 1996.Prior to coming to Temple Emanu-El, he served as an intern at Central... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

10:15am CST

The Kabbalah of Sex
A candid yet beautiful understanding of how to experience a Torah guided pleasurable intimate life.

Speakers
avatar for Aliza Bulow

Aliza Bulow

National Director, Ner LeElef's North American Women's Program
Aliza Bulow is the national director of Ner LeElef’s North American Women’s Program, and the Senior Educator for The Jewish Experience in Denver, Colorado.  She teaches ongoing classes in Jewish philosophy, basic Judaism and textual learning skills, as well as lecturing on a... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

11:30am CST

The History of Jews in Comics
Marginalized by anti-semitism and prejudice in the workplace, Jewish artists pioneered the comic book industry that's now the cornerstone of multi-billion dollar entertainment empires. Join comic book writer Paul Benjamin for the origin story of the American comic book business, an industry Jews created from the ground up. 

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avatar for Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

11:30am CST

Do Atheists have a place in the World to Come?

Is there a place in the World to Come for the non-believer? Is entrance into the hereafter predicated on belief in G-d, or good deeds alone? Come and hear the surprising answer to a discussion started by Maimonidies in the 12th century!


Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yogi Robkin

Rabbi Yogi Robkin

DATA of Plano


Sunday November 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

11:30am CST

Israel's Digital Edge Starts Young
In the age of weaponized drones and high stakes cyber warfare, Israel’s security rests upon maintaining a high-tech edge over her enemies. Some of Israel’s most valuable technologists aren’t in the army…that’s because they’re still kids! Meet some of Israel’s best young coders and hackers via a live Skype feed from Jerusalem. We’ll run a live coding demo and discover how advanced Israel has become of giving high tech skills to young kids. 

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Sunday November 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

11:30am CST

Let's Make a Chanukiah Out of Cupcakes!

At LearningFest, Jeanne will teach how to use mini cupcakes to make a Chanukiah to take home.  She will demonstrate different methods of decoration to make each Chanukiah unique.  This class is open to parents and their child (Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent).

Pre-registration is required. 


Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Zamutt

Jeanne Zamutt

Jeanne Zamutt currently serves as librarian for Temple Emanu-El ECEC and YL+E programs.  For over 20 years, she worked in retailing for fashion giants Neiman-Marcus, Marshall Field and Nordstrom.  During that time, Jeanne perfected the art of baking.  She took classes and began... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

11:30am CST

Better Living Through the Siddur - Why The Prayer Book Is So Much More
People often associate the Jewish prayer book, the Siddur, with mumbled words in a language that is difficult to understand. In fact, it is full of timeless wisdom, bold theological statements and positions on some of Jewish history's most fundamental controversies. Join Rabbi Rackovsky in an exploration of the internal world of the Siddur, and you will never pray the same way again!

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky

Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky

Rabbi, Shaare Tefilla


Sunday November 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

11:30am CST

Divine Disposition
A study of why our G-d is so very unique behaviorally speaking: Anger on the part of God towards His chosen people G-d's having second thoughts Impatience Mercy

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shawn Zell

Rabbi Shawn Zell

Rabbi, Tiferet Israel
Rabbi Shawn Zell has been the spiritual leader of Tiferet Israel since 2006. A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Rabbi Zell holds a Masters of Jewish Education in addition to a Rabbinical degree. Rabbi Zell is the author of The Right Word, a guide in fulfilling the Mitzvah of visiting and... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

11:30am CST

Unpacking the Story of Cain and Abel
Sibling rivalry, favoritism, poetic warnings, violent conflict, the world's first recorded murder, and an attempted cover-up. This 10 verse story has it all and contains within it, many examples of Torah interpretation. Together we will discuss this fascinating story and unpack its moral messages while learning various methods of studying Torah.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Benjamin Sternman

Rabbi Benjamin Sternman

Rabbi, Adat Chaverim
Rabbi Sternman received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell, followed by his MBA.  He entered the world of corporate finance and soon found that while he loved solving the mathematical puzzles required for his work, he didn’t feel it was completely fulfilling.Rabbi Sternman had... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:45pm CST

Creating Personalized Judaica
Do you love admiring Judaica in the gift shop windows? Why not create your own Judaic sculpture?! Join us for a clay sculpting class and personalize your own chanukia, mezuzah, kiddish cup, or any Jewish artifact you can imagine! You will have the opportunity to use authentic clay tools to create your unique piece of art.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Retan

Lindsey Retan

Art Studio Coordinator and Facilitator, Akiba Academy


Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:45pm CST

Should the Excommunication of Baruch Spinoza be Lifted?
In 1656, Amsterdam’s rabbis excommunicated Baruch Spinoza for his “horrible heresies . . . .” He did not return to Jewish life but published a radical critique of all religious and political authority—his Theologico-Political Treatise (1670), the philosophical founding document of modern biblical criticism and modern liberal democracy and, indirectly, of political Zionism. Recent Jewish intellectuals have proposed lifting Spinoza’s excommunication. I show what were the theological and political issues at stake then and there, and whether or how they are the same here and now.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Martin Yaffe

Professor Martin Yaffe

University of North Texas


Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:45pm CST

Israeli Dancing

Let’s Dance! Come and join in the experience of Israel dancing beyond wedding and Bar Mitzvah dances. This is a great opportunity to learn basic steps in Israeli Dancing! Join into the circle and move to great music, and a wonderful and energetic group of people.

For more information, please contact Ariela Shargal at (214) 403-6161 or at ashargal@gmail.com.


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Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:45pm CST

Heritage Matters in Saving Lives - "Jewish" Genetic Diseases and the Importance of Testing

1 in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish individuals carries a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2, two genes that dramatically increase risk for developing breast, ovarian, and other cancers. Additionally, it is estimated that nearly 1 in 3 Jewish individuals is a carrier of at least one of the known Jewish genetic disorders such as Tay-Sachs or Cystic Fibrosis, often with no family history of these conditions. Risks specific to the Ashkenazi Jewish population and the various options that are available for screening, risk reduction, and prevention will be discussed.  We will review the most recent biomedical advances in genetics and the ways this progress has influenced how we counsel and test patients. 

 Genetic counselors Stacy Utay and Annette Patterson will review Jewish prenatal carrier screening and discuss current testing options for hereditary cancer. Dr. Theodora Ross, Director of the Cancer Genetics Program at UT Southwestern and author of A CANCER IN THE FAMILY: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance will talk about her own experience as a carrier of a BRCA1 mutation (BRCA1 5382insC, common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population).  She will use her story to illustrate how denial impedes being fully informed about inherited cancer syndromes.  She hopes to convince you that knowledge of your genetic inheritance gives you choices; choices that can improve and save your life.


Speakers
avatar for Annette Patterson

Annette Patterson

Cancer Genetic Counselor, Medical City of Dallas
Annette Patterson is a cancer genetic counselor with a background in biochemistry research and a special interest in medical ethics.  She received her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Southern Methodist University, and her Master’s degree in Human Genetics from... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Theodora Ross

Dr. Theodora Ross

Director of the Cancer Genetics Program, UT Southwestern
Theo Ross serves as the director of the UT Southwestern Cancer Genetics Program.   She received her M.D. and Ph.D. from the Washington University Medical Scientist Training Program in St. Louis and completed her medical residency in Boston at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s... Read More →
avatar for Stacy

Stacy "Sam" Utay

Genetic Counselor, Cancer Genetics Program
Stacy “Sam” Utay is a Board Certified Genetic Counselor who holds a Master’s degree in Medical Genetics from the University of Cincinnati as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. From 1997-2007, she worked... Read More →



Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:45pm CST

Spirituality in the Digital Age [?]
From Twitter to Snapchat, Facebook to WhatsApp, the technological world is changing quicker than the click of a mouse.  Driven to distraction, kids, teens, and even parents have unwittingly found themselves mired in miscommunication.  Neurocognitive research shows the meteoric rise of social media has transformed the brain's chemistry.  How will this profound shift in the human condition affect our psychological development and interpersonal relationships?  Is spirituality a casualty or a cure?  Join Rabbi Mike, Founder of Mekimi Wellness, for an interactive exploration of the soul.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mike Friedman

Rabbi Mike Friedman

Mekimi Wellness
Rabbi Michael Friedman, or "Rabbi Mike," is a seventh generation rabbi.  He lived and studied in Israel for five years, where he received Rabbinical Ordination.  Originally from Washington, D.C., he came to Texas in 2010 to help lead and strengthen the Jewish community.  He has... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:45pm CST

Gun Control in Jewish Law
Never a topic that is too far from the headlines, especially in an election year. But what does Halacha have to say about the "right to bear arms"? Does Jewish Law allow for individual gun-ownership rights, similar to those in the 2nd Amendment?
Come and hear Judaism's position on this hot-button topic.


Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

12:45pm CST

Purity and Transformation: Understanding the Liturgy of Taharah
This introduces the participants to the custom of preparing a body for burial and focuses on the meaning and theology of the liturgy recited by the Hevra Kaddisha.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis

Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis

Rabbi, Congregation Kol Ami
Rabbi Dennis is Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami. He received his M.HL. and was ordained at Hebrew Union College. He is a Schusterman Israel Fellow of Brandeis University. He has published articles on topics ranging from anthropology... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

2:00pm CST

Introduction to Chocolate Hebrew
Chocolate Hebrew is unique crash course in reading and understanding Hebrew. The name reflects a sense of the fun, innovation and appeal of a multi-sensory, non-threatening, intensive class that takes the mystery out of the Hebrew alphabet in 13 hours over five days. The Learning Fest session will present the first hour of the course to demonstrate its potential and its value.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Precker

Ruth Precker

Hebrew Instructor
Ruth Precker, a native of Israel, has taught Hebrew and related subjects for two decades at many venues in the Dallas area, including the JCC, Temple Emanu-El and the University of North Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Tel Aviv University and a master’s... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

2:00pm CST

The “Art” of the Chasidic Song
Speakers
avatar for Cantor Emeritus Don Alan Croll

Cantor Emeritus Don Alan Croll

Cantor Croll, a native of Buffalo, New York, is an invested cantor having graduated with honors in liturgical interpretation from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Sacred Music in 1978. He spent ten years as cantor and music director of Temple Beth Torah... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

2:00pm CST

A Boy from the Bronx lives in Texas

I was born in 1954 in New York City, raised in the Bronx in the 50's and 60's. I went to Medical School in France, did my clinical rotations at Columbia in Manhattan, and then moved to the San Francisco peninsula for my internship and residency. I moved to Dallas in 1985 to start a Psychiatry practice, and teach at the medical school in Dallas. This talk will discuss the culture shock, bewilderment about religiosity in the buckle of the Bible Belt, and eventual adaptation after thirty years. Humor, anecdotes, much learning, and animated engagement intended.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alan Koenigsberg, M.D.

Dr. Alan Koenigsberg, M.D.

Dr. Koenigsberg has been recently promoted to Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Teaching there since 1986, in 1989 he was awarded the recognition of "Outstanding Faculty member of the Year" by the... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

2:00pm CST

G-d Are You There? Finding Strength on the Precipice of Death - a Personal Account
At 29 years old, Shifra Robkin, a mother of 5 including a newborn baby, was diagnosed with toxic shock after child birth, along with strep A and strep B. She was placed in medically induced coma for 7 1/2 weeks with high risk of losing life and limbs - literally! 

Hear Shifra's hard-to-believe story and share lessons learned through her ordeal. Relayed with honesty, openness and laced with Shifra's signture touch of humor, this is a talk not to be missed.

Speakers
avatar for Rebbetzin Shifra Robkin

Rebbetzin Shifra Robkin

Shifra Robkin is the beloved Rebbetzin of DATA of Plano, the outreach community she helped develop in Plano, TX together with her husband in 2007.  The story of Shifra's miraculous recovery from a life threatening condition following the birth of her youngest child as well as the... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

2:00pm CST

VITAS Jewish Hospice

Elise Power will walk you through the maze of compassionate Jewish End of Life Care: a discussion guide for families. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a terminal diagnosis would you know what your choices were?

Learn how to have one of the most important conversations you'll ever have. It is a "mitzvah" to care for your loved ones. VITAS Healthcare has developed a Jewish hospice discussion guide addressing conversation topics and issues that will help your family know what to expect as a loved one faces life-limiting illness.


Speakers
avatar for Elise Power

Elise Power

Elise has worked in home care and hospice for 30 years, first in New Jersey and now in Dallas/Ft. Worth and Tarrant County. Today she is a VITAS community liaison, educating clinicians and the community about how hospice is compatible with the Jewish faith.   “The Rabbi is held... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

3:15pm CST

A Bissl Yiddish - Learn Yiddish
No experience is necessary. Nu, come and enjoy!!

Sponsored by Helen and Frank Risch 

Speakers
avatar for Malka Amster

Malka Amster

Malka became the first Judaic Studies graduate from the University of Denver in 1978 & has been an active Jewish Educator ever since.  She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska in a Yiddish speaking home and speaks five other languages. (Her parents kept switching languages when they didn't... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

3:15pm CST

Every Home Has A Story
Do you have old family photographs in boxes in a spare room or garage? Do you have Bubbe and Zayde’s old love letters in a box in the attic?  Do you have your parents’ wedding pictures and Ketubah?  Are you unsure if your family heirlooms and documents might have any value?  
Do you know you have something great and want to preserve it, but just don’t know where to start? 

As part of Learning Fest 2016, The Dallas Jewish Historical Society will host an introductory preservation workshop to help provide information about basic preservation, practical advice for handling, storing, and caring for personal collections, and to raise awareness of the value that personal family collections can hold for historical or cultural heritage institutions. Join us and learn what you can do to start organizing and preserving your family’s incredible story. 

          Sponsored by Marilyn Donsky Pailet, Ebby Halliday Realtors

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avatar for Alexis Ferguson

Alexis Ferguson

Alexis provides leadership of our Archive Management program. Alexis received a BA in Anthropology from TCU and an MS in Library Science with a specialization in special collections, preservation, and conservation from the University of North Texas. She has worked for the United... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

3:15pm CST

Jewish Genealogical Research Using Jewishgen Online Website Tool

This course is designed for learner intersted in discovering their family history. Tracing one's family origins has alway been a long, tedious, and arduous task that many have put off until later. Today, the internet can be used effectively to discover one's roots, find new relatives and old ones alike, and provide great fun in the process. There are few better gifts to your children than a glimpse back at the rich and colorful cultural and religious history that is their heritage.


Speakers
avatar for Meyer Denn

Meyer Denn

Executive Director, Center for Jewish Education
Meyer Denn is the Executive Director of the Center for Jewish Education. He was born and raised in Bay City, Texas, a town with a Jewish population of 12 individuals.  At the age of 18, Denn became the youngest person in the state’s history to be elected to a city council position... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

3:15pm CST

Luis Carvajal El Mozo, Tzaddik of the Southwest
This year marks the 420th yahrtzeit of Luis Carvajal, el Mozo and family, burned at the stake in the largest auto da Fe in New Spain ( Mexico) in the 16th century. Carvajal was the leader of the converso underground for a decade before his death and is the only converso victim of the colonial inquisition to leave a complete memoir. Luis, el Mozo, and family are the central figures in the founding of the rio grande culture, a unique blend of Sephardic tradition and Catholicism that distinguishes the region even today.

Speakers
avatar for Reid Heller

Reid Heller

Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas
Reid Heller is an adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at the University of North Texas.  In 1989, he founded the Classic Jewish Text Seminars to popularize the study of classical Jewish literature by non-specialists. In 1994, he co-founded, with Dr. David Boltz, the Dallas Virtual... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

3:15pm CST

Yes, There are Jews in the South!

As Jews immigrated to the United States, the southern ports of entry transported many Jews to the South.  This began an amazing and historically rich time for southern Jewry.  Generations later, the southern Jewish community has changed greatly.  While some southern Jewish communities continue to grow and thrive, many of them have dwindled to almost nothing.  What remains is its colorful history, wonderful stories, unmatched pride and an undying perseverance to remain Jewish.  Our speaker Rachel Stern, The director of education for the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish life will explore the perspective of what serving the Jewish community of the South is like, as well as share stories and anecdotes which with both inform and inspire.    

 


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern MAJE/MAJCS grew up in San Antonio. In addition to receiving her BA from the University of Missouri, she attended Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion's Los Angeles campus and was awarded masters degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service. Rachel... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

3:15pm CST

Combatting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS): A Growing Threat Against Israel
Please join us as we explore the different aspects of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, with a focus on college campuses. While the actual impact on Israel’s economy from any successful BDS resolutions is negligible, the  public relations impact is of concern. And very importantly, the growing trend of BDS activity on college campuses can have a direct adverse impact on the social and cultural environment for our Jewish students on campus. We will discuss current trends and the organizational resources available to help train and support our students combatting BDS. 

Sponsored by Rodney and Cristie Schlosser 

Moderators
avatar for Anita Zusman Eddy

Anita Zusman Eddy

Executive Director of Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Anita Zusman Eddy has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas since May 2013. The JCRC is the public and community affairs division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and is the “convener... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Duchin

Melissa Duchin

Executive Director, Hillel North Texas
Melissa Duchin is the executive director for Hillels of North Texas, providing Jewish life on campus at University of North Texas and University of Texas at Dallas. Hillel inspires students to make a lifelong commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Melissa also serves as the... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Daniel Septimus

Rabbi Daniel Septimus

Chief Executive Officer, Shalom Austin
A fifth-generation Houstonian, Daniel has been in Austin since 2014, where he served as Executive Director of Texas Hillel through August 2016. During Daniel’s tenure at Texas Hillel, he significantly enhanced the organization’s financial stability, operational efficiency, and... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Stock

Jesse Stock

Southern Region High School Coordinator, StandWithUS
Jesse Stock was raised in Southern California and moved to Israel in 2005. He studied at the IDC Herzliya where he majored in Counter Terrorism and Middle Eastern Studies. He has worked in several capacities in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors and currently serves... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

3:15pm CST

A Journey Through Scotland: Understanding Scotch Whiskey
Learn everything you wanted to know about kosher Scotch. You will get to sample over seven different fine Scotches. 

Participants must be over age 21.

Speakers
avatar for Russ Kempton

Russ Kempton

‎Distilled Spirits and Wine Educator, Speaking of Grapes and Grains
Russ Kempton, CSS*, has been in the alcoholic beverage industry for over 30 years having held multiple sales, marketing and management positions. He has participated in over 1,500 seminars, training eventys (private, consumers, customers and charities) related to distilled spirits... Read More →


Sunday November 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Aaron Family Jewish Community Center 7900 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
 
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