Invited international guest speaker, Limmud Italy, 2-3 June 2017
Shabbat Shalem Scholar in Residence, Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley, CA, 17-18 February 2017
Women Who Work Together – Navigating Clergy and Rebbetzin Relationships, WLI Conference, NYC, Monday 16th January 2017
What If God Was A Woman? Belief and Beyond Belief Festival at Southbank Centre, Sunday 22 January 2017
Limmud Conference, Monday 26 December 2016
- Discretion & Vulgarity: A fresh look at the Jewish value of tzeniut beyond the hemlines – Monday 10:30-11:40
- Occupy Judaism: re-claiming responsibility for Judaism – Monday 14:30-15:30
Paris, Launch of Judaisme & Feminisme, 30 November 2016
Brighton JSoc, 22 November 2016
Bristol JSoc, 15 November 2016
Invited speaker Limmud, Liverpool, 4-6 November 2016
Invited international guest speaker Limmud, New Zealand, 26-28 August 2016
Guest Shiur, Caulfield, Melbourne, Shabbat Nachamu, 20 August 2016
Scholar-in-Residence at Or Chadash, Sydney , 8-14 August 2016
First Scholar-in-Residence appointed to Hampstead Shul for academic year 2015-16
Scholar -in-Residence Beth Jacob Congregation, Irvine, CA, 19-20 February 2016
Invited international guest speaker Limmud, South Africa, 31 July – 10 August 2015
A SAMPLING OF TOPICS:
Leveraging Tradition & Innovation
Tradition and innovation are opposite poles of a continuum. Ultra Orthodoxy and progressive Judaism comfortably occupy the extreme ends of this spectrum. Centrist Orthodox communities and individuals situate themselves somewhere in the middle which is both an exciting but precarious position with constant pressure being exerted from each pole. How can we leverage the poles in such a way as to create a dynamic center that is at the same time deeply rooted in tradition while constantly renewing itself through innovation? In answering this question we will draw on behavioral psychology of Dr Barry Johnson Polarity Management.
This topic lends itself to a stand-alone 1 hour lecture and/or a three hour practical seminar
Biases and Moral Decision Making
Why do some people feel strongly about certain matters while others don’t? How does one successfully navigate between opposing strongly held views in familial, organisational and communal life? This lecture draws on the work of social psychologist Dr Jonathan Haidt and it explores what it is that shapes our decision making. Once we understand how and why people come to hold the views they do we will be in a better position to create fruitful dialogue that leads to enhanced common good. This skill is particularly useful in the often rough and tumble of communities going through important transitions.
Starting an Evolution
What is involved in starting a grassroots movement? What are the opportunities and pitfalls to look out for? How does one inspire others with one’s vision? What strategies are needed for raising funds and raising profile? How to deal with naysayers and opponents? And crucially how to remain focused and “on Message” when being pulled in many different directions? This lecture draws on my personal experience of starting an Orthodox Feminist “movement” in the UK.
Lines vs. Circles
There are two very different models that can be applied to those seeking greater involvement in Jewish ritual; a linear model through which the seeker must first climb elementary rungs before being allowed access to higher ones, or a circular model which sees any point of entry as valid and leading to increased commitment. Synagogues frequently present men with the circular model while confronting women with the linear one. Why the different standards? And what impact does this have on the women themselves, on the community and on the continuity of Orthodox Judaism?
Occupy Judaism: Reclaiming Responsibility for Your Judaism
We are blessed with robust Jewish institutions such as synagogues, schools and community centers and it is in these institutions that a large part of our Judaism is played out. But is there a cost to this “outsourced” Judaism? Have we sidelined the greatest Jewish institution of all; the Jewish Family? How might we reclaim familial and personal Judaism while still utilizing the best our communal institutions have to offer?