Sandee Brawarsky, an award-winning writer and editor, is the culture editor of The Jewish Week. For the newspaper, she also curates the “Well-Versed” blog and moderates an annual summer literary series. She’s the author of several books, most recently “212 Views of Central Park: Experiencing New York’s Jewel from Every Angle,” with photographer Mick Hales. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Lancet, Hadassah, The Jerusalem Post and other publications. She is the co-editor of “Two Jews, Three Opinions: A Collection of Twentieth Century American Jewish Quotations,” with Deborah Mark. For the past few years, she has been teaching memoir writing to a group of seniors at YM & YWHA of Washington Heights.
Hanan Harchol is a multimedia visual artist, born in Israel, who moved to the U.S. as a child. Harchol creates paintings, drawings, animations, videos, and multimedia installations that use family narratives to explore the human condition, in particular, the application of Jewish teachings to contemporary life, including Jewish Food for Thought. Harchol earned a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Highest Honors from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Harchol has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries across the country, including The Chicago Cultural Center; the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York; and the Jersey City Museum. His animation work was recently presented in an exhibit at Hebrew Union College. Watch an interview with Hanan, conducted by Sandee Brawarsky of The Jewish Week, about his work an this exhibition.
Rabbi Leon A. Morris is a vice president for Israel programs at Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and a co-director of Hevruta. A leading educator in the field of adult Jewish study, Rabbi Morris made aliyah with his family in June 2014, after serving as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. He was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. Prior to the creation of the Skirball Center, Leon served as Director of New York Kollel: A Center for Adult Study at HUC-JIR. He has taught at Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform synagogues, as well as the Drisha Institute. He has contributed essays to Haaretz, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Jewish Week, NPR and PBS. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their three children.