Global Day ON AIR 2017 Speakers

Rabba Yaffa Epstein | Rabbi Meni Even-Israel | Dr. Daniel Fainstein |
Rabbi Boruch Gorin | Rabbi Sherre Hirsch | Rabbi Alex Israel |
Rabbi Haïm Korsia | Arthur Kurzweil | Rabbi Uri Lam | Lori Lefkovitz, PhD |
Rabbi David Levin-Kruss | Sandra Lilienthal | David Moss |
Yulia Patrakova | Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz | Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabba Yaffa Epstein

Ugly Men and Beautiful Rabbis: What is Beauty in Judaism?

9:15pm PST on Saturday, November 11, in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Presented by Limmud After Dark, Los Angeles
Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. Rabba Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has taught worldwide at esteemed Jewish educational organizations including The Wexner Foundation, The Dorot Foundation, Hillel International, and Moishe House. She has taught at over 30 Limmud events around the globe.

Rabbi Meni Even-Israel

Physical and Spiritual Beauty in Song of Songs

2:00pm EST on Sunday November 12, in New York, NY, USA
Presented by the Shefa Institute and the Aleph Society
Rabbi Meni Even-Israel was born in Jerusalem. He was ordained by Israel’s Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu and served as a Campus Rabbi for several years in the United States. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Shefa Foundation, overseeing Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz’s institutions worldwide. He is responsible for the completion of the Hebrew Talmud and the publication of the French and English editions of the Talmud. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Liza, and their four children.

Dr. Daniel Fainstein

De la santidad de la belleza a la belleza de la santidad: Reflexiones sobre la música judía, la estética y la espiritualidad

11:00am CET el domingo 12 de noviembre, desde la Ciudad de México
Presented by Universidad Hebraica Mexico
Decano y profesor de Estudios Judaicos de la Universidad Hebraica, Mexico. Completó con honores su formación académica en la Universidad de Buenos Aires, en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén y en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, donde se doctoró en Ciencias Políticas y Sociales. Su tesis doctoral “Secularización, Profecía, y Liberación” fue distinguida con Mención Honorífica. Es profesor invitado y conferencista en prestigiadas instituciones académicas y educativas de América Latina, Estados Unidos, Europa e Israel. Sus temas de investigación y docencia incluyen la historia intelectual y social del Judaísmo, la sociología de la religión (los fundamentalismos religiosos y los procesos de secularización) la formación y capacitación de líderes educativos y religiosos.

Dr. Daniel Fainstein is Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies and Education at the Hebraica University in Mexico City. He was educated in Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he received his PhD. He served as Dean of the Seminario Rabínico Latino Americano M.T. Meyer, was the Executive Director of the Board of Jewish Education of Argentina, and is currently a visiting professor and lecturer in many institutions in Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Israel.

Рав Борух Горин (Rabbi Boruch Gorin)

Красота и уродство в свете исторических дискурсов мудрецов Талмуда о сексуальности

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Рав Борух Горин: Главный редактор издательства “Книжники”, основатель и издатель журнала “Лехаим” и пресс-секретарь ФЕОРа. Родился в Одессе в 1973 году и закончил школу молодых журналистов. После этого он учился в иешиве в Москве. Рав Горин является членом Всемирного конгресса русскоязычного еврейства и председателем совета Еврейского музея и центра толерантности.

Rabbi Boruch Gorin is Editor-in-chief of Knizhniki Publishers, founder and Publisher of L’Chaim Magazine, and spokesman for the FJC. He was born in 1973 in Odessa and graduated the School of the Young journalists. He later studied at The Yeshiva in Moscow. Rabbi Gorin is a member of the Coordinating Council of the World Congress of Russian Jewry and Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Museum and Center of Tolerance.

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

Hallways and Rooms: Navigating Life’s Transitions

8:00pm PST on Saturday Nov 11
Presented by Limmud After Dark, Los Angeles
Sherre Hirsch is a rabbi, author and spirituality expert. She currently serves as the Senior Rabbinic Scholar for Hillel International. Her mission is to empower individuals to become more in tune with their well-being, way of life and ability to impact the world. After eight years in the pulpit, Hirsch left Sinai Temple, Los Angeles’ largest and oldest conservative synagogue. Since then, she has published We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head and Thresholds: How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly and Regret-Free.

Rabbi Alex Israel

The Taming of Desire

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Rabbi Alex Israel teaches at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies where he serves as Director of Community Education and the Summer Program. He is a popular lecturer at campuses and communities on three continents. In 2013, he published his first book: “I Kings: Torn in Two” a commentary to Sefer Melakhim. Born and raised in London, Rabbi Israel was an active youth leader in Bnei Akiva and was the director of the Sixth Form study centre at LSJS. He moved to Israel in 1991 and gained rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate following several years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rabbi Alex Israel holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education, London, and Bar Ilan University. Rabbi Israel lives in Alon Shevut, Gush Etzion, with his wife Aliza and their four wonderful children. He enjoys running, music and everything to do with contemporary Israel.

Rabbi Haïm Korsia

La beauté dans le judaïsme

Heure de diffusion: 08:00 CET, Paris

Le Grand Rabbin de France, Haïm Korsia est né à Lyon en 1963. De 2009 à 2013, il collabore avec le Grand Rabbin de France, Gilles Bernheim. Les nombreuses publications du Grand Rabbin Haïm Korsia font état de l’essentiel de ses préoccupations, les questions actuelles d’éthique face à la morale juive, les interrogations sociétales et la halakha, la place du Juif dans la citoyenneté française ainsi que le dialogue interreligieux. Le 22 juin 2014, il est élu Grand Rabbin de France, pour un mandat de 7 ans, par l’Assemblée générale du Consistoire Central. Le 15 décembre 2014, il est élu membre de l’Institut, section morales et sociologie au siège laissé vacant par le décès de M. Michel Crozier.

Rabbi Haïm Korsia is the Chief Rabbi of France. Born in Lyon in 1963, Rabbi Korsia’s education and life achievements are exceptional and wide-ranging. He is an author and scholar, holding a doctorate in Contemporary History, and served as the head of the Chaplaincy of the French Airforce. He was elevated to the position of Chief Rabbi by the General Assembly Consistoire Central in June 2014.

Arthur Kurzweil

Tiferet: Beauty and Good”

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Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, publisher, teacher and magician. He is the author of several books including On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz, From Generation to Generation: How to Trace your Jewish Family History and Kabbalah for Dummies. Arthur is a member of the Society of American Magicians.

Rabbi Uri Lam

O Vaso Feio e o Artesão (The Ugly Vessel and the Craftsman)

Presented by Congregação Israelita Mineira
18:00 BRST, no domingo 12 de novembro, de Belo Horizonte Brasil
Rabbi Uri Lam is the spiritual and community leader of Congregação Israelita Mineira (CIM) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais St, Brazil, affiliated to WUPJ (World Union for Progressive Judaism). Rabbi Lam is a Psychologist and holds a M.A. in Philosophy. He is also a publisher and translator of several books into Portuguese, such as Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed Parts 1 & 2 (Moreh Nevuchim)– the first comprehensive translation to Portuguese; Part 3 is underway. Rabbi Lam is the founder of the Forum for Jewish-Catholic Dialogue of Bahia and, as a member of the ICCJ (International Council of Christians and Jews), was in Rome for the 50th Anniversary of the Nostra Aetate and at the meeting with Pope Francis.

Lori Lefkovitz, PhD

“A Beautiful Man?” Joseph and the Character of Masculinity in Judaism and Islam.

11am EST on Sunday, November 12 2017, from Congregation Kol Emet in Yardley, PA, USA
Presented by the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
Lori Hope Lefkovitz holds the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies at Northeastern University, where she directs the Humanities Center and the Jewish Studies Program and is a professor of English. Her book, In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the Women’s Studies category. A graduate of Brandeis University, Lefkovitz received her Ph.D. in English from Brown University and was a recipient of a Woodrow Wilson dissertation fellowship in women’s studies, a Golda Meir post-doctoral fellowship at Hebrew University, a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis, a senior Fulbright Professorship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an honorary doctorate from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Widely published in the fields of literature, critical theory, and Jewish Women’s Studies, her other books include: The Character of Beauty in the Victorian Novel, Textual Bodies: Changing Boundaries of Literary Representation, and (with Julia Epstein) Shaping Losses: Cultural Memory and the Holocaust. Previously, Lefkovitz was the Gottesman Professor of Gender and Judaism and Founding Director of Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Under her direction, Kolot developed Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! and the innovative Web site She had also been an associate professor of English at Kenyon College.

Rabbi David Levin-Kruss

16:30 CET on Sunday November 12, in Budapest, Hungary
Presented in cooperation with JDC and Bálint ház Budapest

Beauty and the Beast and the Talmud

“Jewish text and tradition is the ‘technology’ we use to make the world a better place” says Rabbi David Levin-Kruss, director of Jewish Education for JDC-Europe. David hopes to infuse community programs with rich and innovative Jewish content by supporting European Jews in finding their own Jewish voice. Prior to joining JDC, Levin-Kruss taught and directed special programs at Jerusalem’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, served as the Overseas Director of the Melitz Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, and was the Community Director and Family Educator of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue in London. DLK is also the founder of My Open Book, a methodology that uses Jewish and general texts combined with life-coaching techniques to achieve personal breakthroughs. Levin-Kruss holds a B.A. and Teachers’ Certification in English Literature and Jewish Thought from Hebrew University. He also served in the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit, and received rabbinic ordination from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary.

Sandra Lilienthal

Beauty, Power and Temptation

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Sandra Lilienthal is a Jewish Educator who has great enthusiasm for teaching Judaism as a living religion, and infusing true passion for it among those who study with her. She is part of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning faculty, an adjunct professor at Gratz College, and the author of Pillars of Judaism, an Adult Education two-year curriculum. Sandra is a frequent speaker at Jewish education conferences, Limmud conferences across North America, synagogues and other Jewish organizations. In 2015, Sandra was nominated by her students and was awarded the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

Sandra received her Master’s in Jewish Studies and her Doctorate in Jewish Education from Gratz College. Sandra has worked in the Jewish Education field in many different capacities for the last 25 years: Religious School teacher, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor, Director of Education, Director of Lifelong Learning. She has taught every age from preschool to adults, both in her native Brazil and in the USA (Waco, TX and South Florida). For the past 12 years, Sandra has focused on teaching adults and building communities of learners in South Florida. For more on Sandra, check out

David Moss

Mitzvah Beautifiers: Illuminating Jewish Texts, Values and Ideas

17:00 IST on Sunday November 12, in Jerusalem, Israel
With Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, courtesy of Kol HaOt
Artist David Moss is a co-founder of Kol HaOt: Interactive, Jewish Educational Art Programs in Israel. David considers himself a “mitzvah beautifier”. He works in diverse media, including calligraphy, illumination, papercuts, sculpture, wood, prints, artist books, architecture, pottery, drama, educational programming and others. He is responsible for the revival of the hand-illustrated ketubah, created The Moss Haggadah, and collaborated on the Tree of Life Shtender. His magnificent artwork has been acquired by major museums, and is included in many private collections. A current project is his “Garden of Jewish Exploration”.

Юлию Патракову (Yulia Patrakova)

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Еврейские тексты о красоте и уродстве и язык искусства: Марк Ротко- страсть и цвет

Здравствуйте. Я – Юлия. Родилась и живу в Санкт- Петербурге. Так что за поребриками, парадными и бадлонами – это ко мне. В прошлой жизни – учитель русского языка и литературы, в нынешней – преподаватель иврита тренинговым методом, автор и ведущая образовательных проектов по еврейской культуре. Перманентно на посевной разумного, доброго, вечного. Это диагноз. И слава Б-гу. Сфера интересов- литература вообще и детская в частности, архитектура, еврейские художники 19-20 вв., история Санкт-Петербурга. Люблю соединять разные тексты и получать что-то целое, но совсем другое. Цитата жизни: «Я люблю все, что течет».

Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz

Mitzvah Beautifiers: Illuminating Jewish Texts, Values and Ideas

17:00 IST on Sunday November 12, in Jerusalem, Israel
With David Moss, courtesy of Kol HaOt
Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, is a Kol HaOt co-founder and Executive Director. Elyssa constructs worlds of Jewish meaning and beauty. She draws on all media to create interactive, participatory events and programs of Jewish content, through her “Day Away” programs, weaving together Jewish texts, music, food, art and drama to create all-encompassing experiences that are authentic, educational, inspirational and fun. She created and runs the “Zer Mitzvot” year-long group study/experience for Bat Mitzvah-aged girls and their mothers, and has worked on creative content for television programming, as well as acted and produced in live theater.

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Beauty and the Rabbis

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Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Senior Educator of Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art (ketubbot and posters). From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” At Lehrhaus since 2010, he is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours, the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle, and Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle.