Office of the Chief Rabbi

The Neshama Festival

Motzei Shabbat 27th January 2018

To book, follow this link.

 

Join us for a uniquely inspiring evening, featuring world renowned educators and presenters.

The Neshama Festival will offer opportunities to experience Torah through traditional means and through art, film, dance and music – from chavruta learning and shiurim to interactive, creative workshops.

The evening will include a musical Havdalah, a broad choice of breakout sessions, a light dinner with drinks and a concert to conclude.

Timetable:

18:30    Doors open – food and drink available

19:15   Welcome and Musical Havdalah

19:45   Session 1

20:35   Break – food and drink available

21:05   Session 2

22:00   Concert by Nafshah

22:30   Finish

Food and drink will be available throughout the night.

Biographies of all speakers are available here or by clicking on the presenters’ names below.

 

Session 1 options:

Dr Tovah Lichtenstein
To Double Business Bound: Reflections on Living a Torah Life – Leading a Torah life at the same time as being involved in the world around us requires fine tuning. Dr Lichtenstein’s talk will present a retrospective look at her experiences (and those of other women) over the years – the challenges, satisfactions and frustrations that are endemic to being “double business bound”. She will attempt to assess the cultural, sociological, and religious changes that have affected women’s Torah observance and knowledge over the years.

Esther Wachsman
In Sorrow and in Joy: A Mother’s Reflections – Esther’s son, Nachshon, was kidnapped and killed by Hamas in 1994. Another of Esther’s sons, Rafael, was born with Down’s Syndrome. Hear Esther tell her inspirational story of determination and love.

Yael Leibowitz
The Geopolitical Impact of the Female Voice – Yael’s shiur will address the scope and import of women’s voices in Tanakh, and how the motif of song serves as an important metaphor for our understanding of women’s prominent role in Biblical Society.

Lauren Levin
Navigating the Talmud: A Unique Intergenerational Conversation – An introduction to learning Gemara (Talmud). Gain an understanding of the dimensions and personalities in the Gemara through studying a number of fascinating stories and passages.

Lea Taragin-Zeller
Modesty for Heaven’s Sake – Are the Torah laws of Tzniut (modesty) a reflection of a woman’s relationship with men, or her relationship with God? Come and listen to Lea’s thought-provoking research on this topic.

Avigayil Fabian and Emma Taylor
Dance as an Expression of Leadership – Learn a passage from Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) and experience a dance interpretation of the passage. An interactive session with an opportunity to interpret a passage of Torah through dance.

Chava Erlanger-Rosenzweig and Nechama Atlas
Creativity and Judaism – Contradictory or Complementary? See and experience a passage of Torah expressed through Chava’s art and take the opportunity to experiment by yourself.

Ilana Epstein and Nicky Goldman
Making Your Voice Hear – Stage Fright? Imposter Syndrome? How do you step into a room and take charge of it? Attend this workshop on leadership and presentation skills, inspired by female characters from the Torah.

Leanne Binstock and Jacqueline Feldman
Hearing the Music of the Torah – What place does music and song have in Torah and prayer? How can we use it as a means to connect to Hashem? An experiential workshop where we can go on a musical  journey and find a deep expression of spirituality and connection to Judaism.

Ma’ayanot: Joanne Greenaway, Shoshana Landau and Raisel Freedman
Does Female Torah Leadership Work? Meet some of the participants on the Chief Rabbi’s Ma’ayan Programme through a discussion on female Torah leadership. In this session we will look at examples of such female leaders throughout our history and discuss how they have contributed to the status of women in Judaism today.

Ma’aleh Film School’s Katie Green 
Screening of ‘A Gravedigger’s Daughter:’ a film portraying a woman’s wishes to follow in her father’s footsteps in the face of criticism and opposition by her family and community – A screening of this remarkable film will be followed by a discussion on the issues it raises. 

Session 2 options:

Dr Tovah Lichtenstein
To Double Business Bound: Reflections on Living a Torah Life – Leading a Torah life at the same time as being involved in the world around us requires fine tuning. Dr Lichtenstein’s talk will present a retrospective look at her experiences (and those of other women) over the years – the challenges, satisfactions and frustrations that are endemic to being “double business bound”. She will attempt to assess the cultural, sociological, and religious changes that have affected women’s Torah observance and knowledge over the years.

Esther Wachsman
In Sorrow and in Joy: A Mother’s Reflections – Esther’s son, Nachshon, was kidnapped and killed by Hamas in 1994. Another of Esther’s sons, Rafael, was born with Down’s Syndrome. Hear Esther tell her inspirational story of determination and love.

Yael Leibowitz
The Geopolitical Impact of the Female Voice – Yael’s shiur will address the scope and import of women’s voices in Tanakh, and how the motif of song serves as an important metaphor for our understanding of women’s prominent role in Biblical Society.

Lauren Levin
Navigating the Talmud: A Unique Intergenerational Conversation – An introduction to learning Gemara (Talmud): Gain an understanding of the dimensions and personalities involved through a number of fascinating stories and passages.

Lea Taragin-Zeller
Modesty for Heaven’s Sake – Are the Torah laws of Tzniut (modesty) a reflection of a woman’s relationship with men, or her relationship with God? Come and listen to Lea’s fascinating research on this topic.

Avigayil Fabian and Emma Taylor
Dance as an Expression of Leadership – Learn a passage from Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) and experience a dance interpretation of the passage. An interactive session with an opportunity to interpret a passage of Torah through dance.

Chava Erlanger-Rosenzweig and Nechama Atlas
Creativity and Judaism – Contradictory or Complementary? See and experience a passage of Torah expressed through art and take the opportunity to experiment by yourself.

Ilana Epstein and Nicky Goldman
Stage Fright? Imposter Syndrome? How do you step into a room and take charge of it? Attend this workshop on leadership and presentation skills, inspired by female characters from the Torah.

Leanne Binstock and Jacqueline Feldman
Hearing the Music of the Torah – What place does music and song have in Torah and prayer? How can we use it as a means to connect to Hashem? An experiential workshop where we can go on a musical  journey and find a deep expression of spirituality and connection to Judaism.

Ma’aleh Film School’s Katie Green, in conversation with Joanne Greenaway, moderated by Raisel Freedman
Screening of ‘Willingly’ – Watch acclaimed short film ‘Willingly’ which deals with the challenges of the Jewish divorce process, followed by a fascinating conversation on the issues it raises.

Ma’ayanot: Shoshana Landau, Lisa Levene and Abi Kurzer
Torah Tasters: Hear from the Ma’ayanot – Meet some of the participants on the Chief Rabbi’s Ma’ayan Programme through hearing their short and creative presentations on the Shabbat services. Each brief talk will go through a different aspect of Shabbat prayer, shedding new light on the weekly tefillah.

To book, follow this link.

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