Opening Program of CCAR Convention 2013, with Dr. David Feinberg, Zev Yaroslavsky, and Tiffany Shlain
Praying With Our Feet: Reclaiming The Rabbinic Mantle As Agents of Change in the World
Introduction: Steven A. Fox
How do we stand on the shoulders of the giants in the Reform Rabbinate who came before us? What is our current, shared vision for the justice rabbinate? How can rabbis act together to move justice forward and transform our world? Immediately following t’filah, join dozens of colleagues who have spent the past year asking these very same questions. Rabbis Organizing Rabbis invites you to join in the launch of a new, effective campaign based on core Reform Jewish values. Come and learn practical next steps for how we can reclaim the rabbinic mantle as agents of change in the world.
Rabbis Organizing Rabbis is a project of the CCAR Justice and Peace Committee, Just Congregations and the Religious Action Center.
Technological innovations are impacting the careers of rabbis, our families, the congregations and communities we lead, and the Jewish People. Learn from two prominent experts, Anne Wojcicki, and Marne Levine. Which challenges and opportunities will greater personal genetic information, proliferating social networks and new technology platforms present us as communal leaders, teachers, and counselors? The program will focus on using technology to transform our self-understanding and shape the important decisions we make in our personal and professional lives.
Moderator: Richard A. Block
Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of 23andMe; Marne Levine, Vice President, Global Public Policy at Facebook
As rabbis, we often translate Jewish narratives in the light of modern truths while illuminating a vision for the future of our people. Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and Telegraph Avenue, will have a conversation with our colleague, Yoel Kahn, that will help us consider how stories have shaped Jewish values, ideals, struggles, and triumphs and how we can write the narrative of the Jewish future. Chabon, will generate and stimulate our own colleague-to-colleague conversation. Together, we will explore the next chapters of Jewish life for our movement, congregations, communities, and rabbinic leadership.
In a conversation facilitated by Jonathan Blake, Rob Eshman and Rick Wartzman will share their experience and expertise around adapting to the rapid changes in the media, business, and the Jewish world. Exploring the shift in influence from authorities to non-authorities, as well as the role of rapidly advancing technology, this conversation will get to the heart of the question of what it takes to be successful in a field that is constantly adapting.
Moderator: Jonathan Blake
Rob Eshman: Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Journal
Rick Wartzman: Executive Director of the Drucker Institute