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Rekindle: A Shabbat Studio is a forum of learning, sharing, community building and radical amazement. The Studio included a range of formal and informal activities (including peer-led happenings and sessions, open space discussions and workshops) all designed to facilitate connections between Shabbat innovators – the movers and shakers of creative Shabbat programming around the world – and catalyze a community of practice.
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Wednesday, January 13 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Session 1: Creating Awesome Shabbat Experiences for 'Bad Jews'

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For many Jews without much Jewish education or experience, Shabbat dinner and services can be confusing (why the hand-waving around the candles?), embarrassing (when you talk to people after the hand-washing and they don’t respond and everyone gets all awkward about it), and alienating (I suck at Judaism, I don’t belong!), and they walk away feeling like “Bad Jews.” In this session, we’ll discuss creating Shabbat experiences that engage “Bad Jews” and leave everyone feeling like “Kickass Jews.”

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Sarah Hurwitz

Special Assistant to the President, Senior Policy & Strategy Advisor to the Council on Women and Girls, Senior Presidential Speechwriter, The White House
I grew up outside of Boston; currently live in Washington, DC; was briefly a lawyer at a big DC firm; and have been a speechwriter on a number of political campaigns.  I now work as a speechwriter in The White House and spend a lot of my time outside of work learning about Judaism and thinking about how to make it more meaningful and accessible to modern Jews.  I love hiking, staying up way too late reading, convincing people to see... Read More →
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Justin Korda

Executive Director of ROI Community, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Justin Korda is the Executive Director of ROI Community and has been with ROI since its inception in 2005. Growing up in Montreal, Canada, he saw how young people can truly be instruments for change, thereby setting the stage for a life of Jewish activism. Justin believes in the importance of making Judaism accessible to a new generation of Jews who live in a secular world that competes for their interest. In 1999, he led the first... Read More →


Wednesday January 13, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am
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