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Rekindle: A Shabbat Studio has ended
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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Rabbi Leora Kaye

Union For Reform Judaism
Director of Program
Leora's experience spans the Jewish world including education, programming, and filmmaking. As a rabbi she has sought ways to expand people's understanding of Judaism, encouraging them to approach it on their own terms in sophisticated ways. She combined her interests in media and ethics by working on the Sundance award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl. Leora was the rabbinic consultant for Shalom Sesame, adviser on many other media projects and wrote the study guides for the animated series Jewish Food For Thought. As Director of Community Engagement at Congregation Rodeph Sholom from 2004 to 2015, Leora spearheaded innovative initiatives including the synagogue's groundbreaking conversion program. She also served as the youth director of Temple Israel in Boston and as Associate Director of Programming for Synagogue 2000. As Director of Program at the URJ, Leora is responsible for the creative advancement of the three core priorities of the Reform Movement: Social Justice, Strengthening Congregations and Audacious Hospitality. Leora graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and received rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2002. She and her husband Doug Gordon, a writer and television producer, live in Brooklyn with their children, Galit and Zeb.