The Jewish Futures ConferenceThe Jewish Futures Conference brings together visionary thinkers, passionate individuals, and inspiring presentations in a conference designed to shift the horizon of our thinking in Jewish education.
New ways of connecting are simultaneously posing challenges to traditional institutions and offering new opportunities for forging community and undertaking Jewish learning both locally and globally. The Jewish Futures Conference provides a space to imagine, learn and engage in purposeful and courageous conversation about the future of Jewish community and education and how it can thrive in today's and tomorrow's world.
Whose Torah is it Anyway?
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, 3:15pm-6:45pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
We live in a time where knowledge is crowd-sourced, texts of all kinds (from books to music to art) are being re-mixed, and an abundance of information is accessible to all. As the People of the Book we are challenged with how to create meaningful educational encounters with Jewish texts in light of these and other changes.
Network with colleagues, engage with award winning speakers,
and join the conversation on:
- The contemporary relationship (or lack thereof) between Youth and Jewish text
- The balance between unlimited access to knowledge & traditional notions of ownership
- Using multimedia & technology to reinvigorate traditional text lessons and create meaningful learning experiences.
Speakers and Facilitators Include:
Jewish Futures Keynote speaker Douglas Rushkoff was a featured guest on The Colbert Report on May 7th, talking about his new book "Present Shock”, the dot-com boom, Facebook "friends" and stock derivatives. Join us at the Jewish Futures Conference on June 4th to hear what he has to say about the “presentist” culture that our students are learning in.
Douglas Rushkoff, award winning author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.
Irwin Kula, widely popular author on religion and spirituality, featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Ted Talk Presenter
Matt Bar, folk rapper and Founder and Executive Director of Bible Raps, was named in The NY Jewish Week's "36 Under 36"
Jen E. Krause, author of The Answer: Making Sense of Life, One Question at a Time (Perigee), also featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The Huffington Post.
Jewish Futures brings together great people and new ideas to generate creative solutions to challenges in contemporary Jewish life and education.
Can't join us in person? Join our live-stream!
Details for the live-stream will be made available closer to the conference.
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by David Bryfman
When the Brick Hits the Cloud
Over the last few years I have begun to uncover one of the most startling paradoxes in Jewish communal life... more
“Learners today have the desire and capacity to be 'co-producers' of their own learning experiences. New technologies, especially those that foster collaboration, make this more feasible than ever. But, the essential idea is very Jewish: students don't simply absorb knowledge from the past; they create new knowledge.”
Jonathan Woocher, Director, Lippman Kanfer Institute, JESNA
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