Jewish Futures Conference
A Beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York

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Little Failure: A Memoir With Memories (Good And Not So Good) Of SSSQ – by Gary Shteyngart

Little Failure, the title of satiric novelist and SSSQ alum Gary Shteyngart’s new memoir, is meant to describe Gary himself, a little failure according to his mother. The title could also describe our school through Gary’s eyes.

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2:45 – 3:15 ▪  Registration

3:15 – 5:00 ▪ Session I – Imagining our Future

  • Enhancing IQ with Advanced Interfaces – This presentation will demonstrate how advanced technological interfaces are making our children smarter.                                                                                              PROFESSOR DAVID PASSIG, futurist, lecturer, consultant and best-selling author who specializes in technological, social and educational futures. Professor Passig is the chair of FutureCode Ltd., which develops and employs tool kits of computerized Futures methods in decision making processes. @drpassig
  • WORLD CAFÉ. During this session you will build on discussions of key ideas, themes, and perspectives as you rotate to different tables with new groups of people.

5:00 – 5:30 ▪ Meeting and Connecting

5:30 – 6:30 ▪ Session II – Visions of our Future

This portion of the conference will be live streamed and recorded.  -  All presentations in this session will be in the fast paced**PechaKucha style.

  •  ALICIA JO RABINS, Composer, performer, poet, Jewish educator, and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the women of the Torah. @ohaliciajo 
  •  RABBI DAN AIN, Part preacher, part philosopher, part interviewer and provocateur, Dan lectures on the present (and future) ideological clash between our burgeoning technological beliefs and traditional Jewish faith. @rabbidan
  • JINA DAVIDOVICH, Jina has presented her poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican, as part of the Slam Master Poetry Competition, and has taught about Poetry and Psalms at Isabella Friedman Jewish retreat. @JinaDavidovich
  •  RABBI MISHAEL ZION, Co-Director and Director of Education at the Bronfman Fellowships, Mishael has served on the faculty of the Hartman Institute and the Skirball Center in New York –and blogs regularly at Text and the City..
  •  RACHEL SKLAR, is a writer and social entrepreneur based in New York. She is the co-founder of Change The Ratio,  and . A former lawyer who writes about media, politics, culture & technology, she was a founding editor at Mediaite and the Huffington Post.
  • SHIRA KOCH EPSTEIN, Executive Director of the 14TH Street Y in Manhattan, Shira  is also a certified Storahtelling “Maven,” and has studied improvisational comedy and actingin various programs including the Upright Citizens Brigade.
  • TEEN COMPETITION WINNER! Yishai Barth – Bio to follow

**PechaKucha is a rapid fast-paced style of presenting enhanced by a PowerPoint presentation – Each presentation will include 18 slides with 18 seconds devoted to each. Total presentation time:  5.40 minutes

Bat mitzvah speech makes case for female leaders

Bat mitzvah speech makes case for female leaders

This morning I led a women’s reading of the Haftorah, a practice that is still very new within our Beth Israel community. Read more.….by gaby sandel

From Educational Institutions to Learning Flows

From Educational Institutions to Learning Flows

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”
–Alvin Toffler

Read more about a few KEY educational trends for the future …..

Do you know a creative, savvy, entrepreneurial teen 13-18 years old?


Announcing the Jewish Futures



We see young people everywhere inspired to change the world.

Now it’s YOUR turn to imagine the future of your community by completing the sentence…..




How to Participate:

Send us a 1-2 minute video showing us your vision to spark change

Submit your entry by Monday, March 31st 2014 to Participants must be 13-18 years old as of May 21st 2014

Read competition Guidelines and Rules before entering.


A judging panel will choose up to 2 winners who will work with Jewish Futures team members to develop a 5 minute presentation about your idea.

You will present your idea at The Jewish Futures Conference on Wednesday, May 21st 2014, at theNew York Academy of Medicine in NYC.

Each winner will receive a prize of $1000 + travel to NYC and 1 night accommodation for you and a chaperone


Jewish Futures Conferences convene cutting edge thinkers to bring the most ground-breaking ideas of the 21st century into Jewish education.These events help spark new thinking about how to reach and inspire today’s learners.

The conferences also showcase emerging thinkers who present fresh approaches to Jewish education and Jewish life through The Jewish Futures Competition.

For more information call or email

Debbie Seiden at or 646.472.5362

Join the Jewish Futures Facebook group

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Feedback That Matters

We are designing the next Jewish Futures UnConference, and we need your perspective!


You can  be  specific about a topic that is important to you, or as broad as a Pew study. What are YOU thinking?

We’re posting our favorites here, but we’ll also save them in a digital time capsule to be revealed in 2040 .

Will your thoughts make history?

Send your response to Debbie Seiden


The UnConference

Visions of Jewish Life and Learning in 2040 (5800) 

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

3:00 – 6:30 pm EST

5:30 – 6:30 pm EST Live streamed via Webcast

 New York Academy of Medicine, New York City

What will the Jewish community look like in 2040?
What challenges will we need to address when considering Jewish education?

Join a mix of people to hear new ideas, dream of the Jewish world in 2040, and add YOUR voice to the conversation.

Registration information to follow.


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