Jewish Futures
Jewish Futures Conference
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More Than ‘Generation Me’ by David Bryfman

Our current leadership structures, foundational basis in Jewish texts and values, raison d’être, and inability to relate to complex personal identity are all indicators of a community rapidly losing touch with its younger population. – See more at: 


Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes – re-posted from Edutopia


Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in any classroom, because they tell you where to focus that deliberate practice. So why don’t students view their mistakes as a valuable asset? Well, students don’t think about their mistakes rationally — they think about them emotionally. Read more: (more…)

From Bible Heroines to Bernie Madoff: Alicia Jo Rabins Strikes New Chord

Alicia Jo Rabins headshot

BERKLEY, Calif. (JTA) – Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins begins to sing what sounds like a mystical incantation of sorts. Read more:  (more…)

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.

4:50 – 5:20 ▪ Meeting and Connecting

5:20 – 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.
  • TEEN COMPETITION WINNER! Yishai Barth – Yishai  describes himself as a “human node in a web of creative ideas.”  He is an 18 year old former homeschooler currently attending Newton North High School in Massachusetts.  Yishai has cerebral palsy and serves as an advocate and activist for people with disabilities.    

**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 …..