Author Archives: Wayne Sussman

Rachel Rose Reid-Ritual Lore and Spoken Word

Rachel is a storyteller and Kohenet. She is the first woman from beyond North America to be ordained by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. The institute educates women to learn, reclaim, and renew Jewish feminine spiritual practice and ritual leadership. Rachel has also been chair of pop up High Holy Day community Grassroots Jews. As a storyteller she has performed on BBC Radio 3 and at the City of London Sinfonia, Burning Man and Glastonbury....

Sarah Kreimer-The Struggle for an Equitable Israel

Sarah is Director of External Relations at Beit Berl College. She has dedicated her last 40 years to building bridges between Jews and Palestinians in Israel. She founded and co-directed the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development from 1988. She was a co-founder of Ir Amim, which works toward a more equitable and stable Jerusalem for all who share the city. Her book, Vision and Division in Israel, illuminates the struggles and triumphs of this work....

David Bigman-At the Interface of Halacha and Society

David is Rosh Yeshiva of Ma’ale Gilboa, where he fosters a learning environment committed to Torah study and intellectual openness.  Influenced by the teachings of Rabbis Aaron Soloveichik, Aryeh Leib Bakst and Yisrael Ze’ev Gustman, Bigman is  proactive on issues pertaining to society and halacha, agunot (women and divorce), infertility and Orthodox conversions not under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate.

 

Sessions include: Rachel’s Cry: Give me Children:  Halachic  and Communal Responses to  Single ...

Simon Plosker- Fighting Anti-Israel Media Bias

Simon is the Managing Editor of HonestReporting, the largest global grassroots organisation defending Israel from media bias. He worked in a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Jewish Agency and Board of Deputies of British Jews, prior to his Aliyah in 2001 from London. In Israel, he has also worked for BICOM and the NGO Monitor. Simon has degrees from Birmingham University and the London School of Economics

Sessions include Red Lines: the Eight Categories ...