The “Own Your Judaism” Conversation Series is a collection of conversations with Jewish community leaders and with mindful Jews who have taken it upon themselves to make Judaism meaningful and relevant to them. In these Conversations, we talk about their Jewish paths, how they have made purposeful decisions throughout their lives, and how they have Owned their Judaism.
All Conversations are Monday afternoons unless noted otherwise, and links to the watch the Conversation live or later on Facebook are made available in the days before each conversation.
Rabbi Juan Mejia, 1/11/21
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, 1/25/21
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash (Jewish pluralistic adult learning & leadership), the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek (Jewish Social Justice), the Founder and CEO of Shamayim (Jewish animal advocacy), the Founder and President of YATOM, (Jewish foster and adoption network), and the author of 18 books on Jewish ethics. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews.
Eliana Light, 3/8/21
Eliana Light envisions a joyful, vibrant, heart-centered Judaism that speaks to the soul and moves the spirit, reminding us that we all are One. She offers professional development to educators, clergy, and lay leaders to elevate and deepen their prayer gatherings, allowing them to offer more meaningful experiences to more people. These days, she creates meaningful learning, prayer, and professional development over zoom. She is also a sought-after songwriter and performer of catchy, content-rich tunes for all ages, and has put out three albums of original music. Eliana received her Master’s in Jewish Education from the Davidson school at JTS in 2016, and is based in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. David Moss, 3/15/21
Rabbi Philip Ohriner, Founder and Cultivator at Ma’alot Farms
Joey Weisenberg, Founder and Director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute
Ellie Gettinger, Education Director of Jewish Museum Milwaukee