Ochs, Rabbi Irwin Kula and Vanessa L.


    "Vanessa L. Ochs is the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. A recipient of a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment of the Arts, she is author of several books, coauthor of The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams, and co - editor, with Rabbi Irwin Kula, of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL's Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals & Blessings (both Jewish Lights).Vanessa L. Ochs is available to speak on the following topics: Jewish Ritual Innovation Haggadah Jewish Feminism What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish Raising Kids with Jewish Values Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of CLAL — The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leading voice for religious pluralism in the Jewish community. A sought - after speaker, he was named by the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly as one of the ""10 People to Watch"" helping to shape the American spiritual landscape. Fast Company magazine listed him as one of the seventeen new economy leaders, and Forward newspaper named him one of the top fifty Jewish leaders in America. He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Daniel S. Brenner is a Reconstructionist rabbi who is director of initiatives for boys at Moving Traditions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams, PhD, an award-winning Jewish educator, is widely recognized for making the study of Judaism and its sacred texts accessible and relevant to our everyday lives. She is the founder and director of Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study ( and a recipient of the Covenant Award for outstanding performance in the field of Jewish education. She teaches through the ALEPH rabbinic program and is author of Learn Talmud and Talmud for Beginners, among other books about Talmud and prayer. She is a popular speaker on the topics of Jewish learning and sacred literature."

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