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Friday, June 26 • 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Opening: Welcome to Limmud!

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In this lively conversation, the founders, leaders and educators from two local Jewish learning initiatives, Kevah and Sefaria, and two Israel-based organization, the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and Kolot, will engage in a lively conversation about the role of limmud--Jewish learning--in Jewish communal life.  What historically has the role of Jewish learning been? For most mainstream synagogues, JCCs, federations, etc., what role does it play now?  How are each of these individuals and their respective organizations working to transform American and Israeli Jewish perspectives about the role of learning for its own sake? 

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Estee Solomon Gray

Senior Fellow, Judaism Unbound
Estee said yes to helping found Limmud Bay Area (LBA) the day Mila called.  She served on the Board until 2018.  On the first day of the first LBA, she offered a session reframing Jews as the People of the Link (not the Book) and suggesting that the already multi-decade worldwide... Read More →

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Brett Lockspeiser

Chief Technology Officer, Sefaria
Brett is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating the future of Torah. Sefaria makes Torah texts available online for free and creates tools to help people learn and explore. Brett lives in San Francisco, California.

David Levin-Kruss

Rabbi David Levin-Kruss directs special programs and teaches at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. and Teachers' Certification in English Literature and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University, attended Pardes, and has rabbinic ordination from the... Read More →
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Mordechai Bar Or

Mordechai (Moti) Bar Or is the Founder and Director of Kolot, a pluralistic Beit Midrash in Jerusalem dedicated to engaging participants from a broad spectrum of Israel society in establishing strong links between Jewish text, the headlines of the day and a far-reaching vision for... Read More →
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Sara Bamberger

Executive Director, Kevah
Sara Heitler Bamberger is the founder and Executive Director of Kevah, a Bay Area-based organization that empowers individuals and organizations to start Jewish learning communities. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. As Kevah's founding... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 6:00pm - 6:30pm PDT
Student Center Ballroom A

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