Share & Tell: Shavuot Learning to Bring Torah to Your Life

Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee - 6:30 - 7 PM

Love in the Time of Corona: Hebrew Poems of Comfort and Challenge.

Poetry is a medium that can help us understand ourselves and our world in ways that prose cannot.  “Love in the Time of Corona” by Israeli poet Gilad Meiri, was composed just this past March.  On this Erev Shavuot, we will delve into a selection of Hebrew poems, both classic and modern, that in some way speak to this moment and can, perhaps, offer calm and comfort.

Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee is the Director of Jewish Life at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center where she helps integrate awareness of the richness of Jewish culture and traditions into the life of the JCC and the wider community. Before joining the JCC, Shena served rabbinic positions with HUC-JIR, Temple Sinai in Washington, DC, and the University of Michigan Hillel. Shena received rabbinic ordination through HUC-JIR in Cincinnati and has served as adjunct faculty at University of Cincinnati, Judaic Studies. She regularly lectures and delivers sermons throughout Cincinnati at local synagogues, schools and organizations.

Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D - 7 - 7:30 PM

The Cairo Geniza and the Changing Boundaries of the Jewish Community

Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D., serves as Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of History at HUC-JIR and at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She researches Arabic-speaking Jewish communities in the medieval Islamic world. Dr. Grayson holds a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University (2017); an M.Phil. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge (2013), where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and an A.B. in History and Late Antique Cultures from Brown University (2011).

Katie Vogel - 7:30 - 8 PM

Keepin' it Milchig: The History and Practice of Jewish Vegetarianism 

Katie Vogel is the founder and president of Havayah, Cincinnati's only intentional, egalitarian Jewish community, which just so happens to hold vegetarianism and kashrut at the center of its practice. She's a current Wexner Fellow and member of the 2019 cohort of Kenissa, a graduate of BINA: The Secular Yeshiva's year program and a proud product of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. Once upon a time was named one of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago's "36 under 36" because she just couldn't seem to stop throwing Shabbat dinner parties. She holds a B.A. in History and B.S. in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago, a Master's in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and is a former editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of The Cincinnati Enquirer. She calls Northside home along with her husband, tens of thousands of honey bees, and a small posse of chickens.

Shep Englander - 8 - 8:30 PM

Tzedakah – How Should We Prioritize the Help We Give During a Crisis?

Shep Englander is CEO of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, which is responsible for strengthening and coordinating the Jewish community of Cincinnati. Since his arrival in 2004, he has restructured the Federation to be more collaborative ,transparent and responsive to the needs of agencies and congregations.   He is a regular presenter at local and national conferences on topics including Jewish community dynamics, nonprofit management and fundraising. Shep is graduated from the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cincinnati program and the Wexner Heritage Leadership Program. Shep is graduate of Tufts University and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University. Shep and his wife, Hayley, belong to Adath Israel Congregation.

Jim Salters - 8:30 - 9 PM

I am God and So Are You! Adventures in Love and Meditation...

Jim Salters is an entrepreneur, advisor, and leadership teacher/coach/mentor.  Born in a trailer park as a Korean and Irish American mixed race child in the Pacific Northwest, his life journey has taken him from a Methodist baptism, Jesuit Catholic high school, eastern studies at Princeton University, and conversion to Judaism in 2019.  He leverages his life experiences and life-long learning and transformation to help others achieve their fullest potential in joy, success, and service to others through entrepreneurship, executive leadership coaching, community volunteerism, and philanthropy.

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