After 30 years of activity, Kehilat Kol Haneshama in Jerusalem needed to reinvent itself. However, that reinvention nearly destroyed the community. We'll look at this as a case study in Jewish community life.
Melanie Sobell Zaken
A Jewish Community Case Study: on how a Jerusalem synagogue nearly destroyed itself from within and built itself up again
The arrival of the survivors from the camps in Nazi Germany in May and June 1945 was seen as an opportunity to document the atrocities committed by the Nazis. A project to collect the survivor's stories was carried out during the summer of 1945 and in late fall the book "De dödsdömda vittnar", written by Gunhild Tegen was published. The lecture describes and analysis this project and its result as well as the fascinating follow-up sixty years later by Pia-Kristina Garde in her book "De dödsdömda vittnar. Sextio år senare (2004).
Lars M Andersson
A forgotten documentation project. Gunhild and Einar Tegen and the project "De dödsdömda vittnar"
Mitä kieliä Baltian juutalaiset puhuivat ja puhuvat? Käyttivätkö kaikki Latvian juutalaiset saksaa ja Liettuan juutalaiset venäjää, kuten usein luullaan? Mitä tapahtuu, kun puhutaan läheisiä sukulaiskieliä tai kieliä, joilla on pitkä kontaktihistoria? Millaisia ovat Baltian juutalaisten monikielisyyden piirteet?
Baltian juutalaiset ja heidän kielensä
Did you know that Airbnb has a Global Head of Community on their payroll? In this session we will look into the psychology of community and will gain a deeper understanding of its primal force.
Community – an archaic social phenomenon or a trendy movement?
Felix Mendelssohn, Serious Variations Opus 54
Paul Ben Haim, Piano Pieces Opus 32
Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata No. 8 (Pathetique) Opus 13, 1st movement
How did it happen that for hundreds of years we are leading as the most innovative and creative nation? The Israeli technological innovation and success did not grow in a vacuum. The lecture finds the source of creative thinking in the teaching of great Jewish thinkers, and points out ways to realize potential and implement creative thinking.
Creative thinking – the Jewish way
"Current affairs in Israel and the Middle East" - lecture and discussion with the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Finland and Estonia, H.E. Mr. Dov Segev-Steinberg.
Current affairs in Israel and the Middle East
In the 1930s the famous geographer and explorer Sven Hedin was a strong supporter of Germany and aired his pro-Nazism quite openly. The Swedish-Jewish Consul General Olof Herman Lamm, who later made important contributions to Jewish relief efforts, challenged Hedin and his support for Hitler, Nazism and not least his anti-Semitism. Swedish historian Pontus Rudberg presents the correspondence between Hedin and Lamm and puts it into context.
Dear Olle! Dear Sven!
Hevruta BeMusika is an artistic performance which combines hevruta methodology with a musical creative process. The performance is the elaboration in music of a discussion over Jewish texts led by the musicians as part of the rehearsals time. Made up by three female professionals fusioning their own expertise in the genres of Klezmer, Arabic-Jazz, and Gypsy-Roma music and bringing them together through improvisation and original compositions inspired by the discussion over the texts.
Hevruta beMusika - artistic performance
In the frames of the "Boundaries of Jewish Identities in Contemporary Finland" (or shortly “Minhag Finland”) project which has been launched in January 2019, 100 interviews have been conducted with members of the jewish communities in Finland. The current session aims to give insights to the preliminary findings of the project, by presenting practical aspects of Finnish-Jewish everyday lives and identities through the topics of foodways, festivals, family life, relationships to the surrounding secular society and of the special minhagim that have developed in Finland.
Is burbot kosher? - Jewish everyday life in Finland
Rudy Rochman will lead a session where he will break down Jewish Identity, sharing his personal story and experiences dealing with anti-Semitism, provide training on how to narrate the story of Israel in a language the resonates with the younger generation, and empower the audience to switch from an advocacy mindset to an activist one.
The prevalence of Jewish creators in the “Golden” and “Silver” Ages of comics is well known, but the effect that this had on the stories they told and the characters they created is a matter of ongoing debate. This talk will focus on the development of Jewish representation in the Modern Age, particularly in Marvel Comics, whose X-Men series features two explicitly Jewish characters: Kitty Pryde, and the arch-villain Magneto.
Jewish Representation in Comic Books
Approximately 50% of all North-American marriages end in divorce, with no exception for the Jewish population. In the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Russia and among secular population of Israel today more than 50% of adults are single. Is this a failure or a normal social development? Let’s be honest with ourselves and each other. In this workshop, we will explore the myths and realities of our partnerships through interactive activities, and see which 50% we can look forward to.
Jewish secular family beyond marriage
Since its origins in New Orleans in the early 20th century, the iconic American sound of jazz has conveyed both the pain and promise of America. Unsurprisingly, prominent Jewish musicians like Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Stan Getz and others found themselves firmly within this American tradition. American tenor saxophonist Stephen Stalter will explore with us how these Jewish musicians related to American jazz music and influenced it in return.
Jews and Jazz
"In an era of plentitude, what we choose to eat comes with multiple personal and social connotations. However, this is not big news for Jews. Over the centuries kashrut, Jewish dietary laws, has been one of the main commandments and a central practice of the Jewish way of life. Today we live in a world that reexamines traditional norms and creates new ones. Is going vegetarian a new dietary norm for Jews? Is this what Hashem wants of us? It that what we want for ourselves? On the vegetarian practice in the modern Jewish world – an invitation for a hevruta and a discussion for those who didn’t have a chance to think of it in the context of the Jewish classic text."
Judaism and vegetarianism/treatment of animals
Millaisia käsityksiä konflikteista ja konfliktinratkaisusta löytyy juutalaisuudesta? Miten konflikteihin kehotetaan suhtautumaan? Mitä pyhät ja tärkeät kirjoitukset sanovat aiheesta? Millaisia tarinoita niissä kerrotaan konflikteista ja millaisia opetuksia ja välineitä konfliktitilanteiden varalle nuo tarinat antavat?
Entä mitä käytännön työkaluja ja ohjenuoria sovittelutyön ammattilaiselta tulee ammennettavaksi konfliktinratkaisuun arkipäivän tilanteissa? Tervetuloa työpajaan, jossa ylirabbiini Simon Livson sekä konfliktinratkaisun ammattilainen Miriam Attias johdattelevat keskustelua aiheesta.
Miriam Attias, Simon Livson
Kuinka käsitellä konflikteja?
Antisemitismi eli juutalaisvastaisuus on lisääntynyt ympäri maailmaa. Se on vihoista vanhin, mutta myös muuntautumiskykyisin. Siksi kiistellään usein siitä, mikä on antisemitismia, ja mikä ei. Tutkimus on kuitenkin tunnistanut antisemitismin ydinopin. Jos ajatellaan tämän ydinopin edustavan pianoa, erilaiset historialliset antisemitismin muodot ovat niitä säveliä, joita tällä pianolla soitetaan. ”Pianistit” vain vaihtuvat, eli kaikki ne ideologiat, uskonnot, liikkeet ja johtajat, jotka ovat sovittaneet antisemitismin ydinoppia juutalaisista sopimaan omiin poliittisiin tavoitteisiinsa. Kaikki vanhat antisemitismin muodot elävät vielä keskuudessamme, mutta eniten kiistaa aiheuttaa uusin muoto, ns. antisemitistinen antisionismi. Esityksessäni keskityn antisemitismin määritelmään ja varsinkin sen uusimman muodon syntyhistoriaan ja erityispiirteisiin.
Kuinka uusi on ns. "uusi" antisemitismi?"
The Golem, sometimes referred to as “the Jewish Frankenstein” has a long history in Jewish religious text and folk tradition. This session will explore the appearances of the Golem in literature, showing how it has evolved from its early appearances in legal texts into a modern feminist symbol.
First we will briefly introduce you to the main idea of kendo through its brief history. In the main part of the program the participants will become familiar with the basic etiquette, steps and strikes. Max. 10 participants, minimum age 7.
Morning kendo with Merci
A look at Nazi-hunting all over the world from 1980 until today to answer three questions: How I became a Nazi-hunter? How do we "hunt" Nazis these days? What lessons have I learned?
My life as a Nazi-hunter: successes, failures, and insights
Jewish tradition is drenched by beautiful melodies (nigunim) matching blessings, psalms, prayers, and songs. In particular, the Hasidic tradition infuses deep spirituality and intense energy within these melodies with the intention of creating a connection between two worlds: the physical and the spiritual. During this session we will learn some of these melodies. No prior musical knowledge is needed, only your wish to spend a pleasant time joining your voice with the one of others.
Nigunim Singing Session
In the presentation Sarah will describe PiP, including its background and mission, and will bring excerpts of some of the interviews conducted via PiP.
Nuances in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Women's Testimonies
Professional stand-up comedian Rachel Creeger explores how Jewish people have used comedy throughout the centuries to combat oppression. From shtetls to suburbs, from ghettos to clubs full of drunken, racist audience members, through performance, writing and TV, we've “turned it and turned it” to feel empowered. Rachel looks at how her peers on the UK comedy circuit have responded to antisemitism and how it's become material. Part performance, part lecture, part discussion.
Oy, How We Laughed!
Dedicated to the revival of Jewish culture in Europe, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, educates leaders for Europe, such as academicians and community activists, in Jewish textual sources which serve as the wellsprings of Jewish and modern civilization. Valeria Conte, teacher and workshop leader at Paideia and at its Folkhögskola, will present an overview of the various programs and bringing her own experience as a graduate from the One Year Jewish Studies Program and Paideia Project-Incubator.
Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden
A workshop with controversial questions around the halacha. Simon Livson, Shmuel Beniard, Benjamin Wolff. Moderator: Mercédesz Czimbalmos
Panel: Controversial questions in Judaism
Political is Personal - PiP - is an initiative of in-depth interviews conducted with Israeli Jewish and Palestinian women, who freely share how their lives have been affected by the conflict. Join our workshop, where we will read and discuss excerpts of some of the interviews conducted via PiP, highlighting complexities and nuances while getting a peak into the realities of conflict on women across Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Political is Personal: Women's Voices in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The multibillion pornography industry took roots and flourished in America and Western Europe and some gifted entrepreneurial Jewish immigrants played a major role in getting it up and getting it going. We’ll talk about this fascinating period in history and also discuss contemporary attitudes towards pornography. Everyone perceives pornography in different ways - from being disgusted or offended by it, to dismissing it as bad taste and morals, to consuming it on a regular basis to developing dependency on it. We will examine how and why porn has become so widespread and popular and what affect it has had on us and the younger generation.
Pornified World & Jewish Influence
A workshop where we will look through the 9 main films and see what are the Jewish influences, callbacks and parallels with Jewish history.
Star Wars through a Jewish lens
Providing aid to vulnerable Jews, cultivating Jewish futures, unlocking human capital for Israel's startup nation, rescuing Jews in danger, and leading the Jewish response to global crises. We will identify the Jewish values at the heart of the Joint, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world.
Melanie Sobell Zaken
The Joint: bringing Jewish values to life past, present and future
"We will be judged in our own time and in the future by measuring the aid that we, inhabitants of a free and fortunate country, gave to our brethren in this time of greatest disaster." This declaration, made shortly after the pogroms of November 1938 by the Jewish communities in Sweden, was truer than anyone could have forecast at the time. The historian Pontus Rudberg focuses on this sensitive issue – Jewish responses to the Nazi persecutions and mass murder of Jews. What actions did Swedish Jews take to aid the Jews in Europe during the years 1933–45 and what determined their policies and actions? And what did they do to accommodate the refugees and survivors after the war?
The Swedish Jews and the Holocaust
The lecture describes and discusses the reception of the new synagogue in Stockholm in 1870. How was it described and understood? What does the response reveal about attitudes towards Jews in Sweden at the time and about ideas concerning Jewishness and Swedishness?
Lars M Andersson
The Synagogue in the City Centre. Reactions and responses to the building of the new synagogue in Stockholm in 1870
What are the basic principles of education and parenting according to Judaism? How to cure and grow child and parent relationships at any age? How to help children win their internal battles, overcome internal crises, strengthen their confidence in themselves and discover hidden powers?
The art of elevation
A look at the recent attempts in Eastern Europe to rewrite the narrative of the Shoa to hide the crimes of local Nazi collaborators, focusing on Lithuania as one of the main offenders. How the most popular author exposed the lies, after she discovered that her own relatives were among those guilty.
The fight against Holocaust distortion in Eastern Europe: The case of Lithuania
Kehittyneissä länsimaissa arvojen merkitys on yhä enemmän itsestäänselvyys. Korvauksen vapaaehtoistyöstä saa monin eri tavoin. Hyvän työn tuoma ilo sekä saman henkisten ihmisten kanssa tekeminen palkitsevat monin verroin rahaan verrattuna. Päivi kertoo saamistaan ”korvauksista” toimiessaan aktiivisena vapaaehtoisena Suomen WIZOssa.
Vapaaehtoistoiminnan ilot - tapaus WIZO ry
Learning a language for practical purposes is what people usually do. So it would appear that there is no need to study Yiddish because there are no monolingual Yiddish-speakers and one can do without it. However, we can survive without many things but what kind of life would that be? We shall discuss some popular stereotypes about Yiddish and other Jewish languages and talk about how knowing at least some Yiddish may be useful.
Why it is useful to study Yiddish
The topic of the program is "Tu Bisvat" includin songs in Hebrew and handcrafts
Workshop on tu bishvat for kids aged 3-6
From legends of the lost tribes to Standing With Standing Rock, the relationship between Jews and Indigenous people in North America has been long and complex. This talk will explore this history, positioning this relationship within the larger dynamics of race and assimilation in the American Jewish community.
“Playing Indian”: Jewishness and Indigeneity in North America