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Featured Presenters for LimmudFest 2018
Chef Todd Ginsberg
Todd was named a 2014 and 2015 James Beard semifinalist for “Best Chef, Southeast” and The General Muir has been named one of Atlanta’s best restaurants by Atlanta Magazine. With his partners, Todd’s latest venture is The Canteen, a “micro food hall” in Midtown which features several tasty eateries.
The Cohen Brothers
Brothers David and Elie Cohen from Marietta, Georgia specialize in bluegrass music and started formally playing music together in 2010. They can be found at gigs all over Atlanta and beyond. Plus, Elie was recently featured on American Ninja Warrior as the “World’s Strongest Man-dolinist.” Elie is a YAD this year and David was a YAD in 2016.
Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at JTS in NYC, now emerita. She loves teaching at Limmud events, and will count Atlanta LimmudFest as her third venue, after UK and NY. The author of three books and many articles, she is best known for her writings on women and Judaism and her theories about halakhic change in the Talmud and today. She is also the founder and rabbi of Ohel Ayalah, an outreach project to young Jews in NYC that offers them free, walk-in High Holiday services and a Passover seder just for them. Also true is that she has a son and daughter-in-law in Atlanta, which is another good reason to visit the South.
Sarah Klegman is a charismatic, multi-faceted artist with a penchant for good stories and carbohydrates. As Co-Founder of Challah Hub, you’ve seen her rack up 9M views on Buzzfeed Tasty, and amass over 11k fans on Instagram. Season 2 of her popular podcast “What’s Wrong With You?” begins airing this fall, and she’s made enthusiastic appearances of arguable significance on Comedy Central, The Great British Baking Show on PBS, and KTLA. She also serves as Head of Content for At The Well, a Jewish women’s wellness organization at the intersection of science and spirituality. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The LA Times, The Dodo, Grok Nation, and more.
Rori Picker Neiss
Maharat Rori Picker Neiss serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis. She is one of the first graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, a pioneering institution training Orthodox Jewish women to be spiritual leaders and halakhic (Jewish legal) authorities. She previously served as clergy at Bais Abraham Congregation, Assistant Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee, and Secretariat for the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, the formal Jewish representative in international, interreligious dialogue. Rori’s passion for Judaism, feminism, interfaith dialogue and social justice has led to speak, teach and learn internationally, including in Japan, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Vienna. Rori is the co-chair of the North American Interfaith Youth Network of Religions for Peace, a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders fellow, and co-editor of “InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook.”
LimmudFest: Get Inspired From a Diverse Range of Sessions – Check out some highlights from the 2017 program & stay tuned in late summer for the 2018 program!
- Built Midrash: The Search for Jewish Architechture
- Chevra Kadisha: What is it & why is it so special?
- New Ethiopian Israelis & the Challenges of Peoplehood
- A Short History of the Jewish South
- Around the World in 80 Latkes
- D’var Slam
- Make Your Pitch to ELItalks
- Bnei Noam and Efraim in India
- How Not To Be a Schmuck
- Shtetls and Baptism
- Transcending the Gender Binary in Judaism
- Learn Torah Tropes