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Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — The Boundaries of Our Town

Our tradition teaches that we should prioritize "the poor of our town" before reaching beyond our own city limits. But in a world where an Israeli rabbi living in New York can connect with trans activists in the Dominican Republic, could the meaning of "our town" be shifting? In this brief mini-episode, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie asks: how might we redefine our sense of Jewish responsibility to reflect a 21st-century reality? Featured Guest Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, a consultant to the Reboot Network, a member of the URJ Faculty Team and the Advisory Council of ORAM, an LGBT focused organization for refugees, asylu...

12 min2017 AUG 27
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Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — The Boundaries of Our Town

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 5 — Why is this Year Different Than All Other Years? Talking Global in 2017

How do we prioritize global challenges at a moment in which our communities may be more internally focused or polarized? How do we conduct inclusive conversations that move our communities to global action? Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of HIAS and Caryl Stern of US Funds for UNICEF discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of tackling global challenges in 2017 - and how we can mobilize our communities in this particular historical moment. Featured Guests and Moderator Rabbi Jennie Rosenn serves as Vice President for Community Engagement at HIAS. Prior to coming to HIAS, Jennie played a catalytic role in building the Jewish social justice movement and the field of Jewish service as the director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She developed innovative initiatives such as the Selah Leadership Training Program and the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Before working at the Cummings Foundation, Jennie served as a campus rabbi at Columbia University a...

55 min2017 AUG 27
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Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 5 — Why is this Year Different Than All Other Years? Talking Global in 2017

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 4 — Disaster Relief and Beyond

In the immediate wake of a natural disaster - like a monsoon or an earthquake - the Jewish community often jumps into action, mobilizing resources and expertise to support relief efforts. But as many practitioners know, there are ongoing crises facing vulnerable communities that need addressing in the longer term. How can we build upon our community's commitment to disaster response - to not only respond to emergencies, but help prevent disasters by fostering resilience? Featured Guests Paul Anticoni serves as Chief Executive of World Jewish Relief, the British Jewish community's humanitarian aid agency. Paul trained as an agriculturist and forester, spending 5 years, initially as a volunteer, living in the Horn of Africa and further years in Bosnia and Cambodia. Caught up in conflict and complex disasters his focus switched from trees to people and he spent a further 12 years managing the British Red Cross's international disaster response capabilities, operational in many of the m...

35 min2017 AUG 27
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Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 4 — Disaster Relief and Beyond

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 3 — Encountering the Other: A Mother-Son Dialogue

When it comes to both study and social action, the exchange of insights and experiences between generations can be extremely valuable - and often extremely challenging. This episode of Global Torah LIVE brings you two separate approaches to one text - the Book of Ruth - and what that text has to teach us about the encounter with "the other." Listen as Dr. Avivah Zornberg and Yarden Zornberg - mother and son, scholar and practitioner - enter a dialogue that sheds light not just on the text, but on the practice of reaching across boundaries toward a greater global good. This episode includes an in-depth analysis of the Book of Ruth. Click here for the full Biblical text. *Guests in this episode occasionally use Hebrew terms without translating them*, so it may be most suitable for listeners with a strong grasp of Hebrew. For more accessible conversations, check out Episodes 1, 4, and 5 and our two mini-episodes. Featured Guests Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of several boo...

69 min2017 AUG 27
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Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 3 — Encountering the Other: A Mother-Son Dialogue

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 2 — The Spiritual Power of Solar

How do our conversations about text inform our pursuits as drivers of global justice? What does our tradition have to say about some of the most ethical dilemmas a global energy entrepreneur faces daily? And what spiritual sustenance do we have to gain from pursuing a better world? Citing Jewish texts from the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Leonard Cohen, Global Torah veterans Dyonna Ginsburg and Rabbi Yedidya Julian Sinclair explore the surprising and illuminating intersections between study and action. This episode involves in-depth analysis of multiple Jewish texts. Click here for an accompanying source sheet. Featured Guests Dyonna Ginsburg is the Executive Director of OLAM, a joint platform for promoting global Jewish service. Prior to OLAM, Dyonna served as Director of Education and Service Learning at The Jewish Agency; Executive Director of Bema’aglei Tzedek, an Israeli social change NGO; and co-founder of Siach, a global network of Jewish social justice and environmental professiona...

45 min2017 AUG 27
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Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 2 — The Spiritual Power of Solar

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 1 — Jews, Justice and Global Giving

Though there's very little most Jews agree upon, tzedaka- charitable giving - is widely accepted among Jews of all stripes to be a core Jewish value. But how we choose to give - to whom, how much - can get a bit trickier. How do we, as Jews, prioritize our giving? How can our historical experience and tradition inform these decisions? Featured Guests Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world. Ruth came to AJWS in 1998, after a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leading activist for human rights around the globe, Ruth lectures widely and holds leadership roles in the faith-based advocacy arena. She currently sits on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and co-chairs the Sub-Working Group on Social Justice. Ruth has been honored by many national Jewish organizations and has been named on lists o...

52 min2017 AUG 27
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Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 1 — Jews, Justice and Global Giving

Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — Be an Upstander

“We need to create a lasting movement… How can we be not just bystanders but upstanders - to make ‘never again’ more than an empty promise, but an actual commitment we can keep?” -Mark Hanis As college students, Mark Hanis and his friends heard about the Darfur genocide - and engaged millions of their fellow Americans in working to stop it. Hear what Mark learned about being an "upstander," and the simple steps we can all take to prevent genocide today. Featured Guest Mark Hanis is a serial social entrepreneur. He most recently helped found the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Previously, he co-founded the Organ Alliance (now ORGANIZE) to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Before that, Mark was the co-founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the to...

11 min2017 AUG 26
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Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — Be an Upstander

Global Torah: Episode 5 – Strangers in Strange Lands

Feeling like strangers or outsiders isn’t a new experience for the Jewish people. But when it comes to spending time in the developing world, navigating what makes us different as Jews - our religious or cultural practices, our identity and values - can bring with it unique challenges. What are these challenges - and what are the opportunities - of living Jewishly while serving in the developing world? Global Torah is a five-part podcast series exploring the intersections of Jewish history, values and tradition with the practice and pursuit of global citizenship, social justice and international development. Hosted by Shani Rosenbaum. Guest bios: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield, Pardes Instituted of Jewish Studies, Zvi teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought at Pardes. In addition, Zvi is a faculty member of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and has been training and mentoring Jewish Educators for over ten years in Tefilah in educational settings, critical issues in modern Jewish tho...

40 min2016 JUL 18
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Global Torah: Episode 5 – Strangers in Strange Lands

Global Torah: Episode 4 – Do Motives Matter?

What are the myriad of motives that bring us as Jews to serve global communities in need? Do our motives have to be "pure"? Are some motives more legitimate than others? Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth of Pardes and Ilan Fluss of MASHAV shed light on how to serve with integrity against a landscape of mixed motivation. Global Torah is a five-part podcast series exploring the intersections of Jewish history, values and tradition with the practice and pursuit of global citizenship, social justice and international development. Hosted by Shani Rosenbaum. Guest bios: Ian Fluss,MASHAV Ian is the Deputy Head of MASHAV, which isthe Hebrew acronym for Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MASHAV started as a modest program focused on grassroots-level human capacity building at a time when Israel itself was still very much a developing country, and has blossomed into an extensive program of cooperation throughout the developing world w...

39 min2016 JUL 4
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Global Torah: Episode 4 – Do Motives Matter?

Global Torah: Episode 3 – Bringing God Down to Earth

Where is the intersection between Jewish spiritual practice and social action? Is there a connection between serving God and serving humanity? Global Torah is a five-part podcast series exploring the intersections of Jewish history, values and tradition with the practice and pursuit of global citizenship, social justice and international development. Hosted by Shani Rosenbaum. Guest bios: Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Nava Tehila Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan was born in Jerusalem. She grew up in a Zionist Orthodox family and is a descendant of a long line of Lithuanian rabbis on her mother's side. She studied law at Hebrew University but decided not to work in the field – instead she immersed herself in Torah studies at the Hartman and Pardes Institutes in Jerusalem.Always a spiritual seeker, Ruth became involved in interfaith activities that led her to representing Judaism at various international forums as well as being amongst the first Israelis to travel and...

38 min2016 JUN 13
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Global Torah: Episode 3 – Bringing God Down to Earth

Latest Episodes

Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — The Boundaries of Our Town

Our tradition teaches that we should prioritize "the poor of our town" before reaching beyond our own city limits. But in a world where an Israeli rabbi living in New York can connect with trans activists in the Dominican Republic, could the meaning of "our town" be shifting? In this brief mini-episode, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie asks: how might we redefine our sense of Jewish responsibility to reflect a 21st-century reality? Featured Guest Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, a consultant to the Reboot Network, a member of the URJ Faculty Team and the Advisory Council of ORAM, an LGBT focused organization for refugees, asylu...

12 min2017 AUG 27
Comments
Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — The Boundaries of Our Town

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 5 — Why is this Year Different Than All Other Years? Talking Global in 2017

How do we prioritize global challenges at a moment in which our communities may be more internally focused or polarized? How do we conduct inclusive conversations that move our communities to global action? Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of HIAS and Caryl Stern of US Funds for UNICEF discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of tackling global challenges in 2017 - and how we can mobilize our communities in this particular historical moment. Featured Guests and Moderator Rabbi Jennie Rosenn serves as Vice President for Community Engagement at HIAS. Prior to coming to HIAS, Jennie played a catalytic role in building the Jewish social justice movement and the field of Jewish service as the director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She developed innovative initiatives such as the Selah Leadership Training Program and the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Before working at the Cummings Foundation, Jennie served as a campus rabbi at Columbia University a...

55 min2017 AUG 27
Comments
Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 5 — Why is this Year Different Than All Other Years? Talking Global in 2017

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 4 — Disaster Relief and Beyond

In the immediate wake of a natural disaster - like a monsoon or an earthquake - the Jewish community often jumps into action, mobilizing resources and expertise to support relief efforts. But as many practitioners know, there are ongoing crises facing vulnerable communities that need addressing in the longer term. How can we build upon our community's commitment to disaster response - to not only respond to emergencies, but help prevent disasters by fostering resilience? Featured Guests Paul Anticoni serves as Chief Executive of World Jewish Relief, the British Jewish community's humanitarian aid agency. Paul trained as an agriculturist and forester, spending 5 years, initially as a volunteer, living in the Horn of Africa and further years in Bosnia and Cambodia. Caught up in conflict and complex disasters his focus switched from trees to people and he spent a further 12 years managing the British Red Cross's international disaster response capabilities, operational in many of the m...

35 min2017 AUG 27
Comments
Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 4 — Disaster Relief and Beyond

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 3 — Encountering the Other: A Mother-Son Dialogue

When it comes to both study and social action, the exchange of insights and experiences between generations can be extremely valuable - and often extremely challenging. This episode of Global Torah LIVE brings you two separate approaches to one text - the Book of Ruth - and what that text has to teach us about the encounter with "the other." Listen as Dr. Avivah Zornberg and Yarden Zornberg - mother and son, scholar and practitioner - enter a dialogue that sheds light not just on the text, but on the practice of reaching across boundaries toward a greater global good. This episode includes an in-depth analysis of the Book of Ruth. Click here for the full Biblical text. *Guests in this episode occasionally use Hebrew terms without translating them*, so it may be most suitable for listeners with a strong grasp of Hebrew. For more accessible conversations, check out Episodes 1, 4, and 5 and our two mini-episodes. Featured Guests Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of several boo...

69 min2017 AUG 27
Comments
Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 3 — Encountering the Other: A Mother-Son Dialogue

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 2 — The Spiritual Power of Solar

How do our conversations about text inform our pursuits as drivers of global justice? What does our tradition have to say about some of the most ethical dilemmas a global energy entrepreneur faces daily? And what spiritual sustenance do we have to gain from pursuing a better world? Citing Jewish texts from the Lubavitcher Rebbe to Leonard Cohen, Global Torah veterans Dyonna Ginsburg and Rabbi Yedidya Julian Sinclair explore the surprising and illuminating intersections between study and action. This episode involves in-depth analysis of multiple Jewish texts. Click here for an accompanying source sheet. Featured Guests Dyonna Ginsburg is the Executive Director of OLAM, a joint platform for promoting global Jewish service. Prior to OLAM, Dyonna served as Director of Education and Service Learning at The Jewish Agency; Executive Director of Bema’aglei Tzedek, an Israeli social change NGO; and co-founder of Siach, a global network of Jewish social justice and environmental professiona...

45 min2017 AUG 27
Comments
Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 2 — The Spiritual Power of Solar

Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 1 — Jews, Justice and Global Giving

Though there's very little most Jews agree upon, tzedaka- charitable giving - is widely accepted among Jews of all stripes to be a core Jewish value. But how we choose to give - to whom, how much - can get a bit trickier. How do we, as Jews, prioritize our giving? How can our historical experience and tradition inform these decisions? Featured Guests Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world. Ruth came to AJWS in 1998, after a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leading activist for human rights around the globe, Ruth lectures widely and holds leadership roles in the faith-based advocacy arena. She currently sits on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and co-chairs the Sub-Working Group on Social Justice. Ruth has been honored by many national Jewish organizations and has been named on lists o...

52 min2017 AUG 27
Comments
Global Torah: Season 2, Episode 1 — Jews, Justice and Global Giving

Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — Be an Upstander

“We need to create a lasting movement… How can we be not just bystanders but upstanders - to make ‘never again’ more than an empty promise, but an actual commitment we can keep?” -Mark Hanis As college students, Mark Hanis and his friends heard about the Darfur genocide - and engaged millions of their fellow Americans in working to stop it. Hear what Mark learned about being an "upstander," and the simple steps we can all take to prevent genocide today. Featured Guest Mark Hanis is a serial social entrepreneur. He most recently helped found the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Previously, he co-founded the Organ Alliance (now ORGANIZE) to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs. Before that, Mark was the co-founder and President of United to End Genocide (formerly Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition), an organization created with the mission to empower citizens and communities with the to...

11 min2017 AUG 26
Comments
Global Torah: Season 2, Mini-Episode — Be an Upstander

Global Torah: Episode 5 – Strangers in Strange Lands

Feeling like strangers or outsiders isn’t a new experience for the Jewish people. But when it comes to spending time in the developing world, navigating what makes us different as Jews - our religious or cultural practices, our identity and values - can bring with it unique challenges. What are these challenges - and what are the opportunities - of living Jewishly while serving in the developing world? Global Torah is a five-part podcast series exploring the intersections of Jewish history, values and tradition with the practice and pursuit of global citizenship, social justice and international development. Hosted by Shani Rosenbaum. Guest bios: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield, Pardes Instituted of Jewish Studies, Zvi teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought at Pardes. In addition, Zvi is a faculty member of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and has been training and mentoring Jewish Educators for over ten years in Tefilah in educational settings, critical issues in modern Jewish tho...

40 min2016 JUL 18
Comments
Global Torah: Episode 5 – Strangers in Strange Lands

Global Torah: Episode 4 – Do Motives Matter?

What are the myriad of motives that bring us as Jews to serve global communities in need? Do our motives have to be "pure"? Are some motives more legitimate than others? Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth of Pardes and Ilan Fluss of MASHAV shed light on how to serve with integrity against a landscape of mixed motivation. Global Torah is a five-part podcast series exploring the intersections of Jewish history, values and tradition with the practice and pursuit of global citizenship, social justice and international development. Hosted by Shani Rosenbaum. Guest bios: Ian Fluss,MASHAV Ian is the Deputy Head of MASHAV, which isthe Hebrew acronym for Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MASHAV started as a modest program focused on grassroots-level human capacity building at a time when Israel itself was still very much a developing country, and has blossomed into an extensive program of cooperation throughout the developing world w...

39 min2016 JUL 4
Comments
Global Torah: Episode 4 – Do Motives Matter?

Global Torah: Episode 3 – Bringing God Down to Earth

Where is the intersection between Jewish spiritual practice and social action? Is there a connection between serving God and serving humanity? Global Torah is a five-part podcast series exploring the intersections of Jewish history, values and tradition with the practice and pursuit of global citizenship, social justice and international development. Hosted by Shani Rosenbaum. Guest bios: Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Nava Tehila Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan was born in Jerusalem. She grew up in a Zionist Orthodox family and is a descendant of a long line of Lithuanian rabbis on her mother's side. She studied law at Hebrew University but decided not to work in the field – instead she immersed herself in Torah studies at the Hartman and Pardes Institutes in Jerusalem.Always a spiritual seeker, Ruth became involved in interfaith activities that led her to representing Judaism at various international forums as well as being amongst the first Israelis to travel and...

38 min2016 JUN 13
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Global Torah: Episode 3 – Bringing God Down to Earth
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