Jewish Renewal is a worldwide effort to fully embrace a contemporary egalitarian Judaism as a profound spiritual practice and social transformer, reaching beyond religious boundaries and institutional structures.
Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin is a highly energetic and dynamic speaker, popular blogger, writer, non-traditional Rebbetzin and career Jewish Educator and Jewish Professional. She is the Executive Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and serves on the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies and Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Shoshanna is a graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies with a focus on Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Shoshanna began her career in Jewish education by working with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary on Jewish education development and training for post Holocaust and post Communist Jewish communities. Since returning to the U.S., Shoshanna has worked with a variety of Jewish communities and age groups including Women’s philanthropy and programming, youth group, Jewish camping, Hillel, Young Leadership, family education, Jewish parenting, and more.
Averie Cohen has been a professional photographer based in the San Francisco area for 35 years. She has worked as a staff photojournalist for many Bay Area newspapers and other publications, and has also taught photography to all age groups. In 1996 she began to photograph celebrations and rituals at the Aquarian Minyan, a Jewish Renewal community in Berkeley, as a personal project. It expanded into a 10 year documentation of the Jewish Renewal movement, including communities across the United States and abroad, portions of which have been exhibited and published in the Bay Area and beyond. She is now working on a book of these photographs.
The April 10 program will be held from 9:45 a.m. to noon. The program is FREE and open to the public. Breakfast will be served.
The R.S.V.P. deadline for the program and free breakfast is April 6. In addition, walk-ins are welcome to come for coffee/tea and the presentation.
You may R.S.V.P. by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the temple office at 717-581-7891.