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Inspirational keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities for educators, administrators, board members and stakeholders of network member schools will engage participants around design thinking, school change, board development, educational leadership, innovative technologies, contemporary ideas of Jewish pluralism, Israel curricula, modes of prayer education, special needs inclusion, early childhood education and more. 

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Sunday, January 19 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Being Jewish and Being Human: Particularism and universalism in Jewish ethics, theology and identity

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Many people feel a tension between our particular Jewish dispositions and our sense of belonging to a more global universal entity. Yet these two positions do not need to be contradictory; they not only can coexist but can strengthen our own and our students' commitments to being both Jewish and human. Come study Jewish sources that probe the relationship between the particular and universal and discuss how a greater understanding of these complexities can make us better educators.

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Shai Held

Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar
Shai Held, a leading Jewish theologian, scholar, and educator, is Co-Founder and Dean of Mechon Hadar. He is a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. Rabbi Held's first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was hailed as a "watershed" in our understanding of Heschel; his next book, The Heart of Torah, a collection of essays on the Torah in two volumes, is due out this summer.

Sunday January 19, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Orly Room Westin LAX

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