Dr. Zohar Raviv is a recognized Jewish thought-leader and educator who currently serves as the International Vice President of Educational Strategy for Taglit-Birthright Israel. Raviv’s professional experience spans Israel, North America, South America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. He holds a B.A in Land of Israel Studies from Bar-Ilan University, a Joint M.A in Judaic Studies and Jewish Education from Brandeis University, as well as an M.A in Near Eastern Studies and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought — both from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Raviv plays a central role in shaping Birthright Israel’s educational philosophy, language and pedagogy, and is a leading voice in some of the global paradigm shifts concerning contemporary Jewish identity, Israel-world Jewry relations and the overall mandate of Jewish education in the 21st century. Raviv was the recipient of the 2015 Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, where he was recognized as “One of the most influential Jewish educators in the world”.
Tuesday November 16, 2021
Israel: Navigating Five Conceptual Landscapes
The word “Israel” is a complicated term, evoking multiple and, at times, disparate meanings which often add confusion rather than consistency to our understanding. This session explores this foundational Jewish term by unpacking 5 different conceptual roles that “Israel” has been playing in our historical, philosophical and ideological narratives – from antiquity to our time.
Tuesday November 23, 2021
What are We Crying about? – A Contextualized Look at Tish’aa B’Av
In popular discourse and practice, Tish’aa B’Av is associated with the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem. This narrative, however, is a very myopic understanding of the events that the foundational date of Tish’aa B’Av truly sets forth to commemorate. This session explores the broader sociopolitical, religious, spiritual and institutional shifts associated with Tish’aa B’Av — shifts that forcefully called upon Judaism to either reinvent itself or face destruction.
Tuesday November 30, 2021
Jewish Education in the 21st Century: Assets and Challenges
The first two decades of the 21st century have witnessed great shifts in our social discourse, the information industry, ideological fervor and political positioning. These shifts have also had notable influence on educational infrastructures, including Jewish educational settings. This session outlines some of the chief educational assets and challenges we face today, and continues to suggest a conceptual language and approach to address them effectively.
There is no fee, but please RSVP for planning purposes. This event is held virtually on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. For more information, contact Program Director Ilene Tatro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, CA, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)