Agenda

4th. Conference of the Jewish Communities of Latin America

(Here you will find the schedule of activities will take place between August 8 and 12 2012)

Optional: Pre-conference Tour Jewish Colonies
Wednesday 08
01:30 pm
Buses leave the hotel to NCI-Emanuel – for Kallah attendees
02:00 pm
06:00 pm
Rabbinic Kallah Place: NCI-Emanuel
Leader: Rabbi Michael Marmur
06:15 pm
Buses leave NCI-Emanuel to hotel
08:00 pm
09:00 pm
Dinner for Kallah attendees
Thursday 09
07:30 am
Buses leave the hotel to NCI-Emanuel – for Kallah attendees
07:45 am
08:45 am
Shacharit Place: NCI-Emanuel
09:00 am
12:30 pm
Kallah Rabínica Place: NCI-Emanuel
Leader: Rabbi Michael Marmur
12:30 pm
02:00 pm
Buffet lunch for Kallah attendees
10:00 am
07:00 pm
Welcome desk open
for registration
Place: Marriott Plaza Hotel, Superior lobby floor
02:30 pm
04:00 pm
Meeting of the WUPJ Rabbis and the Rabbis connected with WUPJ congregations with Rabbis Fuchs and Oseran - San Martín Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel
03:00 pm
05:00 pm
Optional visit to Arlen Fern School – open to all participants
04:00 pm
06:00 pm
Regional Assembly Place: San Martín Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel
Attended by invited leaders of the communities of the region, of WUPJ and of Yad be Yad, with the following agenda:
  • Presentation of the current programs and plans for the region.
  • Definition of our priorities.
  • Budget and fund raising.
  • Rabbinic training in South America.
  • Conversions performed by Rabbis from other regions.
07:00 pm
10:00 pm
Official welcome Place: Fiestas, Gran Hall & Colonial Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel

Welcome speakers

  • Miriam Vasserman
  • Ricardo Rotholtz
  • Mike Grabiner
  • Rabbi Marcelo Polakoff
  • Ambassador of Israel - S.E. Daniel Gazit
  • Representative of the Government of Argentina
  • Representative of the Government of Buenos Aires
  • President of DAIA – Aldo Donzis
  • President CJL – Jack Terpins
Opening Plenary (P1)
The Evolving Role Of The Rabbi In Jewish Tradition Place: Fiestas Hall-Gran Hall & Colonial del Marriott Plaza Hotel

From teacher to legal expert, from spiritual guide to community organizer, from pastor to politician - the role of the rabbi has changed and developed over the centuries. Two prominent rabbis in the Jewish world today will discuss their understanding of how the role of the rabbi has evolved over time and what we might look forward to in the future.

  • Introduction: Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
  • Keynote Speakers: Rabbi Michael Marmur, Rabbi Sergio Bergman.
  • Chair: Stephen Breslauer.
  • Buffet and Artistic presentation.
  • Show de Karen Nisnik con su banda – un espectáculo de música israelí, de clásicos con un sonido moderno. Dirección musical Diego Rubinsztein.
Friday 10
07:00 am
08:45 am
Breakfast (at Dorado Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel)
08:45 am
04:00 pm
Welcome desk open
for registration
Place: Marriott Plaza Hotel, Lobby piso superior
08:00 am
08:45 am
Shacharit Place: Salón Florida - Marriott Plaza Hotel.
Leaded by Rabbi Sebastián Vainstein.
09:00 am
10:00 am
Plenary (P2)
Pursuing the Prophetic Vision in Israel Place: Fiestas Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel

The promise of a democratic Israel, committed to human rights, social justice and grounded upon the values of our Hebrew prophets is a goal we all cherish. How is Israel meeting this challenge? What role do the non-Orthodox religious movements play in realizing this prophetic vision? Can they succeed to change Israeli society?

  • Keynote speakers: Dr. David Breakstone, Professor Paul Liptz
  • Chair: Mike Grabiner.
10:00 am
10:15 am
Coffee Break (at Gran Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel)
10:15 am
11:30 am
Workshops (W11 to W14) Israel:

  • Beit Midrash – study of Jewish texts (W11)

    • Teacher: Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
    • Chair: Sergio Kulikovsky
    • Place: Galería Hall

     
  • Connecting youth and adults to the State of Israel (W12)

    This workshop will suggest concrete ways to attract youth and adults to programs In Israel; whether through the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization, or through the educational programming of the Saltz Center of the World Union, or through programs organized by the communities.

    • Speakers: Claudio Manaker, Adrian Fada, Shai Pinto, Dalya Levy
    • Chair: Celia Morgunovsky Gómez
    • Place: Florida Hall

     
  • Combating anti-Israel bias (W13)

    The entire world seems to love to hate Israel, whether in the media, in the UN, in foreign capitals and on university campuses. This panel of experts will analyze this phenomenon and help us to understand how we, in our congregations and institutions, can push back on the Anti-Israel (and often Anti-Semitic) bias we face.

    • Speakers: Mario Fleck, Dr. David Breakstone, Yoav Adler, Julian Schvindlerman
    • Chair: Jim Heeger
    • Place: Fiestas Hall

     
  • Jews by choice – intermarried couples and their connection to Israel and Zionism. What can congregations do to help? (W14)

    It is a difficult challenge for Jews who are born into Judaism to develop a personal relationship and bond with Israel and the Zionist movement - how much the more so for those Jews by Choice in our congregations not born into Judaism and for those living in a mixed marriage. This delicate topic will be sensitively explored by the panel to help provide a deeper understanding of the challenge facing this growing population in our Jewish communities.

    • Speakers: Rabbi Alejandro Avruj, Rabbi Joel Oseran, Selma Castilho
    • Chair: Ricardo Stanley
    • Place: Retiro Hall
11:30 am
11:45 am
Break
11:45 am
01:00 pm
Workshops (W21 to W24) Challenges facing the Jewish community in Latin America

  • Beit Midrash – study of Jewish texts (W21)

    • Professor: Rabbi Damian Karo
    • Chair: Evelyn Milsztajn
    • Place: Galería Hall

     
  • Conversions and Anusim (W22)

    Opening our synagogue doors to Jews by choice and Anusim. As Jewish communities become more aware of the plight of Anusim to become part of mainstream Jewish life, questions arise as to the most appropriate way to involve Anusim and all those wishing to convert to Judaism in our congregations and community structures, regardless of their motivation. Who are the people willing to convert and what are the challenges they pose for Jewish communities throughout the region.

    • Speakers: Rabbi Terry Bookman, Rabina Ruth Abush-Magder, Rabbi Sergio Margulies
    • Chair: Susana P. de Pitchon
    • Place: Florida Hall

     
  • Populism and Anti-Semitism in Latin America (W23)

    Populism is defined by Wikipedia as “an ideology, political philosophy, or type of discourse, which generally places ‘the people’ against ‘the elite’, and urges social and political changes”. On the other hand, anti-Semitism is on the rise all over the world, and a vicious but very common characteristic of anti-Semitism is to equate Jews with the “elites”, financial, media, and others. What are the dangers to our communities of the growing populist trend of Latin America governments?

    • Speakers: Sergio Widder, Claudio Epelbaum, Aldo Donzis
    • Chair: Lenore Mass
    • Place: Fiestas Hall

     
  • What is the balance between tradition and modernity? (W24)

    Many contemporary Jews want to be fully engaged in modern society while at the same time preserving Jewish tradition in their lives. Finding the "right" balance between modernity and Jewish tradition is not always a simple matter. What guidelines can modern Jews follow to help them in their search? What questions should we be asking ourselves in the search? Is there a "right" answer?

    • Speakers: Rabbi Gabriel Mazer, Rabina Oshrat Morag, Rabbi Baruch Plavnick
    • Chair: Miriam Kramer
    • Place: Retiro Hall
01:00 pm
02:15 pm
Lunch (at Gran Hall & Colonial Hall- Marriott Plaza Hotel)
Meeting the WRJ leadership
02:15 pm
03:30 pm
Plenary (P3)
Assimilation, Intermarriage, Changes in the Jewish Family – what congregations can do to ensure Jewish continuity? Place: Fiestas Hall & Gran Hall - Marriott Plaza Hotel

The 21st Century begins with more Jews living under freedom and the opportunity to choose being Jewish than any time in our history. Along with this extraordinary freedom comes the challenge to Jewish continuity posed by assimilation, intermarriage and the changing norms of the Jewish family. How do we guarantee our Jewish future in a world where Jews, outside the State of Israel, are fast becoming an "endangered species"?

  • Keynote speakers: Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs, Rabbi Reuben Sternschein, Rabbi Richard Address.
  • Chair: Gordon Smith.
03:30 pm
03:45 pm
Coffee Break (at Gran Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel)
03:45 pm
05:00 pm
Workshops (W31 a W34) Challenges facing the synagogue and the family:

  • Beit Midrash – study of Jewish texts (W31)

    • Teacher: Rabbi Michael Marmur
    • Chair: Dora Lucía Brenner
    • Place: Galería Hall

     
  • Innovations in Synagogue Music (W32)

    Come meet outstanding experts in the field of Jewish music and find out what are the latest trends setting the pace in the field of Synagogue Music. The workshop will include demonstrations and will be an excellent opportunity for those interested in Jewish music to get a real feel for how the field is developing in Latin America and beyond.

    • Speakers: Cantor Oren Boljover, Diego Rubinstein, Cantor Adrian Mirchuk
    • Chair: Mario Ruschin
    • Place: Florida Hall

     
  • Transforming the Synagogue environment (W33)

    Congregations the world over are experimenting with new forms of worship, spiritual empowerment, membership retention and programs for youth and young adults in an attempt to create religious communities which attract members and meet their ever increasing needs. The experts on this workshop panel will share success stories and help participants to re-think the opportunities for transforming your synagogue environment for the better.

    • Speakers: Rabina Karina Finkielstein, Rabbi Joshua Kullock, Rabbi Lennard Thal
    • Chair: David Igdaloff
    • Place: Fiestas Hall

     
  • Nurturing volunteer leadership to create a welcoming environment (W34)

    A common challenge facing every synagogue and Jewish institution in the world is how to find, train, and hold on to volunteer leadership. It often seems like the most talented potential leaders want nothing to do with synagogue leadership and yet without quality volunteer leaders, our synagogues and institutions will often fail to achieve the results we know we must achieve in order to remain effective communal organizations. How can we attract and nurture a new generation of leadership?

    • Speakers: Prof. Guershon Kwasniewski, Jay Geller, Professor Paul Liptz
    • Chair: Stephen Olson
    • Place: Retiro Hall
05:00 pm
06:30 pm
Free time
06:30 pm
Buses leave to CIRA-Libertad.
06:30 pm
07:00 pm
Visit to Jewish Museum at CIRA-Libertad
07:00 pm
08:15 pm
Kabalat Shabbat Service
Honoring Jerry Tanenbaum
Place: CIRA-TEMPLO LIBERTAD
Sermon: Rabbi Sergio Bergman
08:15 pm
Buses leave to hotel.
08:45 pm
Shabbat Dinner with group SAMAJ Show − Fiestas Hall & Gran Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel
Saturday 11
07:00 am
09:00 am
Breakfast (at Dorado Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel)
09:30 am
Buses leave to Mishkan – Centro de Espiritualidad Judaica
10:00 am
Noon
Shacharit
Honoring Rabbi Reubén Nisenbom
Place: Mishkan-Fundación Centro de Espiritualidad Judía
Sermon: Rabbi Reubén Nisenbom
Noon
01:00 pm
Lunch (at Mishkan-Fundación Centro de Espiritualidad Judía)
01:00 pm
02:00 pm
Torah Studies Session – Parasha Ekev Place: Mishkan-Fundación Centro de Espiritualidad Judía
Leaders:
  • Rabbi Guido Cohen – Spanish
  • Professor Helio Zylberstajn – Portuguese
  • Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat / Rabina Sarah Messinger – English
  • Rabina Oshrat Morag – Hebraic
02:00 pm
02:30 pm
Buses leave to hotel
02:30 pm
05:30 pm
Free time
05:30 pm
06:30 pm
Seudah Shlishit
a spiritual preparation for the Havdalah
Place: Dorado Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel
Leaders: Rabbi Joel Oseran y Diego Rubinstein
With music from young adults / TAMAR or others
06:30 pm
07:00 pm
Havdalá Place: Dorado Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel
Leaders: Ale Edelstein / Diego Rubinsztein
07:00 pm
Free evening − Optional dinner or tour (not included)
07:00 pm
08:00 pm
AIP Kehilot meeting with David Igdaloff (at Dorado Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel)
Sunday 12
07:00 am
09:00 am
Breakfast (at Dorado Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel)
08:30 am
09:15 am
Shacharit Place: Florida Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel
Leaded by Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky
10:30 am
11:45 am
Workshops (W41 a W43) Challenges facing our faith and religious practice:

  • How do we incorporate Halacha into our lives as Progressive Jews? (W41)

    Many Jews today are searching for ways to include more Jewish tradition and practice in their lives but are not prepared to observe all the 613 mitzvot. How can we benefit from the "discipline" of Jewish Law (Halacha) without observing the entirety of Jewish Law? How do we go about determining which mitzvot we keep and which ones we do not keep? What is the authority which obligates me today to observe the commandments I choose to keep?

    • Speakers: Rabbi Sergio Margulies, Judy Smith
    • Chair: Teresa Roth
    • Place: Galería Hall

     
  • Unity within diversity – varieties of Progressive minhagim around the world (W42)

    While all Progressive Jews in the world are part of the World Union, not all Progressive Jews practice their Judaism in the same way. Differences abound in areas of liturgy, life-cycle celebrations, ideological positions regarding patrilinealrity and homosexuality, funeral and mourning practices, and other areas of Jewish life. This workshop will help participants understand and appreciate the meaning of religious pluralism even within our own movement.

    • Speakers: Rabbi Lennard Thal, Rabbi Joel Oseran, Rabbi Roberto Feldmann
    • Chair: Ricardo Jose Rotholtz
    • Place: Florida Hall

     
  • New Directions in Congregational Programing (W43)

    Congregations throughout the region are learning to experiment with new directions in their programming in order to attract membership and to maintain interest. This workshop will open new doors for congregational programming and assist congregational leaders to “think out of the box”.

    • Speakers: Pablo Schejtman, Rabbi Alejandro Avruj, Rabina Karina Finkielstein, Rabbi Sergio Bergman
    • Chair: Viviana S. de Vedronik
    • Place: Retiro Hall
11:45 am
Noon
Coffee Break (at Gran Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel)
Noon
01:15 pm
Plenary (P4)
God in search of man
the wisdom of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Place: Fiestas Hall & Gran Hall, Marriott Plaza Hotel

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) is considered by many to be the preeminent Jewish theologian and philosopher of the 20th century. His teachings combine a deep respect and appreciation for Jewish tradition with an understanding of the pressures and challenges facing modern Jewish existence. Rabbi Heschel has had a profound impact on generations of Progressive and Masorti rabbis and his books and writings are studied by thousands upon thousands of Jews and non-Jews alike throughout the world.

  • Keynote speaker: Rabbi Michael Marmur.
  • Chair: Jerry Tanenbaum.
01:15 pm
01:30 pm
Closing Remarks Speaker: Miriam Vasserman
Optional: Post-conference Tour Foz do Iguaçu / Rio de Janeiro
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
  • Community projects exhibition posters
  • Artistic presentation during the breaks
  • Tourism activities – optional Saturday night and perhaps also Thursday
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