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Sunday, February 17 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Teaching Talmud Through the Arts: Can Circus Arts Help You Teach and Learn Talmud?

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We will demonstrate use of the arts in deciphering Talmudic passages by teaching the structure of the Talmudic argument through the arts. Understanding that structure is the key to enabling students become active participants in Talmud study rather than passive recipients. Various artistic modes, such as visual arts and circus arts, will be used to demonstrate the extensive possibilities available. Come make a mural, build a pyramid, build up your pedagogical toolbox, and learn Talmud.

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Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman is Rabbi-In-Residence and Professor of Liturgy at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical/cantorial seminary in Yonkers, NY. He holds rabbinic ordination and a doctorate in Liturgy from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the co-author... Read More →
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Eleni Litt

Eleni is an artist and teacher combining art making with Jewish Studies and anthropology. A member of Tobi Kahn’s Artists' Beit Midrash, she teaches at the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute. Her artwork has been shown at the Arts Council of Princeton, New School, Jewish... Read More →
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Ora Horn Prouser

Executive VP and Academic Dean, Academy for Jewish Religion
Dr. Ora Horn Prouser is CEO and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial and graduate school. She has worked with educational institutions to develop Bible curricula and pedagogical materials for all levels and learning styles. Her book... Read More →
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Ayal Prouser

Adjunct Artist, Academy for Jewish Religion
Ayal Prouser is currently completing his Master’s degree in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University, where he has focused on the new field of Circus Studies. Ayal has loved the circus for as long as he can remember and has been a practitioner for over a decade. He has performed... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Ballroom B ballroom level