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Sunday, February 17 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Teaching Talmud Through the Arts: Can Circus Arts Help You Teach and Learn Talmud?

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Come make a mural, build a pyramid, build up your pedagogical toolbox, and learn Talmud! We will use the arts to decipher the structure of the Talmudic argument. 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 some of the many possibilities.

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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 of Karov L’Chol Korav, For All Who Call: A Manual For Enhancing the Teaching of Prayer, Editor of Siddur Tisha B’Av for The Rabbinical Assembly, and... 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 Theological Seminary, Temple Emanu-El, and Beth Torah. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology and certificates in Fine Arts (Parsons), and Creative Arts Therapies... Read More →
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Ayal Prouser

Ayal Prouser has (figuratively and literally) been bouncing around the circus and Jewish world his whole life. An alumnus of Solomon Schechter and Nativ, USCJ’s Israel gap year program, he is a student at Clark University, where he has enjoyed studying with Everett Fox. Ayal performs in the tri-state area, and has toured with Circus Smirkus, a traveling youth circus, While in Israel he coached at Kirkas Galil, a youth circus which strives... Read More →
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Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate school located in Yonkers, NY. She has worked with various educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning styles. Her book, Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs, was recognized as a National Jewish... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Ballroom B ballroom level