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On the Cutting Edge... Today’s Jewish Woman

  • Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus 12701 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ, 85254 United States (map)

Advance Your Mind
Enhance Your Well-Being
An Inspiring Symposium for
Women of all Ages



  • 8:30 - Registration
  • 9:00 - Welcome/Keynote Speaker
  • 9:55 - Session 1
  • 11:00 - Session 2
  • 12:00 - Spa Cuisine Luncheon*: Lucia Schnitzer of Luci's & Fabulous Raffles

*Dietary Laws Observed


$48 - Regular Registration
$43 - Early Bird by Oct 2
$30 - Jewish School Teachers
$15 - Full-Time College Students
$52 - At the Door

SPONSORED BY the Bureau of Jewish Education in partnership with:
Center for Jewish Studies at ASU
Hadassah Valley of the Sun
National Council of Jewish Women
Valley of the Sun JCC
Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix


Dr. Livia Spitz Steingart, PsyD, MBS
Life from A to Z: Your Guide to Creating a Better You

"Life from A to Z" is a great “reset” mechanism for anyone feeling the need for a fresh start. Whether your children are starting high school or are off to college or you are retiring from your profession or in your retirement years, author Livia Steingart will offer you skills to begin anew. Following the alphabet, she will share unique and concrete ideas to create a positive Attitude to maintaining a Zeal for Life.

Session 1 Options
9:55 AM - 10:50 AM

A. Wonder Women — Strong Jewish Women Across the Ages
Discover the amazing courage, motivation and tenacity of women from Jewish history (our ancient past and recent past) who serve as role models for us today. Risa Brumer

B. Feeding Your Body– Feeding Your Brain
Explore how we need the right foods in our body for sustenance, optimizing our health and well being. But what about the Brain? It needs to be “fed” as well. Research shows that we can increase chances of maintaining brain focus, cognitive abilities, mood and memory if certain foods are part of our daily eating regimen and certain foods are eliminated. Christi Christiaens, CCN, CMTA, FDN, CPT

C. Building a Positive Identity in Your Children and Grandchildren
Given the competing culture of secular society and the emphasis on technology, how do we foster a love of Judaism and Israel within our children and grandchildren. What are ways to make our homes more assertively Jewish in order to reinforce a sense of Jewish identity, practice and pride? Andre Ivory

D. An Anniversary Year for Israel, The Best of Times and the Worst of Times
Between August and November of 2017, we remember 120 years since the First Zionist Congress, 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and 70 years since the UN Partition Plan calling for a Jewish State in British Mandatory Palestine. As Israel nears the 70th anniversary of her re-creation, Israel is a good place in a bad neighborhood and knows the best and the worst of times. Examine the issues which impact us all. Meir Jolovitz

E. Traveling the World Through a Jewish Lens.
Award winning journalist and photographer, Masada Siegel will take you on a guided tour of her travels through Jewish eyes. Her travels have opened new vistas and new found wisdom. On her journeys around the planet , she has made lifelong friends who represent new sites, sounds and cultures. Within each of these journeys lies a Jewish component. This is the perfect class for women interested in traveling, adventure, learning the tricks of the trade, having meaningful experiences and the time of your life. Masada Siegel

F. Cyber Security
Keeping our Kids, Families and Ourselves Safe on the Internet. Online threats include cyberbullying, cyber predators, oversharing of information, scams, malware or other data breaches. Parents and grandparents protect their children from all types of real world threats, so it is important to protect them online as well. Alan Zelchick

Session 2 Options
10:55 AM - 11:50 AM

A. Journey to Freedom – Sink, Swim or Fly
At the age of eight Gelie emigrated from Moldova in the FSU to the desert Southwest. Today she is an accomplished and self-made entrepreneur. Her story reveals how to follow your dreams and your passion at any age despite overwhelming odds. Gelie Akhenblit

B. An Orthodox Woman Shares The Female Side of Orthodoxy
An insiders view of the Orthodox world and what life/dress/ behaviors, practices and mindsets are like for different streams within Orthodox Judaism. There are many faces of Orthodoxy, including Orthodox feminists. This session will also address the stereotypes. Karolyn Benger

C. Communicating With Our Teens in a Tumultuous World– for Parents and Grandparents of Bar/Bat Mitzvah age Through High School
We often hear, “My parents/grandparents don’t understand a word I’m saying”. As parents or grandparents, we ask ourselves, “Why doesn’t my teen listen to me?” This workshop will help remove the roadblocks hindering two way communication skills by offering effective communication tools and strategies. Linda Levin

D. The Woman in Gold
The painting, Woman in Gold, by Gustav Klimt and the film by the same name, starring Helen Mirren, exemplify the ongoing legal battles over art treasures stolen by the Germans from Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust. Learn of the efforts and challenges to recover and return these treasures to their rightful heirs. The Honorable Wendy Morton

E. Seven Foods that Can Change Your Life
Salmon, flax seeds, walnuts, Greek yogurt, cranberry, kale and tomatoes can promote bone, breast and heart health and even weight loss. Food is also medicine Eating healthy can change just about every area of your life for the better. With these seven foods and other healthy choices, your mind will be clearer, your body lighter and your well-being enhanced. Lucia Schnitzer, co-owner of Luci’s Healthy Marketplace and Luci’s, Pomelo’s and Splurge at The Orchard in Phoenix

Earlier Event: November 3
Baby & Me Shabbat