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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

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SCHEDULE

  • 8:30 - Registration

  • 9:00 - Welcome/Keynote Speaker

  • 9:55 - Session 1

  • 11:00 - Session 2

  • 12:00 - Spa Cuisine Luncheon* with a Persian twist & Fabulous Raffles

*Dietary Laws Observed

COST

$48 - Regular Registration
$30 - Jewish School Teachers
$15 - Full-Time College Students
$52 - At the Door

Let's make it a full table!
Bring your friends to this luncheon and be a table host. If you fill a
table of 8 or 9 women, your name will be displayed on the table and you will receive a strip of free raffle tickets! Consider sharing the love with a co-host and you can share the raffle tickets!

Buy your raffle tickets online today!
You will receive them at Will Call on the day of the symposium

10 tickets for $20.00

15 tickets for $25.00

20 tickets for $30.00


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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Saba Soomehk
(9:00 AM - 9:45 AM)

From Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Women

As an author and Associate Director of Research at UCLA's Leve Center for Jewish Studies. Saba was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Religion category. From her great Grandmother to today, learn what life was like for women in Iran in the early 1920's to coming to America and living the good life in Beverly Hills. Discover how women existed under the constitutional monarch, the mid-century secular regime of the Pahlavi's and then the glitter and spotlight of life in LA.


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

A. JOURNALISM IN THE WORLD OF INACCURATE NEWS AND WHAT THE PUBLIC CAN DO
It is 2018 and the world of news reporting has been turned on its head. Learn how to determine the accuracy of news from the Knight Chair in Data Journalism at the ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and the managing director of the Cronkite Schools News/Co Lab, you will learn how to navigate through the difficult spectrum of new today.
Sarah Cohen and Kristy Roschke

B. "IF MOTHER IS THE CORNERSTONE OF FAMILY LIFE, THE MOTHER DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP IS THE BRICK AND MORTAR THAT HOLDS THEM TOGETHER"
wrote Suzanna Walters in 1988. While mother and daughter relationship evolve over time, and are all unique, we have found common themes that are strikingly similar across different cultures, backgrounds, and spiritual orientations. This workshop is to increase self awareness of both mothers and daughters by helping them understand and communicate their needs and articulate the issues keeping them apart as well as educate and increase coping strategies through a family systems approach.
Linda Levin and Jessica Levin

C. "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE - MOVING BEYOND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT RUSSIA AND UNDERSTANDING HER WAYS."
Most Americans are perplexed by the popularity of President Vladimir Putin in today's Russia. Some assume that he really isn't popular; ballot boxes must be stuffed, violence must be used to coerce voters. Learn the mystery of Putin's popularity by explaining how two factors have shaped Russians' views. The first what Russia underwent in the 1990s during the sudden, chaotic, and violent transition to democracy and capitalism, which also included the overnight loss of a significant amount of its historic territory. The second is Western attitudes and portrayals of Russia in the media, of which, Russians are acutely aware.
Laurie Manchester, ASU

D. STRONG WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
While men dominate most heroic biblical narratives, the stories of Deborah the prophetess, Sarah, Rebecca, Abigail, and Queen Esther portray different types of brave leadership. What can we learn from biblical narrative about women's leadership? This session is dedicated to discussing an egalitarian view of gender - including biblical texts and practical application.
Eran Vaisben, PhD

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

A. VIOLINS OF HOPE
The book, Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust-Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour by James A. Grymes will be discussed. Hear stories about the violins and their originals owners, who were murdered in the Shoah (Holocaust) and the Israeli violin maker dedicate to bringing their inspirational instruments back to life. Discussion is encouraged. If able, please read the book prior to the conference. The Violins of Hope is a community-wide series of events taking place in early 2019.
Kim Klett

B. JEWISH WOMEN OF THE MIDDLE-EAST (PERSIA, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN)
Illuminating the historical background, cultural similarities and differences; and the Persian Jewish community that remains in Iran today. What was life like for Jews under Shi'a Islam, and how did the 1979 Islamic Revolution affect Iranian Jews? Soomekh will explore how the Iranian Jewish community has maintained its hybrid identity and its relationship with non-Iranian Jews, the Ashkenazi community, and Israel.
Saba Soomehk, PhD

C. THE VITAMIN AND SUPPLEMENT TOILET
What works and how not to flush your money down the drain.
Valerie Jacobs, MD, PhD and Philip Wazny, NMD

D. THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE INTERMARRIAGE TUNNEL
A 2013 survey conducted in the United States by the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project found the intermarriage rate to be 58% among all Jews and 71% among non-Orthodox Jews. Let's take a look at Jewish demography. Who really is a Jew? Boundaries and definitions have broken down. Maybe Interfaith Families Will Be Our Salvation.
Michael Weil, PhD

E. WOMEN OF THE WALL - BEYOND THE MEDIA COVERAGE
The clash between Women of the Wall and the State of Israel began in 1988. Thirty years later the conflict is still ongoing. Women of the Wall is comprised of women from all denominations of Judaism - Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Masorti, Renewal , and Reconstructionist. Learn about the conflicts, the motivations of the group as well as those who resist them.
Brenda Basher, PhD


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

Earlier Event: November 2
Baby & Me Shabbat