When the World Went Mad: Teaching the Holocaust
Presented by Rabbi Nachum Amsel
A new Destiny Foundation film and Educator's Guide that goes with "Ominous Skies- 1930-1939" the last decade of Eastern European Jewry: How a democracy was turned into a dictatorship and much more. 22 topics and original video clips, all ready for the Kiruv professional with lesson plans and primary documents. Each of these topics is presented in a way that challenges participants to not only think about the past but confront events, movements and ideologies that are front-and-center on the world stage today.
The 7 Steps to Build, Inspire and Reward Your Own Recruitment Army
Presented by Rabbi David Felsenthal
It sounds like a pipe dream: instilling enough leadership in your students or volunteers to actually have them lead your recruitment efforts. Not only is it possible, it’s essential, because you can’t be in all places all the time. Learn how to get a little effort from hundreds, instead of just 250% from yourself.
60 Minute Primer on Preparing Effective Classes: The Master and His Secrets
Presented by Rabbi David Fohrman
Students and educators alike refer to Rabbi David Fohrman as a master teacher. Join Rabbi Fohrman for a one-hour primer on how to prepare classes that will totally Wow your audience.
Social Media Marketing for Recruitment and Engagement: Tips and Tricks for Intermediate Users
Presented by Mr. Duvi Stahler and Mr. Jeremy Joszef
You’ve signed up for Facebook and Twitter but aren’t sure what to do next. Find out how to get the most out of social media to promote your program, engage participants and foster relationships online. Plus, discover innovative ways to communicate with your audience in the digital age.
How to Teach When No One Is Listening: Teaching Experientially
Presented by Dov Ber Cohen
Eight percent of teenagers have ADHD, 23% of college students are drug or alcohol dependent, 137% of both groups are hooked on video games, and all of them live on Facebook, text in their sleep and spend half their life on YouTube. How in the world can we communicate, teach and inspire young people who can’t pay attention for more than eight seconds? Dov Ber Cohen, founder and director of Self Discovery: Jewish Wisdom Made Experiential, will share an interactive and practical session that will leave you with ideas and tools on what it takes to engage Generation Xr’s, Millenials and anyone else who thinks that ear buds are as essential to life as shoes and socks.
A Klal Perspectives Open Discussion
Presented by Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Rabbi Ilan Feldman, Mr. Moshe Bane and Rabbi Dovid Goldman
Kiruv has become a hot topic between the pages of the popular Klal Perspectives Journal. Join the conversation and add your perspective to the discussion with members of the Klal Perspectives editorial board.
Keeping the Flame Alive: Avoiding Burnout
Rabbi Menachem Schrader
While inspiring others sounds like the job most likely to fulfill and keep its ranks inspired, in fact, it can sometimes be quite the opposite. The realities and responsibilities being juggled can drain time and energy from one's own personal growth and initial enthusiasm. Rabbi Schrader will present his formula for avoiding burnout, from the perspective of one who has gone from an NCSY advisor in the 70s, to teaching, program directing, and founding and directing a national learning initiative on college campuses.
Torah-Based Shalom Bayis Counseling Training (2.5 hours)
Presented by Rabbi Mordechai Twerski
It’s one thing to teach and lecture about the Torah’s wisdom for Marriage, but it’s an altogether different challenge to actually enable people to incorporate that wisdom in a practical way in their lives. Learn the key concepts in Torah Based Marriage and Family counseling; how it differs from other models of therapy and how to apply real-life solutions to people’s lives. You will also learn how to pursue complete training in Torah Based therapy.
Launch the Kiruv Revolution: It Starts Here
Mr. Ari Werth and Mr. Jeff Schachter
Societal trends and diminishing resources are making kiruv increasingly difficult. How can we breakthrough this glass ceiling? Improving current programs is not enough. A Kiruv Revolution is needed. It starts here with the unveiling of innovative digital, educational, and marketing initiatives for overcoming three major obstacles to kiruv. Discover how the program models are applicable to your own organization. The goal is game-change. Ari Werth is founder of the new incubator Jewish Idea Lab (JewishIdeaLab.com). He's also chairman of the Aish Center advisory board in NYC, and creator of the popular YouTube TorahChannel. In addition to these kiruv efforts, Ari is an executive producer of news/educational content on mass media and digital platforms. His commentary appears in he Jerusalem Post (online), Hamodia, Ami Magazine, and other publications.
Everyone Says It Can't Be Done. Managing Your Team to Achieve the Impossible
Presented by Rabbi Steven Burg
From small to national level non-profit organizations, Rabbi Steven Burg has led his teams to reach formerly unimagined goals. Learn from a master manager what it takes to reach beyond and attain your mission through effective management tools.
Rebbe, Melamed, Mechanech: Defining Teaching & Effective Methods
Presented by Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
Can there exist anything more precious and delicate that how to teach the Torah according to the Torah? This presentation will examine the language the Torah and Chazal adopt to define 'teaching' and the most effective methods of teaching. These methods are generic for both kiruv Rechokim and Kerovim.
Getting Things Done, and Done Well: The Keys to Get Unstuck, Break Bad Habits, and Become More Productive
Presented by Rabbi Doniel Frank
Former director of the Torah Learning Center, Rabbi of Young Israel of Westport, and supervisor of Ohel’s Mental Health Clinic in Northern New Jersey, Rabbi Frank is now the director of Motivation and Performance Seminars Inc. and a widely sought after lecturer—and he knows how to get things done, and done well. His presentation is a blend of theory, experience and practical strategies that empower people to achieve their objectives and goals in both the professional and personal spheres of life.
Cremation: Horrifically Popular
Presented by Rabbi Doron Kornbluth
Today, most Jews see cremation as a real option, and often, the most sensible option of all. Doron Kornbluth will present the central points that motivate Jews to opt for cremation and strategies for successfully countering them, even at the last moment.
Non-Jewish Jews: Halachic Perspectives and Advice for Mekarvim
Presented by Rav Dovid Cohen
What was once a very simple question is today fraught with halachic land mines. Marriage and divorce, conversions recent and past, significant others, spouses, and other factors are all at work today clouding the identity of countless non-Jews who sincerely identify as Jews; and Jews who think that they aren’t Jewish. As in past years, Rav Dovid Cohen shlita will provide clear guidance and time for questions in how to practically deal with issues of identity and how to sensitively interact with people about something that goes to the heart of their lives.
Kiruv in Small Communities Round Table
Facilitated by Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim
Join mekarvim from small communities to discuss
Fires in the Castle - Never Doubt Klal Yisrael: Transforming Communal Challenges into Klal Triumphs
Presented by Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, Rabbi Ilan Feldman
Moderated by Mr. Moshe Bane
Building On Our Success for the Future
Rabbi Sholom Kamenetsky
Panel: Defining Goals, Defining Success in Kiruv
Presented by Rabbi Shaya Karlinsky, Rabbi Menachem Deutsch, Rabbi David Markowitz, Moderator: Rabbi Ilan Haber
What are the goals in kiruv today and what are the various ways we define success? How can we create measures to translate qualitative definitions to illustrate our success?
Panel: Has Kiruv Peaked in North America?
Presented by Rabbi Mordechai Becher, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, Rabbi Avraham Edelstein. Moderator: Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
Has kiruv been erased from the priority list of the Torah community? Where is the future of kiruv headed and how can we chart a course of growth?
Young Singles and Professionals Round Table
Facilitated by Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff
Join kiruv leaders working with this population to discuss:
Harnessing the Power of ‘No’: Prioritizing, Delegating, and Outsourcing
Presented by Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone
If you’re not juggling more than you can manage, you’re not doing your job. And if you are juggling more than you can manage, you’re also not doing your job. Learn how saying ‘no’ allows you to actually say ‘yes,’ stay focused on your priorities, effectively delegate and outsource and actualize your personal and institutional mission.
Wake Me When the History Lesson is Over: A Survey Course in Jewish History
Presented by Rabbi Nachum Amsel
Rabbi Berel Wein is a master when it comes to making Jewish history come alive. Rabbi Wein has divided the 2,500 years from the destruction of the first Bais Hamikdosh until today into 56 topics. Each topic has background materials, a lesson plan and a short trigger film. Learn how to present the essence of Jewish history in a way that will actually wake people up, and keep them coming back for more.
Intermarriage Crisis...The Irrelevance of Intermarriage
Presented by Rabbi Doron Kornbluth
Once upon a time intermarriage was a problem, then it became an epidemic; today it’s simply routine. Doron Kornbluth, author of Why Marry Jewish, will discuss whether or not we even still have a responsibility to address intermarriage, and if we do, how we can still do so in an effective manner.
Executive Directors Round Table
Facilitated by Rabbi Simcha Scholar
Join directors of kiruv organizations with the help of the head of Chailifeline to discuss:
Research: Taking the Guess Work Out of Kiruv
Presented by Dr. David Rosmarin and Mr. Steven Pirutinsky
Over the past 30 years, the world of kiruv has grown to an international enterprise spanning five continents. However, our approach to outreach remains antiquated in that it is largely based on hunches and intuition. This presentation will discuss how the methods of social science research can be utilized to (1) inform operational definitions of kiruv outcomes, (2) examine predictors of outreach success, (3) systematically test hypotheses, and (4) perhaps most importantly - design and evaluate new methods of education. Two recent research studies and their implications for kiruv will be discussed. Q&A to follow.
Dealing With Issues that Arise Between the Newly Frum and Non-Observant Family (Parts I & II)
Presentations by Mrs. BJ Rosenfeld and Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld
Part I: Bridging the Chasm -- When Mrs. Rosenfeld's son broke with his Conservative Jewish upbringing and plunged into Orthodoxy, BJ was confronted with the challenge of accepting or rejecting his rigorous religious beliefs. In this session, she will discuss the issues that come up when one’s child becomes a baal teshuva, how mekarvim can handle those issues sensitively – what worked and didn’t work for them. Q&A
Part II: Kiruv, Friends & Family -- When someone does teshuva, in the eyes of his family and friends, he becomes a "rabbi". He's expected to be able to explain and defend his decision to keep kosher, Shabbos, shomer negia and the big one: not attending so-and-so's wedding. HaRav Noah Weinberg z'tl taught a clear and forceful me'halech on how to guide the recent baal-teshuva in presenting Yiddishkeit and his own life decisions in a way that will both be truthful and draw them nearer to him rather than push them away.
Busy Adults and Real Gemora Learning: Everyone Knows It Can’t Be Done, Or Can It?
Two Programs: Presentations by Rabbi Dani Brett and Rabbi Ayson Englander
The Professional Beis Medrash Gemora Literacy Program was designed to enable busy adults, with limited time to develop the skills and confidence necessary for them to engage in Gemora learning in an authentic, deep fashion. The PBM program is now a sensation in many professional communities throughout the world spanning three continents. Today, hundreds of professionals who never imagined they could read a Gemora, let alone understand it, are poring over pages of Gemora and navigating the unique seas of Talmudic logic. The goal of this game changer is certainly ambitious. Developing the skills to study Gemara independently requires commitment and some hard work. However it is also immensely rewarding and enjoyable. PBM can help you meet the challenge. - Rabbi Dani Brett
Fundamentals of Talmud teaches the skills needed to learn Gemara. This program is one-of-a-kind. It is a complete Gemara learning system, created to imbue the student with a feeling of success in his learning, and to teach the necessary learning skills in a clear and systematic manner. To the beginner, a regular page of Gemara is foreboding and imposing. To many, trying to learn Gemara is akin to learning Algebra II in Japanese! Most give up trying even before they start. The “Fundamentals of Talmud” provides a system by which even a beginner can access essential Talmudic skills. -Rabbi Ayson Englander
Keeping a Baal Teshuva Community Healthy and Normal:
Presentation & Discussion
Presented by Rabbi Josh Spinner
Yes, it’s true, these words really can go together. If …
If you are prepared to ask the questions that need to be asked, address the issues that truly need to be addressed, and do the things that must be done. As the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and member of the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis, Rabbi Spinner deals and grapples with healthy growth in these communities every day. His session will present some of the issues and approaches, followed by a moderated discussion.
How to Nurture and Grow a Community from Small to Thriving
Presented by Rabbi Shimon Feder
Day by day, individual by individual, family by family, and institution by institution. Rabbi Shimon Feder will share real-world experiences, challenges, successes and insights into what it takes to develop a core, and then guide the growth of a vibrant community.
How to Easily Start an Accredited Continuing Education Program
(CLE & CME) for Medical, Legal and Business Ethics
Presented by Rabbi Yossi Grossman
What do renowned surgeons, top attorneys in major firms, and successful business people all have in common? Zero time for just about anything, certainly not for Torah study. Enter, The Jewish Ethics Institute. This tested, refined and replicable program comes with all the materials you will need to implement it. Rabbi Yossi Grossman will show you how this program successfully engages the brightest and busiest professionals, motivates them to learn Torah, inspires them to become involved in your organization through earning continuing education credits.www.j-ethics.org
Nice Guys Finish First: Becoming Less Judgmental
Presented by Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
It’s bad enough that we look like we’re from another planet, but on top of that many secular Jews feel like we are highly judgmental. And frankly, many of us are, and it’s getting in our way, big time. Because nobody likes to be judged. Rabbi Adlerstein will present strategies for identifying and ridding ourselves of judgmental tendencies and become far more effective at almost everything we do, particularly kiruv.
Bad Optics: Addressing the Image of Orthodox Jews in the Media
Presented by Rabbi Doron Kornbluth, Rabbi Avi Shafran, Rabbi Motti Seligson
Discuss how to deal with secular Jews and the press when negative stories about Orthodox Jews arise in the media, as well as how we can bring more positive coverage on Orthodox Jews. Hear from the top media relations executives from the Agudath and Chabad.
Major Threats Facing the Jewish People
-- An Interactive Session
Presented by Rabbi Yitz Greenman
Jews don’t want to see the Jewish people fade into the oblivion of history, or get wiped off the map. Take home this participatory experience developed by Rabbi Yitz Greenman that gets people to thoughtfully consider the genuine threats to the Jewish people, seriously focus on what can be done to address them and in the process discover their own deeper connection to the Jewish people. You'll be surprised by the results of this [often heated] discussion that convinces participants of the absolute necessity of the vital work that we're doing.
Shul Rabbi Round Table (3:15-4:15 pm)
Facilitated by Rabbi Ilan Feldman
Join shul and community rabbis to discuss
Branding Your Organization into a Household Name
Presented by Mr. Menachem Lubinsky
Mr. Menachem Lubinsky is president & CEO of LUBICOM Marketing Consulting. For 25 years, LUBICOM has served a broad cadre of clients, including MCI, Sprint, Coca Cola, and more than 400 other businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Join Mr. Lubinsky as he presents approaches for outreach organizations to use branding to expand their presence in their communities.
"E-Change": New Approaches to Kiruv in a Rapidly Changing World
Presented by Rabbi Yehoshua Kohl
Our students' world has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. What do these changes mean for the way we do kiruv? How do we avoid letting the world (and our students) pass us by? In this interactive session, we will examine changing trends in social and educational engagement, and the implications on our recruitment and kiruv programming. We will present new models for recruiting and educating students, as well as how we structure our organizations and our roles to better leverage these changes to benefit our goals.
College - Closing the Deal
Presented by Rebbetzin Bracha Zaret and Mr. Shmuel Zaret
We all have what it takes to have a beautiful Shabbos table and to learn Torah with college students. However there are aspects of college outreach that are outside our comfort zone. There is the fear of “Closing the Deal.” We are Rabbis and Rebbetzins, educators, counselors, mentors and therapists—and, salesmen. To many of us, “sales” is a dirty word that seems to contradict the essence of who we are. A master kiruv worker and a master salesman have teamed up to create a training program tailored to your needs, your circumstances, your values and your goals.
Torah Education Technologies Designed With You in Mind
Presented by Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, Rabbi Josh Kohl & Rabbi Dan Roth
On TED, Bill Gates told the world that the Khan Academy represents the future of education, and, according to Mr. Khan, that future is already well under way. Discover an online multimedia platform specifically designed for mekarvim (morashaonline.com) and two ready-to-use curricula (alephbeta.org and torahlive.com), and learn how they can assist you in your core mission; Talmud Torah.
Halacha Question and Answers
Presented by Rav Dovid Cohen
As in past years, Rav Dovid Cohen will open the floor to halachic questions specific to kiruv.