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Sunday, February 23

11:00am EST

Classic Jewish Pastries --- A Tutorial
In this session participants will learn how to make two classic Jewish pastries: babka & rugelach. What fun and yumminess! 

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Romina Naparstek

Baking & Pastry Teacher, La Romi Bakery
Romi Naparstek is passionate about helping others discover the joy of homemade pastries. As the founder of La Romi Bakery, a baking school in Miami, she brings decades of experience as an educator to create cooking classes to help her students foster creativity, independence and confidence... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 120 Koven Center - FIU

12:00pm EST

Building Your Personal Jewish Story ... And Making Sure It's Heard
Stories have been around as long as Abraham, and there are many ways to tell them. This innovative and interactive workshop will explore the secrets behind powerful storytelling, combining both the classic styles and newer paradigms. Learn and practice how to build community and trust around your story, gain confidence in how to tell it, and leave with transferable skills that will benefit you in both your personal and professional life. No prior experience or knowledge necessary!

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Joey Leskin

Director of Abroad Experiences, KAHAL Abroad
Joey is a Yemeni Jew from London, England. He gained a Masters Degree in International Relations and since then has spent a lot of his time abroad. Joey has visited over 50 countries including two years in Turkey as the Senior Fieldworker for the American Jewish Joint Distribution... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST
Room 115 Koven Center - 115

1:00pm EST

"The Song of the Ashkenazic Jews" --- Simple Chant to Grand Opera
Together, we will trace the development of the musical liturgy of the Ashkenazic world, contrasting eastern and western musical traditions as well as the traditions of the Sephardic world.

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Abraham Benyunes

Jewish Music Aficionado
Abraham grew up at New York's Spanish and Portuguese synagogue where the liturgy is both solemn expressively beautiful, especially with the professional choir every Shabbat. My experiences in the Ashkenazic synagogue was limited, but once I branched out as an adult, was fascinated... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
Room 126 Koven Center - FIU

2:00pm EST

Hidden Jewish Imagery in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Artwork
Based on research by Benjamin Blech, this session presents evidence revealing the amazing Jewish based imagery and hidden messages of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, which we will review and discuss.

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Eliot Pearlson

Rabbi, Temple Menorah
Elliot Pearlson is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Menorah on Miami Beach, where he just celebrated his 30th year of leadership. He presents diverse subject matter ranging from "Biochemistry, Cloning and Jewish Law" to "The History of Jewish Pirates." Pearlson instituted a  popular program... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm EST
Room 117 Koven Center - FIU

3:00pm EST

The Play that Tried to Change History: Israel Zangwill's "The Melting Pot"
The play The Melting-Pot was first performed in 1908, in Washington, DC, in the midst of the great wave of Jewish immigration from the Russian empire to the United States. This large migration initiated a backlash, and Israel Zangwill, a well-known Anglo-Jewish writer, feared that the US would begin to impose restrictions, as the UK had already done. The Melting-Pot was an attempt by the playwright to show both the necessity of a land of refuge for Jewish immigrants and the value of Jews and other immigrants to the United States. The play became wildly popular, especially among Jewish audiences, and contributed a metaphor to studies of immigration and ethnicity. But ultimately The Melting-Pot did not succeed in its goals and in 1924 the US imposed devastating immigration restrictions. In this session we will discuss the play, its context and reception, the controversies it caused, and its relevance to immigration and Jewish life today.

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Meri-Jane Rochelson

Professor Emerita of English, Florida International University
Meri-Jane Rochelson is the author of A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill, and has produced new editions of Zangwill's 1908 play The Melting-Pot and 1892 novel Children of the Ghetto. Her most recent book is Eli’s Story: A Twentieth-Century Jewish Life, a... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST
Room 117 Koven Center - FIU

4:00pm EST

The Sound of Our Identities: Sephardic, Ashkenazic, and Israeli Music
Susana Behar and Alejandra Czarny grew up in very different communities and were surrounded by very different cultures. Susana, born in Cuba and informed by Sephardic grandparents, grew up in Venezuela. Alejandra was born and raised in Argentina, and is Ashkenaz informed. Their musical careers took them on very different paths. Susana has dedicated most of her journey through the Sephardic repertoire and Alejandra through the Yiddish songbook. While growing up, however, they were both immersed in Israeli music and Latin American folk music. After years of sharing stages and their love of Jewish music here in Miami, today, through that which connects them, they will take us on a musical journey in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino.

Alejandra and Susana will be accompanied by Michel Gonzalez on guitar and Reza Filsoofi on percussions.

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Susana Behar

Inspired by her distinct heritage, vocalist Susana Behar shares her passion for Latin American popular song, coupled with the evocative music of her Sephardic ancestors. The recipient of the 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Florida Department of State, Division of... Read More →
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Alejandra Czarny

Alejandra Czarny has been singing and playing Yiddish songs since she was a teenager. Originally from Argentina, where she hosted her own Jewish music radio program, Alejandra has for the last 17 years lived in South Florida, where she has long served as the Music Director of the... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 4:00pm - 4:50pm EST
Room 114 Koven Center - FIU