For Its Own Sake

Learning for the Body, Mind, and Spirit

For Its Own Sake will be a unique opportunity at JPro22 to invest in learning that doesn’t have a professional agenda or outcome but is simply an opportunity to do something for your body, mind, and/or spirit. Put your professional identity and role aside and experience a one-hour session led by an exceptional Jewish educator. Sessions are designed for people from all backgrounds, religions, educational backgrounds, and spiritual practices (except where a specific audience or educational background is indicated). Each session will engage the learner through a different modality: writing, movement, dance, crafting, singing, meditation, and text-study. The name “For Its Own Sake” is inspired by the value of Torah Lishma, learning Torah (sometimes defined broadly as any Jewish learning) for its own sake. 

Love Yourself As You Love Your Neighbor: Judaism and Self-Compassion / Text study, Chevruta, Meditation

Loren Berman, Sefaria

“Finding My Personal Path to G-d” / Text Study / Discussion

Rabbi Binyamin Blau, Green Road Synagogue

Where can we find ourselves in Jewish tradition? / Chevruta (partnered) conversation and reflection

Rabbi Ana Bonnheim, Jewish Learning Collaborative/Moishe House

Sleepless Nights: When Yom HaZikaron is Personal / Discussion, Writing

Dr. Erica Brown, Yeshiva University

Settling the Waters: Visioning, Chanting, Breath / Meditation, Chanting, Breathwork, Visualization

Tonda Case, Jews of Color Initiative

Listening with the Heart: A Jewish spiritual preparation for talking about race and racism in Jewish communities / Meditation & Compassionate Conversation

Tamara Fish & Sabrina Sojourner, KHAZBAR: An oasis in deserts of Jewish Diversity

To Sin Against the Medium: Sages and Artists in Rebellion / Text and conversation

Erica Frankel, Office of Innovation (OOI)

Israeli Dancing for Soles and Souls / Dance

Erica Goldman, Ma'agal

V'ahavt/a: A Mezuzah and Meaning Making Workshop / Text study, writing, crafting

Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife, Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute / Kesher Pittsburgh

Dirshuni: A Taste of Israeli Women’s Midrash / Text Study

Rabbi Avi Killip, Hadar

What's in the name? / Text study, discussion, paper midrash

Olga Markus, Jewish Federations of North America

The First Druze Woman / Presentation with Q & A

Gadeer Kamal Mreeh, The Jewish Agency for Israel

A Balm for All Wounds: Learning Spiritual Resilience from Etty Hillesum / Writing, spiritual practice

Hila Ratzabi, Ritualwell, Reconstructing Judaism

Carpe Diem: Music, Reflection, Connection, and Joyous Celebration / Storytelling, Live music

Rob Ross, Rob Ross Arts

Movement Minyan: Embodying Collaboration / Movement and embodied practice

Yoshi Silverstein, Mitsui Collective

Israeli Short Stories Past and Present: Exploring Identity, Culture, Drama, and Memory Through Literature / text study

Rebecca Starr, The Shalom Hartman Institute

Memory and Our Broken Discourse / Text Study

Rabbi Mike Uram, Pardes North America