2017 Annual OHALAH Conference
“K’vod HaTzibbur: Changing Roles of Jewish Clergy.”
January 15-18, 2017
Pre-conference Shabbaton January 13-15, 2017
OMNI Interlocken Hotel, Broomfield, Colorado, USA
View conference schedules, session descriptions, speaker-bios
and other conference-related information here.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rabbi Benay Lappe
Rabbi Benay Lappe is founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA, a “traditionally radical” yeshiva based in Chicago, that offers accessible, complex, and highly accountable traditional Jewish education from a Queer perspective. Ordained in 1997 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Lappe has founded multiple programs to support LGBTQ Jews of all ages, taught at six different universities, and been named by The Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis (2014). She is an award-winning educator, recognized by the Mintz Family Foundation (2016), and the Covenant Foundation (2016). Rabbi Lappe is an associate at two progressive Jewish think tanks (Institute for the Next Jewish Future and CLAL). While learning and teaching Talmud are Rabbi Lappe’s greatest passions, she is also a licensed pilot, shoemaker, and patent-holding inventor. View her Eli Talk here.
2017 CONFERENCE THEME
Times are changing. Jews are international; multi-racial, gender-inclusive; Jewish by birth, choice, or interest; members of inter-faith families, and more. Our diverse Jewish population looks to teachers and clergy to help shape their spiritual experience. Together, we will explore the changing needs of our tzibbur (community) and their implications for Jewish clergy. Our explorations will draw on both traditional and emergent ideas, practices, and models.